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A Conversation with Andy Macpherson: Mastering Interior Photography and his Latest Course

At age 14, Andy Macpherson picked up a waterproof disposable camera to photograph a mate surfing and hasn’t stopped since.

 

Photo by Josette Macpherson

 

Now a known architecture and interiors photographer, his journey started from a failed marketing business. “I was working on writing a brief for some marketing material for an engineering firm,” says Andy, when the brief needed visuals he began photographing buildings and was “instantly hooked”.

 

Caba Hill House - Architecture By Culprit 

“It was such a challenging and technical kind of photography. I dropped everything I was doing at the time to obsess over it and make it my career.” 

 

Swell Hotel - Interiors by Nyree MacKenzie Design

 

Since going professional 8-years ago, Andy has shot some of the industries most prolific projects, and has been featured in multiple publications including Vogue Living, The Local Project, Inside Out and more.

 

  The Cheshire Cat Motel - Interiors by Mon Studio

With the majority of Andys professional work focusing around beautiful spaces, he maintains that he “would generally follow the same principles” but for shoots such as The Cheshire Cat Motel there’s an lifestyle element to consider when shooting the project. In this particular instance, the brief was to capture the personality and heritage of the space meaning that “the post-production might be more stylised”.

 

  The Cheshire Cat Motel - Interiors by Mon Studio

 

Andy is no stranger to shooting Nood Co products, “they’re so fun but also versatile. They definitely add a playful or sophisticated element to a space, and they elevate the sense of the design quality of a space.” he says.

 

Swell Hotel - Interiors by Nyree MacKenzie Design

 

Bathrooms and wet areas are generally the hardest to shoot due to space, lighting and reflective surfaces. The most common mistake Andy sees is “people holding their camera too high or thinking they need an overly wide lens. So, get your camera about 10-30 cm above the basin, move back, zoom in, turn the lights off (if it's not too dark without them).” Composition is an important factor as well when shooting a wet area, “separate the main elements of the area - basin/vanity and shower/bath - you don't need to get it all in every shot, build a narrative around the space with multiple images.”

 

Caba Hill House - Architecture By Culprit

 

After years of being asked how to better photograph interiors on an iPhone Andy has developed a 6-module video course, Learn Architecture & Interiors Photography on your iPhone, that covers how to best shoot and edit with your phone. Andy has kindly provided us with a 10% discount code (NOODCO10) for our audience.

 

  Cabin for Left Bank - Interiors by Louise Walsh Interior Design

When describing his ‘perfect shoot’ he emphasises the importance of “good people, a fun vibe and meaningful design. Lots of laughs followed by a drink at the end.” When it came to his favourite photo, he didn’t miss a beat in saying “any image that has my wife and kids in it”. 

 

Cabin for Left Bank - Architecture by Marc & Co

Use the code NOODCO10 for 10% off Andy’s course.