We caught one of the few nice evenings when we shot this beautiful penthouse for Jacky Levi and Jacob Krause. It was a little overcast but clear, so we were able to showcase the panoramic view. The interior was pretty nice too. Have a look here to see the writeup. And the price tag.
Sunrise, Christmas morning. I looked outside to see a touch of blue in the dark sky, and the promise of a sunny day ahead. I remembered a story about a photographer who shoots downtown streets at dawn on Christmas morning. He figured that there are fewer cars on the road then than at any other time of the year. So I jumped in my car and headed over the Burrard Street Bridge to confirm that theory. Sure enough, I had just about every street to myself, apart from the occasional cab and a handful of committed joggers and dog walkers. I can park anywhere. Jaywalk as I please. Stand in the middle of intersections with impunity. So this is what it feels like to be the last man on earth.
When the sun finally came up I headed to the overpass on the Stanley Park Causeway to see how the day looked from one of my all-time favourite views in the city. The clouds parted and gave me a glimpse of the North Shore mountains, then closed for the rest of the day.
We spent a few hours recently photographing this beautiful home in North Vancouver for Georgie-Award winner Westpeak Developments.
I have shot many homes in The Mark over the past couple of years, but none like this one. In fact, I have never seen a downtown location with its own private roof deck, complete with pool, hot tub and outdoor kitchen. There’s a 3100 square foot, three bedroom Robert Ledingham – designed home directly underneath as well. Ask Whitney Lewis if it’s still available, because you won’t see another one like in in quite a while.
Just like Vancouver and West Vancouver, White Rock has its fair share of prestigious homes with a ‘Marine Drive’ address. This one, for instance. It’s perched high above the water overlooking Semiahmoo Bay and beyond. There aren’t many homes in Canada that have a view of another country, but this one does.
Tons of huge windows take advantage of the view as well as the light. There are no dark corners in this beautiful, bright home. Talk to Beebe Cline to see if it’s still available.
- For more information: Contact JohnBentley.ca 604.765.1843 info@JohnBentley.ca
This beautiful Osler Street residence is one of the largest homes I have ever shot. Over 8200 square feet of living space on four levels, surrounded by almost a third of an acre of impeccably manicured gardens. Fortunately, the recent renovations included some pretty decent lighting throughout the house, so this twilight shoot went pretty smoothly. For more information, ask Vivian Li and Peter Saito.
There seem to be a lot of high value properties going on the market these days, including this beautiful heritage home on South West Marine Drive. Thanks to extensive renovations you would never know it was well over 100 years old. The bright and sunny kitchen boasts state of the art appliances including a La Cornue wall mounted rotisserie. Perfect for home made shwarmas. The dark wood panelling was a pain to shoot, but it gives the home some old world charm. Monique Badun can give you a guided tour of this historic residence.
I’ve been waiting months for this property to come onto the market. I first shot it last fall, and have taken two subsequent trips to photograph it in different lights. I won’t go into great detail about the home, since it has been well documented on this website. But I will say that this is one of the nicest homes I have ever shot, partly due to the owner insisting that we shoot it on an overcast day instead of a sunny one. The cloud-diffused sunlight drifted through the skylights and large windows beautifully, making my job much easier.
The twilight photo shoot was helped substantially with recessed lighting throughout the home, including some floor-mounted spotlights which pointed straight up to illuminate the ceiling. I also managed to direct the outdoor floodlights so that they lit up the pond and rock walls the way I wanted.
Beebe Cline is your contact person, if you’re interested in a tour of this fantastic home.
If I was teaching a class in Real Estate Photography 101, this Gastown home would be on the final exam. Bright, sunny skies and glass walls everywhere seem like a good idea, but the camera sees things much differently than the eye. You have to use more flash on days like today, although you might think the opposite. On the plus side, the pictures that do turn out have a real sparkle to them, and shooting a great space like this that has been staged to perfection always helps.
If you want more info, contact Sebastian Albrecht.
I recently had a chance to do a daytime and twilight shoot of the same property, at the request of realtor Juliana Jiao. This 3-bedroom condo is on the 30th floor of the Callisto in Coal Harbour, and offers floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Stanley Park, the North Shore, and downtown Vancouver. These images demonstrate how the look of a home can change dramatically, depending on the type of light being used to illuminate the room. In the daytime images below, indirect sunlight filtered through some thin clouds is the main source, which gives the rooms soft shadows and fairly even light. In the evening shots, recessed lights in the ceiling flood the rooms, with a little help from my flashes. Outside, the night sky still has a trace of daylight in it, and the buildings add some twinkle.