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Modern Luxury by Holly Bender Interiors


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).


Private Residence by Holly Bender

This was my firstshoot with Holly Bender Interiors – and hopefully not the last. We shot through a long afternoon and into the evening but got a lot of good stuff.

Holly does “traditional” interiors – and damn well. Take a careful look at how she goes with the flow of the architecture in these shots to create an interior that’s both functional and incredibly comfortable. When I first saw the bedroom at the top of this post, I immediately “read” the room from left to right – with a strong grid pattern on the bedside cabinet mirrored by the grid of the windows. And see how the colors work together? These two elements are connected via the “funky” grid of the duvet. Then there’s the overhead light fixture, which somehow reminds me of the Celtic pattern on the pillows. This room is in tune.

I knew I needed to reflect this with the photo, so I made sure to bring in plenty of color in the window, and gave the bed a warm, rich light from the window side, and made the pillows the focal point of the shot.

In the living room, Holly used a large, white, hide rug to mirror the large, white, peaked ceiling. I like the way the irregular perimeter of the rug reminds me of the rafters and trusses as they join the walls.

Again — in the grey boys’ room above, Holly has subtly worked with the architecture. It’s a classic mid-century modern bedroom, and the arrangement of the twin beds follows the corner windows. The connection between the black-and-white patterned spreads and the zebra rug is obvious. The primary color in the room is really the wood floor, so I used light to warm up the cozy little nook in front of the bookcase to accentuate that and pull the eye in.

I’m leaving the master bedroom for your interpretation. A couple of things should jump right out…but like any work of art, you bring your own vision to it, so let your right brain out for a little walk….you may discover something!