I’m excited to be partnering with 23 talented interior designers today in an event to celebrate the photographers that bring our work to life.

It might be interesting to do a post someday on what it is really like to do an interiors shoot.  I think people would be surprised at just how much goes into every detail.  One room can take a full day’s worth of natural light.  It is a shoot, tweak, shoot, tweak, shoot, move it back, shoot, tweak, somewhat exhausting process.  You have to exaggerate angles of furniture (for it to read right in the photo) and move rugs and make sure every image shows cohesiveness and flows together well.  It is a true art form.

A space can be beautiful and very well designed, but it is really in the photographer’s hands to make it shine and produce photos encapsulating the vision the designer had of the space.  It involves trust and a mutual respect between designer and photographer.  I am very grateful to the photographers that have worked with me along the way, but I wanted to take today to write about the photographer who I have most recently worked with, Brian McWeeney.

Brian McWeeney Photography  

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I heard about Brian from my friend, Cassie, who knew him because he shot her house for Better Homes & Gardens.  It took me all of two seconds to know I liked him very much.  The first shoot we ever did together involved getting good photos of my four rowdy kids, which is a feat of its own.  I know because I take pictures of them all the time, and it takes about 500 to get a good…one.  ; )

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Brian has such a calm “we can do this and it will be great” demeanor, and his thoughtfulness and persistence in getting the right shot is really comforting as a designer.

boys bunk room  brian mcweeney photography

boys room chairsbrian mcweeney photography

His wife, Carolyn, who is a talented photographer herself, took these behind the scenes photos at one of our shoots, and they are such a fun keepsake of this joyful and crazy time in our lives.

We are never short of laughter at our house…2016-09-30_0007

Life in the bathtub…2016-09-30_0005


Still tweaking…2016-09-30_0008

because you know this towel doesn’t naturally look perfect, right?2016-09-30_0009


No personality here ; )

Hamming it up for the camera…2016-09-30_0001

workin’, workin’…2016-09-30_0011

We’ve been doing this all day at this point, and we are still smiling. #goodphotographer

Thank you Brian and Carolyn for your talent and support and encouragement.  I am so grateful for your vision, your hard work, and your professionalism.

Contact Info for both of them here: Brian McWeeney Photography  

P.S. This post is coming to you from my hotel room in NYC.  I’m in New York for the next few days for the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker event, and it has been a whirlwind the last couple of weeks getting everything ready and shooting some projects I am really excited about.  I have a new site debuting soon (which has been a long time coming!), and there is so much to look forward to.  Thank you so much for reading along here.  Be sure to check out the other amazing designers featured below (I’m in good company today!) who are participating in the #camerareadyinteriors event.  The hashtag #camerareadyinteriors will also have some eye candy on Instagram.  A big thank you to Jana Bek for putting all of this together to honor the photographers we love.

Abby Manchesky Interiors

AE Design

Amanda Louise Interiors

Anna Matthews Interiors

Ash Street Interiors

Austin Bean Design Studio

Christine Dovey

Claire Brody Designs

Comfy Cozy Couture

Décor Happy

Design Manifest

House of Jade Interiors

Lexi Westergard Design

Lisa Mende Design

Maddie Hughes Designs

Megan Pflug Designs

Michelle Adams of the Maryn Blog

MrsParanjape of Redo Home + Design

Design Indulgence by Sherry Hart

Sita Montgomery Interiors

Stephanie Kraus Designs

Studio McGee

Until the next story.

xo, G

  • Lori Brown
    Posted at 15:46h, 04 October Reply

    Wow!Who knew that so much work went into getting the perfect shot! The photos look great and your design looks amazing! 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 20:44h, 13 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Lori! And ha, I know! I think it is WAY more intensive than people realize. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. xo

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