03/05/2014 - Residential Photography
I have to say that you know its probably going to be an interesting day when you turn up for a job with only a handful of information. It’s the fear of the unknown that gets me excited about a project. In this particular case I was emailed the address and time and basically told to do what I do and get on with it. So on a glorious Saturday morning I jumped into my car and set off armed with my camera bag and tripod.
My contact Paul is a busy man, which generally means he has finished a project and wants me to get in and do the photos so he can get it sold. Most of his work involves multimillion-pound refurbishments and I am the residential photographer he calls upon…. Lucky me.
Although I live outside of the M25 I do find myself back within the ring road working on London photography. As a result of my frequent visits the work has steadily made its way to my inbox. During spring and summer time it’s the most magical place and there is always a good opportunity to walk around and take some extra snaps.
So on to this particular shoot. Well this property located on a street named De Vere Gardens deep in the heart of Kensington was to me the run of the mill three-story house from the outside. My photo shoot was located in a ground floor 2 bedroom apartment, which I later found out to be valued at £1.8 million pounds and possibly being sold to junior Arsenal football player. Jesus even the young players have too much cash!!!
As always Paul and his team had surpassed themselves with one hell of a refurbishment. The craftsmanship’s was second to none but I personally prefer the attention to detail. I always make a note of switching lenses after the main room photography to then walk around and fire some freehand shots of the finer detail. Radiator covers, corners of fireplaces, hand crafted sink taps and more. Hopefully you will see what I mean when you scroll through the photos. Paul later told me that he put the ceiling back to its original height after the previous owners had lowered it to save on heating bills. I doubt that anyone else on this street today has financial worries with average house prices at £6 million… how the other half live.
There were two unique features that stood out for me in this property. The first was the introduction of the raised closet area in the master bedroom. As it’s a ground floor property space saving is imperative. This adjustment provided both the changing area in the fore mentioned master bedroom and a study above the kitchen. The coolest feature for me, especially with my obsession for anything gadget related had to be the 60 inch TV in the front room. This TV has a mechanical arm that brings the TV out from the wall which then turns to face the kitchen. It not just a single button that does it either it’s all controlled by an iPad. The apartment is flooded with them in every room and they control everything from the lighting, heating, TV and more… I want one so bad.
I suppose I should find confidence in the lack of information from Paul where this project is concerned. As to me it signifies that he trusts me to crack on a do the job. In 10 years he’s never moaned about prices, photo quality or any other element of my work. In general I don’t think I have ever had anyone dislike my work but I have had to badger people to get paid on more than one occasion. I’m sure many of you would sympathise.