How to Shoot Interiors on Your Phone

If you’re at the helm of a successful design studio, you probably know that design is only half the job. The other half is about effectively marketing your client projects—before, during, and after the process. Whether you’re shooting portfolio images or for submission to publications, the importance of professional photography cannot be overstated. That being said, there’s also a time and place to shoot interiors on your phone for social content on Instagram Stories, TikTok, and more.

We’ve invited our staff photographer, Madeline Harper, to share her expertise on capturing beautiful photo photos that reflect the quality of your brand. Plus, we’re sharing our single tap solution for high-quality editing on the go with the new IDCO X Madeline Harper Photo Presets. Learning to shoot interiors on your phone and edit in one step has never been easier.


Curved sofa with earth tone pillows | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite CollectiveGreen kitchen cabinetry with brass hardware | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite Collective

Photography: Madeline Harper


How to Shoot Interiors on Your Phone


Use natural light sources.


Rule of thumb: when you shoot interiors on your phone, the more natural light, the better! Most phones these days are amazing and have the option for a shutter speed longer than a second or two. That means even if you’re shooting a darker room, you can capture it pretty well. Using a longer shutter speed is best when using a tripod or with your hand resting on a stable surface to prevent any blurriness.



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Exposed wood leg sofa with brass sconce | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite CollectiveLeather floral vase by Jenni Kayne | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite Collective

Photography: Madeline Harper


Incorporate accessories.


Greenery always gives a breath of fresh air. Also, make sure to keep away from your client’s personal family photos and lean more towards art pieces. I love styling with mixed textures, stacked books, and unique pieces of furniture.



Consider the time of day.


Truth be told, there isn’t one best time of day to shoot interiors. It really depends on if you would like even lights or some natural light pockets and shadows. I usually recommend even light if you want textures and finishing touches to shine. However, shadows and light streaks can add drama, dimension, and uniqueness if you have an unfilled space—just make sure it doesn’t distract from your design work.


Modern cottage open shelving | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite CollectiveArchway shower entrance | Shoot Interiors on Your Phone | The Identite Collective

Photography: Madeline Harper


Start shooting + try out multiple angles.


When you’re ready to shoot interiors on your phone, think about the after shots you’ll want and try to replicate them with the before shots. Nothing is more fun and effective than a “swipe to see” post. For progress photos, I typically love seeing a close-up of material samples or a straight-on room shot to show the scope of work. You also can’t go wrong with beautiful vignettes that speak to the quality of your work!

Once you’re ready to get started follow these three steps:

    • Lower your camera. It keeps the focal point of any room more squared off and resembles the room from a seated position.


    • Square off your shot. Use the grid lines on your camera to make sure your photo is straight, both vertically and horizontally.


  • Shoot underexposed versus overexposed. If you overexpose your images while shooting (when there is too much light and it’s washed out), it’s not possible to edit that in post. However, an underexposed image will maintain all its details as it’s edited.


More to Read: What You Need to Know When Working With a Photographer


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How to Shoot Interiors on Your Phone using mobile presets

Phone photo using ‘The Mandu’ IDCO Presets


Invest in quality editing tools.


Now that you’ve got the perfect shot, it’s time to edit, and that’s where our new IDCO X Madeline Harper Mobile Lightroom Presets come into play. Our presets have been updated to reflect the changing trends in social media aesthetics.—think warmer, more organic, and natural with immense depth and luxury. With the rise of Instagram Stories and other, less formal, forms of social media, we’ve bridged the gap between professional photography and phone photos. Simply install our eight unique presets in the Lightroom App for on-the-go editing to make your work shine with a single tap.


The new IDCO X Madeline Harper Mobile Lightroom Presets

The new IDCO X Madeline Harper Mobile Lightroom Presets


We can’t wait to see how these tips and our new presets help elevate your phone photos across social media. Be sure to tag us with #IDCOatHome for a chance to be featured right here on the blog.



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