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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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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.

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.

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