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.

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

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).

Updated Brookhaven Home

March 15, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Photographing this house in Brookhaven, GA just over a week ago was a lot of fun. The house was cleanly and simply staged and ready to go when I arrived. The kitchen had been completely updated and was great to photograph – so many good angles to choose from! There were touches of mid-century modern throughout the house, which was a nice change from the mostly traditional interiors that I usually photograph (no offense to more traditional homes, but there are a lot of them).  Below are some of my favorite photos from this property:

(click on the photo below to see a larger version and then arrow through the rest)

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Byrnwyck Piano Room

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Byrnwyck Kitchen III

Byrnwyck Kitchen II

Byrnwyck Kitchen I

Byrnwyck Living

Byrnwyck Master Bedroom

Byrnwyck Front Exterior

Byrnwyck Patio

Byrnwyck Path

Five Acre Property on the Ocmulgee River

January 28, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed a unique property in Macon, GA a couple of weeks ago. The house itself is large and quite traditional; parts of it almost look like they were designed to mimic a museum. But what makes the property unique is its five acres and location on the Ocmulgee River (have you seen “Fried Green Tomatoes”? The river featured in the movie is the Ocmulgee). Below are some interior and exterior shots of the house and some shots of the acreage and river views. The listing can be seen here on Zillow.

River Trace Distant Approach

The view from the end of the driveway.

River Trace Front Exterior

More than half way down the driveway.

River Trace Formal Dining

Main, formal living and dining areas.

Den

The den or sitting room with a view out to the river and back into the main living and dining area.

River Trace Master Bedroom

The master bedroom with great light coming in from the southeast.

Guest Bedroom

One of the guest bedrooms with a view out to the river.

Guest Bathroom

One of the guest bathrooms.

Back Towards the Road

The view back towards the road.

Towards the Barn

The view towards the two-stable barn and pasture area.

River View

Side yard and Ocmulgee River.

River View from Patio

River view from the patio.

River View from Patio II

Another river view from the patio.

Commercial Property Photography

November 2, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Back in mid-September I drove about 1,400 miles through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and back into Georgia to photograph 18 commercial properties for a client. In early October I flew up to New York to photograph two more. I enjoy going back and forth between residential and commercial property photography – I like the change of pace and getting to switch out one set of challenges for another.

With residential property photography I’m mostly dealing with interiors where there aren’t usually moving objects (I bracket all of my shots so I can blend the different exposures – moving objects can sometimes be problematic) but I do have to deal with multiple sources of light that all create different color casts and white balance issues. With the commercial work, which has mostly been exterior photography so far, there is only one light source (the sun) so getting the white balance right isn’t usually a problem. But there are lots of moving objects (cars, people, trees blowing in the wind, moving reflections in windows) and the location of the sun always has to be taken into consideration.

Bojangles

The Bojangles’ above faces northeast. The front of the building is only briefly lit by the sun after it rises above the tops of the trees across the road and before it starts to move around the side of the building. On this trip is wasn’t possible for me to be at this property at that time of day so I just had to work around the face of the building being in the shade. This is where knowing your way around your editing software is essential for doing client work. I blended three exposures together and then selectively edited the shady area for exposure and white balance without making the image look unnatural.

Home Depot

When the face of the building is lit by the sun things are much easier. And I love it when the sky cooperates.

Sheetz

I removed a lot of power lines, utility poles, lamp posts and a few other distracting objects from this image. I don’t make edits like that to the images that I deliver to clients (unless requested), but when preparing images for a blog post or for my portfolio I like to clean up the clutter.

Regal Cinema

Long flat buildings like movie theaters produce images with a lot of sky and foreground. Cropping to a panoramic format can bring the focus back to the building.

CVS Lifetime Fitness

Circle K

This property took a while to photograph (it was rush hour and there was a lot of traffic in and out of the gas station) and quite a bit longer to edit. Four exposures and a lot of masking in Photoshop later and I’m finally happy with the results, though.

Alive & Kicking!

October 5, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Just a quick update to prove that I’m still alive and kicking.  I’ve been photographing some commercial properties recently (in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and I have two more to photograph this week (in New York and New Jersey). In the mean time, here are a few new photographs from a home in Smyrna, GA that I photographed in late August.

Bernard Baby's Room

Bernard Kitchen

Bernard Side Yard

Bernard Den

Remodeled Home in Sandy Springs, GA

July 24, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Sandy Springs, GA Real Estate and Interior Photography – Yikes!  It’s been almost four weeks since my last post! But I’ve been busy shooting, so that’s my excuse =)  I photographed this home in Sandy Springs, GA just before the 4th of July and it was a fun property to shoot.  What makes a property “fun” to photograph, you ask?  Large spaces and simple staging.  Large spaces give me a lot of options as far as which angle to shoot from (and I usually get a little carried away) and simple staging allows the spaces the speak for themselves; I don’t have to worry about constantly moving staging items around to make the image look more balanced, I can focus on the architecture.

(click on each image to see a larger version, or just click on the one below and then arrow through the larger versions)

Main entry with fancy-pants doors!

Eaton Main Living Area

Living room with view to front entry and second floor walkway.

Formal living/sitting room with a touch of purple.

Formal Dining Room

Eat-in area, kitchen & double-sided fire place.

Overlook from second floor to main living area.

Master Bedroom with lots of daylight

Master bathroom, soaker tub, TV and double-sided fire place.

Master bathroom vanity and shower

Front exterior