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.

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

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.