Napa Remodel

Photographed for Plath and Co.

We recently had the opportunity to photograph a remodel of a magnificent  house in Napa.  We arrived on location at 10:00 in the morning and spent the day photographing both interior and exterior features.  One of our specialties is photographing projects like this at dusk. Towards dusk when the  sun starts to set and the skylight starts to dim the interior of the house comes to life. When photographing earlier in the day the windows tend to look like black holes.

We were here for a re-shoot. The client was not happy with the photos that resulted from the previous photo shoot with another photographer.  It seems that photographer provided photos that served as vignettes, showing particular details. Architects and contractors are interested in photos that represented more expansive photos of the interior and exterior spaces.  So we set out with that in mind.

While I like to work solely with available light, the previous photographer used lights. Using lights can be time consuming. Every light you put up creates it’s own highlights and shadows and getting the resulting mix of lights to look natural takes skill. With natural light I like to play with the existing shadows and highlights, which I believe can add drama and life.

I was told by one of the crew members that was on the previous shoot that we seemed to be paying more attention to composition and aesthetics where the previous photographer was preoccupied with the lights. 

New Home in Portola Valley

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Yesterday evening found us in Portola Valley on the site of a beautiful new home. Designed by architects Mark Tetrault and Marc Lindsell of 2M Architecture and built by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders. We had a crew of five on the photo shoot, both Mark and Marc from 2M, Kimberly Moses
of Kimberly Moses Design, the landscape architect, my assistant Marco Hyman and myself.  At dusk with had two cameras going, with Marco on one side of the house and me on the other. I believe we captured some stunning photos of a truly amazing project. This marks my fifth visit to this location, since we originally visited the site to walk-through and photograph the interior, followed by two days of photography to capture the interiors, another visit in the spring to plan the exterior photos, and last night to capture the exterior images with the landscaping in place.

Steel Clad House for EcoSteel

 

Private Residence in Danville

We recently photographed a private residence in Danville that had some interesting features. Upon entering the house you find yourself in a two story atrium with a Koi pond and a glass bridge across the pond. Quite remarkable. We photographed this project for EcoSteel.  We chose to photograph this project close to dusk to take advantage of the available light.