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.