Portola Valley Remodel

Despite the rain and overcast we’ve managed to complete several photo shoots this week. Monday, February 11 we spent the day photographing projects for Gilman’s Kitchens and Baths. With a crew of four we were able to photograph three projects, a project in Campbell, which took the better part of the morning, then a mid-century remodel in Portola Valley and finally a kitchen in Foster City. We left my house at 7 am and were back at 7 pm. The weather worked to our advantage on Monday. For much of the interior photography we do I prefer the soft light of overcast skies. This produces a nice soft light and it helps bring the landscape in without too much contrast. You can see this in the photo above. The green vegetation in the windows seems to compliment the design of the room.

Why does it take four people to photograph a house? I like to have one person on the crew that knows the client’s story and can art direct to make sure we’re capturing the images that tell that story. I also like to have somebody as a stylist that can arrange flowers and props and such. Finally, I like to have an assistant that knows my gear and can help with the technical aspects of creating an image. This might involve putting up drapes or flags to control unwanted reflections. It’s also more fun to work with a crew, particularly if we’ve worked together before and can develop a rhythm to how we work.

December AIA Newsletter

One of our clients, Levitch Associates, Inc. is featured in the December East Bay AIA ARCHNews. The article describes the challenges of a residential remodeling project in East Bay city of Albany. The article includes several photos we captured of the project including the kitchen and bath. We’ve photographed over three dozen projects for Levitch in the past three years, with projects ranging from residential remodels to salon and restaurant remodels. The Levitch website features much of our work. We’ll be photographing more work for Levitch in 2019.

Half Moon Bay Photo Shoot

The week of  December 4 turned out to be a busy week. We were in Sonoma on Monday, photographing a whole house remodel, Tuesday we were in Oakland photographing another remodeling project for an architect and Wednesday we were in Half Moon Bay for a realtor. Here’s one of the photos from that day. What made this project interesting was the lack of windows. This was a fairly small house, which had originally been intended as an art gallery, so windows were not a priority. The kitchen was also nondescript, since the point was to show off the artwprl, but  for real estate sales the kitchen needs to be obvious. The realtor put a considerable effort into staging the house to make it inviting to an art collector, and they hired us since they wanted someone that could photograph the project in a way that would communicate their message.