frequently asked questions.
Need some help? Here are my FAQs on architectural and interior photography. Specifically questions about booking a photo shoot with an architectural and interior photographer. If you can’t find an answer or would like 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 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 crucial 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 essential 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, ensure 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 – the little details will make your space different from the rest. Home staging and styling are 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 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?
Compiling a beautifully shot architectural or interior design photograph takes a lot! I will generally spend one or two days on-site, depending on the project’s requirements. 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 one to 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 pictures 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 project size but also on how many other active projects I have, 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 cost 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, enabling 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, social media, and print and online publications, from adverts to editorials. I only ask that you credit me alongside my photographs at www.suevaughton.com or on social media @suevaughton. Better still, I’d happily offer a modest discount for a link-back on your website, and I’ll return the return.