“Double Header”

Had a double header this month. I have a project featured in the LUXE Interiors + Design Los Angeles issue and one in the Colorado edition as well. Both projects were beautiful and a real honor to shoot. Really excited about the Colorado house, its just a few blocks from my own and the interiors were done by the famed Jan Showers out of Texas. The Architect was my good client Dan Murphy. The LA home was completed by the West Coasts one and only Adam Hunter, Inc. who was a real pleasure to work with on site for the shoot, beautiful design to say the least. I am very proud to see both projects featured this month.
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“Black & White or Color”

From a recent shoot in Southwestern Colorado this exterior shot was a composite of ten separate images to come up with the pano. Really interested in the concept of how the image looks in black and white compared to color. I think I will explore this contrast in more detail for future portfolio pieces as well as for a coffee table book of my work that we are working on.

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“Interior Design Magazine Feature”

Very honored and thrilled to receive the latest issue of Interior Design Magazine to see a project of mine featured within the pages of a home I shot for Studio William Hefner in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. ID is a magazine I look up to for not only its content, but layout and level of photography as well. I am honored to say the least. The other homes featured in the same section of “Innovative Houses Bring the Outdoors In” were located in Iceland and Spain.

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“Luxe Interior + Design 2014 Winter Issue”

I am very excited to announce that the 2014 winter issue of Luxe Interior + Design magazine is out on the stands. I am also very honored to say that a home I  shot for the magazine this last fall is not only featured in the issue, but my image of the exterior of the home made  the cover. What a great way to start off the New Year here at the studio of James Ray Spahn Photographer!

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“California Homes”

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A few months back I was pleasantly surprised to return home from  two-weeks on the road of shooting to find a copy of Studio William Hefner’s new book “California Homes” sitting on my desk. William has been a client of mine for over five years and  has hired me to shoot the majority of his projects in that time frame. The collaboration is always a creative one and one that I always  look forward to when we get the opportunity to work together. The majority of projects were shot in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood and Pacific Palisades. I am truly honored to have my images grace the pages of his beautiful new book. The following are  excerpts  of a few of the homes that I photographed and that are featured in the book.

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“Before & After”

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A lot of times I get the question from clients or in meetings with potential clients “do you use photoshop to enhance your photos”. The other question I also get  for instance goes something like this “is there any chance you can photoshop so and so object out of a shot” say for example, telephone poles or electrical outlets. What I tell my clients and is also my philosophy that goes back to my days of shooting with film, is that I do everything possible I can on location be it interiors or exteriors to get the shot perfect before I push the button on the camera (or in this day and age the button on  my laptop). Or better put, my crew and I are not lazy nor do I like to kick back and be the photographer that tells his clients that “I’ll just fix it in photo shop back in the studio”. The last thing I want to do is spend more time in a dark room in front of the computer when I can be outside hanging with the kids. That’s all fine and dandy but there are times where I rely heavily on the tool of photoshop and tell my clients that it is part of my services.

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The plane  in the above image was casting a shadow across the front pavement and grass on the above shot.

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This project was shot in Bel Air California for my good client R.T.A Construction.

Same deal here. I had to rely on photo shop to take out the car on the left and all of the riffraff in the foreground. You are probably asking “why didn’t you just move the car”, and that’s a great question. We had no idea whose it was. I would have loved to have actually moved back farther than where I was standing so I could include more space around the house, but it was a construction site where I had the camera positioned and I couldn’t move back and further because of construction equipment.

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One should keep in mind that both of these scenarios above took about an hour each to get just right. It should also be noted that pictures taken with a digital camera don’t just pop out of the camera looking perfect. As in the old days of the traditional darkroom photography there is a lot of nuances to make a beautiful image, and this is what a professional photographer can bring to the table. OK, enough of being in a dark room and in front of this computer. I’m going outside to hang with the kids!

“Trailblazers”

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I am  thrilled and very proud to have a project I shot for Studio William Hefner showcased in the recent issue of C “California Style Magazine”. I am also very flattered to have been  included in the magazines contributor section as well. It’s an honor to be associated with such a classy and stylish magazine and be among other contributors of the magazine who are also at the top of their game……

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