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I’m honored to be this months winner. I photographed this home during a rain storm and it produced some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen. The soft paint colors, large windows and contrasting elements made for some great ambient images.
I think I actually spent more time on this foyer than the kitchen that day which is very rare for me. Normally for RE I do not mess with staging that much, but that day I just saw a beautiful image in my mind. I removed about 15 jackets of the hooks in the back and left the two rain coats. I moved the bench from the right side next to the door to where it is now and also added the pillows and nautical door stops. This was shot at 22mm F11 at iso 640. You can see the reverse angle in my feed. What’s funny to me is the last time I won I used an ambient only shot as well. I think the ambient gods are trying to tell me something, maybe its time to throw away all my flashes!
After numerous top five finishes over the past couple of years, including a second place finish in June of this year I’ve finally pulled out the win over at PFRE. The top real estate photography web site in the world!!!
Before and after bedroom shots. The first image is straight out of camera with no lighting. I then strategically placed 3 different lights including one outside with an umbrella for some fake sun to add a little extra warmth and pizazz.
What really inspired this video was an agent who called me couple weeks ago to re-shoot a house that had been previously photographed by someone else (the photos were pretty bad UFW etc). She said she hired him because I was booked and he had the same camera as me. GRRRRRRR!!!!
Unfortunately I did not win this month, but I managed to place in the top 5, which is a huge achievement! Every month the website photographyforrealestate.net holds a contest that showcases the best interior photos from around the world. The images that get entered are from photographers all over the globe and are literally the best of the best when it comes to residential interiors. Each month there is a different theme with intense competition. This month there was a total of 61 amazing photographs. Larry Lohrman, who runs the website, recently said that "just getting points in the contest puts you in the top few percent of shooters on the entire planet"
Adding a little warmth with a nice fire.
Being on my feet all day and constantly, lugging gear and equipment I would consider myself in pretty good shape. Then I carried my camera, tripod and 2 light stands up 5 flights of stairs. Needless to say I was pretty winded.
Im normally not a fan of black cabinets (probably because they are one of the hardest types of kitchens to shoot) but I really loved how elegant and classy this one looked.