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Whenever I photograph a project I always tour the entire project before deciding what I want to shoot and if there is time or it’s a small enough site I to tour the project twice.

I do this for two reasons:
  1. To experience the project from the viewpoint of an appreciative spectator, identifying the features and aspects that are cool or eye catching and to explore my reactions and feelings to any particular space, or aspect of the project.
  2. To familiarize myself with the entire scope of the job. This allows me build a gestalt or holistic view of the project and use this to create a coordinated presentation of the entire project, capturing the flow of the totality of the design in context rather than a disjointed series of nice shots that focus on features.

This is a very hard thing to do if you are photographing your own work because it requires a level of emotional detachment that can be hard to achieve after six months or five years of hard work, negotiations and change orders. In my seminars I tell people that just because you fought with the contractor to get that light fixture hung three inches to the left doesn’t mean it’s worth photographing.

Many of my clients will have a staff member who was not involved photograph their project. It may be helpful to have a friend tour the project with you before or while  you photograph it to gain a fresh perspective.

And of course hiring a professional architectural photographer would provide you with the absolute best results because that’s what we do each and every day.


AuthorDean Birinyi