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Screened Porch After Styling

It was on a rainy morning a couple of weeks ago that our photographer, Rob Karosis, began shooting the first of our recently completed projects.  If it were my first photo shoot with Rob, I might have been worried.  As always he pulled it off beautifully, and you really can’t tell it was drizzling.

We have been working with Rob for many years and our photos are a team effort.  We borrowed some props from our friend, Ruthie Bontecou at Punch in Millbrook, NY. Sandee Mahoney who is great at architectural design, also is our primary photo stylist with Joe Melito and myself filling in as needed.  Rob is always the director who knows the final effect he is trying to achieve.

Similar to the architecture itself, architectural photography is an art form, using objects, proportion and light to make beautiful compositions.  On top of the creative aspect (not unlike architecture) there is a technical side, which is vital to the final product.  During the shoot Rob uses artificial lights where necessary, but he must often wait for the natural light to be just right in order to enhance the composition. Many hours are spent adjusting colors and contrast and balancing the layers of indoor and outdoor light.  In his virtual darkroom, he makes them work together.

An architectural photographer cannot make a bad project look good, but they certainly can bring out the best of any design.

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Space During Styling

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Close Up of Table

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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