Where Architectural Photography meets Real Estate Photography - A full sunrise to sunset shoot of a multimillion dollar Brooklyn brownstone from 2018Read More
Willoughby House, photographed in 2017 for owner Harley Courts, to show off his renovation work.Read More
I’m a big fan of Airbnb. I always love living just a little bit like a local when I’m visiting a new place. I almost always go hunting for an Airbnb to stay at instead of hotels, so I’m always excited to do a project where I get to help out an Airbnb owner.
In this case, it was a little 3 bedroom house in North Bergen, NJ, for a very friendly fellow who was kind enough to make me an espresso while I was in there photographing the place. Fortunately it was already well staged, so I didn’t have to spend much time moving things around, and instead got to focus on composition and light placement for each image.
What most surprised me was the level of precision and craftsmanship that went into the renovation, and it turned out that the owner did a lot of of the work himself. Very impressive. I remember one time I made a tile backsplash behind my stove, and let’s just say it did not come out quite so polished.
I had a really good time on this shoot - I spent 4 hours on site totally absorbed in making images and finished up with around 20 great ones - Here are some of my favorites.
By the way, scroll down past my images if you’re interested in seeing the “before” images of what the owner had posted before he hired me.
Tap on an image below to open lightbox, then you can rotate to landscape and swipe if on mobile.
Below are the images the owner had before he brought me in photograph his space. I’m really excited to see what impact this will have on his bookings. It’s a bit too soon to know now, but I’m going to check in a few months down the road and then in a year to see what return he gets year over year. The difference in images is pretty drastic, and I’ll bet the increase in bookings will reflect that. I’ll put an update here once I’ve got that data (it obviously won't be for a while).
In between large projects I like to visit the city and photograph apartments. Here are my February favorites.Read More
I flew to Mississippi to photograph the Model Home and grounds of the beautiful new Splinter Creek lakeside community. I spent 3 days there producing images and in this video I’ll detail what images I made and how I made them to showcase the incredible work by Lang Architecture and all their partners on the project.Read More
I passed over this spot several times and finally came in to check it out. It was really beautiful on the rainy day I visited it. Turns out it's closed now due to health code violations. But hey, the photos can live on.
A rainy day at 1 Hotel.Read More
My retainer ends and I become a completely independent photographer.Read More
My friends own a gorgeous post-production house in Williamsburg and asked me to photograph it.Read More
In the previous post I showed you the images I created for Cebu of the restaurant's interior. To dive deeper into how that project came to be and how the images went from concept to finished project, I produced this video!
It's funny how one thing leads to another. I photographed the Mid-Century Residence for my cabinet client Imperia. Around the same time the homeowner was in the middle of planning to take photos of his restaurant. He saw my images and said "we need this guy." So we talked through everything that they needed and it was a full shoot of both the space and the menu. The partners have owned this restaurant for 16 years and it's their baby, and they'd never had professional pictures made of it. It was exciting to be entrusted with showing off the place they'd put so many years into. The shoot took place over three days:
3. Cocktails, Interior Details, and an exterior twilight. We added on some brunch dishes, too.
Here are the images produced from day one, along with some of the details and the exterior from day three.
Cebu Bar & Bistro, Architecture / Interiors
Client: Cebu Bar & Bistro
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 8th, 2017
There are few things that make for a more exciting photo project than showing up on location to find that the place is already beautifully decorated and filled with sunlight. They had so much nice stuff here that I was really struggling with deciding what to remove to simplify the images. There we so many cool items and SO MANY PLANTS! Every house needs so many more plants. I need more plants. But these homeowners have it down. You should also also know that they found, I said FOUND, the massive cacti in the living room and stairwell. There was so much more of this beautiful mid-century modern house that I wish we could have gotten to, but our shoot focused on the kitchen and took most of the day. But trust me, the rest of it is just as gorgeous.
Client: Imperia Cabinet, Purekitchen
Silver Lake, Staten Island, New York
Project Date: March 23rd, 2017
The first major client project of 2017 was this $14,000,000 townhouse on the Upper West Side. Pretty exciting way to start the year!Read More
This townhouse in Boerum Hill had a lot of nice character thanks to the homeowner's items. This was a project Imerpia Cabinet did a few years ago and we photographed as part of a project to catalog all of their work and modernise their website (still under construction at this time).
Townhouse on the upper west side for Purekitchen / Imperia Cabinet. Construction had just finished and we went in quick to get the photos before it sold. Client wanted to keep it simple so we didn't do any staging, just saw the space raw. My favorite is the one point perspective (the first image below) because without the context it could be anywhere. You can imagine your whole dream house around it. The other angles show off the details of the kitchen.
Imperia also made the vanities in the bathrooms, the minibar, and the fireplace chimney surface you see in the background of the final image. I really love the bathtub here, it caught the light so peacefully.
This photo project was the day after the Brooklyn Condo, a 1-2 combo of Park Slope condo photography for Imperia. From this set came one of my favorite photos of the year. I use direct flash to create this very poppy, high fashion, high contrast look. It's very bright and has these great strong shadows and specular highlights that shout "mid-century perfection" to me. I also produced images with several different looks in this set, including some with softer light and some with the night-time look, so that the client can use them to market in different ways. There were several condos in the building and I photographed all of the kitchens and vanities. These are my favorites from the set.
Union Street Condos
Client: Cabinet Manufacturer Imperia Cabinet
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 17th, 2017
This is another favorite architecture shoot from this year. This place completely blew me away when I stepped inside. I couldn't believe how nice it was. I was here to photograph the kitchen and cabinetry for my client, but I couldn't help to explore the house and take a few extra images after I wrapped up in the kitchen. I'll save those photos from share with you another time. For now, the focus is on the work of Imperia Cabinet on this gorgeous kitchen I wish I could have myself. Sergei (of Imperia) and I really like moody, sexy lighting, so here's another spot where I experimented with making some moody night shots in the middle of the day (because we didn't have access in the evening). It required a lot of black cloth and creative editing, and I'm very happy with the results. I also put small lights inside the cabinets to show off their interior details with some sexy light. The objective is to capture the love a homeowner feels for the kitchen of their dreams.
Also: That corner cabinet swing out arm is fkn brilliant.
Client: Imperia Cabinet
Architect: Shuji Suzumori, Idan Naor
Builder: Madsen Consulting, Concord Consulting
Project Date: May 16th, 2017
This is one of my favorite projects for Imperia Cabinet / Purekitchen. I was absolutely in love with this house the second we walked in. The matte black kitchen is gorgeous and the marble was so beautiful. I also love that the homeowner outfitted the kitchen with matte black pots and pans, too. Really love their style. The whole house was gorgeous, but my focus was on the kitchen and vanities since that's what my client brought me there to photograph. I also experimented with producing day and night photos in a single daytime shoot. So have a peek below at the photos I produced for him of this lovely place.
Frost Street Residence: Cabinets & Vanities
Client: Cabinet Manufacturer Imperia Cabinet
Project Date: June 23rd, 2017
The below photos were a little of a gag. We were talking about how messy the backyard was outside the window next to the kitchen since it was still under construction. Sergei jokingly told the homeowner "Oh don't worry, Nicholas can put just put the mediterranean out there." So I did. And I actually love it.
And since I had the window masked out, I decided to do something a little more plausible and put one of my NYC skyline images in there.
I'm hoping to go make some more images of this beautiful place once all the construction is done. Looking forward to that in 2018.
My second project with United Elite Group was this private residence in Manhattan. I created several images of the apartment interior for the client to use to promote their business and bring in more customers.
Builder: United Elite Group
Upper West Side, New York
Project Date: Oct 9th, 2017
Alisher of United Elite Group reached out to me via Houzz and requested that I photograph a renovation they were just finishing up. They wanted photographs to document their work and to help sell their services to prospective customers. It was a fun and relaxed shoot in which one of the firm partners, Guzal, helped me with the staging of each shot. We did a variety of shots with lights on and off to show off both the look in natural light as well as the lighting design.
Client: Builder United Elite Group
Upper East Side, New York
Project Date: June 21st, 2017