As a designer with a business in its newborn phase, I've been fortunate to have the help of amazing professionals as I've launched Ash Street interiors. So I was thrilled (and honored) to be included in #CameraReadyInteriors with such a well-established and creative group of designers and bloggers, including some of my personal design crushes like Stephanie Kraus and Lori Paranjape. Dreamed up by talented girlboss Jana Bek of Jana Bek Design, #CameraReadyInteriors provides an opportunity to show appreciation for the photographers who work behind the scenes to document our vision through their lens, in a way we couldn't capture with just our mobile devices and fancy Instagram filters.
One of the first things I did when starting Ash Street Interiors was look for a photographer to help create a starter portfolio. Recommendations from local interior designers and realtors soon led me to Megan Chaffin of Megan Chaffin Photography. As a residential and commercial photographer, field editor for Better Home and Gardens and location scout for some of their specialty publications, Megan guided me with a steady and patient hand through my first shoot. I didn't feel quite ready for prime time and not all of the rooms we were shooting were complete, but in typical fashion I went for it anyway. And if Megan thought I didn't know what the hell I was doing, she sure didn't show it. She focused on the small details, like the way books were placed spine-in on a bookshelf for a uniform look , and produced a set of initial images to showcase my design and remodel work to potential clients.
A month or so after working with Megan I got a call from Make It Better Magazine. They were looking for content for the Home section of their online publication and Megan had not only recommended my work but had forwarded some images from our shoot to the editor. I was simultaneously excited and horrified - The trim wasn't on the curtains! The shelves weren't styled! And it didn't matter. A few months later an article highlighting Ash Street Interiors posted to their online publication and a multi-page feature in the print publication soon followed, trimless curtains and all. I couldn't have asked for a better local opportunity to highlight some of my work in an area full of talented designers. I credit Megan with providing both the platform and the beautiful images that brought me some of my very first clients and I can't thank her enough!
And I can't finish off the inaugural #CameraReadyInteriors post without also thanking Katrina of Katrina Wittkamp Photography. In another stroke of early luck, my favorite textile line contacted me to offer the possibility of being featured in an upcoming edition of their Style Dispatch. I immediately said yes. Then immediately realized I had a week to come up with a headshot. My good friend, Tiffany Erickson of TE Style had just shared her gorgeous shots taken by Katrina, and I knew just who to call.. Katrina squeezed me in to her busy schedule, oh- so-patiently reminded me countless times to keep my chin up and my head down, and then turned the headshots around in record time. Katrina's client list includes Time, Vogue, Teen People, The New York Times, various Chicago area celebrities, and now, my headshots. A proud moment for her I'm sure. Thanks Katrina! xo
I'm beyond grateful for all the support I've received in this first year, not only from Megan and Katrina but from Jana, who has shown me Instagram love from the start and thought to include me and my brand new little baby blog in #CameraReadyInteriors. I'm looking forward to working with all three of these talented and supportive ladies again in October while preparing for my redesigned website launch (and full portfolio!) in November. In the meantime, I'll keep drawing inspiration from all the swoon-worthy designs of the #CameraReadyInteriors participants (full list below) and the photographers who help keep them looking fabulous!