Michael Kormos Photography is the most sought after maternity, newborn and family photo studio in NYC. Our approach is to create an enjoyable and giggle-filled experience, while delivering stunning portraits of the highest quality. Recognized worldwide for our fresh style, creative perspectives, and portraiture that celebrates the love and joy of families.

Guest Post: How to Stage Your Home for Photos


We’ve all been there before; sure having your portrait taken sounds like a piece of cake, but besides stage fright, when it comes down to posing in front of a camera, there are so many technical issues that can create an off-kilter image – ultimately one that you’re disappointed and unhappy with.

And if you’ve ever tried to create your own still-life for a social media account, by now, you probably know how much harder that can be to get right. Photographing inanimate objects can be quite challenging, to say the least.

So when it comes down to photographing and staging your home, it’s entirely beneficial to know how to get the look and image just right – to your benefit.

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or just want some sentimental images to celebrate the hard work that went into decorating it, there’s plenty of lessons and clever hacks to be learned.

To illustrate the best approach to staging your home for images and potential buyers alike, we turned to Décor Aid interior decorators to provide some fundamental guidance to make everything come together with ease, so you can make your home look as good as possible without having to go through a complete image overhaul.

Start on Curb Appeal

Whether you live in a traditional home or a high rise condo, the exterior of your home can make or break your visitor’s first impression within minutes.  Start with a quick survey of what you can edit out, and what you can update for a better initial appearance. It could something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on your front door, a row of new blooms lining your walkway, or even a new welcome mat. That said, it’s also essential that your entryway, like the rest of your home, should come off as immaculately clean as possible.

Declutter

Sure, you’re a messy person with a full life. But in reality, there is no one in the world other than a family member or close friend who’ll be able to forgive visual clutter.  Go around your home and edit and organize every single surface, shelve, cabinet, and closet. Trust us, it’ll make a world of difference, plus it will also help you keep personal items out of site.

Group Furnishings Away From Walls

A common decorating mistake interior designers often have to come in and fix is the inclination for clients to house all furnishings flush against the wall.  But, did you know that this is one sure-fire way to make a room feel much smaller than it actually is? Instead, place furnishings closer together towards the middle of a room to make it appear as large as possible, and also more comforting and inviting to boot.

Move Pieces Around + From Room To Room

Just because you’ve always loved seeing that console in your living room doesn’t mean that it’ll make for great staging opportunities.  Quite the contrary indeed as home staging is all about that initial welcoming feel and the possibilities that lie ahead. Rethink furniture placement for more unexpected takes on interior design that’ll leave visitors ready to explore the many design directions they can take in the space.

Adjust Lighting

Reconsider lighting options and schemes to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that’ll open their eyes to investment-worthy values found inside.  Think ultra-bright and warm, and consider replacing your drapes for sheer alternatives to let in as much light as possible.

Go For Neutral Walls

Maybe that fiesta orange you picked up on travels to South America seemed like a stylish idea for your walls at home, but bold colors are sure to distract and are a harder sell in just about any home.  Tone it down with neutrals other than white to again, create an airy, warm, and comforting feel as all-white will come off as too spartan and cold.

Change Hardware

Ultimately, your goal should be to give visitors the feel of ultimate luxury, a home which they could happily see themselves residing in for years to come.  Channel the luxurious aura of a five-star resort and think about luxe updates you can easily manage on your own that won’t break the bank. In the kitchen and bathroom, our interior designers were quick to suggest that new hardware including cabinet and drawer pulls can be easily sourced and installed in just minutes without costing a small fortune.

Display Art Creatively

Bring rooms in your home to life with bold and expressive artworks thoughtfully installed to create the impression of a well-judged home that again, boasts endless design possibilities that they’re sure to find inspiring. Don’t go overboard and keep art pieces to a limit of three per room, but do make a memorable impression by placing your art pieces and sculptures in unexpected areas.

DECOR AID

Décor Aid’s award-winning designers provide a high end interior design service at affordable rates.  They offer the best interior designers in NYC and exclusive furniture discounts to accommodate your  style, budget, and scope.  Allow them to make your interior design dreams into a. reality.  Sign up at Décor Aid, and your project coordinator will be in touch  to arrange a free in-home consultation!

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Boys on the Loose in Coney Island
(nyc child photography, outdoors lifestyle family photographer)

This fun-filled session at Coney Island was the perfect way to end our season of outdoors shoots. We’ve had the honor of capturing this gorgeous family for the past four years, and we love to kick it up a notch every year to keep the boys on their toes. Sophie worked together with Mom to get the styling perfect, and the funky backdrops of the boardwalk and surrounding areas were perfect for the iconic Coney Island vibe. It will be hard to outdo these colorful moments, but we’re already brainstorming ideas for next Fall. 🙂

With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past year. We’ve met so many amazing families since we started this business almost seven years ago, and we are so grateful for each and every one of you. It’s been so wonderful to see your children and families grow over these past years, and we’re so grateful that almost all of our business has come from your kind referrals. Getting to share and capture the most special moments of your lives has filled our hearts with joy, and capturing these fleeting moments has made us better parents to our own children. We love what we do, and We are forever grateful for your support as we continue our journey. Next year holds lots of exciting developments in store for Michael Kormos Photography, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon!!

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Fresh & Modern Family Photographer NYC

    At Michael Kormos Photography, we believe that the comfort of our subjects is essential to capturing meaningful and intimate portraits. We want to capture the unique moments in your family’s life, and the connections you have with one another. We love to keep the session experience playful, so your family’s unique personalities can shine.

Our photo shoots with babies and older children are spontaneous, relaxed, and silly! Some of the best images are born out of the most unexpected moments. We can photograph in the comfort of your home, or a location of your choice in NYC. Some of our favorite settings are Central Park, UWS sidewalks, Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Coney Island in Brooklyn, Planting Fields Arboretum in Westchester, Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn, and Gantry Plaza Park in LIC Queens. Of course we are always eager and excited to explore new locations, and use our fun and energetic approach to capture your family’s unique story. If you’re interested in scheduling your own portrait session, please feel free to contact Sophie at our Midtown Manhattan studio: 212.544.0102. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Magic of stormy skies
(nyc family photography, family photographer westchester)

We absolutely love photographing families in DUMBO because of the amazing cityscape views of lower Manhattan. So many families live and work in the city and it’s important to the families, and for us to capture them in this beautiful city so many of us call home, whether they’re here long or short term. We had such a great time with this family and their children. There’s something so special about the bond between young siblings, and we’re so happy we were able to capture moments of this budding relationship!

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NYC Fresh & Modern Family Photography Studio
MKP is a team of NYC Family photographers that specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, and family photography. Our boutique photography studio is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. We love to photograph on-location to capture intimate and genuine moments. The family portrait session experience is always a fun and relaxed experience to put children (and parents!) at ease. Our style is artistic and photojournalistic, and we strive to capture the giggly moments, the calm moments, the action moments, and the quiet moments. We absolutely adore capturing the tiny details, in between moments, the intimate connections, and most importantly, the unique story of your family. You’re free to enjoy yourselves, and interact naturally with each other. Life is filled with these tiny fleeting moments of perfection, and our goal is to capture them as beautiful works of art! We service the NYC area including Westchester, and you may reach us at our Midtown Manhattan Studio: 212.544.0102.

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sugar and spice
(nyc newborn photography, baby photographer nj)

We love to capture newborn sessions in our clients’ homes. Besides the convenience and comfort,
there’s nothing more personal than incorporating meaningful settings.
The nursery is of course the perfect backdrop for intimate baby and family portraits.
You can just feel all the love and anticipation that has gone into the design of this nursery.
From the “Welcome Home” sign to the antique clock stopped perfectly on baby’s exact time of birth,
to all the sweet handmade accessories. Photographing in home also allows us to select blankets
and accessories to perfectly complement the home decor. We even had a chance to use the cozy
hand-knit blanket from grandma for some extra special posed portraits.
Can’t wait to design some gorgeous wall art to celebrate this incredibly special time in their lives!!

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Michael Kormos Photography
Located in the heart of Manhattan, our studio offers fresh and modern modern family portraits. We’re also happy to travel on-location to your home for personalized portraits. Michael and Sophie have six years of experience photographing from bump to baby and the years beyond. Their studio provides photography services to clients throughout the city, including Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, Tribeca, Upper West Side (UWS), and Upper East Side (UES). Please contact Sophie at info@michaelkormos.com for addition details and availability.

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