“Labor of Love”

Here is a real interesting project I shot last Spring down in North Carolina for the magazine “Cozy Cabins”. This is actually a guest house that was an original 1800’s cabin that the owner came upon as driving home from the city. Guess the cabin was going to be torn down by the city and removed from its location so they could expand the freeway. The owner talked to the local officials and found out that the cabin was to be removed and condemned, but if he wanted it he could have it if he did all the work in removing the structure. Not only did he remove it, but he rebuilt it one log at time on his property in the country. He also found out from some of the old timers in the area that back in the day the cabin was owned by a pioneer family of ten. Yes ten people living in an eight hundred square foot cabin. No wonder the family had eight children. I guess it would be pretty hard not to bump into your wife from time to time in such a small space.

Being that the cabin was only eight hundred square feet it posed a real problem for shooting. Tight spaces as this one are very hard to find just the right composition as well places to hide your lights. The cabin was extremely dark and needed lot of lights to bring out the details. I went with hot lights and did all of the shooting in the evening and in the morning. One would think with such a small space that you would not need a ton of time to complete the shoot, but this was the reverse. It took a total of about nine hours to complete the shoot. One other note of interest. When I arrived at the house the rain was coming down in sheets. So the exteriors had to wait to the following day which brought the sun out for about an hour before if started to come down again. The great thing about the shoot is that the homeowners were kind enough to offer the cabin to me for my lodging. I spent two nights there. I now have just one more incredible story from my photography travels!


About James Ray Spahn Photographer
James Ray Spahn is an award winning architectural, interior, lifestyle and resort photographer. He shoots for architects, interior designers, developers, manufacturers, shelter magazines and resorts. www.jamesrayspahn.com

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