Your Home shoot
WHAT WE DO:
Beautiful Homes in the North provides real home features to national Homes & Interiors titles like 25 Beautiful Homes, Ideal Home, Real Homes, Style at Home, Your Home and Homestyle amongst others. We cover the whole of the North and sometimes further afield.
HOW IT WORKS:
If you've always wanted to see your home featured in a magazine, the first step is to send us a few images of key rooms including the kitchen, bathroom, main living spaces and at least two bedrooms. We don't expect professional photography, as this is just to give us a flavour of your home. If we feel the interior has potential for a magazine shoot and you're not too far away from us, we'll come out to meet you, take some quick recce pictures and ask you a few questions about the property. Next we approach the magazines we think your home would be best suited to.
SHOOTING ON SPEC:
Alternatively, if we like what we see and you're a bit further away, we sometimes shoot homes 'on spec'. This means we would approach the magazines after we've got the finished photographs and pitch the feature to them at that point.
The photoshoot normally takes a full day. Although the main focus is on the interior, usually we would need a few shots which include the homeowners too, normally in the main living room and kitchen. We usually bring a few extra accessories to style the shots such as cushions, flowers and food where needed, but we always make sure it suits the personal style of the homeowner and is in keeping with the home.
WHAT TO WEAR:
It's best not to be dressed head to toe in black, as it really doesn't come across very well in interiors photos. Instead try and pick something casual in light or bright colours teamed with flat shoes. You don't need to 'match' your living room, but if you have something that would work well - for instance a retro looking outfit in a retro room - all the better! If we know which issue it's for, we might ask you to dress for the season, but if we're shooting 'on spec' it's best to wear something seasonally neutral ie. not too wintery and not too summery so the feature could be used at any time of year.
Features writer Karen Wilson will interview you about the work you've done to the property and how you've put the look together. Some magazines require a rough breakdown of costs - ie. how much you paid for the house, roughly how much you've spent and what it's worth now - but this isn't always necessary. It's always useful if you can have to hand names of paint colours and where key pieces of furniture, artwork and accessories are from, so we can include this info in the captions, but don't worry if you can't remember everything! You would always get the chance to read the wording before publication so you're 100% happy with the article.
DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO FEATURE THE WHOLE HOUSE?
Not always. The magazines are also looking for makeover features on just one room, whether it's a kitchen/diner, bathroom, bedroom or living room. If you've just completed a renovation project or extension that you're particularly proud of and have 'before' pictures and plans, this may be of interest to a magazine.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MY HOME FEATURED IN A MAGAZINE?
- If you have a business, particularly if it's related to property or interiors, it can help to generate publicity. Key pieces of furniture, homewares or artwork can also be credited in captions.
- If you're proud of your home, there's a certain amount of prestige in seeing it featured in a magazine. After styling and high quality photographs have been taken, many people find their home has never looked so good and can't wait to see it in print as a lovely keepsake for the future.
- If you ever decide to sell your home in the future, showing your prospective buyers the magazine spread is a great marketing tool.
Meet The Team
Karen is a writer and stylist who previously spent 13 years as a features writer for The Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun in Newcastle before launching Beautiful Homes in the North. Covering everything from health and human interest features to celebrity interviews and comedy reviews, no two days were the same. But it was always property and interiors that fired her interest.
Although she now lives in Folkestone, Kent, she returnes to the North East at least once a month to work on photoshoots with Katie.View Karen's Profile
I have worked as a professional photographer since graduating from Napier University in 1998 with a BA Hons in Photography. I’m an editorial photographer who has worked for variety of newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times, The FT Magazine and now a variety of national interior magazines. I love photography and the people I meet along the way.View Katie's Website
- 25 Beautiful Homes
- Ideal Home
- Real Homes
- Style at Home
- Your Home
- Build It
- House Beautiful
- Good Homes