naomi jones homes
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I’ve been working in publishing for
20 years, specialising in homes and interiors for the best part of those two decades: I was the features editor of Period Living magazine for several years, commissioning and directing photographers and stylists;
and I've been a freelance writer,
stylist and art director since 2012.
Elle Decor Country
The English Home
Country Homes & Interiors
Homes & Antiques
25 Beautiful Homes
What's in it for me?
If you run a business, most magazines are more than happy to mention this and include your website and telephone number in the feature or on their contacts page. It really is a great way of promoting your work. Many homeowners are also keen to have a record of their home renovations, which is particularly useful for older or historically important houses. It's also a nice way to show off to your friends!
Do I need to be a homeowner?
Ideally, yes, but if you rent and have the landlord's permission that should be fine.
What do I need to do to be considered?
Email me a selection of images of your home to show me all the key rooms: living room, kitchen, bathroom and one or two bedrooms, plus any additional rooms or spaces you think are photogenic, for instance, the hallway, a study or workroom, plus the garden and the exterior of your house. Depending on file size, these may need to be sent in batches so as not to exceed around 10mb per email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How will my home be selected?
When I have reviewed your images, I will let you know if I think your home would work as a feature. Sometimes, a home can be too tidy or minimalist that it just won't work, so don't tidy up too much when you take the pictures!
What do I need to do to prepare for the photo shoot?
Feel free to have a bit of a clean and tidy up but we will be moving things around (into and out of shot) so don't worry too much, just put the kettle on when we arrive, and if you can whip up a sandwich for lunch, that would be marvellous!
Who will turn up on the day?
The team consists of me and the photographer, unless we have decided an additional assistant is required.
How long will the photo shoot take?
As we photograph almost every room of your home, it takes a whole day, usually 9.30am-5pm. In winter obviously we have shorter days so we try to speed things up (!) or start earlier and finish by around 4pm.
If you move things around, will you put things back?
Of course. But if we have had to move a lot, we may require a bit of help or reminding where things go!
Can you get me featured in my favourite magazine?
If you have a preferred magazine and we think your home would suit it, we will contact them with the finished photos to see if they would be interested, but we can't promise they'll take it. We work with some lovely magazines though so we are sure you'll be happy.
When will the feature be published?
We like to photograph for the season, so if we shoot in summer, we would hope to sell your feature to be published the following summer; however, occasionally magazines have to hold onto features a bit longer, and sometimes use them much quicker.