Pre production scouting was used to tie down the scope of work and bring in multiple clients to share in the costs. This was planned to shoot in early springtime before all of the trees had their foliage.
I always try to start at pre sunrise to be able to capture the soft light, open shadows and bring a little of the exterior lighting to help set a colorful mood.
This was a N-E orientation and had to be shot at pre sunrise to get light on the north side of the building.
Coordination is everything you just don’t show up and have a cleared parking lot. Working with the building manager we were able to almost have a 100% cleared parking lot.
A slight variation in the shot above proper placement of the light fixture is critical.
It’s always nice to capture some kind of detail shot and in this case I like how the window screens block the light.
Always nice to show off how the circulation works.
A very strong vertical just captures a lot in this kind of shot.
Let’s come back at dusk and shoot some exteriors
Run to the inside accessorize the foreground and capture the blue light out the windows which helps set contrasting colors.
I was lucky I had a new client from Southern California that also wanted this shot, very easy with the pre pre production work done to send the scouting shots and split the fees between two clients
Nacht & Lewis Architects, Sacramento, California, USA
All of my work involves a pre production trip to tie down the scope of work and address any problems prior to the photo shoot. When I was scheduled for the interiors the exteriors were not ready to shoot. Here is a partial view, I really like how the shadows cast shadows on the overhangs.
Timing is everything and this was was critical had to be shot at dusk, there is no other way to do this, it just adds the depth when it’s done like this.
Run inside set all the furniture and capture the right moment when the outside light levels start to drop. Having the blue light out the windows just gives contrasting colors which always helps. There is always clean up to make the shots right.
Let’s move in closer to capture the seating area.
Awesome to have some creative art on the walls. Sometimes we have to shoot around things that are not finished, in this case, the fish aquarium, art work and books missing which would have completed the shot, but it still works.
It’s always nice to show the circulation and the changing floor materials.
Let’s move in where the surgery happens, shoot a 3/4 view and remove any clutter and it works.
I am shooting thru a window to get this view, I have to work with what I have, no staff available to help accessorize or gather any props, I am on my own.
This was one of the rooms that felt completely done, only minor adjustments and shoot the finals.
We are ready to move up to the second floor and let’s start in the waiting area.. Clean, simple and caught at the exact moment when the outside light is not to bright.
Set the curtains, clean and accessorize and it would have been nice to have the counter accessorized, just have to work around what I have available.
This had to be done when the outside light values drop to cut down from the daylight coming in the windows. Attention to detail is a must, the only thing that was missing were the beds, just have to shoot around it.
The Sterilization room, clean, accessorize and keep it simple.
We move into the major surgery room, work with what I have, clean, accessorize and pick good clean angles
My good friend of mine wanted some professional shots of his
granddaughter who wants to be a professional singer. Come to the
studio and I will help her get to first base with photo's. I think it
was a good start.
Shot in the studio, with a Broncolor Move system and a Para 88 fashion umbrella. This is the raw file, no retouching, no make up artist. She definitely needs some re touching to smooth the skin.
In a separate portrait program, I added skin smoothing, added eye
shadow, eye liner, changed the color of the lip stick, and made her
cheeks stand out. Wow!
All the same re touching as the above shot, clean and simple.
All the same re touching as the above shot but in a new layer, I
wanted to soften the background, to give a different look to the finalimage.
I like having the freedom to be creative, it always allows my vision to come thru in this portrait. In a portrait program, enhanced the face, then in a separate photoshop program, I added a layer the make it look like a caulk painting, then came back in and erased the effects over her face. I think the final results with no makeup artist, look amazing. Just having these tools at your finger tips just opens up many possibilities.
Anything is possible this might be an album cover. I next shoot might be on location maybe in some old alleyway.
All of my work I actually do a pre production walk thru, shoot digital images and put those images into a 8 1/2 x 11 proposal. This answers many questions, best times to shoot, address cleanup and from the scouting shots everybody is on the same page.
Clean simply bold with the use on contrasting colors and artwork.
Many angles to choose from which show off the space.
With the help of the staff all of the interiors were clean, ready to shoot all I had to do was pick the best time of the day and accessorize the shots.
Some of the shots, I shot from an elevated position to get a bird’s eye view.
I like to add people to humanize the space when its appropriate, adding motion with a slight blur just makes it look like the space is being used.
From the pre production scouting we were able to choose what is best for this shot, on a week day we had distracting cars out the windows, on a weekend no cars and by setting up cones in the parking lot we were able to make this a clean and colorful shot.With the help of Cameon at PZ, we were able to have some staff available for this shot, clean, real, colorful and bold.
Let’s just make it free real, not staged and this works real nice.
My day started here at 10:00 in the morning, then we took a break, came back one hour before dusk to shoot the people shots and shoot any dusk shots. My fees were split with three clients and the furniture manufacturer came on later to buy usage on images.
In the end, I am happy, when I please myself, my standards are always set high, everybody is happy and that’s what is all about delivering your artistic vision every time.