Workshop: Scouting, Styling and Shooting for Magazines February 28, 2015 Mill Valley

Mill Valley Photography Workshop for Interior Designers

This one day workshop is tailored for interior designers to prepare and/or shoot design projects for submission to shelter magazines. Join Editorial and Interiors photographer David Duncan Livingston, as he shows the tricks of the trade to make a project photo ready.

A one day workshop for design principals and marketing directors to learn the current trends in design magazines, how to style photo shoots in fresh and relevant ways. Learn how to develop and direct a photo shoot to get the most useful photography to publish and promote in traditional and new media. David Duncan Livingston has been the photographer for eight coffee table books on home design. David is called upon by magazines to bring back the story of a project and use his skills as photographer, art director and stylist.

David shares his experience to make a project photo ready. Participants will share their own snapshots of projects, that will be used as case studies for the workshop. You will take away how to style and compose your project in the look of a shelter magazine spread. Participants will see during live camera/computer demos how the right placement of objects and furnishings along with the right choice of camera angle can make a room more appealing.

Specific topics to be covered:

  • The look, propping for living rooms and bedrooms
  • Adding life, ways of arranging the right florals and other elements
  • Proper art, the importance of good graphic and properly scaled art
  • Trends in photo styling, a breakdown by magazines
  • Bed styling, how to make the comfortable bed, messy style or tailored
  • Kitchen styling, with food, floral elements and table top items
  • Scouting a project, the dos and don’ts of how to take scouting shots
  • Before shots, what to do and when to do them
  • How to submit a project to magazines

Fee and Registration

The workshop will run from 10am to 3:30pm and will include a tasty lunch for a fee of $250. Email David for registration and location details,


David has been the photographer of leading design books like California Country Style and San Francisco Style by Chronicle Books. David was awarded the photographer of the year for his work in Hawaii a Sense of Place which is in its fourth printing. Regularly David’s interior photography can be seen in regional and national shelter magazines. David has also worked with top showrooms, manufactures and retailers to define their style in ad and web campaigns. Firms like Restoration Hardware, Ironies and Kneedler-Fauchere are drawn to David’s ability to function as creative director and photographer.


“We came away with such great information that will really help us, a great workshop. The food, company and discussion made it such a great way to learn.’

“You had such wonderful insights, and the points you made were all very clear and relevant to what is currently going on in the industry.”

“I came away with a better understanding of the intricacies of shooting a design project, how to submit projects to media publications, what types of shots editors “like” and more.”

“I walked away with some very precise knowledge about identifying a consistent theme for my project that can carry through to each room and vignette. What I learned will help me plan for future shoots and guide the styling of the spaces for composition, beauty and consistency.”