One thing I have really come to appreciate over the last few years is the power of good photography. We are lucky to work with some of the best photographers in the southeast, on location shoots we’ve done for ourselves and clients, so in the last few years, we’ve been a little spoiled. There’s Erica Dines, who makes everything look good even under the worst conditions, sparing us personally the pain and cost of the surgical knife by working miracles with her own artistic “digi-surgery!”
We’ve loved working with Emily Followill too, whose beautiful shots of our store interiors have completely changed the face of our website.
We’ve also worked with Mali Azima, Ninh Chau, Tina Rowden, and architectural photographer Blayne Beacham Macauley, to name a few of many. Each time, we are amazed at the transformation between how a great photographer sees, lights, props and shoots a scene — compared to our lowly cellphone pix. Even with the new iphone 6, there’s no comparison!
So when we were given the very generous opportunity (by our rental agency, Paris Perfect) to work with internationally renowned British photographer, Martin Morrell, to shoot our Beaumes apartment in Paris, we jumped at it! We knew enough about good photography to seize the moment, knowing that Martin would cast a new light and a magical spell on our favorite little jewel box.
I have to admit that I was pretty pleased with our own iphone pictures, which we proudly displayed in a blog earlier entitled “before and after of the Paris apartment” and it didn’t occur to me to have the apartment professionally photographed.
But ooh la la … what a difference a pro can make! I almost died when I saw these images by Martin Morrell.
I wish I could do it. I wish the beauty that I see with my eyes could be conveyed on camera. In my effort to compete, I have upgraded to the newest iphone — the one with the big screen! — and plan to try it out in Paris next week, during one of our trips. But my photos will never hold a candle to those of the pros. I’m happy that technology has advanced so far in the last few years that we can all take great pictures, with embellishments, enhancements and edits to our heart’s content. But, as a design junkie who loves to devour home and art magazines, I’m so grateful for the real professionals, who capture the interiors just the way I’d like to dream about them !
PS: Speaking of dreaming … we will be announcing our 2016 planned trips to Paris and Provence on September 8th! Can we save you a seat? Stay tuned!