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Capturing the Heart of Homes - A Photographer's Perspective on Kitchen Design


A mint green kitchen in an architecturally designed home in Perth Western Australia
Design Klopper Davis and Colourcube photography Gathering Light

When it comes to interior design, kitchens play a pivotal role in shaping the overall aesthetics and functionality of a home. As an interior design photographer, I've had the privilege of capturing the heart and soul of countless kitchens. So what happens when we photograph a kitchen for your interior design portfolio? In this blog post, we will explore the art and science behind photographing kitchens, highlighting the elements that make them unique and appealing. From a professional photographer's perspective, let's delve into the world of kitchen design and its significance in creating a visually captivating space.


The Kitchen as a Focal Point

Kitchens are more than just places to prepare meals; they are the epicenter of daily life. They are where families gather, conversations flow, and memories are created. As an interior design photographer, my mission is to capture not just the physical space but also the emotions and stories that unfold within it.


A traditional black and white kitchen with striking pendant lights
Kitchen by Grey Peg Interiors photography by Gathering Light

Lighting: The Magic Ingredient

One of the most critical aspects of photographing kitchens is lighting. The interplay between natural and artificial light can transform a kitchen into an inviting, vibrant space. Natural light, with its soft, even illumination, can make the kitchen appear warm and welcoming. As a photographer, I often wait for the perfect time of day to capture the kitchen when it's bathed in soft, diffused day light, creating a sense of tranquility.

Artificial lighting also plays a pivotal role. Pendant lights, and statement lighting can accentuate different aspects of the kitchen's design. They add depth and character to the space, and it's my job to balance these elements while ensuring the entire scene is well-lit and the style of light reflects the design aesthetic of the home.


Composition: Creating Visual Harmony

Effective composition is another key element in kitchen photography. I focus on creating balanced, harmonious shots that highlight the kitchen's most appealing features. Symmetry, leading lines, and the rule of thirds are all techniques that can be applied to draw the viewer's eye to the focal point of the kitchen, whether it's an elegant island, a stunning backsplash, or a beautiful range hood. The ying and yang of this kitchen design is so strikingly visual you can almost draw it with your finger over the top of the design.


A pale green kitchen with marble and timber accents glass cabinet handles
Kitchen by Linda Milvain photography by Gathering Light

Details Matter

Kitchens are often replete with intricate details that deserve to be showcased. From unique tiles on the backsplash to the texture of the countertops, the careful selection of cabinet handles and pulls. The interplay of materiality. Capturing these details in high-resolution images can help potential clients appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into a well-designed kitchen. Interior photography really plays to its strengths here, allowing viewers to see the fine details that make each kitchen special.


Colour and Texture

Colour and texture are integral to any kitchen's design. As an interior design photographer, I pay close attention to these elements. Vibrant, contrasting colours can make a kitchen pop, while a cohesive colour palette can create a sense of serenity. Texture, on the other hand, adds depth to the images. Be it the warmth of a wooden, the smoothness of cabinetry, or the intricate patterns of marble, showcasing texture is key in kitchen photography. The interplay of how all these carefully considered elements come together is something I consider essential to a successful image.


Timber kitchen in a Fremantle Warehouse Renovation with a tradtional AGA stove.
Kitchen by Jess O'Shea and Kristy Castanga photography by Gathering Light - AGA oven detail

Showcasing Appliances

When kitchens feature high-end appliances, and it's essential to showcase them effectively. It takes careful consideration to integrate appliances into a kitchen design well. It’s important to show how this is done, the more seamless the design the more delightful the imagery.


White kitchen full of natural like accented with blonde wood and basket pendant lights
Kitchen by Linda Milvain photography by Gathering Light

In the world of interior design photography, kitchens are a unique and fascinating subject. Their role as the heart of a home, their importance in daily life, and their intricate designs make them a captivating focus. Proper lighting, thoughtful composition, attention to detail, colour, and texture are all vital elements in bringing out the best in kitchen design. As an interior design photographer, I find great joy in capturing the essence of kitchens, allowing their beauty and functionality to shine through in every image. The kitchen is the soul of the home, and it deserves to be showcased in all its glory.


It's been so much fun writing this post and collecting these images I've photographed for so many various talented interior designers in Perth

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