A while ago, a client reached out with an interesting project proposition; he wanted me to photograph popular sightseeing locations in Los Angeles for his own marketing purposes. My first thought was, “I’m a celebrity portrait and beauty photographer, not someone who captures architectural images.” He actually appreciated that my specialty was counter to his assignment and thought that I could see these locations with a fresh perspective.
After some hesitation, I agreed to take the job and began doing some research. One of the reasons I like to take on new and interesting projects is because they give me a creative break from my usual work. I love photographing people, but the constant need to come up with new ideas can be taxing.
I began this new venture by making a list of locations that were not only popular but would be interesting to photograph: the high-rise buildings in downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center, the Disney Concert Hall, the Encounter restaurant at LAX, the Griffith Observatory, the Santa Monica Pier and Rodeo Drive. I knew I had a limited window of opportunity to photograph these buildings and would have to take the shots during the “blue hour”. The “blue hour” follows sunset and lasts about 40 minutes; it’s the time when the intensity of natural light matches the intensity of the artificial light found inside a building.
Now, I have to admit, the first evening I set out to a location, I was bitching about it. It’s my process: first I bitch, and then I get over myself and dive right into whatever I have to do. The end results are usually amazing, and I actually wind up enjoying myself. This was no exception; I fell in love with architectural photography. I found myself turned on by the geometric shapes and the intense colors.architectural photography #celebrity portrait photographer #lighting tips #Los Angeles beauty photographer #photography tips #seeing creatively