I prefer to use lighting when I photograph projects. Lighting adds a dimension to the images that you just can't get otherwise.
I photograph architecture and design because I love it. I've never wanted to be anything other than an interior and architecture photographer. It's not just in my blood, it's in my heart and soul.
I work with an assistant because they allow me to maintain my focus on the creative aspects of the photoshoot while they do the heavy lifting: lights, stands, furniture, sweep, dust, move the chair three inches to the left then move it back two, etc. Working with an assistant is one reason why my images have such a highly polished look.
Interior design is an art form. I approach it as art, and I present it as art because interior design is emotive, and almost musical in nature.