Being Prepared on a Photo Shoot

One of the things that leads to a successful photo shoot is being able to solve problems on location. Besides our cameras the next item in our arsenal that gets the most use is a red mop bucket full of cleaning supplies: glass cleaner, towels, Goof Off and a variety of other items. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve reached for that bucket on a photo shoot.

On Tuesday evening though we had a situation that we hadn’t anticipated. We were scheduled to shoot a sun room addition with a fire pit. We checked ahead and confirmed that the fire pit was working. When it came time to turn the fire on we discovered that the propane tank was empty. To save the shoot I was able to pull the propane tank off my pop-up camper and use it to fuel the fire pit.


World Landscape Architecture Month


Since April is World Landscape Architecture Month, I thought it was fitting to post this photo we captured earlier this week on a project designed by David Thorne Landscape Architect.  It’s still April, event if it is the last day of the month. We walked through this project in early April before the roses had opened. I decided a dusk shoot would be preferable since some of the landscaping features had lights. We had a crew of four people helping to stage various areas for the shoot. We’ll be posting more photos of this shortly, so stay  tuned.

Photos in Sunset Magazine


The November 2015 Sunset Magazine has an article titled “Let it Rain” on pages 50 and 51, with one of our photos spreading across two pages. Most of the photos on the page are credited to Marion Brenner, but the larger photograph is Treve’s.

Residential Resort




Here’s a swimming pool designed by one of my clients, David Thorne Landscape Architect. If you look at the far end of the pool you’ll se a rock with a waterfall cascading over a cave. Swim through the waterfall and you find a grotto with a hot tub. It’s projects like this that make my job as a photographer fun.




Another Project in Marin



Once again we were back in Marin, photographing another project for Studio Green. The house was built for Gordon Blanding around 1931 as a guest house. Designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan. If you notice the diamond tiles on the pool deck, these came from the same source as tile used in Hearst Castle. We have a busy week ahead, returning to Tiburon this evening, Belvedere again tomorrow evening, Mill Valley Monday evening, and San Francisco on Tuesday. We’ll be working the holiday weekend to get caught up on a post-production backlog. We may be looking for help soon. If you know anybody that can help with administrative work, Lightroom and Photoshop post-production and social marketing speak up. Business is good. Let’s keep it going!


Home with a View

Landscaping Project in Tiburon

The morning found us at an newly constructed house in Tiburon with a spectacular view. We were there capturing photos on behalf of the Landscape Architecture firm Studio Green. Here’s the first shot of the morning, captured as an HDR image. This project was also featured recently on SF Gate and you can also see more about the project at the realtor”s listing . We may be returning to capture a few more images with different lighting.


Photo in the San Francisco Chronicle


The San Francisco Chronicle ran one of our photos in the Home & Garden section of the Sunday, September 23, 2012 edition.The article features the design work of April Gruber the property owner and designer for the project.  You can read the article on SFGATE. Our connection to this project was through David Thorne Landscape Architect who hired us to photograph the landscape design work.

Streetscape – Park Street


This is a work-in-progress which will ultimately include a rendering of trees planted along the street. This work was commissioned by Ignition Architecture working in conjunction with the City of Alameda. The architect consulted with us after severeal unsuccessful l attempts to create an image on her own. The challenge was to create a streetscape that would show the store fronts along Park Street without too many visual liabilities. We determined that the best time to capture this image would be on a Saturday morning when traffic would be at a minimum and there would be a minimum of parked cars. Apparently there was some concern about the removal of trees in the fall, you can find more info on the Alameda Patch. The City of Alameda cooperated and provided an assistant to control traffic and move barricades that had been set up to project impending cement work on the street.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. We recently took a few days off to go play in the snow. Here’s a picture captured during a recent hike on snowshoes in Hope Valley, not far from Lake Tahoe. More images from this outing can be viewed in a Photoshelter gallery.

Pool with a View

Here’s an image we captured while on a photo shoot in Tiburon for Studio Green. John Merton of Studio Green wanted to capture with pool, and the glass fence with the city of San Francisco in the background. We decided the best way to capture this would be to work at dusk so that we could show off the pool and garden with the lights. We also created several panoramas to capture more of the yard, you can view one of those panoramas here.