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It's not pretentious, it's realistic. Since buildings don't change over time, then a good photo can stay forever. It's the same with landscape photography. In fact, an outdoor architectural photographer encounters the same challenges as in nature photography: the light and the environment are out of our control. When I receive an assignment to shoot the exteriors of a building, I meet with the client and listen to their goals for the images. With that information, I go out to look for possible points of view: there can be several, as well as just one. Then, thanks to a app for photographersI analyse the schedules for the best light. Finally I go out to take the pictures: almost always during the weekend, and almost always more than once. The perfect picture doesn't come so easily, because the light and the environment are unpredictable. This explains why it sometimes takes me a month to take an outdoor portrait!
The client plays an important role when I portray an interior: he shares with me what is going on in there. As an interior architectural photographer, I have to understand the climate of a place, that's the most important thing. If in exteriors I run after the light, in interiors I stop and study the space. Clients often worry if there's no sun, but it's not a priority; I've done excellent photography services on rainy days. I almost always have to move things around: with patience I change, adjust, arrange. The rush doesn't go with the interior design. That's why I also often work remotely: I look at the scene through a tablet, without having to be at the camera location. The screen is bigger to control the details. Also, I move the objects while I'm in the scene, and I see in real time the changes I make.
Whether it's a 3-star hotel, a 5-star hotel, or an Airbnb rental, the work is the same. Airbnbthe work is the same. Working in a business is tricky, because you are working in a context where you are also working. The organisation of the photographic service then becomes the most important factor, because spaces have limited availability. Moreover, in the case of a hotel, you have to work among the guests without disturbing them. In the previous meeting with the client, then, I make a list of all the spaces to be photographed. I define one by one when I can take them, depending on availability, light and other variables. This list will serve as a schedule on the day of the service. Then I make sure that the staff will help me during the photography day. There are always a lot of details to fix and I need to have the availability of the maintenance person, or the schedule will fail.
Although most aerial photos are taken to document the progress of construction sites, they can also be taken to portray finished works. Seeing a building in context from above is awe-inspiring. The views from the sky are always very attractive to us, because they are novel. We don't usually see things from the sky, so any aerial photo surprises and delights us. The drone is the ideal complement for any architectural photographer, both in the city and outside. The urban context can be tricky, sometimes the buildings are located in very narrow streets, or you are obscured by trees. In those cases the only way to portray them is from above. In open areas it is also essential: when large building complexes, or mansions, or entire gated communities have to be covered. The good news is that the cost of drone photography has become affordable for everyone, not only for large construction companies.
In construction sites, safety comes first. I have my own approved shoe, and insurance that covers falls from a height of 40 metres. The client is reassured to know that safety is taken care of. Then comes experience: construction sites are tough places to work. An architectural photographer is not just an artist who portrays finished and impeccable works. I have surveyed countless construction sites, from small buildings to entire gated communities. I know what it means to climb 20 floors without lift or railings, or to launch a drone from a fake terrace. Included in the service, I can make precise and constant framing over time, to get pictures from the same point of view over time. This documents the progress of a construction site very effectively. Finally, aerial photos with a drone are almost indispensable, because they expand the visual and place the work in context.
I also work with real estate agencies and private individuals. The difference in the quality of the photographs is notorious: real estate photos taken with a telephone cannot reach the quality of professional photographs. In addition, the investment for a real estate photography service is negligible compared to the value of a property, even if it is a single room. I was one of the first architectural photographers in Buenos Aires to be hired by Airbnb. I learned a lot from them, particularly in 2 aspects: effectiveness and technique. I relieved hundreds of properties, accumulating a great experience of different situations. Also, small properties present huge technical problems to solve, from a photographic point of view. In short, I have learned to be fast and effective. That is why I offer services at very competitive prices, without compromising on the quality of the photos. I can collect the keys, and deliver the edited images within 24 hours.