I’m excited by interesting properties. It’s why I love this job. While I have my favourite periods and styles, any home that provides excitement either through its architecture or through its interior design, wins my vote.
I have seen very many houses. The number of houses in which I have produced property photographs easily run into the thousands and I tend to remember the photographs of most of them. Tell me an address and I’m hopeless. But show me the pictures and chances are I’ll remember quite a lot about the place. I’m a visual person so it makes sense I remember pictures rather than words. The truth is I have to connect with a property before I can produce photographs of it. Sure I can take pictures of a house as soon as I walk through the door but they will be snaps because I won’t know why I’m taking the pictures and what I am trying to convey. I like to tell the story of the property, and it’s always easier to tell a strong story with substance behind it than have to try and make a story from something wishy-washy.
This contemporary conversion of, what was before, quite a run of the mill house had a strong story. Secret doorways, interesting furniture and strong, confident colours. It wasn’t hard to find things to point my camera at but I had to remember this house was for sale. I’m a great believer in not giving everything away online. You want the ability to still be able to delight and surprise anyone coming to view the property and so I had to be careful about what I chose to shoot, making sure that I showed enough to get people in. It’s one of the trickiest things to balance, and only experience will tell you what you need to show and what will convey better in real life than in a photograph.