I frequently shoot for Neagley & Chase Construction capturing commercial & municipal spaces that are part of their new construction portfolio. The timing is usually a very small sweet spot between project completion and their client’s move in. The goal is to shoot clean, clutter free space that are wide open. That’s sometimes both a benefit and a challenge.
Milton VT | General Transportation Building
One project was the new general transportation building in Milton, Vermont completed in January. The project included 10,000 square feet of new construction including offices and five truck bays. The timing to shoot the space was tight since the client would soon be moving in with some heavy duty hazardous chemicals, large trucks and equipment.
Access to an uninhabited space makes my job both easier and harder. It can be a challenge to capture scale, flow and functionality when a space is empty. Furniture is a common frame of reference. It’s my goal to capture a space without making it seem like a cave!
With the garage spaces, there was surface texture, pattern and graphic elements like the HVAC and other utilities that are incorporated into the space.
Seeking out patterns helps with empty interiors too.
I love the designs created by the utilities where they come into the service panels. This one was kind of funny too since work was still being completed and you can look closely to see little details that still need tidying up.
Essex VT | Essex Municipal Town Offices
Another project from last winter was a renovation and addition to the Essex Town Offices also completed in January. While still posing some of the same challenges, the building had a bigger variety of spaces and incorporated windows and lighting in many different ways. The windows, coupled with the bright midday sun, gave me more natural light to work with but also required more compositing in post production to prevent the windows from blowing out entirely. Peeks of blue sky were a nice color addition to many of the monochromatic rooms.
Jeffersonville VT | Union Bank
Lastly I photographed the new Jeffersonville Union Bank completed in November. The timing was also pre-move in but a few pieces of installed furniture gave it a more real-life appearance. Architectural details in the wood finishes and tile work added interesting visual elements.
Here’s a few behind the scenes shots showing the process of adding light to areas.
In this one I was using my toe to trigger the camera remotely so that I could hold up a scrim to eliminate glare in a window!
Stina Booth is a commercial architecture photographer based in northern Vermont available to shoot in Vermont and throughout New England. Services include residential, municipal and commercial projects. To inquire about having your project photographed contact me.
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