Photographer Ellen McDermott of Ellen McDermott Interior Photography creates beautiful imagery for interior designers, fashion and design houses, and other commercial clients. She honed her craft shooting for a San Francisco auction house – her goal there was to make the viewer want to reach out and touch the object – before landing in New York six years later. The connections she made through her work in San Francisco eventually led her to Martha Stewart where she worked with her on the “Homekeeping Handbook.” McDermott’s work has been featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, The Magazine Antiques, House Beautiful, Wall Street Journal, Country Living and more and she has photographed the work of countless interior designers. She loves the collaboration and opportunity to capture their work and express the mood of a room. In the podcast we discuss the evolution of her career, her favorite tools, the joy of collaboration and the value of mentorship. Throughout you can pick up on her New England accent and a genuine thread of gratitude. Learn more about her at her website, https://ellenmcdermott.com/.
When she realized she would not be an architect, Seattleite LeeAnn Baker beelined for the New York School of interior Design and got her interior design degree. She loved the city and made it home for a number of years, first studying and working for other creatives, and then as a founder of a trade publication for decorators. The events of 9/11 began a period of soul searching and Baker eventually surrendered to her love of design. Her first job – picking paint colors for a friend – wasn’t enough. She needed work and asked to paint the house, too. Looking back, Baker says she can trace all of her projects back to that job. In this podcast episode, Baker recounts her journey, discusses her aesthetic, her desire to overcome her fear of public speaking and how she is balancing parenting and work during COVID-19.