Are you an Interior Voyeur or Just Architecturally Obsessed?
Being a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area means I have the pleasure of showing around a pretty consistent stream of guests. With a city rich in architectural history, breathtaking landscapes, and wildly different cultures, there is no shortage of sites to be seen. I enthusiastically drive my out-of-towners through centuries old neighborhoods, gawking at the details in homes that catch my eye. What are my guests doing? Some are…looking in their phones.
Yes, I realize I moved to this amazing city because I am a sucker for multi-story octagonal bays, turrets, geometric patterns, along-side some minimalist modernism. I don’t expect everyone to have the same affection for roof lines as I do. But how could anyone pass by a row of vibrantly colored Queen Annes and not even look up!? I’m drooling over Rousseau homes and Gothic Revivals, and they’re flipping through Instagram!
I suppose some can pass by these architectural wonders with indifference. But that’s not our style. We are the ones who trace the random lines of natural stone and the sleek lines of steel beams and glass walls; admire the cladding and the details in the molding. We soak in each building and curiously wonder, “What kind of pathways and hidden spaces are just beyond that entrance?”
I’ve created this blog for you, the curiously attentive. You may have even turned your passion into a career, like me. You may be an architect or interior designer. Maybe an engineer or contractor. You may just be an admirer of functional design. Whatever the case, we’re of like minds.
Driven by an adoration for design, and possibly some voyeuristic tendencies, I chose the path of an architectural photographer. I moved to the West Coast to study at Brooks Institute of Photography with some of the greats. After earning my degree, I was drawn to San Francisco by the architecture and the vibrancy of the city. I started photographing for interior designers and architectural firms and have now been a Bay Area architectural photographer for over 13 years. Through my work, I get invited to explore luxury homes and quiet retreats; bustling restaurants and innovative offices; modern marvels and buildings that are indicative to the eras of which they came. It’s an honor to have such access, and I would like to extend that honor to you. An invitation to peek inside, to see what is behind that pesky door.
This blog will go through some of those alluring homes and show you what life is like on the inside. You will also be given behind the scenes glances at photo shoots. And I’ll be sharing tips and tricks to not only help architects, designers, and marketing reps get striking images of their projects, but also know how to turn those images into clients.
So, welcome. There is so much I am eager to share with you, but I also want to hear from you. Tell me about your burning questions in the comments below. This journey is just beginning, and your thoughts will help shape where we go.