Working with an architectural photographer
Architectural photographers strive to create evocative images structure, context and space within your budget that will showcase your project and generate more business and win awards. If you don’t make money I won’t in the long run. A good photographer will give his or her all no matter how small or big the job is. If you are looking for a (WOW!) image, give the photographer something to work with. You know the old saying that you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. As harsh as that may sound you may not see the wood through the trees. Meaning: You spent an enormous amount of time and labor on particular jobs that only looks so so. The person viewing the photographs has no idea about the structural changes, plumbing moves, electrical challenges and other challenges not visible. If that is the case DO NOT HIRE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. You will end up spending a ton of money on professional images and then to spend an hour explaining why your job is so cool. Photograph those types of jobs yourself. You want to save us for the money shots that will hook a prospective client. In cases like this an ethical pro should tell you not to spend the money unless you have very solid before pictures to go with the after shots and a good documentation to go along with it. Moving a thousand feet of HVAC, plumbing and electrical will not be seen. Think Eye Candy! What makes you do a double take on an image? Great photo, great space, before and after, the furniture and design? Remember who your audience is. My job is to create images that get a prospective client to hire you.
Nuts and bolts of working with a photographer:
Most veteran photographers can shoot anything but go with someone who can display the kind of work that reflects what you do. Look for photographers who specialize in residential interiors and exteriors. If there website shows only cars or product work they are not for you. Most photographers will shoot also shoot detail shots as bonus if there time allows.
Tips on Saving Money.
Make it easy for the photographer. The location should look great! Clean everything and wipe down appliances. Clean glass if it’s filthy. Move personal effects as much as possible. Many times on my gigs I set up the good angle and find that I only need to move things a few feet out of camera range. Listen to your photographer before you strip the place bare.
Make sure that the homeowner knows it’s not just a snapshot. I bring a full compliment of lighting and other goodies that I may need. An example is a good kitchen shot done from a few angles to show the scope of the job takes about 2 to 3 hours from unload to pack up. A good photographer will be very respectful of the homeowner’s personal possessions and be kind if they do not fit the vision for the shot. You don’t want the last person on the job to give you a bad word of mouth because of UN professional behavior.
Get a bid:
Most photographers can give you a good ballpark number based on a conversation and some photos if you have them. It doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s the same as your subs. They bid a job for a price and if there is a change order it’s discussed on the job. Boom done. Think of us as sub contractors with media equipment tools. It’s really no different. We are here to make you look good. You’re the boss.
Get in touch
I have photographed interiors and exteriors both commercial and residential since 1990.
I continually strive to create the image that most closely matches the idea in my clients mind, and in a cost effective manner. There is no substitute for 30 years experience in this genre as every job is unique and presents it’s own logistical challenges. I believe that a good architectural photographer is a keen listener, a consummate problem solver highly attentive to detail and has the vision and expertise to produce stunning images on the fly.
I look forward to hearing from you.