Out front on the news stands!!: February cover of Style at Home

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Way back in February of 2016 I shot a stunning kitchen with Rebecca Hay Interior Design, and then posted it here on the blog. Once out in the wide world, it was discovered by the brilliant creatives at Style at Home magazine, including Ann-Marie Favot. Today, that kitchen is the cover of the February 2017 issue! Here are a few shots from the corresponding photo shoot. To see the rest of the story and the rest of the wonderful magazine content, go pick up your copy "on news stands now!"












Do you have style? The importance of styling and framing in the Interior photograph.

Monday, March 14, 2016


 
If you have read my newsletter, you have heard my spiel, on style, and I apologize for some repetition here. But, really I think it bears repeating. I was recently chatting with someone from deep inside the editorial and magazine world, and we touched upon the importance of styling when creating photography of interior design. When we capture your interior design in two-dimension, we are creating a new piece of art in our documentation of your art.

In creating that 2D art, within this context, two of the most important aspects to think about, are styling and framing. We don’t have to frame the image to capture all of what you have designed, but should rather frame to showcase aspects of your design in a powerful way. This will have more impact than a photo that simply gets the whole room. The instinct of many designers when they are thinking about what they want to have photographed is to “get it all” or, to “show the whole context of the space”. Yet, I have always maintained, that when you try to capture too much, you end up focusing on nothing at all. Yes, we want to see an overall, as an illustration of the room or space, but sometimes it is better to hone in on a corner, or 2/3rds of a space rather than make sure we get the whole thing. With my art, I want to bring attention to the choice of fabric, juxtaposition of materials, selection of lighting, scale, and texture. Those are all facets of your design and branding, which are important to bring to the forefront. These can be showcased in a more focused image rather than one, which captures all of the “cabinet layout” or floor plan.

I have found that even though you are a designer, and can make pattern, colour, furniture, and drafting decisions with confidence, in the blink of an eye, this does not always translate into styling the space for photography. It does seem to be a skill that some enjoy, and have a natural knack for, while others struggle and sometimes ignore all together. However, a space without styling is so often cold, stark, and uninviting. The styling ingredients, create points of interest,  add warmth,  and layers of texture, which entice the eye.  They don’t have to get in the way of the design, but can be thought of as an extension of the design, which follow the same rules of balance, symmetry, and asymmetry, pulling it all together to tell a richer and fuller story.

If you do ever need a styling expert for your next photography project, feel free to ask me for some names from my database. My styling friends and I would be more than happy to help you elevate your branding and pitch to the next level. 


Design By Melissa Davis

Design by Rebecca Hay Interior Design

Design by Rebecca Hay Interior Design


Design by Vanessa Francis

Design by Mhouse Inc.

Design by Mhouse Inc.

Streamlined and Woods: Two stories in Toronto Home Magazine

Wednesday, March 2, 2016



I love receiving a package in the mail, especially when it is the Toronto Home Magazine, Kitchens special issue! In this one, there are two my photo stories. One showing off the streamlined work of Dvira Ovadia, and the other, the finely crafted kitchen from Kate Davidson Design. Make sure you pick up a copy to see the rest of the great magazine!






Moving away from monochrome

Monday, February 22, 2016




Last week's work included two Rebecca’s, and two kitchens, which move away from monochrome. Don’t get me wrong! I love an all white kitchen. I just renovated mine to be such. But, I also find two-tone really appealing. I may even paint out my lower cabinets, sometime in the future, to a different colour.



I worked with Rebecca Hay Interior Design to photograph this eye-catching kitchen staring deep blue cabinetry and, my favorite, brass hardware and lighting!  Who else is so in love blue and brass right now?  I also adore the raw wood open shelves, which were actually made by the client’s mother. But, the crème de la crème of the kitchen: her custom designed stools, which echo the brass, have matching yellow cushion tops, and dark wood legs. Lastly, the little bench and hook area super charming too!
 
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The second Rebecca, Rebecca Goodman (who’s website is coming soon!), and second kitchen promote black as the colour of choice for the center island. The contrast is stunning, and works to bring attention to the texture of the herringbone back-splash. I love the brightness of the chrome stools here too. 

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Interiors with serious EDGE!

Monday, February 1, 2016



Today, is all about TEB Interiors! Teb stands for Terry Edward Briceland, and he is the self-titled “Creative Dictator” of TEB Interiors. They (the other two in the team are Matthew Adams, and Steven Southgate) are a full service interior design firm “know for it’s edgier and sexier design aesthetic”. And they are!! 



Logo: brass knuckles

Motto:  We Make Awesome Crap For Your Home

Hash tag: #InjectSomeEdge



You get the picture! TEB Interiors is a design firm set above the rest! They are a cocktail mix of fine craftsmanship, extreme creativity, and a syringe full of rock and roll (shaken not stirred). Irreverence is sewn into the fabric of their aesthetic! Terry uses tattoos as therapy. And you are bound to see some skull and crossbones somewhere in the mix.


But they are not all grunge and sharp edges. The attraction of their design comes from the perfect balance of edge and luxury; wild and tamed; rustic and refined!


What also turns me on about these guys is that they hand make custom stuff all the time. From pillows, to chairs, to wall coverings. They sew and they build! Again, the yin and the yang are there in perfect harmony. If they can’t find that right piece to complete a project, they are more likely than not, going to make it, or design it and have it made. That is exactly what happened in the case of the industrial sconces for the project featured below. And they are kick *ss!



I'v known TEB and Terry for about a year now, but we just shot our first photo project together at the end of last year. The results are an outstanding gust of colour and pattern, and texture. Have a look, and Terry blogs too. So check out his story about the Condo  here.

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This small space with Melissa Davis

Monday, January 25, 2016


Everyone loves to hear about how hide your clutter in a small space! I know I do! This is a personal challenge I have, living in a typical small Toronto duplex with no more than 750 sq.ft. of space on each floor.  Melissa Davis is great at finding clever solutions for small spaces. I have taken inspiration often from her design.

Gleaning inspiration is just one of the reasons I love working with her to photograph her design. It is always top notch, full of texture and rich colour, and there are always plenty of little nooks for a few good styling detail shots.

This month we are on the cover of Reno & Décor magazine featuring Melissa's own condo space. You can see how she implements strategies for small space in her own living space.  My favourite are the cabinets from the kids section of Ikea  she uses as extra  hanging storage and then continues as  bench in her dinging room. 

It is a good read all around, and we are certainly proud to be on the cover of this issue!


Here are some other shots from the  shoot for the story:
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Hip To be Paid! Editorial Story in Home Decor and Renovations Magazine

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

There are guaranteed to be laughs when hanging out with William Macdonald! I have been working with him for about half a year now. Not only is he such fun to work with, but the spaces he designs are curated with the highest quality material and furnishings! I am driven to do them justice with my photography.

Happily, a couple of our recent projects have made the covers of magazines!

This was published in the August/September issue of  Home Decore and Renovations Magazine. Here is the Issuu Link so you can have a good read. 

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This was such a charming country home with lots of beautiful spaces to photograph. Here are some of the other shots from that project:
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Pretty colors on the cover of Hamilton Magazine's Interiors

Friday, November 20, 2015



Things are busy these days over here at Stephani Buchman Photography , as we are getting ready for the holidays, interior designers are wrapping up projects and getting them captured with photography. It has been a great year filled with lots of great projects. I have met so many new designers, all a pleasure to work with. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to see so many beautiful spaces daily!

Today, I am excited to share this cover and story in Hamilton Magazine! This was shot with designer Kate Davidson.


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 One other excerpt from the story. Keep an eye out for your copy to see the whole story!

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In Hoss Magazine with Dvira Ovadia

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


The fall issue of  Hoss Magazine features Dvira Ovadia’s design and my photography in  an article by Dvira,  titled Dvira Ovadia, Family-Focused Design.

This project was one of the first I worked on with Dvira, and one of my favorites with her so far. I love the soft color pallet she used, the blue on the wall, and the mix of natural and semi-industrial accents throughout. Have a look some of the pics from the shoot. And, hey, make sure you check out the article in Hoss Magazine.
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