Last spring I had the awesome opportunity to work on a unique video production project for a Zillow Home Makers spot highlighting New Frameworks Natural Building based out of Burlington, Vermont. Le JIT productions needed still photography to supplement their video. I was tasked with capturing both architectural details of some of New Frameworks’ recent builds around the Stowe area as well as owner head shots and action from their Barre workshop.
It was fortuitous timing since I had recently been contacted by New Frameworks owner Ace McArleton who was looking to get professional photos of some of their recent work. The Le JIT team contacted Ace shortly thereafter so the project was able to combine the two uses.
It was a busy day! Most architectural shoots spend at least a full day at one location so that you can find the right angles, marry those with the right timing for light and spend time using lighting techniques to enhance a shot when needed. Limited by both the production budget and schedule meant packing three locations into one afternoon!
Barre | Editorial and Architecture
The first location was the New Frameworks massive workshop in Barre where they design and lay out their timber frame homes or renovations. It was an impressive building both in scale and visual opportunity. This part of the shoot was more editorial so I had fun quietly observing the guys at work.
Ben Graham, one of New Frameworks managing partners
Marshfield | Exterior + Interior Architecture
From there I visited a home in Marshfield Vermont where New Frameworks had completed a straw-cell kitchen addition. The company’s ethos centers around ecological harmony and they employ a variety of techniques and materials to provide effective and efficient construction that’s also light on the earth. The kitchen was stunning with exposed framing, natural wood finishes and clay plaster walls.
Middlesex | Exterior + Interior Architecture
Lastly was a beautiful new home and horse barn completed by New Frameworks in Middlesex Vermont. Tucked away at the end of a dirt road I wasn’t sure I was headed the right way until the drive suddenly opened up to reveal a tidy farmhouse on a stunning piece of property. I could have spent days at this house alone capturing the myriad details like the floor to ceiling bathroom tiling, copper light fixtures, built-ins and the surprising horse barn full of creative touches like royal blue walls and an inlaid floor mosaic. I could have spent days at this house just relaxing!
It was the last location of the day and the schedule was behind so it was a rush to capture more than I really had time for. I would love the opportunity to go back and be able to take a more considered approach to really capture the essence of this home alone!
New Frameworks Natural Building managing partner Ace McArleton with the Middlesex barn behind
It was a unique working experience that was both valuable and a fun challenge. Here’s the link to the final video, which funnily enough doesn’t use any stills, but does a great job explaining how New Frameworks works.
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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