San Francisco Traditional by Jennifer Hoey Interiors


Believe it or not, there are over 3200 watt-seconds of light being added to this gorgeous library!

In August, I spent a day photographing a San Francisco residence with Jennifer Hoey Interiors, from Ketchum Idaho. I scouted the location about two weeks ahead of time and made a few “concept” photos, and Jennifer and I chose seven to move forward with.



Subtractive lighting played a larger role than additive, for this shot. We blocked out one large window completely, and scrimmed the one in the background, to control the daylight. Then added a little continuous light to finish the shot.



A challenging shot, from every perspective. Jennifer had a massive framed mirror fabricated and assembled on location, to fill the back wall of this dining room. With two dining room tables, our task was to explain how the room worked, while staying out of the shot ourselves, and showcasing that mirror, which is “hung” by some truly impressive hardware.



15 responses to “San Francisco Traditional by Jennifer Hoey Interiors

  1. Scott,

    Nice stuff as usual. I was wondering how you lit the first photo. Shooting straight on it is often difficult to avoid reflections in the windows. Did you do some masking in PS?

  2. Scott: Many of these shots look like you must have had your strobes outside the windows, as in the case
    of the first shot and the bath shot. What I love about your lighting is trying to figure of where you hid
    3200 watt-seconds of lighting.

  3. Hi Scott,

    I gotta think you are very happy with this shoot. You have shown us another level of skill and technique.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are just effing amazing

  5. Just when I started to think my stuff was good….

  6. Hi Scott,

    Firstly, these are great shots!

    Secondly, a quick question… In these photos it looks like you don’t have any of the house’s lights switched on. Is that right, and is that a new direction that you are taking your shots in or just something specific for this shoot ?


    • Niall, it’s a decision that’s made on a photo-by-photo basis. If I think it’s good for the overall image, then the lights are on. If it’s better that they be off, then we do that. No rules!

      • Thanks for your answer Scott.
        I was asking as I’d seen some comments on some other boards that it was becoming more common that’s all.
        Great work again.

  7. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. This was a fun project!

  8. Yeah, you’re pretty good. 😉

  9. Wow. OK, a new level to aspire to!


  10. On the third photo, the artwork on the fireplace mantle has some glare – was this a conscious decision to leave it that way?


  11. Radical stuff Scott!

Don't just sit there....say something!