As a Cornwall photographer, I get to shoot some pretty special interior spaces and Architecture.
I recently shot a property called Rosilian Hall and I thought this would be a good project to talk about due to the nature of the shoot and the challenges that it presented.
Rosilian Hall became a client of Cornish Gems just before Christmas 2017, with a very tight deadline and a forecast of terrible weather, the shoot looked doomed. It was decided that no matter what the weather the shoot was going to go ahead on the 18th of December.
As I arrived at Rosilian I was greeted by my stylist, hiding under an umbrella, sheltering from the rain. Rosilian is a very large property boasting rather amazing views of Falmouth Harbour, so not the kind of property you want to shoot in the rain! My assistant grabbed the gear from the car and we made a start.
Everyone involved knew that the day was going to be non stop. I had visited the property two weeks prior to discuss with the owner how I would lay out the rooms in order to capture the very best possible shots. This was great as the owner had completed the majority of furniture moving, allowing us to style and shoot the rooms without too much delay.
The reason I move furniture around is in order to give the images a smoother appearance and make them softer on the eye. For instance, I will move objects to the edges of my images to frame the centre of the shot which could be a bed, a view or dining table. The goal is to keep the eye moving around the image to the point of focus. I quite often joke with my stylist and say I’m only 10% photographer and 90% furniture mover.
The day was running away from us so with the majority of the bedrooms photographed, we finally had a 40-minute window of sun, just giving me chance to shoot the views that would then be added in post-production.
I much prefer not to work in this way, but on days like this, you don’t have much of a choice. As you may see in the image below, I use a mixture of natural and artificial light in order to bring drama to my images and the illusion of sunshine outdoors.
It had been requested that I capture a night shot of the building, lit up at the end of the day. After 30 minutes of searching for the exterior light, we discovered it had not yet been installed. After some thought (and a warming cuppa) we proceeded to head out into the dark just as the rain began to pour again. My plan was to hike my camera 20ft in the air on a mega stand whilst myself and three others all took hold of some very powerful flashes. So we all took up our positions on the terraces and three, two, one we got the shot! All I can say is thank goodness no raindrops had landed on the camera lens!
After a manic day of chasing the better weather and shooting at an incredibly fast pace, Rosilian Hall had been shot and it was time to pack up, not forgetting a pat on the back for all of us!