When it comes to capturing bold, dramatic, luminous architectural images, Brandon Barré is in a league of his own. Known for photographing some of the swankiest projects on Earth, Brandon doesn’t just rely on fancy spaces to create his incredible photographs; his perfect composition, dramatic lighting and meticulous staging and attention to detail results in images that we can all draw inspiration from.
When I set out to do these video interviews, this was the kind of conversation that I was hoping for – one to two hours absolutely jam-packed with knowledge, experience, tips, tricks, idea sharing and stories. This conversation was such a pleasure for me and I am so grateful to Brian Wetzel for his willingness to share as openly and as generously as he did.
I recently sat down with Kevin Brost and suddenly an hour and a half had gone by and I felt like we had barely scratched the surface. We discussed his style, his approach, his shooting and editing processes, business matters and a plethora of other topics.
In this video I sit down with Mujib Ojeifo and discuss his craft and career. Mujib specializes in residential, commercial and hospitality architectural photography. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria and speaks on some of the differences and challenges he experiences shooting in this part of the world.
Jiri Lizler is based in The Czech Republic and specializes in hospitality photography. We connected recently via email for this interview. Shawn: Jiri, thank you very much for answering these questions for the readers of APAlmanac. Normally I would want to sit down and have this conversation in-person or over Zoom but my Czech is velmi špatný so I think we are both better off doing it this way.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Los Angeles-based architecture, hospitality, and aviation photographer Dylan Patrick. In this video interview we talked about Dylan’s move from NYC to LA, his transition from a headshot photographer to architecture, his shooting and editing process, his pricing and contracts, and his work in the hospitality field.
APAlmanac was recently provided with an early access opportunity to view Roland Miller’s expansive new book Orbital Planes: A Personal Vision of the Space Shuttle. This 200-page hardcover book being published later this month by Damiani is a beautiful visual tribute to America’s Space Shuttle Program.
We all know that awful, sinking feeling at the end of a long day when the client says, “Oh hey, can we just grab one more quick shot?” When I had a day rate, those feelings of defeat, exhaustion, and frustration were real. Since I switched to billing hourly, those conversations go something more like this: Client: “Oh hey, can we just grab one more quick shot?”
It is the escape scene at the end of Shawshank Redemption. Andy Dufresne stands in the rain, his arms outstretched, looking up into the night sky with the camera rising up above him as the music crescendos. Do you see it? It is cinematic moments like these that can become indelibly imprinted in our minds and both consciously and subconsciously influence and inspire our artistic choices and our communication of visual ideas.
My career began some 20 years ago as a staff photographer for an advertising agency. I was a part of countless brand discoveries where we started from scratch and developed a company’s brand strategy. The style of photography was selected to match the brand that had been devised based on market research, customer analytics, demographics, unique selling propositions and what would resonate on an emotional level to inspire a consumer to buy.