Behind the Scenes of Architectural Photographer
The Architectural Photographers’ job is to produce impactful images after the completion of a project.
Often I hear the phrase “ It looks like a million dollars “, while it’s our job to make the photos impeccable and glamours it not always the case.
While luxury homes and buildings can cost to build millions of dollars, a one snapped a shot (one click) will never show case the true visual value of the space and this is where our true talent shines.
In this series of articles, I want to take you to behind the scenes of the architectural photography profession.
Yes, I am going to show you how those perfection of creation looks in real professional images and how it looks after we put our own special sauce on those images.
Luxury Home Exterior Photoshoot:
We must start with one of our most known pictures for an inspiration home luxury development.
This is a complex shoot for numerous reasons.First, the home is a very wide compared to other homes due to his complex plot that was master planed by world-renowned architects SB-Architects.
The second reason this is my personal task to combine the architecture, the environment and that views that brings this property to his glory.
In this composition, I choose to climb on a 50ft rock landscape feature to allow me to capture the entire home in one shoot. It was important for me to show case the rear view of the house to the mesmerizing Las Vegas Valley and Famous Las Vegas Strip.
These two images took almost 4 hours to capture and composite in post-production as I had to creatively light the day shoot and compose it from many different images.
The night shoot was even more complex as I had to incorporate the partners for this beautiful development Range Rover into the photo.
So we ended up with a great architectural exterior photo and also incorporating a Car Photographer job as well.
One of the most surprising shoots I ever had photographing this home exterior.
This is a gated community, this luxury home situated across other homes and and also have traffic. This required me to position my camera in the middle of the street where the car passes every minute or two.
While I am used to working in an active environment, this is not an easy task while neighbors stoping to see what is the action all about.
Luckily I am well prepared and had several flashing lights to make sure my camera is visible to bystanders.
This picture took over two hours to create starting 20 minutes prior to sunset to capture some ambient light, taking dozens of pictures both natural and with artificial light to create the glow of the brick stones and the landscape.
While running around creatively lighting this beautiful architecture, someone for got to close the irrigation system of the front landscape, leaving me running around trying to avoid the water splash all over.
Finally, we waited for the sun to set to capture some of the landscape and interior lighting and voila.
This mansion was in the last stages of restoration, few construction ladders and lots of construction mess on the main road that are waiting to be cleaned.
This complex shoot includes again a very wide home with a bridge to the guest’s house and indoor spa.
It was important for me to incorporate the inside villas as well in the shoot, this was done by opening the main gate and providing a peek.
While the gate can’t stay open, we had to re-open it more than 25 times to showcase the view.
The Job is to take beautiful spaces and make them look as beautiful in visuals. As you can see it’s not an easy task and it requires many different photography and creative skills to translate a space into stunning visuals.