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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!

Oakland Residence by Bleu Leman Design


The only thing better than shooting for Diane Leifer (Bleu Leman Design) is when it’s only five minutes from my apartment in Oakland! We spent the best part of an afternoon working this lovely Tudor style living room and came away with these photos.


Dee makes rooms comfortable. She works with her clients’ existing possessions and taste, and everything she does from there riffs on that foundation. The result is a room that feels amazingly relaxed, but which reveals it’s depth on closer examination.


We’re planning another shoot in May…stay tuned for more great stuff from this talented designer!

Office by Bleu Leman Design


Always happy when I get a call from Diane Leifer at Bleu Leman Design — because I know it’ll be a well put-together interior. Plus, Dee is absolutely one of my favorite people on the planet to work with! Good positive energy on a shoot is priceless.


If you follow this blog, you’ve seen Dee’s work before.The challenge for me, in this space, was to get a warm, cozy, intimate, textured feeling in a room that was getting blasted with sunlight from three windows. Because this is a busy counseling office, our access was limited to just three hours, mid-morning. So we made the most of it!

Working in a small space like this brings some special issues for the photographer. I needed to introduce light to bring the interior back after I had exposed for the bright windows, but there wasn’t much “room” to operate, given the relatively wide compositions. I opted to use continuous lighting throughout, from small 150-watt “inkies” to 500-watt floods. The small profile of these lights allowed me to set them in places that a strobe wouldn’t fit, and the ability to focus and “barn-door” the light gave me complete control over the what & where for each light.


Diane is a great designer, and maybe her most impressive strength is in choosing and then styling scenes like the one above.  She’s able to create these balanced arrangements that work in ways that are quite beautiful — and a real pleasure to photograph.




Classic California by Bleu Leman Design

Lucy the Puppy made the perfect complement to the primary shot! She should get a Model Mayhem account!

I spent another great day with Diane Leifer (Bleu Leman Design) recently, working on a living room and master suite in Berkeley, California. If  you follow this blog, you’ve seen Diane’s stuff before – we shot another living room a few months ago.

More photos after the jump…

Coastal Living by Bleu Leman Design

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to work with Diane Leifer (Bleu Leman Design) on her latest project in Oakland. This could have been somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard — the muted colors and textures were very reminiscent of the beach, or so it seemed to me. Diane used seashells and marine motifs along with classic farmhouse accessories to make a very charming space, and still kept it warm and inviting. More photos after the jump!