Revingotn Renovations has done it again! I always like working with the Revington team capturing their new spaces. This home was no exception. It was an extensive gut of an existing home and rebuilt from the outside walls in. Walls were moved and added to create this refreshing space from master bedroom to main floor living space to basement. AMR Interior Designs complimented the renovation with their interior design flair – great job team! You made my job an easy one!
Over the last couple of years I have had the pleasure of capturing several newly developed dentist and orthodontic office spaces. They certainly aren’t what they were when I was a kid. Now they boast in house sterilization, CAD casting, inviting reception and seating areas, coffee bars and overhead TV’s to help you relax as you recline in the dentist chair. Windermere Orthodontics is no exception. Designed by the all female team at Wolski Design and project managed by Parmas Development Inc. this new space was a challenge and a treat to capture. Normally I capture these spaces at dusk when the outside ambience is lower and more closely matches that of the interior space. This time I decided to try something different to make use of the abundance of sunlight coming into the space. All in a days work at the office as an architectural photographer.
Wolski Design is an all girl design team whose niche market is the dental and medical office space client. Their sense of design, attention to individual client needs and detail has won them numerous contracts for dental and medical office space design. I am pleased to be a part of their team capturing these great spaces. I recently had the pleasure of photographing Denta Care, Nuvo Dental and Rao Dermatology for them. They make my job easy when the spaces are stunning and there is no shortage of angles to capture. Great job ladies!
This last fall I was invited to capture a new homes space situated on a ravine lot in old SW Edmonton. The interior designer, Vanessa Warawa of VW Designs, had asked me to scout her newest project to determine what the best views were to capture the essence of the space. Now I have had the chance to photograph many homes but this one was breathtaking both inside to out, wide open spaces, expansive window features and tall ceilings all collectively work together in harmony to build its personality. Modern in design Vanessa used a variety of materials to finish the space. She also used her extensive experience in lighting design and fixture selection to create a distinguished mood in the home at nighttime. The new owners commented to me several times how delighted they were with her efforts and how she was so easy to work with. Vanessa is an up and coming interior designer in Edmonton you can contact her by phone at (780) 691-4702 or email her at email@example.com. I am sure we will see some of her distinguished work appear in Western Canadian magazines in the near future. Thanks Vanessa for the opportunity!
In today’s market everyone has a camera, be it an iPhone, Android or conventional DSLR. Many wonder why they should hire a “professional” when they can “take it themselves”. The marketing machines technology leads us to believe that the cameras now can do anything with all the algorithms that they have embedded in their firmware and all you have to do is “push” the button. Let’s classify these as the “Before”captures.
Thankfully there is still the need for a professional to capture an “After” image that the general folk can not create. We bring to the table years of experience knowing how to create the “After” shot using specialized equipment, creating the lighting, composing the shot and being attentive to details. Last Saturday’s shoot was no exception. Ken and Katie from Revington Renovations wanted to have a newly renovated kitchen captured. They are interested in entering it into an annual design competition and needed photos for their entry. They wanted something different and knew that they could not derive the “After” result themselves. As Ken says just because you have a hammer does not make you a professional renovator. So with a little tweeking of the details in the kitchen and adding some faux sunlight I had my “After” result.
No matter what your need hire the “Professionals” to do what they do best to take the final result into the “After” state. Ken’s client was – they were blown away by the final result with their kitchen.
Moral of the story – we can all create the “Before” result but if you want the “After” look then leave it to the professionals whether it is a professional renovator like Revington, a graphic designer creating your brand or an architectural photographer – you’ll be glad you did!
B. Wright Drywall Inc. has been in business for over 25 years. Blayne Wright, the owner , has worked very hard to build his business and become the premier drywall provider for the residential market in the Edmonton region. He told me they average over a 100 homes per month installing, mudding and taping drywall. So when Blayne and his team came to me requesting photos for their new website we sat down and discussed how they would like to be presented visually. Having grown up with construction as a kid I knew what construction sites were like during the drywall phase – they are not necessarily the most photogenic environments. I promised Blayne that I would create something visually that was completely different setting him apart from his competition. I decided to let my lighting be my guide creatively. Picking up on the train of thought “taking it outside the box”, I played with my lights placing them outside the box of the home to see what happened. Whoah very cool results came up on the computer as I worked my way through the different sites – the interplay of shadows and highlights with a drywaller in place – who’d of thought it might work!
I am very fortunate to work with a great group of clients who trust me and give me free rein to capture images for their marketing and advertising needs. They often say Ian we want something different. In this day of everyone having a camera and at the push of a button able to take a picture and often get decent results it is even more critical that as professionals we offer something different and take it to the next level. Revington Renovations is no exception. The owner proudly showed me some images that he captured with his camera of spaces that they had renovated. When he saw how I work setting lights, being attentive to details and propping the shot in each instance he commented “I get it – just because you have a hammer doesn’t make you a carpenter”. I smiled and asked him to close the door so that we “don’t let the cat out”.
Earlier this year I got a call from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in Ottawa inquiring about my availability to capture some generic industrial images that they could use to market industry. When I asked what they wanted shot their reply was “shoot what you want”. I love clients who say “shoot what you want”. Having the freedom to go with the flow and capture what is presented is very refreshing – blank pallet have brush.
Although it was a cold blustery winter day (-25 wind chill) we just dressed a little warmer and ventured out into the clear blue sky day using the sun to guide us around site. Tim and his Suncor crew went out of their way to make sure that I had safe access to the areas desired and was kept warm. We even managed to share a few laughs along the way and I got to “shoot what you want”. Another happy client – I love my job!
Each trip into Palm Springs offers me the opportunity to capture architecture that is unique unto itself . The architecture is mix of old and new that is complimented with regional desert landscape featuring cactus, palm trees and a variety of flowering species that thrive in the desert heat. A new species of car has arrived in the desert, Tesla’s new model “S” fully electric car, and it is adding more heat to the competition in an already saturated auto market. They hope to reduce our dependency on the internal combustion engine with their revolutionary electric car. Their new dealership is also different in its presentation. It is a stark white building with clean lines, simple design and bold branding using “Tesla” logo to standout against the desert landscape and San Jacinto mountain range. Several versions of their new Model “S” sedan are displayed inside and out for new buyers to experience. Hats off to the Tesla team for creating a unique brand of vehicle that is functional, practical and powerful. I look forward to their arrival in the Western Canadian market.
I got a call from a client out of Montreal asking me “hey Ian want to shoot a project for us in Los Angeles”. Now understand this call came in October leading into winter so of course my reply was “absolutely”. They had just completed a project providing lighting for the exterior of the iconic Sunset Tower Hotel. For those of you that don’t know this hotel it was built in 1929 on Sunset Boulevard. It has a storied past that includes Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Hero’s TV show refusing to move out until the site was designated a historic landmark to avoid demolition. His efforts were successful of course and now I get a chance to photograph it’s exterior in all its glory – wow what an assignment!