My love for property photography was kindled well over 20 years ago when I had my own interior design and decoration business. As a designer I have always had the “eye” and it seemed a logical progression to start capturing my own projects on film.
A very big influence for me in those early days was the amazing property photographer, Fritz von der Shulenburg. His ability to capture rooms in a totally natural way with light and shade really allowed the character of the properties he was photographing for The World of Interiors magazine to speak for themselves. This man really understood light and shade and I was determined to keep the life in any room alive as my mentor always did.
Every property is different. One day I may find myself capturing the details of a beautifully restored traditional English farmhouse and another I may be capturing a beach villa in Phuket. Natural light plays a very large roll in my property photography. Only if absolutely necessary do I resort to using lighting equipment and, even then, I would challenge you to be able to tell if I have or not. Properties should appear naturally lit.
As I have said, I believe that properties should appear natural. I am not a fan of property photographs, looking from the inside of a property towards windows, where someone has “dropped in” an artificial blue sky. In my view it is normal that a naturally lit interior will have burnt out skies (i.e. fading to white) when you have a darker interior and strong light pouring in through the windows or doors. When you drop in a blue sky it reminds me of those very obviously fake holiday brochures.
As well as interior photographs I love to photograph a good looking property’s exterior, often as the sun is setting as this allows me to balance the lights of the property with the darkening evening sky which often shows a property at its very best.
• Property photographer for 20+ years
• Expert eye from interior design background
• Stunning interior and exterior photographs
• Advice on how to dress your property for the shoot