House in Taplow, BuckinghamshireGemma Dudgeon interior design
House in Taplow, Buckinghamshire
Gemma Dudgeon interior design
I have shot many of Gemma’s wonderful creations over the past 15 years or more. She is an engaging personality, visually very acute and artistic, extrememly professional and yet easy and free spirited to work with, and goes to great lengths in her work, down to meticulous details, in which she takes immense pride. She is establishing an impressive reputation and her work is gaining a substantial following.
In shooting this house in Taplow, we had a very limited amount of time to photograph. The clients were moving in the next day, with masses of their possessions, and the builders hadn’t quite finished, so we only had one day. Not only did we have to style the house entirely, but we had also to work around the limitations of certain key walls not being painted, bare cables on show, etc.
Gemma had brought over a truckload of foodstuffs, crackery, pots and pans, plants, flowers, towels, clothes, books, and multutudes of other items. It is difficult to describe how much effort she put into this shoot. Everything which is visible in these images – aside from the walls or fixtures – she brought over. Styling is always incredibly important in interiors photography, and with Gemma’s creative mind we set to work in earnest. It was autumn, so the days were already drawing in early. The styling has always to reflect and enhance the style of the setting, and in this case a semi-rural arts and crafts house on the banks of the River Thames.
I am sure anyone who sees these shots will never realise that everything was just there for the day! Gemma is meticulous with every layout to create just the look and style for which she is well known, and together we managed, just, to complete the shoot.
Packing everything away took until midnight, but when you have one single opportunity to photograph a project, time and effort are non negotiable.