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Architectural Photography: Adventures, Inspiration & Insider Savvy
There are a lot of moving pieces involved in every architectural photography project, no matter the size. From security clearance to lighting to site preparation, who is responsible for which elements of a photo shoot?
Night photography is inherently dramatic. It’s bold. It stands out. It turns heads. That being said, nighttime photography is a lamentably underused architectural photography tool. It’s something many of my clients have never even considered, and it’s certainly not something a lot of architectural photographers take the time to tout and execute.
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The greater Hartford, CT area is a hotbed for architectural innovation. With a plethora of historical spaces and a flourishing local economy, opportunities for AEC and development firms to make names for themselves abound here. With such an active industry community in Connecticut, it’s no surprise how many area awards events and galas are dedicated to honoring excellence in the built environment.
For most AEC firms, winning a prestigious design award is a huge opportunity. That kind of recognition brings with it lots of great free press, but it also validates a firm in the eyes of potential new clients. Awards can directly result in new business. As an architectural photographer, I’ve worked with many trusted industry professionals throughout the years. A select group of these individuals ultimately serve as the jurors that give out prestigious AEC industry awards like the AIA Connecticut Honor Award, the CREW CT Blue Ribbon Awards “Best in Class” Award, the CT ABC “Best in Show” Award, and the CBC Project Team Awards “New Construction” Award. Through our ongoing conversations with them I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for setting your design apart from the competition.
Clients ask me all the time, “Wow, what you do is so specific! Are you the only professional architectural photographer in Hartford area?” The short answer is no! I’m very active within the design, development, and broker communities all over Connecticut and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to work with lots of amazing clients and industry professionals, including many other AEC and CRE photographers in CT.
As an architectural photographer, you’d think I’d spend most of my time working with architects. The word “architect” is right there in the name of what I do! Surprisingly, through the many clients I’ve partnered with over the years, I’ve found that architects can sometimes be the most challenging to work with. Here’s why.
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In honor of April being World Landscape Architecture month (#WLAM2018), here are some of my favorite types of LA projects and why I really enjoy photographing them for my clients.
When people ask me, “Heather, how much can an architectural photographer shoot in an eight-hour day?” what they’re really asking is “Eight hours is plenty of time for me to get my money’s worth, right?” Well, not always. Here’s why.
As a professional architecture photographer, I’d ideally like all of your most important project images to be professionally done. That’s rarely the case. Most firms have taken their own images of certain projects and also have professional architectural photography images from other projects. What’s the best way to utilize both DIY vs Pro architectural photography images without looking “hodgepodge” or worse, damaging your brand reputation?
Photography itself is subjective; the process behind great professional photography is not. Don’t let one bad experience with an architectural photographer turn you off to the idea of giving another photographer a shot at a different project.