Our First Aerial Gig

On Monday, March 4 we put the drone in the air for our first commercial client. We photographed a property in San Francisco for Marcus & Millichap. Having jumped through the hoops to obtain FAA certification and lined up insurance and such, we’re now in the air.

A Week in Review

I’ve been very busy the past few weeks. Here’s what one week looked like,  with six shoots in seven days. On Saturday October 27 we were at Ashby Lumber’s Concord store to capture photos for their new website. One of the location on that site is their milling facility.

Milling facility at Ashby Lumber’s Concord store.

While it might not be as glamorous as some of the jobs we shoot, it did prove challenging. The lighting in the milling facility presented an extreme range of light values with bright sun streaming in the barn door openings, a dark interior an people working the big band saw. To manage this we set up the camera to capture multiple exposures. We used Photomatix with the ghosting option to remove the ghosting caused by people in different positions in different exposures. On Sunday October 28 we were at the Berkeley store.

On Monday morning we photographed a whole house remodel  in the Sea Cliff region of San Francisco for Stephen Barlow Architect, an out-of-town architect based in New York. We started on the top floor of the project with the bedroom/solarium and worked our way down four flights  of stairs to the basement.

Bedroom/Solarium Sea Cliff Remodel

Tuesday morning found us photographing a bathroom remodel in Berkeley  for Levitch Design/Build Associates.

Bath remodel photographed for Levitch Design/Build Associates

Thursday we took the day off and I went paddling with some kayaking buddies. More on that at wherestreve.com.

On Friday morning, it was another project for Levitch Design/Build Associates. A basement/garage remodel that included a kitchenette.


Then after a few hours of down time we headed to the Westfield Shopping Center in San Francisco to photograph store displays for Adidas. For this gig we start after the store closes at 8:30 in the evening and work for a couple of hours to capture the images the client needs.

The Adidas Ready to Go Campaign

The demand for our services seems to keep growing.

The Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

Originally built in 1878, the Church of the Good Shepherd is the oldest continuously used church in the Bay Area. Designed by Charles L. Bugbee, a renowned San Francisco architect, it is modeled in the Gothic Revival style and is a City of Berkeley Landmark as well as listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We had the opportunity to photograph the church on behalf of Plath and Co. general contractors and The Bay Architects who restored the landmark after a fire in October 2012.

Supplier of the Year Award

NARI Supplier of the Year Award. 2013. Treve Johnson Photography.

At the April 9 meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area NARI chapter, Treve Johnson Photography received recognition at the Supplier of the Year.  We’d like to thank all our NARI clients for the opportunity to serve you, and we’d also like to invite those of you in the remodeling industry to come and find out how you can benefit from NARI. Our next chapter meeting will be at on May 14, 2014, 6-8:30 at Jack London Kitchen and Bath.

Sailing on San Francisco Bay

Treve recently had an invitation to join some friends to go sailing on San Francisco Bay, and with the Rolex Big Boat Race series going on, it was hard to pass up the opportunity to capture a few images.  Treve grew up sailing on the Bay and it was an opportunity not to be missed.  You can see additional images on Treve’s Photoshelter account.

AIA Meeting in San Francisco

tjp_681_8552_55.jpgTreve will be representing ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects, AIA,  in San Francisco. You can find him at booth #6954 between noon and 2:30pm on Friday, May 1, in Moscone West.

The picture we’re using to illustrate this post, is of a new luxury apartment building in Oakland, photographed in the early morning for Essex.