Can you photograph a powder room?

Friday, February 7, 2014

I love this question - which was recently asked of me in a chat I had with a delightful person and up-and-coming designer, Jennyfer (you will always remember the y) Kenez. 

So, here is an example of a  few small Powder room Photos. The first image, had me yes, 'hugging the porcelain'  with only the dedication of getting the shot, and not  the benefit of drink to thank. It was so funny to see me in that position that Jodie Rosen had to tweet out a photo of me (this image might end up as a spam tag "I am sure this is you"). But this is what I do for your design and  getting the shot!  

And thankfully, once the shot is framed, I shoot with a remote that allows me to get up off the floor, and away from the toilet to capture the  final shot. 

And where is the camera? Well, that is removed via my "Photoshop Magic" after the shot is taken. The image below is particularly interesting because of the graphic wall paper. One would think that it is difficult to remove the camera and replace it with graphic wall paper like that, but the software I use is so sophisticated, it makes me look so. 
© stephani buchman photography Design by Jodie Rosen Design

© stephani buchman photography Design by Shirley Meiseles of

© stephani buchman photography Design by Jodie Rosen Design
The image with the black wall and etched mirror is another situation where removing the camera seemed to be complicated because of the etching in the mirror. Yet, I removed it without a problem, matching the pattern of the etching over my camera with an eye for precision! 

And in the photo of the powder room by Jodie Rosen, we needed to include the artwork on the back wall which is reflected in the mirror as part of the display of the overall design.  I took this shot on an angle so the camera would not be reflected in the mirror. But the other challenge was that the air vent was just above the  chandelier and was not really part of the design. It needed to be removed so as not to distract attention from that top shelf lighting fixture. Done! No problemo!

Do you have a powder room that needs to be captured in photography? Let me know, and when you  post a comment below, receive 25% off the cost of your photography project!

Ali Budd Interiors: Yellow tulips in a dreamy breakfast room and 4 more...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I just worked with an Interior designer that you are going to want to know about! Ali Budd.

I photographed her latest reveal in late December 2013. She was so wonderful to work with. I really enjoyed hearing about the unique way that she works on a project. She ensures that the entire space is complete with all selected accessories & furniture before the client sees the space. The process is much like a interior design Show where the client is not permitted to see progress or the space until the final day and reveal of the transformation. This speaks to the full trust her clients have in her creative ability, and her knack for understanding the client's wants & needs.  
As you can find on the "about" page of her website:
"In 2010, Ali Budd Interiors was founded on a simple belief: the process of working with an interior designer can be improved. Instead of being dragged from one store to the next, having incomplete projects linger for months, or getting the dreaded “over budget” call, clients deserve an experience that’s easy, efficient – even a little exciting."

And look at the dreamy results of this process: 
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©stephani buchman photography

©stephani buchman photography

©stephani buchman photography
©stephani buchman photography

Stephani Buchman Photography of Toronto Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

For what it is worth, Houzz sent me a "press release" to fill in and pass around.....

Stephani Buchman Photography of Toronto Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Unveils the Year’s Top Images and Photographers in Canada

Toronto, Canada, February 4, 2014 – Stephani Buchman of Stephani Buchman Photography has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Stephani was recognized by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community for Architecture and Design Photography and Customer Satisfaction.

The Best Of Houzz award for Architecture & Interior Design Photography is awarded to photographers whose images were most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” In 2013, Houzzers saved more than 230 million images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners and home professionals identify popular and top-rated professionals in every metro area on Houzz. 

" I love capturing beautiful and smart design! Working with designers and architects makes the work I love doing just that much better!"  ~Stephani

“Professional photography is instrumental when it comes to showcasing the work of professionals on Houzz and building their company brands,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize [Insert award winner name] among our “Best Of” professionals for photography and customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners, home building, remodeling and design professionals, and design enthusiasts.”

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About Stephani Buchman:
Professional  architectural & Interior photographer serving the GTA Toronto Area. Vivacious. Energetic. Bold. All words that describe both photographer Stephani Buchman and the interior design images that she captures for her clients. Stephani has an extensive background photographing beautiful spaces for  publications, websites, design firms, interior designers and  home renovation reality television shows.  Stephani is adept at establishing a creative environment in which  she works in tandem with her clients to produce the strongest images possible.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit

Canadian Home Trends: Working with colour: Interior Design by Christine Da Costa

Monday, February 3, 2014

Last year I had the privilege of working with Christine Da Costa, the Interior Designer who introduced colour into the lives of these homeowners. The photographs were just published in Canadian Home Trends Magazine most recent issue.


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