When I’m photographing interiors, a question that often comes up is,“do we open the shades or keep them closed?” or variations on this theme. At first, this may seem like an simple question, however, each scenario can have drastically different effects.
My general feelings on this (aside from the quality of the light, which I’ll get into on a future post) are that drawn shades focus the viewers attention to the details of the room, whereas open shades allow for a more open feel when viewing the photograph. Not to say that in this instance you ignore the interior, but with open window shades your eyes scan the interior and then have a place to “escape”. And obviously, open shades are a must if there is an outside view worth capturing.
So, the next question is, what information am I trying to highlight in the photograph? Is it the overall feeling of the space or are there certain specific details within the space that need to be captured?
Depending on what’s important, closing or opening the shades can make a huge difference.
Here are two good examples to illustrate the different effects, and where did that ladder come from?
Images are from a project I photographed for Sage Builders.
Recently published in the October issue of Northshore Magazine are my photographs of a beautiful Marblehead, MA home with amazing ocean vistas. The photos were taken a few years ago on a renovation project I photographed for the architecture firm of Siemasko + Verbridge. It’s great to see everything come together with story, pictures and page.
Here is a link to the on-line feature. “A Crafty Renovation in Marblehead.”
This summer I had the honor of photographing four great projects for Southern New England Home Magazine. All four spreads are featured in the current issue of SNEH. It was a great opportunity to work with many talented designers and photograph some beautiful spaces.
Below are highlights of the four projects I photographed, pick up a copy of SNEH to see the full articles and photos.
Featured this past June in The Boston Globe Magazine (06/02/13) are my photographs of a Brookline, MA living room designed by Boston-based interior designer, Duncan Hughes. Located in the “Style Watch” section, the article “Parlor Tricks” highlights a variety of the the products used by Duncan in decorating the home.
Josh Kuchinsky Photography is back on-line after the long New England Winter and gearing up for the coming Spring Season. It’s been a busy few months with many exciting photo shoots and great images. I have updated my website with new images taken over the last 12 months and will have more posts in the coming months.
Below is a selection of images taken from my past few shoots including a couple shots from a Dartmouth, MA beach house to remind us of the warmer days ahead.
Featured in the current 2012-2013 annual edition of Southern New England Home Magazine are my photos of an beautifully updated Chatham beach home designed by Minglewood Homes of Chatham, MA.
Pick up a copy of the magazine to read the article and photos (page 136) and see it all for yourself:
Featured in the current issue of Southern New England Living are my photographs of various beacon Hill store fronts and street scenes.
Click here, “In Store” for an online version of the article.
Just as I posted about kitchens a few months back, bath and powder rooms are equally important aspects of the home and deserve some attention.
A well-appointed bath adds a comforting touch to any home, contributing to an overall peaceful atmosphere.
Good photography is essential in capturing the carefully considered design of these intimate spaces.
When photographing baths, my main focus is creating a bright and relaxed mood that draws the viewer into the scene.
Paying special attention to the small details, whether it be the wall treatments, tiling, sconces or hardware, I strive to compose a dynamic image that brings all of the essential elements to life.
Working with the added dimension of radiant daylight, my portraits bring the room to life, allowing the viewer to truly experience the intended design and atmosphere of the space.
Below are some examples of my bath and powder room photography. Please take a look and keep me in mind for any design project that requires high-quality photography.
Lisa Wasserman Sivan Design Duffy Design Group
Siemasko + Verbridge SBJ Architecture
Featured in the current issue of Southern New England Weddings are my photographs taken at two separate venues highlighting beautifully styled tabletop designs.
The 1st shoot, taken at the New England Aquarium; feature the talented work of Simple Details Events and Mimosa Fresh Flower Design.
The photographs below, taken at the Boston Opera House feature the skilled work of Ray Quinones of The Catered Affair and Patrice R. Milley Floral Designer.
Lately, it feels like I’ve been photographing kitchens in my sleep, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about my approach to photographing kitchens and feature some of the final images.
As kitchens are often the focal point of the home, it’s important that good kitchen design be represented by professional photography.
If you want your work to stand out and get noticed, having high-quality imagery is a must.
Below are two kitchens I recently photographed for Mid-Continent Cabinetry that show four different views, each adding to the viewer’s sense of “space”. It’s important to feature an overall view or perhaps two, accompanied by at least three tighter shots e.g., vignettes and details to show a complete understanding of the overall design and functionality of any kitchen.
The overall shot gives the viewer a sense of the space and the tighter detailed shots bring the viewer into the room, allowing one to experience the design and atmosphere of the kitchen as it’s intended.