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When to break the ‘no people’ rule for interior photos


Editor’s note: The following item is republished with permission of See the original article: Pro Tips: Interior Photos Intrigue With People.

It’s a tough call: Do you include people in your interior or architectural photos or let the space speak for itself? Photographer Beccy Smart says to do a little of both.

"After you’ve captured the design and architecture, including a shot of the homeowner is perfectly fine — but be sure that you’re doing so for a particular reason," she advises. Here are a few situations when showing the homeowner or featuring a model helps interior photographs.

To show how the space is used

eclectic home office by Beccy Smart Photography

Photo Credit: Beccy Smart Photography

This eclectic London Victorian home office is enlivened by the presence of its homeowners. They’re demonstrating how they can both use the space to suit their different needs.

It’s one thing to read about how light "floods the space" through a well-appointed window, but it’s another thing to see the light in action. Here we see how the skylight in this minimalist, modern house in São Paulo, Brazil, acts as a natural task light in this working kitchen. It would be hard to see just how significant the skylight is to the space if the homeowner weren’t in the picture.

contemporary kitchen by Denilson Machado - MCA Estudio

Photo credit: Denilson Machado – MCA Estudio