A note about before and after photos: I wish I had more of them to share. Truly, I do. But let me give you an inside peek of what it takes to get killer after shots: it takes time in a space that is perfect and ready for clients to see, but the clients haven’t been allowed to settle into yet. Before shots are easier. Not only do I have the time and opportunity to snap a few pictures in the empty space before the work begins and as it progresses, but there’s no added pressure of knowing that my clients are dying to come in, settle in, and nest. After shots, though, are different. And it’s completely my fault—I could delay the time it takes to get my clients into their space so I can make sure the lighting is right, make sure the space is pristine, make sure I get the perfect capture. But that’s so not who I am. Nothing makes me happier than seeing clients claim their new space, and nothing says home like settling in and making it your own. I get giddy when I see that happen, and once it does, that space is sacred. It’s theirs, not an “after shot” to share with the world. And that—the giddiness, the knowing that I’ve had a hand in building or remodeling or designing a place that is now someone’s home—trumps after pics. Always has, always will.