Today’s post looks back at a complete Penthouse project by Judith S Weisman Interiors. While working with other creatives can be stressful to some, I try to be as collaborative as possible. Not only does it make my attitude during an event more pleasant, it helps to bring people together as a team. For me, it makes the photos look much better when I review them later! In this case, Judith was terrific in showing off her work on this amazing home.
In light of the homeowner’s extensive art collection, their viewability was the overall goal of the design. Large open spaces that allowed natural light through. Judith really set the myriad of pieces in the home that gave them their own space to be appreciated.
As can be seen, there was a lot to visually take in. In fact, this looked like a museum set inside a home! Each room had numerous art pieces, but also had seating and other comforts making it a livable space. Being that all the surfaces looked new, I was appreciative of all the details that went into the complete penthouse project. It was a daunting task to document all that had been done. Be that as it may, I can see the collaboration between Judith, the designer, and the homeowner to pull it all together.
I photographed a completed kitchen and bath project for LUSH interior design at a home in Alexandria. Since this was my first time working with Emilie, I was anxious about creating great images for her. Luckily, as soon as I saw her completed projects, I knew it would be great. Above all, her design for this kitchen and bathroom was amazing! Compared to the ‘before’ images that she showed me, these two rooms are more modern, light and airy. Going with that vibe, I had an objective for these photos.
When going to the bathroom, I could see beautiful materials and fixtures that were chosen for the space. The dark blue cabinet really balanced against the white tiles on the floors and walls. From a photography standpoint, I wanted to convey how airy and spacious the room felt. Walking in from a dark bathroom was a big contrast in light. It is easy to see how this talented designer transforms rooms to be more modern, functional, and beautiful!
I am honored to have some of my photographs of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA. At this time some were making their debut in the Spring/Summer 2011 issues of Art and Soul! This is a journal of the Dixon Studio in Staunton, VA. Their especially beautiful work is noticeable in many details throughout the church. This includes all twenty Mysteries of the Rosary which line the sanctuary. Earlier this year, I captured each of these for the parish. Holy Trinity is also making a Rosary booklet from them. Also, they were used for an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald.
In reading their journal, there are many other aspects of design that are covered. I came away with an emphatically larger appreciation of the art and planning. From the largest windows to chalices and small surrounding statues there are many details to create. The task of capturing windows can be difficult with the camera. There is a lot of contrast in all the scenes, yet there are important details that need to be shown.
In this case, the vibrant colors need to be represented accurately. Additionally, the angles need to be as straight as possible with regards to your film plane. Trying to get these angles in a fully operational church building is not easy. This is becuase having consistent perspectives with all windows is nearly impossible. There are pews, columns, and other obstacles that dictate where you can place the camera. All add to the whole picture, and make for a challenging, rewarding photography project.