While Englefield still produces shoots for the nation’s leading interiors titles, she’s also expanded the scope of her work in recent years, advising and collaborating with designers to create content for a wide range of media, from magazines and books to all manner of digital platforms. With all the changes in the publishing world, Englefield understands that it’s more important than ever for designers to take the lead in making their own content, and she is uniquely suited to help them excel at this.
Honed from decades of experience, her highly trained eye is in demand. And while she makes it all look easy, behind the scenes it’s immediately clear how meticulous and exacting the job is. Englefield analyzes every detail so that the visuals come together in a distinctly beautiful way. “I take the story of a space, I absorb it and understand it, and then I refine it, enhance it and give it dimension,” she says.
Englefield preps for each shoot ahead of time with the photographer, using scouting images and other visual references to sketch out the basic strategy. “Once we decide on what will be our first three major shots and their primary angles, then the rest of the vignettes and details fall into place,” she says. On set, under her artistic direction, Englefield and the visual team will further polish what’s in front of the lens.
Here, Englefield shares her deep insider knowledge about how to make a room both supremely stylish and camera-ready—no redecorating required.