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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.

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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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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Holt Renfrew Calgary -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

February 25th, 2011 admin No comments

Luxury is a slight understatement. I was really stoked to shoot the interior of Holt Renfrew’s new flagship store in Calgary. This masterpiece designed by Janson Goldstein is said to have a $45 Million dollar price tag, definitely not an ‘every day’ interior shoot.

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A shoot of this scale is a whole different ball game compared to the residential interiors that I blogged about last. In the last interior I could change the whole lighting in a room by adding a single skrim to bounce or block light. (A skrim is a large piece of white/black fabric suspended by a frame. Mine are 5×7 feet, made of PVC and nylon). Lighting is less controllable in a room ten times the size; you can only minor adjustments without considerable volumes of equipment. Composition also requires a whole new bag of tricks, even a fisheye with a 180 degree view angle won’t capture the amount the human eye is seeing when you step back from the eyepiece. Working with extremely wide angles will start to develop very unnatural looking perspective when looking up or down, photoshop will help correct for these oddities, but pixels can only be stretched so far.

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When shooting with a model, or subject the location is a setting or story for the subject’s actions or existence to take place. However when shooting an interior the location is the story and the subject.

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So what is a photographer to do? The location is lit, the building is built, the subject is already styled. Simply walk in with an expensive camera hanging around your neck? Go back to the basics; you’ve got a camera and you have control over it’s function and composition.

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I drop all my equipment; skrims, tripod, even camera and walk. I close one eye; making myself avoid the way depth will change the way I perceive the room. My viewer is going to see this room on one plane, looking at it with two eyes will present it much differently. I walk back and forth pacing to see how I can rearrange solid objects without touching them, cleaning the visual chaos into simple shapes and presentable objects. Explore space using depth with perspective, repeating objects and familiar objects. Balance and offset objects of different sizes and significance to keep the eye moving and entertained.

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As I stood in Holt Renfrew long before your eyes would see the images I was playing Jedi mind tricks with you. I, and any other person who has a camera holds the power to control or even distort your perceptions of anything at all.

I am in control of your mind.

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

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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.
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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