Archive for the ‘Occupy Design’ Category

Occupy Surrey

November 3, 2014

When Jen Eden of Occupy Design calls to have one of her projects photographed, I never quite know what to expect. She has become the ‘go-to’ designer of display suites for many of Vancouver’s top builders, thanks to her imaginative use of colour and props. No lines of Perrier bottles or giant pine cones in the bathroom. The images below are for a couple of developments in Surrey by Dawson + Sawyer.

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The Keefer Block

December 13, 2012

I always look forward to shooting a project for Jen Eden from Occupy Design. She always finds unique and creative ways to use a space, and the display suite for Solterra’s Keefer Block is a great example of that. The presentation centre sits at street level right downtown, and faces north. There are no windows and virtually no ambient light, but Jen managed to open it up by constructing an indoor balcony and a huge backlit skyline. That light source, combined with the huge neon sign, and ceiling mounted spotlights as well as flourescents, put me to the test. Several hours later I emerged with a great set of images that she can use in her portfolio to demonstrate her versatility and problem solving skills.
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New Kerrisdale Home

July 26, 2012

Just finished editing a photo shoot I did for a recently completed Kerrisdale home. Design and construction credits go to Trillium Project Management and Occupy Design.


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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.

Details, details…

February 27, 2011

Shot another display home the other day for the talented Jen Eden of Occupy Design. She did such a great job that the development sold out and the display suite was closed by the time I got there! I finally got in, and am glad I did. Jen asked me to focus on the accessories throughout the house, rather than shooting entire rooms, which is a nice change from the standard realtor photos I normally take.

I spent a couple of enjoyable hours here at Tatton in Coquitlam, and look forward to more work with Vancouver interior designers like Jen.

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:


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