We were hired by interior designer Frank Pitman to photograph his space at the 2015 House of Design. Frank is a very talented designer, and his rooms always surprise and delight, and it is an ongoing pleasure to photograph his work.
I had a chance to observe his space during different times of the day as I was in and out of this house on other projects for about a month. Because it's a showcase house, access usually is not a problem, so all options in terms of lighting are on the table. I had suggested evening, but Frank wanted a daylight approach so we scheduled it for an early Monday morning, when the house was closed to the public. For this view of the room, I wanted the feeling of early morning sunlight streaming in through the doors on the left. Trouble was, these doors were north facing and even in the summer, the little bit of sun they would get wouldn't work for us. This meant creative use of lighting, namely multiple strobes inside and out, and lots of post -production in Lightroom and Photoshop. Those clients who work with me know I bring a substantial grip and lighting package to photo shoots. I consider lighting instruments tools of the trade and as important as the actual camera. This preparedness allows us the ability to render any sort of mood you might want in a photograph. Need sun coming in through a certain angle at a particular window? Not a problem. Need beautiful up lighting in a way dark home theater? Can do. Need to light up an entire office building inside and out at night? Yes, we do that too. Some photographers take pictures. I like to make pictures, and controlling the lighting in a scene is fundamental in my book and remains the true test of any photographer. But I digress.
I was pleased we were able to bring out the textures in the fireplace, mantel, carpet, and fabrics here and achieve a mood- all with a little creative lighting. For more photos from this shoot, you can check out this page on the Robert Allen web site. I guess they liked it too.