Monthly Archives: January 2013


Flipbook: 2012

So I’m four weeks late. Sue me. But better late than never, here it is, the 2012 SHP Flipbook, featuring a cameo appearance by the Les Poulet Bunnies! It’s HD, so by all means play it large.

You can see the 2011 Flipbook here.


I Talk Interiors With Frank Doorhof

My experience in Dubai last November was definitely enlivened by the presence of Frank Doorhof, the Dutch fashion photographer who was one  of my co-instructors at GPP FotoWeekend.

Frank is well-known from his many appearances at photography functions around the world as well as his Kelby Training and other online tutorials. He grabbed me one morning before my class started and we chatted for a few minutes. The video below is 75 minutes long and is a full-on documentary of Frank’s GPP experience — well worth watching but if you just want to see me gasping for words for 10 minutes or so, skip ahead to about the 14-minute mark.

Further on in the video are segments with Tony Corbell, Brook Shaden, and David Nightingale, all very much worth watching!


iPhone Photo of the Day

New Work From Scott Hargis Photo – Winter 2013


It’s that time, and I’ve been hard at work all week avoiding curating a collection of what I think are the best images I’ve shot over the past three months or so. Click the image above to see the entire gallery!

As always, I have to thank my partners in these photos – the awesome clients who create the raw material for me. In no particular order:

Muratore Corp  •  Holly Bender Interiors  •  Jody Brettkelly  •  1Columbia Design  •  Thornwall Properties  •  Arco Construction  •  Susan Diana Harris Interior Design  •  Martin Perri Interiors  •  Leslie Arnold Architect  •  Folio Design


Alameda Victorian


Here’s one that’s been embargoed for a while! I shot this unique Victorian  back in September for Alameda Magazine. But, as happens sometimes, the story got bumped, and then bumped again. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the images in the January issue. And so now I’m free to share here, too.

The house was a former blight on the neighborhood, until developer Farhard Matin bought it and transformed it into a landmark, even making it into an art piece (the faux graffiti was done by San Francisco underground artist Victor Reyes).

Farhard likes to do things “right”, and to him that doesn’t necessarily mean “traditional”. This house makes a statement! This is a structure that is rising from an unhappy and even (locally) notorious period in it’s life. But it wasn’t always that way, and the free-spirited exterior paint job is just one expression of the rejuvenation. Inside, the same swirling, joyful motifs continue, this time in bright red, up the central staircase. The building is still very much a Victorian, but there’s no heaviness, no sense of past baggage. Everything is focused forward; and it’s an uplifting place to be.


Nor was this done on the cheap. Materials, hardware, and fixtures were chosen based on aesthetics and authenticity more than budget constraints. In some cases they’re quite faithful; in others, Matin indulged a creative streak.





iPhone Photo of the Day

Bay Area Meditteranean by Martin Perri Interiors

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Digging into the archives a bit, here…last summer I shot a pair of residential projects for the very talented people behind Martin Perri Interiors, of San Ramon, California.

Martin Mitchell, the principal of MPI, does traditional, with a capital “T”. His rooms are rich, comfortable, but also complex. Lots of attention to detail. We shot over the course of two days, and came away with some great stuff. More photos below….enjoy!




This wood-paneled and unbelievably opulent office was a real challenge. Here is where bringing a lot of continuous lighting really pays off. For the lighting geeks that read this blog, continuous light (in the form of Arri 150’s, 300’s, and a Lowell Omni 500) are a great way to approach this much millwork. They’re tungsten-balanced, and between the focusing fresnel and the barn doors (and some whacko house-of-cards flagging by Alan), you can control the coverage very tightly.



SF Kitchen by Folio Design

folio03Catching up on Fall projects, and first up is a kitchen I shot for Folio Design back on October.

Designer Erin McGilvery, with whom I’ve worked before, really nailed it with this contemporary/country design. The first thing that caught my eye was the raised panels on the end of the island and the cabinet doors. This millwork was outstanding, and we knew we had to make sure the texture showed in the photos.


Erin is always fun to work with – and we had a good time styling this room!



I’m truly honored (and a bit awe-struck, actually) to have been invited back to Dubai for the annual GPP Photoweek 2013, which takes place March 1st through 8th. If you’re not familiar with this event, then I strongly urge you to hit the link and check it out — this is really a one-of-a-kind event.

I was thrilled to have taught 2 workshops with GPP in November (see student work, below), and we’ll be doing much of the same in March. Three workshops, two days each, covering basic-to-intermediate Interiors, and Advanced Interiors/Lifestyle. GPP does the best workshop production of anyone I’ve seen – my seminars in November were incredibly well-supported, and it really made a difference in the quality of the experience. PhotoWeek is their major annual event, and I’m completely stoked to be taking part in it. After my positive experience in November, I’m full of ideas for making the March workshops even better!

Given Dubai’s proximity to OZ, I think this is a no-brainer for Aussies, and it’s a pretty short flight from anywhere in Europe, too. And of course if you’re in the Gulf States or the Middle East overall… happy. This is in your back yard!

And don’t limit yourself to Interiors. The instructor list is as good as it gets, and on my day off I’m going to be hard-pressed to pick which of the other workshops I want to crash (we’re allowed to do that, which is an enormous perk. Hmmmmm…….). Again: these workshops are NOT fluff. GPP goes out of it’s way to ensure that the instructors are actually good at teaching, and that the material is worthwhile. There are very few opportunities to spend two or three days with the likes of Greg Heisler, Joe McNally, and David Hobby, not to mention Bobbi Lane, David Nightingale, Peter Hurley, Lindsay Adler, Zach Arias, Eduardo Angel, David Burnett, and John Keatley.

You can read a write-up of my GPP Photoweekend 2012 HERE. David Hobby’s excellent post about PhotoWeek 2013 is HERE. And below are a few student photos from November – these folks rocked it!