Garavel Jeep&Subaru

After a long hiatus I'm back with new work!

If you know me personally you know I have an obsession with Jeeps and the off-road lifestyle. That being said when I was approached by Garavel Jeep and Subaru, for a complete interior and exterior shoot of their two newly renovated dealerships in Norwalk, CT, I was ecstatic. This shoot combined my love for interiors, architecture and Jeeps, what more could I ask for? Oh thats right... a 67 degree day in the middle of February to photograph the exterior of the two buildings.

With the exterior shots looking good we moved on to the interior. 

Bull Terriers and Interiors

April, 2016 was a great month, no fooling! I had the pleasure of working with a new client.  Her name is Alison Kinney. Recently, with her online business doing well, she made the leap and opened her own beautiful showroom to display her great finds. Alison, the owner of AWK Design Antiques, located in Stamford, Connecticut contacted me to inquire about doing a photo shoot. The shoot was to include portraits of her two adorable bull terriers, interior photos of her showroom, as well as portraits of herself. When it came time for the photo shoot, I was incredibly excited knowing this shoot would be a lot of fun. What's better than dogs and cool furniture? (As long as the dogs are all house trained.)  By far my favorite images are the portraits of Alison. Using one Canon Speedlite and Alison's studio space where she does her own photographing of furniture to be sold online, I was able to create high low key images. With these images I broke the rules a bit doing a nontraditional lighting setup. In doing this, the result was a more visually desirable set of photos with a bit more contrast than the typical high key image. Working with Alison was such an awesome experience.  Her showroom features a wide variety of one of a kind antique pieces from designers such as Harvey Probber, Vladimir Kagan, and Ralph Lauren.  I am looking forward to working with her again on other projects in the future. 

A Cut Above The Rest

The highlight of March 2016 was getting back into the studio. I had the chance to work with Hoffman Blacksmithing, a company run by Liam Hoffman, a very talented 19 year old out of North Carolina who is changing the standard when it comes to blacksmithing. Liam's hand-forged kitchen knives have full steel blades that run the length of the handle. The steel is sandwiched between exotic, hand-carved, wood handles. The rivets that hold the handle in place are extraordinary alone; solid and flush to the wood, there is no chance this blade will ever dislodge from the handle.

Returning to the studio after being away for ten months I found it challenging to get back into my usual perfectionist attitude. After arranging my first set, that feeling slowly faded and I had tunnel vision once again; it was great to be back in the zone. I had two days to photograph three of Liam's knives (plenty of time). I used the first day in the studio as a bit of a warm up. By day two, I had the shots I wanted. All that was left to do was edit...

"You Should Blog..."

I am often told I should blog, so this is me trying it out for the first time. Since graduating photography school in June 2015, I've been working as the photographer/sales associate at a mid century modern furniture store. For those of you that don't know what the heck that is, it's more or less 60's-70's style furniture with class and great lines. Being an interior photographer at heart, I am more than excited to share space with classic designs that shaped an era; and continue to have influence on designs of today. Pick up any of the big magazines; Dwell, Luxe, and even Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and I can guarantee you will see MCM design elements and influences. I am just dipping my toes in the world of design, studying what is hot and what is not. That being said I've had the pleasure of photographing furniture with names like Knoll, Robsjohn Gibbings, John Widdicomb, Milo Baughman, and Hans Wegner. Having the chance to photograph these iconic designs has made me realize how essential it is to capture the room in a way that also flatters the furniture. Before photographing furniture daily, I was much less aware of how to make a piece look good as part of an interior photo. I am eager to see where this position will take me, as I start to make connections with people in the interior design and architecture field.