Collaborations with My House Design Build

June 5th, 2013 admin No comments

Throughout 2012 I had the privildge to collaborate with My House Design Build Team to capture their beautiful custom built homes and renovations before the award season.

These images were specially crafted to fit with images taken before the renovation to show the changes and improvements to each home. MHDB’s designs, using Lumic Photo’s imagery won the following awards:

GVHBA Ovation Awards
-Renovator of the Year -Large Volume
-Best Kitchen Renovation $100 000 and over -Image 4
-Best Renovated Room -Image 7
-Best Renovation $500 000-799 000 -Images 18-21

Georgie Awards
-Best Residential Renovation $500 000-799 000 -Images 18-21
-Best Condo Renovation -Images 22-24
-Best Renovation -Any Room -Image 5-6

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Bow Valley Center -Calgary Architecture

January 18th, 2012 admin No comments

A recent trip brought me all the way from Coastal BC to Calgary, part of the reason for all the road miles was capturing the newly renovated Bow Valley Center for Award Magazine.

Shooting in open public areas always provides a conflicting experience. The public can act as either an addition, or distraction in architectural photos. They may animate the space, helping describe the functionality designed into it’s shape. However at the same time they can detract from the eye’s movement around the space, as the human eye so pervasively hunts out the human presence in any image.

To capture the Bow Valley Center I worked to get the best of both worlds, which in reality is the way any space is seen and experienced by designers and patrons alike.

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Also, tagged onto this photo gallery are two images of the new Totem residence at UBC Vancouver.

Kelowna Holiday Inn

January 18th, 2012 admin No comments

Hager and Associates brought me to Kelowna to photograph the Holiday Inn which just won an award for the renovation from the InterContinental Hotels group.

Shoulder to shoulder with Hager and Associate’s Principle Designer, we worked through the floors capturing her favorite features, suites and details. Hotels often offer chaotic mixed lighting, with several types of lighting in each room, mixing with sunlight. A welcome challenge which takes a little time to de-construct, and then re-engineer using multiple images in postproduction.

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Custom Family Home by Plan D Architecture

November 11th, 2011 admin No comments

Staging rooms with added items, and accessories during a residential interior design photoshoot is an almost obligatory practice. The necessity lies in the difference between the way we experience spaces as people who move through the space with 3D vision, and still images, which present a fixed 2D view.

As we move through a space, the way angles and lines look to our eyes constantly change with our perspective. Compared to a still image where the lines, shapes and spaces are unchanging, we find our eyes move in predictable ways given a pre-determined perspective. As a professional interior design photographer its my job to understand and control the way the eye moves. Often a room will need a little something to make it ‘work’. Now, what happens in a home designed with a minimalist approach? A home where the owner and designer set out to create a space with as few accessories as possible?

In minimalist homes, the minimal approach is one of, if not the defining character of the home, and as such it becomes one of the focal points of each interior photograph. Empty spaces become prominent shapes, and the few ‘things’ in a room are now points to highlight. While the ever important interplay between light and lines in the room has a heavier emphasis. This home was designed by Plan D Architecture out of Calgary and photographed for Alberta Home Magazine, on shelves in Alberta now. Together we wanted to create beautiful interior design photographs to accompany a story written about the minimal design, and use of natural light in the home.

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Is it Architecture or is it Interior Design

September 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

We use stories and photos to define people, places and subjects, to understand them and learn from them. However when the subject refuses to be defined, is it fair to be defined as un-definable?

Most shoots I do fall specifically in one category or another; architecture or interior design. However, when asked by Alberta Home interior design magazine, to shoot an architect’s home, lines become hazy. It would be quite fair to say interior design shoots concentrate on the materials and things that are inside a structure, while architecture shoots focus primarily on the shape of a structure and its functionality. In the lack of definition I found amazing opportunity for creativity as a photographer. Using architectural photography techniques to capture the interior’s design while using interior photography techniques to focus on, and clarify the architecture’s shape.

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Award Magazine Cover -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

July 11th, 2011 admin No comments

A couple months back I got an email from Award Magazine asking if I’d be heading to edmonton any time soon, as they had cover story which needed photographing. My oldest brother just so happens to live in Edmonton, so any excuse to make the trip north to visit him is a great excuse. Not to mention bagging a cover for one of my favorite clients; Award Magazine

The new Orthopedic Surgery unit at the Royal Alexandria Hospital isn’t hard on the eyes of patients who come in for surgery on their joints. Photographing this building was a bit personally interesting as well, since I underwent meniscal repair surgery about 13 months ago in Banff. The banff building’s architecture can’t compete with this, however it does have a slight advantage of mountain views, and deer grazing just outside your recovery room.

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Check out the online copy of the magazine Here

Interior Design Photography With Prive Design Group

June 20th, 2011 admin No comments

I’ve had the privilege to start working with Prive Design Group based in Calgary. Prive concentrates on residential work, even though their commercial spaces are also very stunning.

My favorite shoot to date with Prive is their work on this beautiful condo residence just outside downtown Calgary in Calgary. All too often a condo can feel confining and small, however Prive did an impeccable job of creating a bright, spacious home out the inner city residence. The first 3 shots are from this shoot, followed by select images of their other work.

On Assignment: Glulam

May 14th, 2011 admin No comments

A wonderful perk to my job is the diverse number of places my job takes me. When asked to highlight the use of glulam as a construction material I got to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler BC. If you aren’t up on your building material vocabulary glulam = Glue Laminate = smaller pieces of wood glued together to create weight bearing beams. Rather than chopping down a whole cedar tree to create a weight bearing beam, many smaller pieces of wood create a single beam.
Back to the location; the Squamish Lil’wat is an amazing place of art, culture, and history, which I would argue is a hidden gem in the town of whistler. Personally I’m a big fan of Costal Aboriginal art, so having being forced to shoot inside the Cultural Centre was no burdon at all.

Institutional Exterior Photographs in Calgary and Vancouver

April 20th, 2011 admin No comments

The glamor shots of a building are almost exclusively taken in the little window after construction is completed, before the building starts being used. However those aren’t the only times building are needed to be shot. Award Magazine put me on the track to shoot two building before they completed the construction phase, in time for the stories accompanying them to run in the April issue of Award Magazine. Photographs of Ernest Manning Highschool in Calgary and West Pender Place in Vancouver BC

Forever Home -Interior Design Photographer

April 4th, 2011 admin No comments

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Over the past year I’ve been shooting a lot with Alison Law from Studio A Interiors , photographing her interior design portfolio for her website. This specific project was a special treat as Alberta Home Magazine picked up the story of the interior renovation, and ran a feature article in their April issue.

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On the photographer’s side of things there was some special challenges, namely including people in some of the imagery. Alison and I agreed it would be a great image to have an image of the home owner’s children in one of the shots. Photographing children and interior design are two incredibly polar opposite types of photography, and capturing both in one image at once proved to be an interesting challenge. When photographing interior design you have quite a bit of flexibility concerning when you take the shot, things don’t move very fast. Children however, have split second unpredictable photogenic moments, and a very short amount of time they’ll be happy working ‘on set’. After a fair bit of coordination with all the adults we had on hand, we managed to get the first image of the little master baker in his element. At the end of the shoot we even had the opportunity to sample some of his creations.

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If you’re in Alberta in April, you can find Alberta Home on the magazine rack, the article ‘Forever Home’ is on page 41

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