Architect: Barnes Vanse
As anyone who owns an e-commerce store, or appreciates interior design and architecture will tell you, photography is not for the faint of heart. I attempted to take my own rug photos once, and quickly realized that a good photographer is worth his or her weight in gold.
One particularly talented photographer based in the greater DC area is Stacy Zarin-Goldberg: a multi-talented lady with boundless energy (by all accounts) and an extensive resume that spans portraiture, interior photography, and food photography. We were lucky enough to sit down with her and learn how she got where she is, what makes a shot work, and how she navigates this business. Read on, and when you have a photography project ready for shooting, reach out!
Q: When did you know that photography was your calling?
- For Food: Lighting! Food photography is all about making food look appetizing (even when its not) . Picture a giant bowl of chill... without the right lighting, it would just look like a bowl of brown mush. But the biggest tip for food photography I have....the best food stylist in all the land Lisa Cherkasky!
- For Interiors/architecture: Tripod!!!! Interiors and architecture is very technical. There's a lot involved and sometimes it takes a number of exposures just to get one shot, so the camera cannot move!
- For Portraits: Most people are very uncomfortable behind the camera. Before you even start shooting, you've got to loosen people up. Bring on charm. Spend a little extra time setting up your gear so they can relax a tad. For the first 5 mins, explain you are just setting up your lighting and these are just tests. if the subject doesn't feel stressed, they immediately relax. I guarantee you, half of those "test" shots are perfect and usually the one.
Architect Carmel Greer
Design by Lauren Liess, Cabinetry by UKB
- Get the house prepped prior to the shoot. This may involve getting the house cleaned, and bringing props over the day before.
- Scout! Let's chat about the project beforehand, send me pictures, sometimes we even need to walk the location before the shoot to plan out the best shots.
- Shot list- Have a list ready of the areas you want to shoot, this way we won't forget any important shots, and we can plan out the day.
- That extra oomph! Sometimes its the right prop, sometimes its a certain time the sun comes through the window, sometimes its florals and greenery... every shot should have an extra oomph! My favorite "oomph" shots... include puppies :)
- Ambition: From day one, I hustled. I still hustle. I treated each job like I was shooting a portrait of Madonna for the cover for Vogue. This mindset and hustle led to more and bigger assignments.
- Thick skin: Things will happen in this industry that will sting and you'll need thick skin to survive. All the times I didn't get a contract or job I really wanted, or times I pitched an idea and they ran with my idea, but with a different photographer.
- Big balls: Stick up for yourself, know your worth, don't be a doormat. stick to your guns, morals and ethics
- Contracts: Never, ever ever do anything without a contract! Ever ever ever... it's not fun taking people to court about being stiffed for a job that you never had them sign a contract for.
Design: @house_1924, shot for Country Home Magazine
Thank you so much, Stacy, for sharing your wisdom, spark, and talent! You can see more of Stacy's work and contact her through her website, http://www.stacyzaringoldberg.com/