Elegant & Updated Home in Roswell, GA

November 2, 2017 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed this Roswell, GA home that overlooks the Chattahoochee River back in March. You can easily see the river from the window over the kitchen sink, the sun room and the deck (as well as other rooms not pictured here). The house was completely updated and most of the finishes were neutral, with a few exceptions, which are usually a bit easier to photograph and edit than very colorful rooms.

Custom Cabinet Photography

Custom Cabinet Photography

Every time I photograph a carefully staged home I am, to some degree or another, photographing somebody’s interior design. However, I haven’t actually done much straight up interior design photography. My main focus is usually to show potential buyers how all of the rooms flow together, how the spaces relate to each other. In this case I was photographing a kitchen and bathroom for a cabinet designer. Since the kitchen/living/dining area was open plan there were a lot of angles to choose from. The only difference between photographing this kitchen and a kitchen for a traditional real estate listing was that I was trying to make sure certain design elements were visible in each shot. Usually I’m trying to make sure doorways to other rooms are clearly visible.

I really enjoyed photographing this kitchen and bathroom, partially because of the beautiful design and partially because I felt very focused while creating the images. I will be adding a couple of these images to my portfolio!

Custom Blue and White Kitchen Cabinets

Custom Blue and White Kitchen Cabinets

This shot shows a clear view of the range hood over the stove. I like the industrial touch of the copper, drop-down canister lights.

Custom White Kitchen Cabinets

A close up of the cabinets around the stove and range hood.

Custom Cabinet Photography

This shot shows how the farmhouse sink fits into the island.

Custom White Kitchen Cabinets

Built-in wine storage.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

Master bathroom vanity cabinets.

Close-up showing the featured base cabinets and all of the built-in wine storage.

Photographing Properties in Texas!

March 31, 2017 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

(Commercial Real Estate Photography) – This past November I traveled to Texas to photograph 20 properties for a client. I drove about 1100 miles in two and a half days driving from Houston to Dallas to San Antonio and back to Houston. The days were long and I slept like a log when I got home, but I actually enjoy doing this kind of work. I’m at the mercy of the weather, but otherwise I have control over the pace and I can usually just keep shooting until I’m certain that I have the shots that I need.  Some properties are easy and don’t take too long and others are more complicated (sun location, people, cars, etc.).  I love not feeling rushed.  And I enjoy the several days of editing that I have to do when I get home.

The week after I arrived home from Texas I headed off in my car with my trusty step-ladder to photograph two properties in LaGrange and Albany, GA and one in Jacksonville, FL.  I returned home two days before Thanksgiving and slept (driving always makes me tired)!

Below are some of my favorite shots (with notes in the captions).  I have now photographed 53 properties in nine states for this particular client!  Hopefully I’ll be adding more states and properties to that count this year!

This Buffalo Wild Wings was on my favorite buildings to photograph on this particular trip. The light that morning was soft and pleasant and lined up nicely with this property. And I love the yellow paint around the entrance to the building – it really makes the photo pop.

I love the light in this shot, too, and the landscaping. The tree on the right is perfect.

This was CarMax was the first property that I photographed on the first day and it went pretty smoothly.

Fast food locations are always a bit tricky due to the constant car and foot traffic. Sometimes I don’t have any choice but to photograph the property with cars in the drive through. I also had to remove a large advertising banner from this shot.

On the other hand, photographing movie theaters during the day is usually really easy!

I wanted to line this shot up just a little differently but there was a large, blue pickup truck right in front of the building that was distracting so I hid it behind the sign in the foreground.

This is the only property that I have ever photographed where the property manager came out and offered to sweep the parking lot so the pictures would look better!

This photo was taken just after sunset…

…and this one was taken 16 minutes later. I love the way the color of the sky changes.

Gwinnett Medical Building

(Medical Facility Photography) – This property was a lot of fun to photograph, especially the lobby and reception areas. Like all of the other medical properties that I have photographed I had to move a bit more quickly in some areas than I would have liked to, but getting in the way of any patients or staff is definitely not an option!  Getting the opportunity to photograph a building that is of some architectural interest is such a treat. There was so much to work with, so many good angles.

Conference Room (obviously). One of the accent lights in the background wasn’t working so I had to use Photoshop to turn it back on. I’ll do a separate blog post later on showing some of the editing that I do for these photos.

Waiting Area for the lab

I edited a lot of distracting stuff out of the lobby for the sake of tidying up this shot! I was lucky that by the time I was photographing this area the building was getting ready to close for the day and the line of people that had been in the lobby when I arrived had dissipated.

One of the many exam rooms.

A reception area with the late afternoon light pouring in…

Another view of the same area.

Catching Up!

March 7, 2017 Real Estate 0 Comments

Somehow it’s already early March, although if you look at just about any garden in the area you would think it’s early April! What happened to January and February?  They used to be the slow months when it felt like time slowed down just a little after the holidays.  Maybe the warm weather this year made time feel like it was passing more quickly…which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the year!  Anyway, it’s time (it’s past time) to catch up on what I didn’t post last fall.  First up is a small apartment in Buckhead, just north of Atlanta, that is now listed on Airbnb.

The view into the bathroom…

I couldn’t decide if I wanted the shower curtain in the shot or not so I photographed it both ways. I included them here in a slider for the sake of testing out if this slider works in blog posts. It looks like it does!

A very neat, tidy and updated bathroom.

A closer view of the counter top to let potential guests see how nice the amenities are!

The living area, which I think is actually supposed to be the bedroom, but the owner flipped the two areas. The bedroom is now on the other side of the wall on the right.

The nice and up-to-date kitchen. Not big, but efficient and has everything you need, especially for business travel.

A detail shot of the coffee and tea supplies.

Inside the cabinet above the coffee maker. I haven’t been asked to take many detail shots but I really like doing them. This shot would have been even better if the inside panel on the right had also been white (or even if the one on the left had been dark like the one on the right).

The bright and airy bedroom (with a TV mounted in the wall just out of the frame to the left).

Detail shot of the dining table at the foot of the bed. I enjoyed composing this shot.

Out and About 2016 – Flora

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

Here is the second part to go along with my previous post! These are some of the plants that I photographed last year that I never got around to posting. I have posted the photos in chronological order from March through October.

Less than three hours until 2017 – Happy New Year!

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Out and About 2016 – Fauna

December 31, 2016 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 1 Comment

Wow – it’s just over 4 hours until the end of 2016! And it’s been three months since I last posted anything! I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but perhaps I should work on my post frequency in the new year =)

I didn’t spend nearly as much time taking photos outdoors this year as I have in past years. It was such a hot summer; I had had enough of the heat by mid-June! I was also busier this year than I have been in past years, which I can’t complain about. I photographed properties/buildings in five different states, including 20 properties in Texas in mid-November. I’ll be posting some of that work soon.

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Photographing Medical Facilities – Part II

September 26, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

And here is the “Part II” post! I got to do some slightly more architectural photography at these properties, which I really enjoyed.  Here is “Part I” in case you missed it.

I so wish I had had more time for this shot. I felt so rushed having somebody standing behind me waiting for me get the photos that I needed. If I had had more time I would have put a polarizing filter on my lens to reduce/remove the reflections in the window! I have removed quite a few of the reflections in Photoshop but some of them are still quite visible…

This is the building in which the three above shots were taken.

A walkway connecting two buildings on this medical campus.

This is the atrium of the above building. I photographed it from several angles.

Photographing Medical Facilities – Part I

September 26, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 1 Comment

Back in late spring a client asked me to photograph several medical facilities in Stockbridge, Snellville and Augusta, GA. I photographed everything from lobbies to waiting rooms, exam rooms, dental exam areas and the above Cyberknife in Augusta. I had to arrive pretty early in the morning to photograph areas where patients are usually treated. Shooting quickly was a must and I didn’t have time to tidy some of the spaces that I was photographing. As a result, the photos that I have included here (and in “Part II” of this post) are mostly of lobbies, hallways and waiting/reception areas. I’m not used to working so fast-paced, but it did help me get in and out of the properties quickly! One of the things that I usually enjoy about architectural photography is the opportunity to take my time and be meticulous.

This post includes photos from Stockbridge (just 2) and Augusta. In Part II I’ll post photos from the properties in Snellville.

Blue Lobby

Blue Lobby II

 

Hallway

Waiting Area

Cyberknife Reception

The reception area outside the Cyberknife.

Cyber Knife

I wish there had been more time to photograph this room – I would have tried to tidy up the the back corner (I already removed some clutter in Photoshop) – but I had several people waiting for me to get the shot and move one.

Hospital Lobby

 

Elevator Lobby and Hallway

Medical Offices Exterior

Reception

Pools, Pools, Pools

It’s almost mid-July and it has been a hot summer so far in the Atlanta area. Way too hot if you ask me! Where is the rain?? I’m ready for three months of October…jeans and long-sleeved t-shirts. But until then how about some photographs of pools? I have photographed these pools over the past two years or so (a few of them just within that past few weeks) in and around Macon, GA, Atlanta and Birmingham, AL. I hope they make you feel a little cooler…enjoy!

Legacy River Crossing Pool I

Mill Creek Pool

Lakeshore Pool I

Grand Reserve Pool II

Grand Reserve Pool I

Falls Spring Creek Pool

Dunwoody Pool

In the Garden Spring 2016

I go out into the garden with my camera whenever I can, usually on cloudy days or during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening, looking for anything and everything.  Leaves, flowers, blades of grass, bugs, spider webs, frogs…anything that captures my attention. Cloudy days are great because the light is soft and there aren’t any harsh shadows and the light from the low sun late in the afternoon/early evening makes everything glow. I love being outside at that time of day…you can feel night coming on and the world winding down.

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Colonial-Inspired Home in Roswell, GA

April 13, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

(Roswell Real Estate Photographer) – I was lucky enough to photograph this unique property in Roswell, GA about three weeks ago. The house was under contract within a couple days of listing but I still wanted to share some of the photos here.  The house had such a historic feel to it that I had to ask when it was built.  I was surprised to find out that it was built in 1985 – so barely 30 years old!  Including the separate guest house there were 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a detached three-car garage with unfinished, potential living space above it and a small courtyard nestled between the main house, the garage and the guest house…all on 3.3 acres. The house listed for $899,900. Below are 20 of the 50+ photos that were used in the listing.

Lackey Front Exterior I

Lackey Front Exterior II

Detached garage on the left.

Lackey from the Road

Shot from the very end of the driveway, almost on the road.

Lackey Courtyard I

View of the courtyard looking towards the garage and the guesthouse.

Lackey Courtyard II

Another courtyard view.

Lackey Yard Panorama

The real estate agent that I photographed the house for asked for a shot of the backyard that showed the property beyond the fence. I got up on my trusty ladder, took a panoramic shot and then removed my shadow from the final image.

Lackey Back Patio

Lackey Formal Living

Formal living and dining rooms.

Lackey Kitchen I

Lackey Kitchen II

Lackey Kitchen III

Lackey Family Room I

Family room with narrow second stair case.

Lackey Family Room II

Family room looking towards the back of the house and the kitchen.

Lackey Master Bedroom

Master bedroom.

Lackey Dressing Area

Dressing area between the master bedroom and the master bathroom.

Lackey Bedroom II

One of the upstairs bedrooms.

Lackey Bedroom I

Another one of the upstairs bedrooms.

Lackey Guesthouse Window

Part of the main living area in the guesthouse.

Lackey Guesthouse Kitchen

The guesthouse kitchen.

Lackey Twilight

The main house at twilight (it ended up being cloudy on the evening of the scheduled twilight shoot so there wasn’t quite as much color in the sky as usual).