Category Archives: In The Field

Eichler Living — with building Lab

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If you’ve been seeing a lot of building Lab work here this year, it’s because Stephen Shoup and his team have been on a tear – lots of amazing projects, and the recognition that comes with doing fantastic work.

This project is, in many ways, the epitome of what Stephen is all about. A Joseph Eichler home in California’s Marin County, this structure has seen extensive work but still feels 100% authentic. We shot this house over the course of two and a half days in November and created a set of photos I’m quite proud of. More photos, and some behind-the-scenes, after the jump!

San Francisco Swank by Muratore

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Millenium_11I found myself back in the SF Millenium Tower at the end of October, shooting a very nice residence by my friends at Muratore Corp. We shot the spaces “straight” and then did a round of lifestyle images. Lots of photos, write-up, and behind-the-scenes images, after the jump!

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen, Upgraded by Building Lab

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Obviously there’s a lot of natural light in play here. We bounced some of that back into the near side of the island, and added a bit to the cabinetry under the window. You can see how the backs of the stools really throw light back onto the edge of the cantilevered part of the island.

This is an example of a really beautifully designed kitchen. Stephen Shoup of Building Lab did a wonderful job of creating a modern, functional space while staying aesthetically true to the Mid-Century Modern bones of the house.

We photographed this kitchen in early October, and I was immediately struck by the cantilevered island and red cabinetry, as well as the enormous openings leading outside to the large deck.

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This is always a challenging shot, as we had to light the interior to match the sunlight exposure of the deck, but without being too obvious about it.

With the multi-paneled sliding doors fully open, along with the very large window, the deck joins the kitchen and adjacent family room in an open floor plan. It’s incredibly inviting and must be an absolute joy to live in.

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We backlit the translucent glass backsplash but made sure there was a gentle gradient from left to right for a more natural appearance.

We identified shots that would show off the features of the kitchen but which would also emphasize that indoor-outdoor aspect as much as possible.

And, just to make sure everyone understood that the rear backsplash was actually translucent glass, we shot the reverse angle:

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Office by Bleu Leman Design

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Always happy when I get a call from Diane Leifer at Bleu Leman Design — because I know it’ll be a well put-together interior. Plus, Dee is absolutely one of my favorite people on the planet to work with! Good positive energy on a shoot is priceless.

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If you follow this blog, you’ve seen Dee’s work before.The challenge for me, in this space, was to get a warm, cozy, intimate, textured feeling in a room that was getting blasted with sunlight from three windows. Because this is a busy counseling office, our access was limited to just three hours, mid-morning. So we made the most of it!

Working in a small space like this brings some special issues for the photographer. I needed to introduce light to bring the interior back after I had exposed for the bright windows, but there wasn’t much “room” to operate, given the relatively wide compositions. I opted to use continuous lighting throughout, from small 150-watt “inkies” to 500-watt floods. The small profile of these lights allowed me to set them in places that a strobe wouldn’t fit, and the ability to focus and “barn-door” the light gave me complete control over the what & where for each light.

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Diane is a great designer, and maybe her most impressive strength is in choosing and then styling scenes like the one above.  She’s able to create these balanced arrangements that work in ways that are quite beautiful — and a real pleasure to photograph.

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Sacramento International Auto Show

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And now for something completely different… Earlier this month I spend a weekend in Sacramento California shooting exhibits at the Sacramento International Auto Show – which turned out to be surprisingly fun! More photos, after the jump

San Francisco Residential by Baran Studios

Baran_ark Matt Baran (Baran Studio Architects) has been killing it lately! Between some fantastic residential work in Oakland’s “Bordertown” neighborhood that recently won a Citation Award at the East Bay AIA Awards (with photos by yours truly) to the WordPress campus that got the attention of the industry, Matt is really on a roll.

Which brings us to this most recent project in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. Matt re-designed the structure and added a pop-out bay window that has real chutzpah!

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San Francisco Residential by Andrew Morrall Architect

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When superior architecture meets fine craftsmanship, you get the raw material for great photographs. So when architect Andrew Morrall asked me to shoot a new residential remodel that featured the cabinetry work of Hendrik Furhmeister, I knew from the first look that this would be a winner. More photos, more words, after the jump