Team-Up Tuesday — A Q&A With Sarah Winchester Studios

Sarah Winchester is an amazing Boston-based interior design photographer.

It’s #TeamUpTuesday! Today, we’re proud to feature Sarah Winchester Studios. Sarah’s an amazingly talented Boston-based interior and architecture photographer. She’s worked will all types of clients, from fashion houses and magazines to construction companies and advertising campaigns. We sat down with her to learn a little more about her artistic approach.

What camera do you shoot on?
❈ For my commercial work, I shoot with a Canon DSLR. For my fine art photography, I either use my Canon or my mirrorless Fuji. A 2018 goal of mine is to start shooting again with my large format Deardorff. Like the good old-fashioned viewfinder camera. Also, the iPhone camera is quite a powerful and high quality camera these days. I use it a lot for scouting, ideas, and Instagram stories. The fact that it is always on my person makes it an indispensable tool.

What types of clients do you work with?
❈ For my commercial photography, I work with interior design professionals, architects and builders. I love helping them get a beautiful 2D photographic image that really tells the story of their 3D space. For my fine art photography, I work with anyone who loves art and wants a photograph.

How did you first get involved in interior design photography?
❈ I got involved with interior design photography through a friend and former studio mate, Erin Gates (Elements of Style). There were a bunch of us creatives renting out studio space in the Fort Point/Seaport area of Boston from some other amazing creatives, Jill Rosenwald and Lawrence McRae Ceramics. It was this wonderful group of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, and we kind of worked as this little creative consortium.

Erin was working on her first book and I really wanted to segue my photography business to interiors and architecture.  She let me shoot a few smaller projects for her book. I loved the working atmosphere of an interiors shoot. There is such collaborative nature and feel to an interiors shoot. When the angle is perfect and the light is just right in a beautiful designed space… it’s truly magical.  Kind of corny, I know, but I still get a rush when that happens.

How does your fine art background influencer your aesthetic?
❈ The light… oh, the light! I think my years studying art history have really helped me understand how light composition can form an image and a feeling. There is almost a science to it. I’m actually a failed scientist. I started out college as a science major, but quickly switched to art when “life experiences” got in the way. I.e. I had a lot of fun and my chemistry class pulled down my GPA.

From a photography perspective, what design elements really make a space?
❈ There is a science to design as well. Color combinations, pattern mixtures, texture combinations, the form and placement of furniture; a talented designer is able to combine all these things in a seemingly effortless way. I am always in awe of that.

In contrast, which interiors are most difficult to make look good on camera?
❈ Shooting directly into a window is always challenging but it can also be the most beautiful and dynamic shot. New challenging spaces also help keep me on my game. I love a good challenge and feel it makes me a better professional.

What’s a favorite project you’ve worked on?
❈ Oh, there was this one home where I got to photograph a real Monet! The room was gorgeous too, and the design was beyond perfect. Not too traditional, not too modern, the perfect mix. I often revisit that shoot in my head wishing I could go back and shoot more.

Life advice for people who want to pursue their passion?
❈ Do it! Figure out the finances, figure out what you need to do to “make it work” and dive in—never with the thought that you won’t make it. Your specific goals and business approach may change as you grow and change but you have to go in it wholeheartedly. (Again, super corny I know.)

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Holiday Gift Guide for Homeowners

The stockings are hung, the lights are strewn, and there’s magic in the air… There really is no better time than the holidays to let family and friends know just how much they’re loved. Here’s our gift guide for homeowners — our top picks from local sellers that any homeowner in your life is sure to enjoy!

1. City Maps by JHill Design

A personalized map from JHill Design is the perfect gift for a new homeowner
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A personalized map from JHill will forever remind the recipient of the place they were on a special day in their lives. These maps are one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for newlyweds, a graduate, or new homeowners to hang on their wall. At Covelle & Cohen, we love gifting JHill’s Boston-area maps to clients! | @jhilldesign

2. Anything from Twelve Chairs in the South End

Decor from Twelve Chairs in Boston's South End
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If you want that unique item that will really catch your guests’ eyes, look no further than Twelve Chairs, a home furnishings shop and interior design studio located in the historic South End neighborhood. There, you’re sure to find unique, vintage-inspired decor inspired by subtle details, enduring character, and custom craftsmanship. We love Twelve Chairs’ area rugs, bedding, end tables, and of course.. CHAIRS. | @twelvechairsboston

3. Plants from Niche Urban Garden Supply in Cambridge and Boston

Pretty curated plants from Niche Urban Garden Supply
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You can never have enough plants! For the plant parents in your life, Niche Urban Garden Supply has gifts galore. At this boutique plant shop located Cambridge & Boston, pick up a decorative potted plant in a contemporary container to add a little green to any living space. | @nicheboston

4. Lighting Fixtures or Clocks from Design Within Reach on Mass Ave in Cambridge

At Design Within Reach on Mass Ave in Cambridge, find wares from world-renowned designers
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Design Within Reach gives people to the best in authentic modern design. At the Cambridge store, find luxe modern living home accessories from the likes of world-renowned designers such as Michael Anastassiades, Tom Dixon Studio, Muuto, and Philippe Starck. Sleek fixtures like these can transform any home from outdated to chic. | @designwithinreach

5. Wine from The Urban Grape in the South End

Find the perfect gift for your holiday party host at The Urban Grape in Boston
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Most of us could use a drink this holiday season…. Look no further than The Urban Grape, Boston’s award-winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store in the South End. Shop the holiday party selection here. | @urbangrape 

6. Art Print By Noat in Somerville

Noat’s minimal, modernist designs will tie together any room.
Photo: @designwithinreach

Noat’s minimal, modernist designs will tie together any room. Bonus: we think they’re quite calming to look at. Buy the art print here. Noat is the new project of Somerville-based brand design team, Oat. | @noatpaper

7. Walnut Bar Cart by The Cottage in Concord

Gorgeous bar cart from The Cottage in Concord
Photo: @bostondesignguide

Why walk all the way to the fridge or kitchen for refills? This gorgeous dark walnut bar cart from The Cottage in Concord fits perfectly with every holiday party. Give the gift of pretty and practical indulging this holiday. Protip from Boston Design Guide: dress it up with simple glassware and a festive wreath! | @the_cottage_concord_ma

8. Anything from HausWitch Home + Healing in Salem

Head to HausWitch in Salem to rebalance your home's energy with crystals and spell kits
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For the witch in your life! At HausWitch, find everything you need to bring good vibes home. We love the HausWarming Spell Kit for a Cozy Home… with clove scented candles and cinnamon incense. Buy it here, along with other crystals and spells made with love and reiki. | @hauswitch

9. Peterman’s Boards and Bowls

Every wooden bowl or accessory from Spencer Peterman has its own story
Photo: @petermansboardsandbowls

Every wooden bowl or accessory from Spencer Peterman has its own story. Peterman seeks out locally fallen trees like maple, cherry or black walnut. He upcycles otherwise discarded, decomposing wood to create strikingly unique, hand turned bowls. His crafts are the perfect statement piece for any kitchen counter of coffee table, sure to spark a conversation. Bonus: you can find these bowls at the Boston Public Market! | @petermansboardsandbowls

Businesses We Love: Highland Shredding

Highland Shredding review by Covelle Cohen

All About Shredding!

You’re moving. You’re decluttering. It’s spring cleaning. Hell, it’s Monday morning and you’re looking through that pile of papers that lives on your counter for the permission slip to sign for your son’s field trip that was due LAST TUESDAY!  It’s time to purge all the junk mail, old tax returns, checks, medical records and bank statements that are exploding from the file cabinet making it impossible to file the NEW pile of documents that has currently swallowed that permission slip. It’s time to SHRED. 

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