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Design Award Winners Announced – Photography Counts!

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!

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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!

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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

Bath by Houseworks

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Sometimes natural light is your friend! No supplemental lighting required, here. Careful composition and styling, one exposure….voila!

Thanks to Ellie Kann and the team at Houseworks, Inc. for another great shoot!

Contemporary Baths, by 1 Columbia Design

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In December, I spent a day with Kathleen Divney, of 1 Columbia Design, photographing a trio of bathrooms she and her team did in the Oakland Hills. Anyone who’s ever heard me speak publicly about interiors photography has listened ad nauseum about Kathleen’s work, because I like to use this shot she and I made a couple of years ago as a primer on how to “see” interior design. Kathleen’s designs hold together really, really well. And, she understands how a photograph “works” and is willing to put in the effort to make everything come together, photographically, as well. I love it!

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A lot of work went into these three shots, from composition, to lighting, and perhaps most importantly, styling!

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I think the results are worth it. Thanks, 1CD!

iPhone Photo(s) of the Day

On location in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, with Muratore Corp.

Photo by Alan Vance

Above: composing the shot by the reflected view of the Live View screen, in the bathroom mirror. Camera is about 2 inches from the surface of the mirror. Operating the shift and rotation ring backwards was….tricky.

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Leveling the camera. With the center post tilted back, the usual pan/tilt/rise knobs on the tripod head no longer work as usual. Any camera move required a combination of two or more axes of motion.

Lower leg of the tripod is in a Bogen superclamp mounted on top of the short lightstand.  Pendant lamps are flagged off with cinefoil so they don’t reflect in the glass of the shower stall, visible behind me. Couldn’t just turn them off because they were on the same circuit with other lights that we needed on.

 

Remmies: Part One

The deadline for entry in this years’ Remmies competition was September 7th, which meant that I was a busy guy in early September. For two years running, projects that I photographed have walked away with the Grand Prize in this NorCal NARI event. I’m hoping for a hat trick — and some of the stuff I shot this year should certainly be contenders! See more photos, and a full write-up, after the jump!

Seomra Folctha by Tom Coll

Seomra Folctha means “Bathroom” in Irish, for those of you who don’t know. Tom Coll is from County Donegal in the Auld Sod, and built this bathroom as part of a remodel in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks neighborhood.

I loved the way he used rough-edged material to create a luxurious feel but with an authentic, hand-hewn look.

I tried to create photographs that captured the same feeling of fine craftsmanship within the rough-hewn material. In the bedroom shot, I used the old-fashioned luggage to mirror the pattern of the alcoves in the wall.

Question is….are you leaving on a long journey, or just arriving home?

Kitchen & Bath by Dianna V. Interiors

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with Dianna V. Interiors, documenting some of her past work in Piedmont, California. Dianna is gearing up to launch a new website and needed some good photography to get things started.

I really like Dianna’s clean lines and understated use of color. As we were looking around for stuff to use in styling the shot above, I spotted the homeowner’s kid’s goldfish on a table…and that became my favorite part of the photo!

With the kitchen done, we moved to the next location and got a couple of angles on this small bathroom:

….and called it a wrap!

Kitchen & Bath by Dianna V. Interiors

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with Dianna V. Interiors, documenting some of her past work in Piedmont, California. Dianna is gearing up to launch a new website and needed some good photography to get things started.

I really like Dianna’s clean lines and understated use of color. As we were looking around for stuff to use in styling the shot above, I spotted the homeowner’s kid’s goldfish on a table…and that became my favorite part of the photo!

With the kitchen done, we moved to the next location and got a couple of angles on this small bathroom:

….and called it a wrap!

Master Suite by McCutcheon

Several weeks ago I returned to the address of this project to shoot the newly completed Master Suite, upstairs. I had seen this while it was still under construction, and even visited the site once or twice to take “before” and “in-progress” photos. Here’s what the bath, pictured above, looked like back in May:

See the “before” photo, and photos of the rest of the project, after the jump!

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The key to photographing this gorgeous master ensuite was to get inside the designer’s mind and pull together the elements that were in his/her vision. The colors are clearly drawn from the outdoors, greens and wood grains, which are also incorporated in the glass panels over the sinks (more visibile in this angle:)

The view out the center window is foliage and sky, and the left and right panels, with inlaid twig patterns, provide a beautiful continuity while preserving the user’s privacy. Twin mirrors mounted in front of the glass add a 3-dimensional quality as well.

I wanted to make sure the wood grains glowed the way I experienced them on-site, and retaining the subtle colors in the glass was critical. I felt that the exposure of the view in the mirrors had to match that of the vanity and surroundings; this turned out to the be most difficult aspect of the shot.

I’m quite pleased with the result, and the top image is on my short list for inclusion in an upcoming portfolio update.