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Interiors Photographer. Holiday let Specialist.
Interiors Photographer. Holiday let Specialist. (Copyright Protected, Watermarked, IP Monitored)

To call this property a cottage would really do it a disservice – it’s a large house with stunning views over the grounds of the abbey in Fort Augustus.  This is the second time we have shot this property (cottage 11) – two differing owners and over a period of about six years and each style adopted by the owners totally different from the other, the first a very cottage style the second more contemporary. 

So with a style change, comes a photography approach change, the use of modern saturated colours requires a completely different approach to those of cottage pastels for instance.  The use of furnishings appeals perhaps to a composition in one style and not the other.  Then we have the shape of the room the creation of shadows being emphasised by one style and not another.

In short – shooting this property for the second time was as challenging as the first and not what you’d expect – a shoot that could lean on past experience. The real issue for this property is its shape – long rectangular rooms – all of them, even the bathroom.  So the issue here is to try and find a view both ways not one long one otherwise it will look like a sterile corridor.  Then of course there is the issue of furniture – long rooms are normally dressed with pockets of furnishings,

Interiors Photographer. Holiday let Specialist.
Interiors Photographer. Holiday let Specialist. (Copyright Protected, Watermarked, IP Monitored)

which reflect how people live and experience the room.  Not an approach that reflects an editorial image, where you group furniture around an aspect of the room and a composition you have in mind.

So, as you can imagine, there was a lot of furniture moving in this shoot!  Then there is the issue of modern colours – saturated plums, dark greys etc do not look the same the length of the wall if there is a window by it – it changes colour getting lighter.  You could shut off the window with Foamex for some compositions and yes, we do that with loads of gaffer tape – but not all aspects permit this as you have to show a window.  So its a matter of timing – early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is less strong and reacts less aggressively with the strong dark saturated colours often used in contemporary interior design.  Our only plea for such colours… please use mat not silk finish!

NEW! Looking for a holiday property photo shoot? Why not ask us for a holiday let property photoshoot preparation leaflet – it helps you think of all the things we need sorting for the shoot – you’d be amazed at what makes and a image and can no matter how hard we try, ruin it if not properly prepared for.

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YRSCommercial (Your Reflection Studio), a business and corporate photography studio is based in the Midlands and Scotland, working throughout the UK. We work with business, media and editors, creating images of interiors,architecture, product and food, all over the UK. YRSCommercial (Your Reflection Studio), Commercial Photographer.

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