How do you prepare for a shoot?
I spend time deciding what gear to bring because each location is unique. I charge all my batteries, double check that all equipment is in good working order, pack backups for my back ups, create a shoot schedule and a shot list if the client has not supplied one. I also study the light. I use an app that tracks the light to understand how the sun will move around the space, taking into consideration the time of day and year and what trees and other buildings are around that may impact the light or cast shadows.
What is your process?
Visually and compositionally, I am very aware of capturing the space in a way that highlights its outstanding characteristics because part of the purpose is to showcase the architect/designer’s fine work. But we also need to communicate how the space is used, how people interact with it, and how feels to be in that space. On the technical side, I like to use natural and available light when possible. I take multiple exposures with the lights on and off using a light painting technique. I do add supplemental lighting when needed.
Can I see the images in real time?
Yes. I shoot tethered to an IPad so we can easily adjust furniture, lighting, people, etc. We can also view the scene “live” and see the results immediately to determine if the placement of an object, or the composition, or the lighting is to our liking. This saves a lot of time on location rather than waiting for the images to download.
What is your post-production process?
After the initial edit in Lightroom to select the best images, I use Photoshop to manually blend each image. I hand composite the multiple exposures I took on location by taking the best parts from each, to create one final image. I have complete control and can add or subtract any amount of natural, ambient or artificial light, if need be. This is exacting work, but that is why I love it. It’s another part of the creative process. Before delivery, I also color correct, straighten, retouch and adjust the highlights, shadows and contrast, as needed.
Do you prefer to work alone?
I am comfortable working alone, and I have clients who hand me a shot list and trust I will come back with the goods, but I also like collaborating because it’s great to work with other creatives and experience their “genius”.
Can you work without a shot list?
It is great to have a shot list because then I know I am capturing the angles and images the client wants, but I have also worked without them. I also like to add a few shots of my own as my eye sees it when possible, because I think composition is one of my strongest skills.
Do offer drone or video?
Yes. I have worked with the same trusted team of drone and video operators for many years, and have every confidence they can deliver.
Are you able to hire models, stylists and hair and makeup artists?
Yes. I work with a few agencies to source all the above and can offer casting services as well.
What are your prices? Do you offer cost sharing?
My prices vary according the size and scope of the job, which is often dependent upon how many locations we are photographing in one day, and how many images are required. But not too worry; I will prepare a detailed, customized estimate for you. I am also always happy to try to work within a client’s budget. I do offer cost sharing which is a great way to maximize your photography budget. Rather than have the architect, builder, designer, etc. each pay separately to have a specific project photographed, we can create a shot list that serves everyone's unique requirements.
Do you travel?
Yes. I love to travel whether it’s, locally, nationally or internationally.
Why do you love architecture?
I love architecture because it tells us so much about our world. It’s a historical, cultural and artistic record of all the world’s civilizations. It can define a community or a culture (as Gaudí did in Barcelona), or a historical period (such as the houses in New England), or create a vibe like a funky coffee shop. I find it fascinating.