Salvation Army Newark, California

Client: GRA Architects & Diede Construction

Project: Salvation Army Community Center Newark, California

It’s always nice to have clouds, good clear sunlight, and a sun angle which adds texture to your final composition.

I always like a these kind of angles I had to revisit the site because the interiors were not complete, nothing is perfect but set your standards high and please yourself first and I always come home with great images.

Murphy’s Law making my second trip to punch out all of the shots and my money at dusk was all set-up the only thing the exterior light were not working. Not much I can to change the outcome no downlight lighting up the entry or the lights at the cross would have added  a nice highlight on the cross. At least I had the interior lights on that added the warmth to the final image.

This being the first trip where I had to cancel because they were not just ready for final photography. Let’s grab overall views and make the best of the situation, we can use these for finals or for pre production scouting shots to define my shoot list.

I always look for places to frame my shots if possible. I wanted to stage clear, but I had no access to the storage to move the the drums and piano off the stage. I would prefer having nothing on the stage and that would focus more the  architectural design.

A great shot of the lobby and really like the use of the wood in the ceiling, the curves on the walls, it’s just not a straight wall which this has a lot of depth.

My second trip let’s start with the overall views, lucky both spaces were already set-up, some house cleaning and shoot the finals. I like that the architects use of the clearstory windows to let natural light into the space.

Let’s close the partitions and show the set up as an lunchen.

A nice 3/4 view, try to make the stage neat and shoot the final images. This would have not been possible to get this on my first  trip. As a working photographer it is very difficult to have this set up for a final shoot, the tenant was so busy moving into the space that we are generally left alone to get our shots.

It’s always nice to have a kitchen shot, clean the area and accessorize the space with what you have to work with and shoot your finals.

Once back in the space, I see that they added a reception desk, carefully frame the shot, keep your vertical vertical and capture the view.

Let’s pull a detail shot which shows the signage and our little green man in the background.


I hoped you enjoyed my vision into a look at the Salvation Army.


Ed Asmus

Architectural People Photographer





CSUS Dining Hall

Client: Mogavero Architects

Project: CSUS Dining Hall Remodel

This was planned on a short notice with limited access. My contacts at CSUS wanted me to shoot over Easter break when the facility was closed. I got to pick my time and I wanted to be in there first thing in the morning before the light values got to bright outside.

Having to work fast to retain the nice soft outside light values makes these shots really work.

Carefull composition and being there at the right time makes all the difference.

I always look to push strong diagonal lines that leads the viewer into the final composition.

By not having the outside light vales blow out makes all the difference, timing is everything.

Being in here over Easter break means no food or color which works but not exactly what I wanted.  My hands to get tied from time to time, lets see if we can come back and re visit this when it’s open.

Clean excellent sweeping lines the pull your eye into the final shot. This just lacks being accessorized with food and color.

This makes all the difference by having the color, looks alive and colorful. I always try to set high standards and please myself first, then I know my clients will be happy.

Everything works by having the space accessorized.

It’s impossible to get people completely out of your shots in something like this. I always look for a slow shutter speed for a motion blur, this way I do not need a model release.

This shot just makes all the difference by having the island accessorized with food.

I hoped you enjoyed seeing how this all came together.


Ed Asmus

Architectural People Photographer

Natural Food Co Op

Client: Mogavero Architects

Project: Sacramento Natural Foods C0-Op

_q8a9568Pre sunrise is still one of my favorite times to shoot, soft directional light, mix that with at the architectural lighting, shoot with a wide angle lens and the dramatics start showing.


It looks like a simple shot but it took doing it twice to get all the tables and chairs to be set on the ground and second floor.

Let’s move inside, remove as much clutter as possible, timing is everything. The space has been designed to be energy efficient by adding skylight to the space. I did not want to see bright light from the skylight opening but a soft blue light which let’s people know it’s a day-lighted space.


Shooting at pre sunrise on multiple days allows me the control of the outside light.


My pre production shoot list from my scouting shots tied down the scope of work.


Customer service clean and colorful has to be completed before they open at 7:00 am.


Early morning pre sunrise, excellent colors, all of the values hold a little blue light out the windows.


It is always nice to give the viewer what it looks like from behind the counter.


I always like to push strong diagonal lines and it helps push your eyes into the shot and again shooting at pre sunrise allows me the control of the exterior light.


These kind of shots have deep shadows and highlights that you have to hold the detail in, good job.


One point perspectives are always good to use.


Upstairs dining area need to be able to show the volume in the space move back and put your widest architectural lens on.


Again timing is everything on the third morning, I wanted the blue light out the windows to add some contrast to the warmth of the interiors.
_q8a0021Nice to include a detail shot.


If you look some of the simplest things are right in front of you slow down and take the time to look.

_q8a0048This was again shot at pre sunrise before they open and I wanted to have the blue light out the exterior windows give the blue rich light to add the contrast to the warmth of the interiors.

Warren House, Chico California, USA

Client:  The HR Group of Architects & Modern Building.

Project The Warren House, Chico, California

A nice daytime view but lacks the dramatics, good use of having the trees frame the shot.

The money shots, arrive early the next morning 4:45 am to turn on all of the interior lights and wait until that magic moment “Dawn”.  This being an historical renovation the upstairs was designed with guests to stay in bedrooms overnight. My problem no lighting on the entire second floor, the solution was to add supplemental lighting to the entire second floor to match what was done on the first floor. Lucky,  I bring the lightning to be able to create the vision, I want in the final photographs.

The money shot, trees framing the shot back enough to capture the roof and all of the landscaping.  This was only possible by lighting the entire second floor.

Move in closer and show the relationship to the brick pavers and how much this allows for group activities.

Without the supplemental on the second floor all of the second floor would dead and out of balance.

The front exterior heavy with trees and block most of the views, shoot at dusk to eliminate any shadows from the trees and then move quickly to the interiors.

This was shot in early afternoon to giver the viewer a bright outside and have the feeling of daylight.

Shooting at dusk always adds dramatics and having that little bit of blue light out the windows gives and nice contrast to the interiors.

Excellent shot, it would have been ideal to have a fire in the fireplace but that was not possible. In photoshop we could always drop in a fire.

Taking advantage of the use of daylight and to capture a different mood for the first shots.

This is basically the same shot only at dusk when the outside light levels are dropping. I always like the blue light out the windows which contrasts the interior colors.

This is a real cool shot, supplemental lighting and careful composition makes this work.

I hope you enjoyed the Warren House

Ed Asmus

Architectural People Photographer


The Delta a Glimpse back in time.

At one time in my life I lived in this small community in Clarksburg on an 80 acre ranch with a pear farmers daughter, Debbie. As I look back on my time spent there, the town of Clarksburg still reminds me of Mayberry, everything has stood still for years but this little sleepy community is only 20 minutes from Sacramento. It still amazes me that in order for to go to bed, you have to get use to frogs croaking,  coyotes howwling a far cry from the city noises, helicopters, sirens, traffic. Most of all I miss the connection with the landscapes, it was in my backyard something I took for granted, now removed it hard to make time to go down there and continue this work, have to put this back on my list.

One of my favorite landscape photo, “Clearing Winter Storm at Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge.

Originally shot with my 8×10 view camera. Clearing winter storm at the Pilemans Ranch in Clarksburg, California. Today this view does not exist anymore there are grapes there now.

Bud’s Lock and Saw, Courtland, California.  One of my first portraits with my 8×10 camera.

Elk Slough in Clarksburg a view from my backyard.

Plowed field in the fog, Clarksburg, California.

Marge and Les Herringer, last eight rows of corn, Clarksburg, California.

Lonely tree at Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge.

Melon Harvest at the Herringer Ranches, Clarksburg, California.

Gary Merwins old tractor, Clarksburg, California.

Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge.

Cows in the Fog, Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge.

Catfishing Lambert Road. This was the first photo taken with my 8×10 camera.

Pear Harvest at Stillwater Ranches, Hood, California.

Boat  Docks in Hood, California.The Old Sugar Mill,Clarksburg, California.

One of my favorites “The Last Eight Rows of Corn”. My friend Duke Herringer, his family has farmed in Clarksburg for years and he told me do you know harvesters cut eight rows of corn at each pass. We put our heads together and came up with an idea to leave me eight rows of corn in a field, a “Delta Classic”.



I hope you enjoyed looking back in time.


Ed Asmus

Ed Asmus Photography










Residential Model Homes

Project: The Retreat, Rancho Murieta, California

Requirements for Photography: Usually when I shoot models homes, I always cover myself for any Builder awards programs.  Generally those requirements are front exterior, living, kitchen, master bedroom and two choice shots. I shoot more than what is required and always try to give my clients a great selection to work from.


Exteriors are always challenging and having mother be there when your ready to shoot is like winning the lottery. Supplemental lighting was added on the interiors, shooting from a 12′ ladder to be able to shoot over the fence.  You can only set up and do one exterior when the light is right. I just like the light at dusk and being able to have some clouds reflecting the sunset just makes this shot.


The same approach as the shot above, but with no clouds to reflect the sun over the top of the model. Still a nice shot but preference is to have the clouds for the dramatics. I am just waiting for mother nature to give some some clouds to finish up the exteriors.


Shooting in the daytime does give you a clean crisp look. This works for me now, shooting in the dead of winter is always harder. I will revisit this in springtime when the tree just starts to bloom, which will make a huge difference as long as the tree is not in full bloom.


Re visiting this in springtime, the trees will have some color, not a full canopy but enough color to help set a colorful mood which will help add life to this shot.


When your project is on a golf course, we need to be able to show both the golf course and the interiors off under the best light. Supplemental lighting shooting late afternoon gives me the feel what I am looking for in the final illustrations.  Drop a photo in the tv and I am good to go.


Good use of daylight with supplemental lighting gives the viewer an idea, that this would be a great place to live. I do like the late afternoon shadows on the golf course.


I really did not see this shot, but I looked back nice foreground colors, shows off the entire space very well and add that pop of blue light out the window and it’s a no brainer shoot it now!


It’s always nice to pull back and try to include some of the other room.


A good shot nice reflections on the counter.


Master Bedroom and we need to be able to show the outside golf course and well as the interiors.  Many multiple nights to get what I want to deliver to the client as finals.


A second bedroom, I always try to add some dramatics to a shot, here we placed a light under the palm tree to cast some shadows on the ceiling.  Shooting at dusk has allowed me to use the daylight outside and get a nice blue color of light, which helps.


Sometimes we do have not have complete control and our hands get tied, in this case no fire in the fireplace. Go back and look into my library of fires and add it in photoshop. In this area there are lots of people who ride horses and let’s just drop an images of horses  into the tv.


I always like to start with a nice 3/4 view, add supplemental lighting, level the camera and shoot.


A nice clean shot add supplemental lighting, add some lighting under the tree on the right side and make sure  you catch the blue light on the counter, looks good.


Let’s move camera position slightly to the left, push a strong diagonal lined show off the relationship to the golf course.


Secondary shots which it is nice to shoot when the outside light values are dropping, which adds color and contrast.


Just the exact amount of daylight out the windows on the right side, timing is everything.


A nice long shot which shows for the volume of the space


Everything looks good but the wrong picture on the tv, either golf or horses works.


All of the dining rooms need to be included in out shot list, for possible competitions.


A fun upstairs game room, add supplemental lighting, add up lighting under the palm tree and add an image to the tv,  good to go.

Kerrie Miller

Thank you Ed Asmus for a fabulous job shooting these beautiful homes at The Retreats at Rancho Murieta! Great work!


I hope you enjoyed seeing my vision into model homes.

Ed Asmus

Architectural People Photographer







Changing my Artistic Vision

I have been a longtime architectural photographer 30 years plus who captures the moments in time for my clients.  I am now pushing the envelope on my artistic vision and creativity.



Before Shot

This was shot at 350 second with nice clouds and reflections in the glazing. Ok shot, water and clouds are frozen.



After Shot

Same clouds, taken 30 seconds after the previous shot. This was done by keeping the lens open for eight minutes. I can now play with movement of the clouds and water as design elements, which opens up my expression of my artistic vision. This pushes me into a surreal different direction, which will only get better.



I still love classic black and white photography, just a certain richness you get in black and white. This is sure a lot different then the first image. You might have a special project that would look great captured under this kind of light let me know.

Hope you enjoyed this new direction of my Artistic Vision.

Ed Asmus

Corporate headshot on location or in the studio


Ever now again I get a call to shoot a photo at the State Capitol. From this shoot one of the persons needed a new headshot, I got their contact information and followed up.

If there is a budget for a make up artist then I strongly recommend hiring these great artists, most of the time I just do not get a budget for a make up artist. Having great make-up and a second set of eyes are always an added bonus.


Here is a straight shot with no re touching.  Skin can be smoothed, wrinkles under the eyes and neck need be softened and the right eye is smaller than the left eye, Photoshop”.
Skin smoothing around the face, neck leaving the eyes, lips and eyebrows sharp, looks pretty good. The only thing I forgot was to adjust the right eye.

Let’s change outfits and shoot more images. Here is a final with all of the retouching and adjusting her right eye, pretty cool.


Here is what I really like, simple lighting, background light, hair light and one main light. What is pretty cool is my umbrella it can focus the light from soft to hard which works great for a different look on men and women.screen-shot-2017-02-01-at-1-30-58-pm

Broncolor has been a leading leader of  camera and lighting control, simply the best, expensive but very happy with the results.


Shot on location, no make up artist, only my make up kit and using the one light the Para 88. With this new system I am able to dial down my power and be able to throw the background out of focus, which just draws your attention to the person.


Just really like the catch light I get in their eyes now.


Simple and clean a lot of stuff to bring to a shoot but the results are worth it. This system is made by Broncolor in Switzerland, the umbrella is used by many fashion photographers in todays market place.


Being able to shoot wide open, having a high quality lighting system makes my job easier. She did her own make up and I like how she is posed nice to include her wedding ring.


Just to have a little fun in one of my portrait  programs, I changed the colors of her eye shadow, pretty cool what tools we have as photographers at our finger tips.

“Ed Asmus is an amazing professional at the top of his game. His photos were beyond expectation. He has a wonderful way of putting people at ease. His eye is great; he knows what will make a good picture and is capable of creating the right setting. Working with him, was a true pleasure.”

Donna Allred
Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder

I hope you enjoyed looking at a different way to shoot corporate head shots

Ed Asmus

Architectural People Photographer

Personal work with new Grunge make up kit.

I was invited to Daniel’s ranch for a barbecue and a music festival. I always like to do personnel work.  I ordered my make up from LA, awesome addition to my regular make-up. I always try to leave the house with my camera._E9O5264.topaz I just was walking by and saw Julie’s dirty feet and my mind started to wonder, this might be my first grunge candidate for a photo. I asked Julie if she would like to be in my grunge photo and she said yes._E9O5293.TopazPretty fun day, fill flash off camera, add the make-up, “don’t touch those feet”.

_E9O9735-smart-copy My next adventure was done in the Delta on Ryer Island at a friends ranch, Alberto._E9O9819-smart-copy Looks like it was taken out on the plains in the 30’s._E9O9826I just love the cross lighting from the natural light, add some supplemental lighting to fill in the shadows and I have a winner.

_E9O9972-smart-copyVolunteers for my next shoot.