We asked some of our favourite photographers to share a memorable shoot which they love, whether from a house, a styled location or studio. Here are the inspiring results...
‘My favourite shoot that springs to mind is our cover story shoot from the Feb issue, styled by Despina Curtis. I totally love that shoot from the location to the props and us exploring the compositions. It really is my favourite.’ benanders.co.uk
‘This is probably my favourite ever picture and room for ELLE Decoration that I have shot, I enjoyed this whole shoot especially creating this atmosphere. I love the scale and the crack of light through the windows.’ bethevans.com
‘This bedroom is actually part of the Future Perfect showroom in Manhattan called Casa Perfect New York. The word ‘showroom' really does not do it justice. It is housed in a stunning private residence and is curated with unique and beautiful work of contemporary designers from around the globe in a true home environment. It’s a real treat to visit. This image is one of the bedrooms. It’s a bold and happy palette that I thought evoked joy, adventure and style the moment I walked in. Magic. ’ matthewwilliamsphotographer.com
‘The Lost House has to be one of the most challenging yet uplifting shoots from my favourite unique London homes. It really does feel a little lost amidst the bustle of the train station and the canal… once you enter, it’s like opening a door into a hidden world, pre and post lockdown, I can imagine this being the perfect London pad to host amazing parties and entertain guests.
Designed by the internationally renowned architect Sir David Adjaye, Lost House is one of the most significant domestic projects of recent times. With only one external window, the main space is lit by the three lightwells that run through the central living area. The home is designed in such a way that the light is endlessly reflected through mirrors and reflective black resin surfaces that are set within the floor and walls. A unique urban living space in every way.’ taranwilkhu.com
‘The room is the bathroom inside the apartment of Graanmarkt 13 in Antwerp, Belgium. This image was photographed for the book A white facade, five floors and an open door, in the summer of 2018. The room is particularly memorable for me — I spent two weeks in the apartment for the project.
This was the view that greeted me as I walked out into the hallway from the bedroom each morning. The space was designed by Vincent van Duysen. A bathtub sits at the centre of the room, like a low concave marble sculpture. It is framed by warm plaster walls and supported by dark wooden floorboards. Inside the bath, the clear water appears to glow in a light blue hue... outside, a Ginkgo Biloba tree stands in the courtyard.’ richstapleton.com
‘This is the living room in the Weavers House by design duo Chan & Eayrs. It’s a modern take on the original Huguenots homes, a community of French Protestants who escaped prosecution by fleeing to London.
When they arrived, they used their wealth from their dealings in the silk trade to build these beautiful houses, the only ones in London to have outward facing shutters – a French tradition. I absolutely love the Danish banana sofa (reupholstered in cream Pierre Frey velvet) and the way the brass floor lamp intersects with the church window across the street.’ michael-sinclair.com
‘I shot this image at Chateau Engalin. I like the picture because of its scale and the client's good taste. The furniture has been beautifully curated and the stylist and I had such a lovely week shooting here. They are perfect hosts.’ paulraeside.com
‘I love this image of the table and chair. I shot this in collaboration with the talented stylist, Hannah Bort. I have a vivid memory of a multitude of products and beautiful pieces filling every available space in the location and the ELLE Decoration team unpacking objects for hours.
The space was surrounded by walls of glass at various angles which was stunning. For this project I wanted the light to be soft and welcoming, which meant that my assistant and I had to move quickly with diffusing material to soften the ever-moving sharp sunlight which illuminated the modern angular structure.
I remember coveting the table and chair on the shoot, as they are beautifully designed pieces of furniture. I find it really helps with the creative process and the end result if the objects that you are photographing really appeal to your aesthetic, like all of the pieces do in this shot.’ jakecurtis.co.uk
‘We created this image for a recent campaign for the paint company Craig and Rose. It showcases one of their new colours, Fleurie. We loved designing a room around such a bold colour, imagining the person who lives there.’ annabatchelor.com
‘In this Australian house, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects, tone, texture and mood are all elements that I am drawn to. They evoke a sense of calmness and serenity.’ sharyncairns.com.au
‘I shot this in the US. The chairs are ancient birthing chairs from Africa. I’ve never sat in anything so comfortable! The project is by architect Vincent Appel. ’ rory-gardiner.com
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