It’s always a good day when Jerry Wilkins of Custom Kitchens calls me up. I first heard about this project last fall, while I was in Phoenix having lunch with a photographer friend of mine. Jerry called me to tell me that they had won Grand Prize, All Categories in the Norcal Remmies (with my photos!) And he mentioned a massive kitchen remodel that they were doing over the winter.
As before, Jerry partnered with Bentwood Kitchens, in Lancaster TX, to produce the cabinetry for this job. Bentwood does incredible work, and in addition to a center island and acres of wall cabinetry, they also faced two Subzero refrigerators so well that I didn’t actually realize one of them was there.
We identified our angles, and got to work. To add some life to some of the shots, we included a model.
As always, there was plenty of prep to be done for each shot. I think Alan worked harder on this gig than on any one we’ve done! Lots of stretching of silks, scrims, gelling lights, and of course being there when I yelled “Alan?”
How do you control reflections in shiny marble countertops? When shooting into the sun? You cheat, is how. Here’s a separate exposure being made while Alan wrangles a large piece of black cloth to block the reflections. Later, I blended the two shots together to achieve just the amount of reflection I wanted. Enough to look realistic, without being distracting. That’s an expensive piece of green rock; it wouldn’t do to have it all glare-y and messed up!