“Heritage Haven”

Recent project featured on the  cover of Log Home Living’s  “Best Homes of the Year” issue. We just love the layout Art Director Edie Fleshood Mann designed for the home in the magazine!

The project was originally shot for my long time client Hearthstone Log Homes. The home was located outside Dandridge, Tennessee and photographed last Fall. This project is just another example of us helping our clients get published with great exposure in a  national publication by using our long time relationships with the magazine world. “It’s all who you know” as the saying goes….

“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.

“October Shoot Schedule”

Well were hitting the road and blasting off to space again!! James Ray Spahn Photographer will be shooting this October in New York City, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virgina, West Virgina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ontario Canada. Yes……all in one month……. fill the cooler with Red Bull and charge the GPS! Please contact us if you would like to add a project to our travel schedule. We would would love to hear from you…….thanks and will see you at your local Starbucks!

“August 2011 Featured Project”

Because I travel so much I get the question a lot “where is the most interesting place or project that you have photographed”. Having been very fortunate to have shot in every state of the US as well as been lucky enough to shoot in Paris, Mexico and the French West Indies  its always very tough to name just one place or project. Well that has changed for a while. Who would ever  have guessed a location two hours from my home would be at the top of my list.

I got a call awhile back from my good client and collaborator Whitney Richardson Editor at Log Home Living. Whitney said she had a project to shoot in Lake City Colorado and would I be available to shoot it. As I always say, anytime I don’t have to get on an airplane with all my gear and instead drive to the location to shoot is a good day and real treat. Not that I mind flying, I just can’t stand the food, security, crappy seat selection, delayed flights, stewardesses with bad attitudes, being x-rayed in the nude, extra bag fees, overweight bag fees, lost bags, being coughed on, ten-dollar beers, turbulence…….. well anyway you get the point.

So you can imagine my excitement about this assignment. The project was a one thousand square foot log home at an elevation of thirteen thousand feet up Engineer Pass. I know Whitney will appreciate this when I say it was up ” The road from hell”. Eighteen miles of the worst switch backs, rocks, potholes, trees in the way road I have been on since a shoot I was on in Costa Rica a few years back. Oh and did I mention as on my shoot in Costa Rica it rained like it was the end of the world. I guess that’s why they call it the Rain Forest (never go in April by the way). But that’s another story for another time.

Back to this project. As mentioned it was raining cats and dogs when I arrived and the sun was going down. After turning on the solar power and getting my gear out the sun broke for about fifteen minutes and I was able to capture the above exteriors before the heavens closed up again. The bridge you see here is the only way to get to the house from your parked car on the other side of the bridge. I must have made at least fifty trips back and forth. The homeowner was kind enough to let me stay at the location over night to help facilitate the shoot. So I was all by myself at the home for two days. After the sun went down it was time for bed. Now I normally read before I hit the hay, but on a shelf above the TV I saw the VHS version of the movie the “Perfect Storm” you know the one where George Clooney is a fishing captain and him and his men are lost at see and die a horrible death by drowning in a monster hurricane. Well I felt it apropos to watch it since basically there was a hurricane outside the cabin and I feared for my life and getting back home to my loved ones in one piece down  ” The road from hell”….

Day two I was up before the sun and ready to grab a few more exteriors before the wrath of God showed up again. I then moved onto the interiors. Interesting enough I have shot a handful of homes this size and believe it or not smaller. They are a challenge to say the least. A space this size does not offer many angles on the inside so I maximized the spaces the best I could knowing the magazine would need as much info as possible. I also tried to show as much of the views as possible through the windows.

Overall the shoot went very smoothly, besides the rain, road, size of the cabin, bears, lions and tigers. At least I didn’t have to pay for ten-dollar beers………..as a few of you know, I am a  seasoned professional and brought my own.

“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!

Recent feature in Timber Home Living Magazine

This home was photographed for our good client Gary Hartman principal at Sunlit Architecture located in Crested Butte Colorado http://www.sunlitarchitecture.net. The house has incredible views of the Elk Mountains and the East River Valley. Not a bad place to wake up to every morning or for that fact photograph!