How to find an architectural photographer and have a successful shoot

How to find an architectural photographer and have a successful shoot

As an architect or designer, you've spent months on your latest project, battling with clients, planners and builders to get a result that you're proud to put to your name to. And now you may only have one chance to capture brilliant photos that will show your hard work to the world.

Here's my top ten tips on how to find an architectural photographer and have a really successful shoot:

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Wahaca Brighton restaurant photography for Softroom

It was great to shoot another Wahaca restaurant, this time in Brighton. It's a fantastic space with distinct zones marked out by the structure and the interior design, and stunning murals by Mexican street artist Mazatl. There's a private dining area screened from the street by a multi-coloured chain-link Virgin Mary. The architect/interior designer is Softroom with lighting design by Kate and Sam

Wahaca have been certified carbon neutral and given a top rating for sustainability - it's great to know that both the food and the restaurant design have minimised their impact on the planet, even while they have maximum effect on your tastebuds and retinas...

Red-roofed extension shot for Forrester Architects

A few weeks ago I shot this really interesting residential extension and refurbishment in North London for Forrester Architects. The asymmetrical timber roof is painted with a special Swedish preservative paint that gives a stunning and unusual matt red finish.

Fetal Medicine Research Institute, King's College Hospital, for A21 Architects

A recent quick-turnaround commission of the newly completed Fetal Medicine Research Institute next to Denmark Hill station, for A21 Architects. The structure links a brand-new building into the terraced houses that are also part of the Institute.

Bonhams Knightsbridge for Kate and Sam Lighting Design

I recently shot Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge for Kate and Sam Lighting Design. One great thing about winter is that dusk shots can be done at a sociable time of day!

Harcombe Road by Forrester Architects featured on Dezeen

A really interesting extension/renovation project I shot for Forrester Architects is featured on Dezeen:

Neckinger Mills for Mark Fairhurst Architects

A recent shoot of a mixed-use office and residential project for Mark Fairhurst Architects ( The building is located next to the busy train tracks into London Bridge station. We found a good vantage point on an adjacent block, to put the building in context as dusk fell. And we took a few interior shots in a magnificent apartment - the perfect flat for a railway enthusiast.

Using flash in interior photography

I recently spent a day photographing a beautifully refurbished Victorian house in south London for Hughes Developments (full gallery on their site here).

The owners had created a country home feel in a house that is just 5 miles from the centre of London. Maybe because they're just a few miles from some of London's biggest and best outdoor spaces - Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common - they'd asked Hughes to create a boot room for them. It was a tight space to photograph, and though I'd shot the rest of the house using almost exclusively natural light, with a bit of feature lighting thrown in here and there, this required a bit of extra light to make it work. 

Shooting through the doorway into the boot room was just about the only way to go, as it was a very narrow space. Little natural light was getting into the boot room, and not from a flattering direction. The room lights would probably have worked, with a bit of tweaking in post, but flash allowed me to create more interesting light that modelled the joinery, wellies and coats more attractively.

Shooting through the door also offered the advantage of allowing me to hide the Speedlite in the side of the room the camera couldn't see. I used Pocket Wizards to trigger the flash. The lens is a Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8.

Here's the various lighting scenarios and the final, processed image: