Not seen since January of this year…the latest collection of new work! Click the link above to see it all. Enjoy!
This one was a long time coming. I first scouted this project at least three years ago, while it was still a raw construction site. Located on the 45th floor of the San Francisco Millennium Tower, it was already clear that this Bayon Design Studio project was going to be special.
Designer Cindy Bayon and I visited it several times over the next couple of years while we photographed other projects of hers in the same building. She held weekly design meetings with her client and they left no detail to chance. Some major items, like the wooden Japaneses soaking tub, took months to work out.
Finally, last April, we scheduled 2 (long) days to shoot. Thanks to Bellcore Construction (builder), Defauw Design (metal fabrication), Heather Menegat (styling), and of course Cindy (everything else) for providing such an awesome project for me to photograph!
Earlier this year I shot two projects with the newly-founded Hanomoco Design (a partnership between designers Dan Hano and Charlotte Moco) and my longtime client McCutcheon Construction. Dan and Charlotte have come out of the gate strong and this project in particular struck me as unique.
I tried to keep the photos clean and simple, following the aesthetic of the space, and with such great lines it was a real pleasure to compose photographs in there! There’s more from Hanomoco coming soon: meantime, here’s the rest of our set from this project.
Here’s a terrific project from my friends at Regan Baker Design, in San Francisco. We spent a couple of days here with Regan and her team — here are the highlights!
Anytime I can work with Cindy Bayon and Heather Menegat from Bayon Design Studio it’s going to be a good day, and I know we’re going to make some great photos. Last summer we shot this (almost) new construction in Atherton, California, and the trend held — this is great design, and with Heather’s un-beatable touch for styling and creativity, we got some terrific photos (at least, I like ’em!).
My favorite part of the house was the chain-mail hall table. Weighing in at around 400lbs (about 180kg) that’s a lot of steel, and required more than just your average shelf support. This (along with much of the house) was Heather’s design, and we had a good time photographing it. Another of Heather’s design elements was the abstract wall graphic in the upstairs gym.
We’re just out of post-production on yet another Bayon Design project, and there are more lined up for the first half of 2016….so stay tuned!
Back in February I shot this killer contemporary house (architect: Swatt Meiers) for my long-term client Holly Bender. I’ve never done a shoot with Holly that didn’t yield something I really, really liked, and over the course of 2 days we kept that streak going!
Holly worked with the homeowner, who is an art consultant, to combine a color palette and overall aesthetic that worked with the family’s extensive (and awesome) art collection. We worked hard to create a set of photos that really capture that, and also expressed the feeling of this place. We were pleased when Houzz.com featured the project in August, and it got pretty rave reviews!
Here are a few more from this shoot:
And a few Behind-The-Scenes (not many, we were pretty busy on this one!)
That’s Holly getting some twilight silhouettes of Ken Brown and I, perched on the edge of the pool.
Assistant (and car photographer) Ken Brown and I on a 10-inch wide edge of the pool (yep, the tripod is down to a 10″ footprint) shooting the landscaping (which was by L&L Landscaping).
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!:
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Venetian plaster in a delicate cool gray-green tone, with rococo fixtures. My goal with venetian plaster is always to make sure the pattern shows up clearly.
Capturing floor details is harder than it looks! Lots of lens movement shenanigans, here.
Muratore does it’s own custom millwork, so these photos are designed to show off craftsmanship.
Another floor detail. We wanted the texture and flowing lines to show clearly, and relate to the pattern in the marble tub enclosure.
Units in this building have a “fire door” in the living room that leads to an outdoor stairwell. Concealing that door is a major design feature.
This was fun to shoot — creating layers with light so the monochromatic marble slabs don’t just blend together.
Another feature of older buildings are the radiators. Dealing with them from a design standpoint is difficult; Muratore always finds a solution that stays true to the building’s origins but works with the new interior, as well. And photographing them is unbelievably fun!
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.
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!
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!
I got an email recently from a photography student who had a short list of questions about architectural photography. I sent back some answers, which led to a follow-up, which led to another question, and in the end I realized this was probably good stuff for general consumption. So: Thanks, Meagan, for getting me back into writing mode!
Click here for the full Q & A!
My client Custom Kitchens doesn’t just do kitchens…their full name is “Custom Kitchens & Baths by John Wilkins”, after all!
Last week we spent a day shooting a guest suite and a master bath – here’s the results! Custom Kitchens just won 2 Gold Awards at the Remmies (with my photos…ahem) and these will be surely be contenders next year.
I’ve shot a string of jobs over the past 3 months that haven’t gotten full write-ups here. But here’s a gallery of work I’ve pulled from many different projects that have kept me occupied since July.
Lots of new work happening! I’m excited to be working on several large projects for clients, as well as no fewer than three personal projects that are well under way. It’s good to stay busy!
W Design • MJK Homes • Design Image • Atria Senior Living • Custom Kitchens by John Wilkins • Brownhouse Design • building Lab • Muratore Corp • Kelly Scanlon Interior Design • Douglah Design
Remodeling Magazine announced the 2014 Design Award winners last week and I’m pleased to see that the building Lab remodel of an historic Eichler home is the Grand Prize winner! Congrats to Stephen and the team at building Lab!
Note this is not the Regionals (where I have a 5-year streak of photographing winning projects) but the Nationals…this is the big leagues! In addition to a Grand Prize, there are 17 “Merit Awards” given, and building Lab garnered one of those too, again with my photographs. Not a bad day when more than 10% of a national award roster is mine!
It’s important to note that the awards are for the design work, and not specifically the photography. Still, it’s hard to tell the story of great design without compelling and insightful photography. I’m granting myself a pat on the back today.
And now…..the photos:
EICHLER REMODEL- GRAND PRIZE
BATH REMODEL – MERIT AWARD
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