Several photos from this shoot have already shown up in my other blog posts, but since this house was so spectacular, I wanted to write a dedicated post with more of the details from behind the scenes of the photoshoot. This house is located on a huge lot situated in a small development in West Texas. This home was designed and built by Jonathan Cortez of Edge Crew, an architect and custom home builder based out of the Dallas Fort Worth area. This luxury home is of Mediterranean style and has spectacular furnishings. This post will focus on the exterior of the home and next week’s post will focus on the interior.
Sunset Front Elevation
The scale of this home is enormous. With interior ceiling heights of 22 feet the exterior reaches even further. You can see the top of the house from a mile away. I wanted to maintain the property’s sense of scale, while also showing off the architectural detail, lighting, and landscaping. I typically choose to shoot a twilight shot as this type of shot best shows exterior features and highlights the shape of the building. However, when a sunset like this presents itself it trumps any plan of a twilight shot. Deep blues are great, but you can’t beat a West Texas sunset! I think the warm tones of the sunset complement the warm materials on the exterior of the home.
These photos show off the outdoor living area. In order to highlight the pool, with its many fountains, and the pergola, with its gas fire pit, I chose to shoot when the light was long to accentuate the warm tone of the tile surrounding the pool. By waiting until just the right time, I allowed the sun to peak out from behind the pergola’s lattice work which created the sun flare below. The next photograph gives perspective to the size of the outdoor living space as well as show additional details of the living area.
From a creative standpoint, custom built projects are very rewarding to photograph. I was able to work with the home builder to capture his vision for the home in photographs. We worked together to discuss which areas he wanted highlighted in the photographs before the home was even finished.
Working with a Pro on Your Next Project
When working with a professional photographer, I would suggest contacting the photographer as soon as you are nearing completion of the project (or preferably, mid-way through construction). In this instance, the time between the completion of construction and the home owner moving in was very quick (a matter of a few days), so we cleared our calendar for this booking. Another thing to consider when booking an architectural photographer is that a project of this size required me to be on-site several times, to photograph the house empty and then again after the interior designer had finished the furnishings. Photographing large homes like this require time, so work with your photographer to make sure you understand the time commitment involved (one hour won’t cover it).
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