my short biography
Michele Winter Johnson, architectural photographer.
I have always been facinated with capturing the world through the lens of a camera. In 2004, I became a full time, professional photographer. Since then, I have had the privilege of helping my clients with their projects and goals, whether it was through my photography and graphic skills, or video presentations. Some of my clients include Chatter Magazine, Tremendous! Entertainment, Morgan Construction, Craftworks, H + K Architects, Builder/Architect Magazine, Jay Robinson, Jay Robinson Real Estate, Linda Brock with Prudential Realtorcenter.com, ViVere Candles Atelier, 3-H Hotels, Columbia Construction, and many others.
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HIRING AN ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER:
How we work together to meet or exceed your expectations.
This article will explain how I work, and what I need from you to make this process go smoothly.
PRE-PLANNING: If at all possible, I much prefer to walk through the entire place to be photographed with you at least a day in advance before the shoot begins. In this way, we can discuss your needs in detail, and I’ll talk with you about the various techniques I’ll use to best approach the job requirements for you. Everything from lighting, staging, the best time to photograph the place – these items are critical to giving you the best possible result that you require and need for the highest quality images. In the pre-planning stage, we’ll discuss the lighting and staging requirements, and make arrangements for these to be ready for the day(s) of the shoot(s).
REQUIREMENTS FOR SHOOTING:
1. Lighting: It is critical that all lighting apparatuses be in good working order; i.e., light bulbs must be replaced if nearing depletion. I use as much existing lighting as possible for my photographs, as I believe that this gives the most natural look to the photographs. However, there are situations where additional lighting is an absolute must. I may use a combination of both continuous and strobe lights to achieve the look the client needs and wants from the scene.
2. Best Time of Day to Shoot: We’ll work together to determine the best time of day to photograph the architectural element. Some interiors and exteriors shoot best in the early morning, some late afternoon, and others require shooting at dusk. The mood and natural lighting, coupled with possible daylight glare from windows, will have a dramatic impact on the desired final result of the images.
3. Current Residents/Business Owners: We’ll also discuss how to achieve the best possible results with the time constraints possibly imposed by the current residents/owners/customers of the place to be shot. Many times, public places will have to shot after hours so as not to inconvenience customers.
4. Adequate Time Needed for Getting the Best Images: Many interiors require up to 5 or 6 hours to set up the shots needed. For large, luxury residences and high-end commercial establishments, this can encompass several days. This is especially true if a lot of staging and props are required.
5. The Area Must Be Ready to Shoot: Other than setting up props for staging, the area should be ready to shoot when I and my team arrive. The area should be recently cleaned, including windows, and as de-cluttered as possible. Remember, these high-resolution cameras see and record EVERYTHING!
6. No Non-Essential Personnel: No workmen, cleaning personnel, yard maintenance, or other types of work should be either scheduled or occurring while I’m shooting. It takes a lot of concentration and work to get the best results, and unless it’s necessary for the mood of the scene, you really don’t want to see yard men raking leaves through the windows.
Hopefully, this gives you a sense of what I require to give you the high quality images you come to expect of us. Of course, if you have any questions, we are happy to talk with you and work out any problems that come along.