frequently asked questions.
Need some help? Here is a list of my most frequently asked questions about booking a photoshoot with an architectural and interior photographer. If you can’t find an answer or you would like some more details, please get in touch here – I’m more than happy to solve your problem!
Why do I need high-end photography?
Photography is an investment in your business. High-quality images will convey your talent and elevate your home, venue or workspace. Beautiful, professional imagery will help you attract more clients, make more sales and get a better return on investment for your marketing.
Need more convincing? Read my journal post on why professional photography is so important for your business.
What is your process?
My process is a few simple steps from initial enquiry to final delivery of images and invoicing. Find out more here.
Do I need to do anything?
Before the photo shoot, I’ll either come to scout out your space or we’ll go on a “phone tour”, getting a detailed description of the rooms or important features and characteristics I’ll be shooting. This helps me estimate a timeline and plan for props and styling requirements. Once we are on location, I tether my camera to my iPad or laptop, so you can review each shot, make sure the space is styled and lit to your taste and sign off each shot in real-time.
photoshoots and styling.
Why is styling and staging the room important?
You need your photos to stand out – it’s about the little details that will make your space different to the rest. Home staging and styling is about creating a lifestyle that your clients want to step into. Great interior design photography will then tell a visual story that will captivate your clients – I explain all about the process here.
Do you travel for photoshoots?
Yes, all the time! I am based in South Devon and am available for shoots in London and all over the UK.
How long will the photo shoot take?
It takes a lot to compose a beautifully shot architectural or interior design photograph! I will generally spend one or two days on-site depending on the requirements of the project. There are many factors to consider: composition, time of day, additional light, styling and organising staging and props. Some projects will require revisiting at different times of the day for the perfect light
after the shoot.
How long does the editing process take?
Although my architectural and interior design images look effortless, nothing could be further from the truth! Even after a strenuous photo shoot has wrapped, my job is not done. The next step is editing and post-production – optimising each image. I spend countless hours crafting each photograph blending the natural light with pops of strobe lighting for depth and shadow detail.
My editing process can take between one and five days depending on the size of the property and the number of photographs. The refined post-production process to achieve a consistent result across a gallery of photographs often goes unnoticed, but is incredibly important to the quality range of the images. After all, you can’t rush a perfectionist! The length of the turnaround process depends not only on the size of the project but how many other active projects I have on, your editing requirements and how quickly you can get back to me with feedback.
What are your rates?
My rates are available upon request, send me an email and I’ll send the details your way.
What about cost-sharing? How does that work?
High-quality photography is a considerable investment but essential in today’s online world. If you don’t have the additional budget for professional photography, why not team up with the other parties involved in your project to split the cost? For example, you could collaborate with the building contractor, lighting engineer, audio-visual expert or kitchen and window fitters to benefit from the same set of images to use in your websites, social media and print marketing. I charge a licensing fee for each additional party, then divide the total fee by the number of parties involved, which can lead to huge savings for each client. The more of you there are, the cheaper it gets!
Who owns the images after a shoot?
As the creator, all my photography is protected under the Copyright Act and I retain the rights to all the images I create. I license specific usage rights to you which enables you to use my photographs through a contract. The licence means you may use images within the scope of the usage photography licence agreement only.
Where can I use my images?
I want you to be able to use my images for anything you need to market your property and elevate your brand. So, feel free to use them on your website and social media as well as print and online publications, from adverts to editorial. All I ask is that you credit me in the pictures: www.suevaughton.com or on social media @suevaughton.