Ask Me Anything! But not ’til Friday

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Tune in Friday, September 25th, at Noon Pacific time and Ask Me Anything you want to know about architectural photography, interiors photography, and anything else you want to know. The only thing that’s NOT on the agenda is my recipe for buttermilk pancakes, which I’m taking to the grave with me.

See you there!

Piedmont Traditional by Koch Neve Design

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Almost a year ago I shot this sweet traditional residence in Piedmont California with Jeffrey Neve and Elaine Koch of Koch Neve Design. And we were pleased to be selected for the cover (and 4-page feature opening with a double-truck) of the August-September issue of Gentry Magazine.
Here’s the full set of photos:

And a couple of BTS shots, including the cover shot, which despite it’s “simple” appearance was hella-involved!:

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In Front of the Scenes Episode 1

Workshop – South Africa!

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Mark your calendar for October 10th and 11th — those are the dates for my Interiors Photography Workshop in South Africa! We’ll be in Cape Town, and possibly Johannesburg, and it looks like we’ve got some good venues lined up to shoot in.

Tuition is $350US and includes a full day of shooting — and when I say a “full day” I mean I’m not leaving until you’re DONE. We’ll cover everything I know how to do, whether that’s fast-paced real estate photography or the slower, more nuanced interior design work, or the composition-driven architectural photography.

If you’re interested — email me and I’ll get you on the roster! And here’s a sampling of photos from past workshops, worldwide:

 

New Work!

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I’ve been lazy this summer and my “New Work” schedule kind of fell by the wayside….which made it extra-hard to edit this collection! I had too many photos from too many great projects and had to cut to the bone to keep the numbers reasonable. Click the image above to see the gallery in all it’s full-screen glory!

Thanks as always to my awesome clients for designing and building such incredible spaces:

Bayon Design Studio  •  Holly Bender Interiors  •  building Lab  •  Jeff King & Co.  •   Dogtown Development  •  Leslie Arnold Architect  •  Ian Birchall & Associates  •  Bleu Leman Interiors  •  Brownhouse Design  •  Regan Baker Interiors  •  Kimberley Harrison Interiors

San Francisco HighRise meets Modern Italian Villa

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Back in early May I shot this two-floor high-rise condominium in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood. Designers Cindy Bayon and Heather Menegat created an Italian Villa in this 1980s building. With construction by Muratore Corp., this place had incredible craftsmanship and awesome lighting (Artistic Lighting Group). Muratore wanted to feature the custom millwork as much as possible, and Artistic Lighting was keen to show the backlit valances they did as part of the whole villa theme.

As usual, Heather Menegat killed it with the styling. Enjoy! Oh, and check the little BTS video below, too!

Behind the Scenes Video

A few weeks ago, my longtime Photo Assistant Alan Vance brought some video equipment along and filmed me during an interior design shoot with Bleu Leman Design (Diane Leifer). He cut together this video showing the messy, weird, painstaking path we tread on our way to a finished shot.

Enjoy! And thanks Diane Leifer for agreeing to appear in this — and to Alan Vance for shooting and editing!

Cow Hollow White House by Cindy Bayon

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Back in March I spent two day with Cindy Bayon, Heather Menegat, and Muratore Corp. shooting this beautifully minimalist single family residence in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood.

Cindy, who is now under her own nameplate, Bayon Design Studio, went with white-on-white and tons of diffused natural light. Working closely with Heather Menegat, who also styled the photoshoot, this home is nothing short of startling. One of the challenges with a space like this is creating depth and controlling color casts; we worked quite hard on some of these shots to keep things true to the actual feel of being in the space itself. In the case of the staircase shot above, we actually made this photo twice — the first attempt was close, but lacked that special “thing” I wanted. On the second day, things came together beautifully. Many thanks go to the talented Molly Mahar, who helped style as well as modeling in the photos!

 

We worked our butts off on this one – but had a good time, too. Here’s a few BTS shots — everyone wanted to take a turn on the rope swing in the home office, myself included!

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Heather styled this closet from top to bottom — that’s a lot of shoes, folks! The entire thing took her nearly two hours, start to finish.

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Tight quarters in the dressing room meant no room for fancy tripods….so I improvised with a bean bag, some kleenex, and stabilized everything with 5lbs of sand.

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Nob Hill Traditional with Muratore Corp

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It’s hard to complain when your view of the Transamerica Pyramid is so close you can’t fit the entire tower in the window.  We photographed this traditional high rise condo atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill a few weeks ago, and the images are already up on Muratore’s shiny new website. I love the way Heather prefaces each project with a black-and-white image; I often find myself converting images to B&W while shooting as it helps me focus on the composition and lines, rather than getting distracted by details.

I’m also proud that Muratore’s website is essentially a portfolio of my work; 14 of the 15 projects listed were shot by me!

Here’s a few more from this shoot — enjoy!

New Equipment Video

When I started shooting interiors, in 2006, I was doing it with a Canon 20D, a couple of Nikon SB-24s, and a homemade, fifty-foot sync cable. Those were the days!

UPDATE: www.the-digital-picture.com, a photography blog, has itemized the equipment I show, with link:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=15016

Thanks, guys! We now return to the original blog post….

These days, the equipment roster has gotten a little bigger. You asked for it, here it is: the new, up-to-date equipment video. I tried to make it quick, but it’s 7 cases of stuff and then some, so get some popcorn and plan to settle in for about 17 minutes.

This is everything I use to create my photos. This gear comes with me on every job, from the little ones to the big ones (I never know what I’m going to need, so it all comes, every time.) We fly with it, drive with it, carry it up flights of stairs. Some jobs, all we use is a single strobe, or a small hotlight. Others, we empty every case and wish we had more.

This video was shot in my studio on a 5dMiii, and a Fuji X-100s. Took me a couple of tries, but I got through it with only one major gaffe and a couple of stutters. Enjoy!

 

Video Goofery

Taking myself a bit too seriously….But it’s fun what you can do with nothing more than an embossing die, some lights, a laser-pointer, and a little crystal pendant! No CGI needed!

A Bunch of BTS

Take a visit to my Facebook page — I’ve just posted a big gallery of Behind-The-Scenes photos from shoots — fun stuff! Click below to check it out!

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New Work from Scott Hargis Photo!

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It’s that time.…I’ve updated the website with a new collection of images from recent assignments. Check it out HERE, and while you’re browsing, be sure to check out the new “Fine Art Prints” gallery (to which I’m adding new stuff all the time), as well.

Every image on the site is available as a signed print.

San Francisco Bay Bridge – Art Print

These are a few of the (Oakland) Bay Bridge photos available as fine art prints from my website. Most of what you’re seeing is already gone, and the rest is going fast as they dismantle the old bridge. The process is opening up amazing views of the Port of Oakland – I think people are going to be very pleasantly surprised at what they can see as they enter the city!

Fine Art Prints

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Today I’m announcing that fine art prints are available on my website!

While architecture and interiors remains my central passion, and is the core of my “personal work”, I also apply that same aesthetic to photos of other subject matter. Today I’ve added a new gallery to my website and begun adding images that I believe stand on their own as art.

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You can order a print of any image, anywhere on the site, using the “Print” icon beneath the photo. Don’t be put off by the “FotoMoto” diaglog box — you’ll be ordering and paying through them, but the prints are produced (and shipped) by me personally, on my equipment, one at a time. Anything from 8″x10″ up to 44″x60″ is available. You can always follow up with me via email with questions or concerns, and if I see anything that looks amiss I’ll be reaching out to you before we go to print.

I’m working on making my bound hard copy commercial portfolio available, too! Stay tuned!

 

Proofing!

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Lots of shoots lately – which means lots of proofs to review. This is a fun part of the process, until I spot a flaw and experience a “face-palm” moment. These images are looking pretty good, so far. I’ll be removing a lot of electrical outlets from walls, and a few dust bunnies from the floors, but overall we did well!

SF Magazine, with Red Oak Realty

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Pleased to have provided photography for Red Oak Realty’s full-page ad in the SF Magazine CityGuide edition! Click HERE to see it — page 175.

Open Studio Madness

Wow – big turnout on Saturday night for the official opening of the new studio! And many thanks to many people for helping make it a reality — including but certainly not limited to: Nicole St. Lawrence, Mike Kelley, Wayne Capili, Scott Basile, and of course Alan Vance.

Here’s a video Mike shot — don’t  miss the awesome double rainbow near the end!

And a few photos from the night, courtesy Patti Chandler!

 

New Studio!

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We’re up and running in the new studio — update your records, and come visit sometime!

Details & photos coming soon…

Silicon Valley Residential with Brownhouse Design

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Last month, I spend 2 and a half days with the team at Brownhouse Design, documenting three recently completed projects in and around “Silicon Valley” – a loose geographic term that encompasses the area around Mountain View California. Lots of household names within a few miles of these places — Google, Apple, & Facebook to name the obvious ones.

Here are a few of the best shots we made — thanks to Kathy, Rachel, Alan and everyone else who contributed to this project!