I have been asked by the lovely Jana Bek (whose work and LAMPS I adore!) to join in a group blog post today, highlighting a major behind the scenes player in our industry: photographers! The best business decision I ever made was to find the best interiors photographers out there and make sure they captured my work beautifully. I am lucky to say that I have worked with 3 photographers, each different and unique, that have contributed to making my portfolio into what it is today.¬† I’m so excited to share with you guys what its been like to work with them! Stay tuned at the end of the post for links to all the other amazing participating bloggers’ pages to read about their stories as well ūüôā

Erin & Erica

I worked with Erin & Erica on my very first shoot(s). I had no portfolio and had never photographed my own work before. I was overwhelmed, confused and nervous. Erin Kornfeld & Erica Leone to the rescue! Erin was the sister-in-law of my former co-worker and once I met with them in their Chelsea studios, I knew I absolutely needed them on my team! They guided me through schedules, styling, props, flowers and all the other craziness that goes along with doing an interiors photoshoot.

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I love this girl’s room in Scarsdale that we shot together. The colors pop so nicely against the white walls!

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This nursery was my first shoot ever, took us all day to get 5 shots! I even cried after we got the first shot Рit was so exciting to finally see one of my designs finished to completion!

After I shot 2 kids rooms with them in New York, I brought them to DC with me for a 2-day photoshoot of a condo I had recently completed. Those were 2 very long days…they could not have been more gracious or easy to work with. Working with a duo definitely has it perks – they play off each other wonderfully and offer more than one perspective on each shot.

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Having 2 photographers on set was something I could not put a price tag on when I was first trying to get my own firm off the ground. They do all sorts of photography, including portraits. They even did my headshot on a shoot…..wow I look younger before I had¬†a kid, might be time to update this one…

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Check out their Instagram here, they are seriously talented! Or click here to see their entire portfolio.

Francis Dzikowski

His name is a mouthful, but he is one of the best. I actually worked with Francis when I was a designer at Grade in New York, so it was nice to work someone I was already comfortable with for my last 2 shoots before I headed out west. Francis does not mess around, and we got through these shoots really fast with a lot of great photos at the end of the day. Francis was able to frame these shots in his head so quickly, I practically had to play catch up with him. He always comes up with angels I would never even think of.

Project: Hoboken Apartment Designer: AE Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: Hoboken, NJ

Project: Hoboken Apartment Designer: AE Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: Hoboken, NJ

Project: Hoboken Apartment Designer: AE Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: Hoboken, NJ

Project: Hoboken Apartment Designer: AE Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: Hoboken, NJ

These shots of our Hoboken project turned out so stellar. I love how Francis was able to capture the scenes outside the windows as well as inside.

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The client had not purchased art yet for above their bed, so we borrowed these pieces and had to hold them up for the shots. Francis photoshopped out the arms and hands – things you would never think of looking at these beautiful images!

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

Project: 95 Horatio Street Interiors: Amy Elbaum Design Stylist: Brice Gaillard Location: New York, NY

This was my last shoot in NYC – I had a 10 week old baby and was moving across the country in 3 days. Needless to say I was scattered- without Francis I would have never gotten this done. He helped me stay focused and get things done quickly and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Francis has done some amazing interior and architectural shoots with very highly regarded architects and I am so lucky to have worked with him. You can follow Francis on Instagram here or click here to see his entire portfolio.

Amy Bartlam

After I moved to Cali and had some bathrooms to photograph, I was so lost! I was across the country from both the photographers I had used in the past and was in a new city where I didn’t know many people. Thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram, I came across Amy Bartlam’s work via Homepolish (she photographs a large chunk of their LA projects). Her work is so fresh and easy, I was really excited about the prospect of working with her. We exchanged a few emails and she was easy to book and even easier to work with. Amy is from the UK but has a very California cool style and personality. We had lots of fun photographing these bathrooms (3 in just a few hours!). She did a lot of walking around with her camera in hand taking additional shots, which ended up being a great addition to the shots we spent half an hour deliberating over.

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 Both these guest bathrooms really were very simple, and Amy did a great job capturing the spaces and keeping the photos clean but also interesting at the same time.

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Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Amy Elbaum.

Some more great detail shots of this master bathroom shot by Amy.

If you aren’t following Amy on Instagram already, click here to do it ASAP and here is a link to see her entire portfolio.¬†Looking forward to working with her more on future projects here in LA.

As I mentioned before, there are lots of other great bloggers/designers participating in this post as well. Here is the full list with links to each page. Enjoy reading their posts along with all the other content they share on a regular basis! xo, AE

A Storied Style

Abby Manchesky Interiors

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

Jana Bek Design

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