Hello there, I’m an Interior Photographer working in London; I have photographed interiors worldwide, as you know. I get asked a lot how I do what I do. So I’ve decided to share some of the knowledge and tips I have gathered from my experience I have built up over the last 25 + years. Here goes.
Firstly you need to start training your eye. Go out of the room you are in right now, into the hallway. Take a few minutes to empty your mind.
Now walk back in, SLOWLY. Try to imagine this is the first time you have encountered this interior. Walk around your place, flat, house, home, the interior you live in and look at, every day. Do the same thing in all the rooms/interiors.
It’s not easy, I know, but try to think/watch yourself and see which elements of the room grab your attention. It’s what I do when I am wandering around day to day, but more importantly. When I am working on a commercial interior photography commission. I am thinking, I am watching my gaze when I walk into the interior space that I will be photographing that day. Picking out the essential design features that I will have to photograph to show my audience what I believe is the story of this room.
Now go and get your camera, try to shoot the interior and extenuate those features of your designed space.
How do I do that? I hear you cry; practice is one thing, but come back soon for the next instalment.
So excited to let you know that there is a new book coming out next month with I shot last year with my great friend Abigail Ahern interior guru and an all-round good egg. The book is packed with atmospheric interiors, for you to feast your eyes on.
It’s something you will have heard me say before, that’s it’s a perk of the job of an interiors photographer that you get to snoop around other peoples houses and interior design schemes. But usually, in my experience, there are nice people who live in nice houses which make being an interiors photographer even more of a joy. The above kitchen in The Hague you can see more of their beautiful design projects here.
Here is another amazing interior, inside a converted Scout Hut in Hackney, London, yes you heard me correctly a converted scout hut. Goes to show you that with a bit of imagination you can do anything you just have to leap in and release your inner Interior Designer.
Even coffee tables can get the Abigail Ahern ‘Everything’ treatment, basically, it’s all about layers and layers of details and textures, just give it a try in your own Interior Spaces, less is more is over now it’s MORE is MORE. Pre-order your copy of the book here.
Well hello there peeps, this update is landing a little later than it would have under normal circumstances. I’m not going to into it because unless you have just flown in from Mars, then you catch the drift for sure.
So that said I have been chomping at the bit to get these interior images online, I think it’s the best season I have shot for French Connections Home.
Now that’s saying something I own as I have been photographing the French Connection Interiors Collect now for 6 years, OMG, how lucky am I to have such a loyal client, fingers crossed long may it continue.
Well, it’s true don’t you think, for me, it’s where interior design comes to life. When someone designs a space into which to cocoon themselves away from the crazy world.
This is why I think as an Interiors Photographer it’s such a privilege to allow us to put them under the microscope so to speak. I love shooting houses, meeting new people and learning new things. Plus getting interior design tips, who I ask you can forget that.
There are too many Interiors Photographs which I have shot of peoples private spaces over the years to put in this blog post if you’d like to hear more of my musings head here
to see more of my house interiors photography stories head over to GAP INTERIORS or contact the lovely and ever helpful Annmarie
As seen in this weekend’s Style Section of the Sunday Times this is the home of one of my newest clients, who is also quickly becoming a firm friend, Owen Pacey of Renaissance London, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of Architectural delights. If you’d like to have this interior story for your own publication and see more go to Gap Interiors to see more.
It’s a delight for an interiors photographer to shoot such a well-considered and designed interior and atmospheric like this, with over 30 years of saving interior gems from all over the world, Owen has been a little guilty of keeping some of his best pieces for himself. Well, who wouldn’t when you’re the boss and you live above a shop & warehouse full of interior and architectural gems. Some of which it’s been my pleasure to photograph in recent weeks.
Above you can see what I mean about an interiors goldmine, personally I’m on the lookout for a room where I could squeeze in this glasswork chandelier in the front of this shot from the Renaissance Warehouse has to be experienced to be believed.
After a long day of interior salvaging you’ll find Owen relaxing with a beer on his amazing terrace, which is really as all outdoor spaces should be, an extension of the interior design in doors, but the most amazing thing about this space is it’s central London location, in the heart of Shoreditch.
Well if you are here and you’re a returning visitor you’ll be able to see that quite a lot has changed here at Graham Atkins-Hughes.com. the site background colour is probably the most significant change. But there are some new sections as well, the new Interiors Portfolio is one of the updates.
What is it all about? I was thinking about all the interior design projects and spaces I have photographed over the years, 27 years of photography, so it took me a while, believe me. I was wondering if there was something that they all had in common. Don’t ask, you don’t really want to know even a fraction of what goes on in my creative head. The conclusion I have come to is expression.
Expression. I came to that because I was casting my mind back to my first interior design project, my teenage bedroom. Sadly no pictures, I didn’t know I wanted to take pictures back then. I was thinking about what it was like as an interior. Then I remembered all the posters I had on my walls. I can’t tell you why I had chosen the ones I had put up, or even why I then changed them around and replaced them, but it was an expression of me and who I was, and am.
So I guess that is what I am looking for when I photograph interior spaces and homes, it’s the external expression of self, that is the person who lives, works and has created the space or you could say formed it around themselves, to in some ways cocoon themselves from the world. It’s like a mirror, so when you are at home you are surrounded by yourself, and that can only serve to make us feel safe. Happy New Year Y’all
Hope you’re well on this sunny but brisk Autumn day in London, well a least it’s not raining. That puts me in mind of all the unfortunate people who have been flooded out of their house, home and places of work, hope the water subsides soon.
I do love the use of poured concrete in interior design and architecture, I think that some people might think that it is a cold and possibly boring medium to live with, or indeed inside, but not me. Like most things made from organic substances, it’s with all the best will in the world never the same twice. That’s what I think is so beautiful about it. As you can see from this interior photography commission it photographs really well. So much so we went back to the location for the next season’s photography shoot
Well hello there! As you may have noticed I’ve been adding new content to my site over the last few weeks, and today I would like to draw your attention to my newest folio of interior photography focusing on the work I have been doing lately with hospitality interior clients. I have always from time to time shot photography for these types of commissions over the years but this is the first time I have gathered all of the images together into one portfolio specializing in these kinds of atmospheric interior photography projects.
I guess we all expect different things from the interior design of these types of spaces, for me, it’s rich warmth in the use of colours that the design team has used, I want to feel enveloped in comfort. Also, the fabrics and textures are something I look for, leathers, velvets. Interesting floor treatments are also something I would be looking out for. I love capturing these spaces in the interior photography commissions I undertake for this group of clients because the spaces are always otherworldly, something that you’re not likely to find in a regular interior. Hope you enjoy the images.
So last week I just finished shooting another successful interior photography commission for my great supports and firm friends at French Connection homeware dept. So I have been looking back through the interiors images we have created over the course of our long working relationship, which began back in 2014, I’m very lucky to have such a loyal client, long may it continue. So I have picked out some of my fav’s from the back catalog of interior photography, hope you like them too, update coming soon.