Archive for the ‘Real Estate Developments’ Category

Shaughnessy Mews

August 14, 2012

These luxury townhomes would fit right into Kerrisdale, Caufeild, UBC or any number of upscale Lower Mainland neighbourhoods. But Sivia Construction placed them right in the middle of Langley, where they can be had for under half a million dollars. Some sample photos below. You’ll find the rest at Shaughnessy Mews. Great idea.


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Back in February I spent a couple of days taking pictures of Shannon Station, a group of luxury condos in the heart of Kerrisdale. At the time there was still a lot of construction going on, and the suites were barely finished, let alone furnished. This week I was asked to go back and shoot a couple of units which have been staged in preparation for a big marketing push by Judith Matheson in September. Here’s a sneak peek:




Shannon Station
Shannon Station

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Next stop Shannon Station

April 21, 2012

After a busy few weeks of shooting I finally have a day or two to get catch my breath and enjoy some nice spring weather. There have been a lot of very interesting photo shoots in the last little while. Shannon Station was one that I particularly enjoyed. It is a collection of retail and residential units at 57th and East Boulevard in Kerrisdale. Used to be a train station for the old BC Electric Railway back in the day, and the developer, a west side native, said that he remembers taking the train from here down to Steveston to visit his friends. Anyway……….
The building house several luxury condos in the upper floors, with top of the line finishes and some nice views. We had to choose our shots carefully as there was still a lot of construction going on. We managed to keep busy for several hours there, since each unit has a unique layout and colour scheme. Here are a few of our images.

Mosaic Homes

May 23, 2011

I got to shoot another beautiful display home a while ago for Jen Eden of Occupy Design. The project is a series of townhouses by Mosaic Homes in Coquitlam.

I was recently asked to shoot some more interiors for award winning developer Solterra’s new Sunset Grove community in Surrey, B.C.. Shooting display suites is a nice change of pace from run of the mill real estate photography, since the furnishings and accessories are always photogenic. I also like the challenge of trying to communicate a lifestyle in photographs, rather than showing how big a room is, or what the view looks like out the window. It’s a completely different approach, and each shot has to be carefully orchestrated, since the images can end up the size of a billboard, or printed on high quality, glossy paper. So the chairs have to be lined up perfectly, towels have to be folded just right, and bedspreads have to have just the right amount of wrinkles in them to look great but not hotel room perfect.

Welcome to my new blog!

October 31, 2010


It’s about time I got with the 21st century and made myself a blog that is a little more contemporary looking than my previous one. I found it was getting harder to motivate myself to update a blog that I really didn’t care for, and as a result it kind of languished in limbo for quite a while. On top of that I still have other websites, blogs, Facebook, Flickr and Photobucket accounts to update as well. At least this new blog will consolidate two others so I can spend more time working and less time blogging. Speaking of work….

I had a great time last week shooting several projects for Jen Eden of Occupy Design: Sun at 72nd and Vita, both by Solterra Developments, and a private residence in Yaletown. Since I was shooting for the designer my main priority was to showcase the furnishings, mill work and finishes. Lots of detail, little or no shadows, ignore the spectacular views. If I had been shooting for the developer I would have taken more of a ‘lifestyle’ approach: shooting at twilight, for example, when it’s not as bright outside, will bring the views into the composition. Lower angles provide intimacy, especially when you are shooting as if you are sitting at the table or on the sofa. And photos showing lots of depth give the impression of big, relaxing rooms.

Private residence…

The images below are from Sunat72:


Vita: