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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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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.

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

University of Calgary Downtown Campus -Calgary Architecture Photographer

March 21st, 2011 admin No comments

I try to keep my ear to the ground for new great architecture projects happening in and around my home town(s) but this one passed me by. I saw the building during construction before I knew what it was going to look like. Marshall Tittemore Architects retrofitted an old downtown medical facility into the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus. Seeing it during construction I had my fingers crossed I would get to photograph the building for someone, or else I would have to photograph the building on my own time. Luckily enough Award Magazine called me up looking for images.

Residential Photography

November 20th, 2010 admin No comments

I love not only to photograph the beauty of interior design, but also the functionality my clients build into a home. Could you really see yourself living here? or does it just look like a pretty un-realistic dream? I for one dream of cooking in a kitchen as beautiful as this one by Studio A Interiors

Photographing Interior Design- Vancouver Architecture Photography

January 10th, 2010 admin No comments

Calgary Architectural Interior Design 1

Architectural and Design photography is a pleasant polar opposite to shooting action sports like skiing. On one of my most recent ski shoots the temperature must have been below -20 Celsius plus wind. When it’s that cold batteries stop functioning, and they need to be warmed up on location; unfortunately the warmest and best place to heat a battery on your body also happens to be the most uncomfortable. I don’t think I need to go further down that road for you to pick up what i’m saying. I was alternating between freezing the only parts of my body that aren’t already cold and hanging out the side of a parkade 20 feet above the frozen ground to get the angle I was looking for.

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Compare a chaotic shoot like that to interior architectural work; indoors, warm, dry, very little risk to my own well being. It’s quite a luxury. That said getting the shot still isn’t a simple or easy matter, especially when you have a bit of photography OCD like myself; making the pictures as close to perfect as you can in camera. Shooting interior design requires many tries, tweaks and adjustments to capture great photographs which really flatters the location.
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Buena Vista Ranch

September 19th, 2009 admin No comments

I find myself all too often alone in the woods in the dark of night shooting. This shoot a couple deer kept passing through at unpredictable times, their rustles in the brush gave me a big startle every time. Coyotes calling in the night, and a couple animal sounds I have no experience with all gave me the heebey-jeebies. Luckily despite my run ins with the ‘locals’, being out of cell phone reach if I did get taken down, and one semi bum leg I got out alive.
And got the shot.
Buena Vista Ranch
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As for the picture itself the long exposure and multiple variables it made for a challenging and fun picture to take. 40 minutes to get the star trails, light painting to fill in the trees, and manually flipping the switches for lights on the building itself. The interior lights were only on for 2 seconds each, while the porch lights were on for 4 seconds. As for the light painting i was using a hand wound LED flashlight for 15 minutes = sore arm