“Trends Magazine Feature 2012”

Recently I had a home I shot on the East Coast featured in the New Zealand based magazine “Trends”. Trends has several titles….this project was featured in the Home & Architectural issue.

I originally shot the home for my long time client Stone Mill Log Homes. A remodel was completed about a year after. I was then contacted by Sherry Moeller from the PR firm Moki Media. Sherry represented Jim Rill of  Rill Architects who designed the home. Jim wanted to do a full shoot on the home now that the remodel was completed…..so back I went

We spent two days photographing the home and will admit it was one of the most peaceful and serene locations that I have ever been on. Hard to believe over one hundred years ago it was the site of several major Civil War battles…..Being a Civil War buff and a direct descendant of several relatives who fought in the war I tried to imagine what the sound of the cannons and the smell of the smoke must have been like……a truly difficult thing to do in a setting such at this.

“Built to Last”

The September issue of Log Cabin Homes has a feature called “Built to Last” that I shot the photography for last October. The home was located in Flat Creek, Tennessee. I originally shot the home for my long time good client Mathew Sterchi of Stonemill Log Homes out of Knoxville. I have been shooting for Stonemill for about ten years now and when I get a call from Mathew about a new project he needs shot I know it will be unique and not disappoint. This home here is a perfect example of the clean design that Stonemill brings to each of their projects. Also, being only 1500 square feet the home design is extremely efficient with the spaces…..

Being the size that the home was it was a one day shoot with actually wrapping up early afternoon. Traveling as much as I do, and if I have the time I like to see the local sites if I can. In this case it was the town of Lynchburg (population 361) just down the road. If you didn’t know already, this is where the famous Jack Daniels distillery is, the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. I was informed by the homeowner that the distillery was having their famous Jack Daniels Barb-Q cook off. Well what two better things to partake in…. Barb-Q and whiskey. Little did I know that Lynchburg has been a dry county since prohibition so you can’t buy any alcohol. Yeah your right…. no Jack either………..since I couldn’t have a beer and Jack with my Barb-Q I motored down the road to my next shoot and straight out of that dry county………..funny thing is I will be right back in Lynchburg next month…..this time BYOB for sure.

“Great Escape”

This home was shot on my run through the South and East Coast last fall. I was shooting for several different clients on this particular trip and spent fifteen days on the road shooting ten unique projects. This one was shot for my longtime and great client  Hearthstone Log Homes who are based in Dandridge Tennessee. This is one of three projects that I photographed for them on this particular trip. The home was shot for their marketing and portfolio materials. This project is also a perfect example of what we offer to our clients in terms of our relationship and dialogue with a dozen or so Shelter publications. After I shot the house and all the images were processed and delivered to Hearthstone I then submitted the home to Log Home Living and received interest from the Editor right off the bat. As you can see here  LHL ran a full feature on the home and in-return gave Hearthstone additional exposure and PR. I will be shooting for Hearthstone once again this coming fall in North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas. I look forward to sharing more images of their projects after this trip is completed!

“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!

“Smith Fork Ranch Shoot”

"Needle Rock"

Recently we were contacted by the Smith Fork Ranch out of Crawford Colorado. The Ranch rates as one of the top ten family/dude ranches in the state. They offer fishing , horseback riding, corporate retreats, weddings and guided hunting trips to name a few. The ranch is located by a famous landmark in the area. “Needle Rock” which you can see above sticks out like a sore thumb for miles around and is the first thing you see on the way to the ranch.

Mary Clare on the right and my gear loaded in the gator on the left

The owners of the ranch were looking to re-brand the ranch with new images for a newly developed web site and marketing collateral. This is where we came in. We worked very closely with Mary Clare the ranches marketing director (She can be seen in the above image on the right). Mary Clare also provided all the styling for the shoot. The ranch had several structures on the property that needed to be photographed. There was the cookhouse, main lodge, two main log homes and three smaller cabins that were only about 300 square feet. The cabins can be seen below.

Exterior of the small cabins and larger log home

Because of the amount of photography requested by the client it was determined that we would need two days to shoot. The structures were spread out over several acres on the property so there was lots of walking back and forth with gear and props. In some cases a gator was needed as seen above to haul the gear around. Below are a few images of the River House.

Interiors of the River House

We utilized dusk as much as possible as you can see in the images above as well as the shots below. These bottom shots are of the game room on the left and  dinner hall on the right.

Elk Lodge and Dinner Bell

The smaller cabins were a real challenge to shoot. Again their spaces were only about 300 square feet if that. We had to get real creative with camera angle and lighting since movement and space was limited. We shot all of the smaller cabins with strobe and natural light.

300 square foot cabin

A second cabin

These interiors are from the larger guest house on the ranch.

Larger guest house

This shoot is just another example of the diversity of shoots that come our way and why clients hire us  for our expertise, skills and problem solving abilities. No two shoots are ever alike and this one proved it.

“Home on the Range”

I shot this particular home for two of my local clients Dan Murphy Architect and Pike builders. The Interior Designer was Susan Cohen out of LA. Susan flew out for the shoot and styled the interiors for us. She did a heck of job to say the least. The home is located in Ohio Creek and is set just below the Castles and Anthracite mountains. They say UFO’s can be seen at or around the castles. I have never seen one there myself. Local lore….? Probably, but up here at 10,000 feet you never know what you might see.

Anyhow this double page spread is featured  in the March 2011 edition of Log Cabin Homes. The entire home is awaiting approval from Veranda for a full feature. We will be keeping our fingers crossed it makes the cut……………..