In between large projects I like to visit the city and photograph apartments. Here are my February favorites.Read More
Let's eat. Day 2 of the photoshoot at Cebu was of the menu. It was a long day filled with many delicious eats. I started to experiment with styling here. For a long time I'd been shooting food at restaurants mostly as it came, with little to add to the image beside maybe a fork and a napkin. This time around I asked the chef for every ingredient that made up the dish and I created a palate for the food to go on. The best results were with the fritters and the fish tacos. I also really loved the images of the fritters dunking in the sauce, and I just cannot decide between the two I posted below. One is nearly perfect and elegant, the other is more messy and intense, getting up into 'food porn' status. I also really enjoyed telling the visual story of the tomahawk steak, from the chef salting and preparing them, then grilling them, to the final plated presentation.
Cebu Bar & Bistro, Food
Client: Cebu Bar & Bistro
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Project Date: May 9th, 2017
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).
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
I first met LPC when I toured this building with them several years ago when they just bought it. It was right next door to the Nooklyn Bushwick office and I came along as part of Nooklyn to take some 'before' pictures of the space. Two years later all the renovations were nearing completion and they were ready for full-scale professional photography, so they reached out to me.
LPC had a vision for what businesses would most benefit from these spaces, so rather than just photographing the space vacant, we collaborated on making the spaces appear fully functional and lived in. We staged each space with a compliment of desks and I brought in interior stylist Katherine Hammond to bring some unique life to each space we'd be capturing.
This is the biggest project I've worked on to date, and it was also the most exciting, the most fun, and without a doubt the most challenging. It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to doing several more like it.
Expect to see more posts detailing how the shoot was done, with breakdowns of how several of the photos were made.
For now, enjoy the finished product below, and check out the implementation at: 455jefferson.com
Owner: Lincoln Property Company
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
Project Date: Sept 13th & 14th, Oct 12th, 2017