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Ahu Tongariki Overlooking the Milky Way

Ahu Tongariki Over Looking the Milky Way
Ahu Tongariki Overlooking the Milky Way
Easter Island, Chile

Due to the remote location of Easter Island, it has some of the darkest skies you will see anywhere, but these skies are just as elusive as they are brilliant. Being a small island in the heart of the Pacific there is a constant influx of clouds that unpredictably roll in and out at a moments notice. Over the course of the entire week that I spent here, I had one opportunity to capture the Milky Way and only about a two hour window to make it happen. I chose the epic ceremonial site of Ahu Tongariki which boast the largest of Moai to be transported across the island. With15 Maoi standing strong, they were the perfect silhouette to this blanket of stars accented by the quarry site of Rano Raraku peaking out in the distance.

In order to capture the Milky Way in this manner I had to read a few books by some professional photographers to learn the unorthodox camera settings that I almost never use. For those of you looking to get into this kind of shooting Nightscape by David Kingham is a good place to start.

Moai at Rano Raraku

Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Easter Island, Chile

As one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet, Easter Island has always been on my radar for places to photograph. I had the opportunity to travel here last July and spent a week studying and capturing the Moai at all hours of the day, and night.

Rano Raraku in Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a hot bed for Moai sightings, as there are literally hundreds of them scattered about the hillside in various stages of both construction and burial. Rano Raraku is an extinct volcano where the Moai are quarried, carved and dispersed throughout the island. The Moai featured here embedded in the hillside are said to have been in transport before the Moai culture was abanondoned. Centuries of erosion from the peak of the volcano has buried 20 to sometimes 40 feet of these statues into the ground. Excavations have revealed that these Monoliths are even more massive than they seem.

As a professional photographer I have picked up a few tricks on how to capture movement in a still photograph. Utilizing a 10 stop neutral density filter I was able to slow down time to a 90 second exposure in the middle of the day to give the effect of moving clouds.

Advertising Photography for Michael Dawkins Home – NYC Showroom

Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Product photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Product photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Product photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Product photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Arhitectural photography MD Home NYC Showroom
architectural photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Professional photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Professional photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis

Interior Designer Michael Dawkins recently launched the opening of his huge New York City showroom and as his go to professional advertising photographer, he had us fly in from Miami to photograph it. With it he brings his contemporary vision for high-end furniture, accessories and product design to The Big Apple. For this shoot we focused on shooting a lot of details and vignettes for Michael’s advertising campaigns. With some key dramatic lighting accents and shot angles we got some strong, edgy material for him to use. The distinct architectural lines in his showroom, as well as his custom black laquered flooring made an interesting setting for his unique furniture pieces to be photographed in.

Although Craig Denis is a professional photographer based in Miami, he travels anywhere for a photographic project. Visit his official website www.craigdenis.com to learn more.

AJP Design Systems – Porthole, Miami Beach

AJP Design Systems - Porthole by Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis

 

AJP Design Systems - Porthole by Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
AJP Design Systems - Porthole by Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
AJP Design Systems - Porthole by Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
AJP Design Systems - Porthole by Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis

The Port Hole, a Key West style home off the Venetian Causeway by AJP Design Systems tied a nautic theme in with rustic Florida. This project lent some unique spaces for a professional interior photographer to navigate through. We got some awesome images for AJP’s advertising campaign.

 

Q and A with Professional Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis

During this week I had a chance to sit down with a student from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale to talk about what it is like to be a Professional Commercial Photographer in Miami. I thought it would be interesting to post this conversation as it gives a sneak peak into what it is like to get started in the photography business and what it takes to be successful once here. This is the interview:

Q – Photography Student – How did you get into this line of work? Get started in this job?
A – Professional Architectural Interior Photographer Craig Denis – For me it just kind of happened, I actually grew up in New York and went to school out there for Fine Arts with a concentration in photography so I didn’t come out of school with a professional portfolio that people would hire me for. When I finished up college I decided that I wanted to go the commercial route because it was a more feasible way to have a business and actually pay my bills. I always had an eye for photography but I had learned absolutely nothing about how to make a living doing it in school. So I pursued a further education on the commercial aspect of photography and I got accepted to a school in Massachusetts called the Hallmark Institute of Photography. The school looked great and I was excited to go but the only problem was they only took new students in October and it was November at the time, I just missed the cut. I still had every intention of going but I had way too much time to find something else to do. I was very interested in the intricacies of Architectural and Interior photography and I ended up scoring a full-time job assisting Dan Forer, a very busy Architectural Photographer down here in Miami in March of 2005 and have been here ever since. I worked with Dan for a whole year and that was the best grad school program I could have ever went to, I actually got paid for what I was about to go to school for. After I worked for him for a year and took in an enormous amount of information both technically and on the business end, I decided to go freelance and pick up assisting work with various other photographers in different aspects of photography to broaden my photographic knowledge.

Q – Photography Student – How did you prepare yourself for this job? This profession?
A – Commercial Interior Architectural Photographer Craig Denis – It really happened gradually, it got to the point after a few years of assisting that I felt that I could do just as good or in some cases even a better job than the photographers I was working for. Thats when you know its time. I started to slowly build my portfolio and the confidence to pursue my own clients and there was a transitional period where I was assisting and picking up my own work at the same time. It takes a while to build a steady client base but once you do things just start rolling naturally and I began to phase out assisting work.

Q – Photography Student – Knowing what you know now, would you take the same job again? Why or why not?
A – Professional Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – It was a long road to get where I am now and I really cannot picture myself doing anything else. This is not really a job that I took or was hired for, it’s more of a lifestyle that I have chosen and while my style and expertise are constantly evolving, what I essentially do will remain the same.

Q – Photography Student – What do you like most about it? Like least about it? What do you find most rewarding about your work?
A – Commercial Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – Being freelance I get hired and fired almost every week and to be honest I don’t think I could go back to a 9 to 5 job doing the same thing every day. Professional photography really keeps you on your toes, there is something different going on all the time, but at the same token you never know when things are going to slow down. And when they are slow sometimes I can sit for weeks with out a job wondering if I am ever going to work again which was really hard in the beginning. For me work comes in waves I am either slammed or dead with nothing in between.
The most rewarding part of what I do is at the end of every job I walk away with something more than a paycheck, the images that I create help to continuously build my portfolio and in turn land me better gigs.

Q – Photography Student – What skills or personal qualities are necessary in this career?
A – Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – For one you really need to be able to scrap around and you have to really want it. This type of work is not for everyone. When I was primarily a freelance assistant times were tough, I would clear my bank account out every month just to pay my rent to the point where my balance was $13 one month, $26 another month. I learned fast that you need to have to be able to keep your overhead low especially in the beginning. This allowed me to save money, invest in new equipment and keeps me doing what I love to do without stressing out about finances.
Some of the skills required to be successful can be taught, the use of photoshop, lighting equipment, camera systems but if you don’t have the eye none of those things really matter.

Q – Photography Student – What, in your opinion, is the job outlook in this career area? What will affect its growth or decline?
A – Interior Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – Unless there is a zombie apocalypse the only thing that will affect my growth or decline is me and my motivation. I feel like there will always be a need for the image because the image is what sells a company. The first thing you look at in an advertisement is the picture and if the pictures don’t sell the company, their product or service, then they are going to have a hard time selling themselves. As a photographer you always have to adapt to new changes in the industry in digital technologies and capture systems and unless you are motivated to keep up with these changes you will fall behind. There are the basic fundamentals of photography that will always be there but unless you are up to date with the most cutting edge technology you are going to have a hard time moving forward.

Q – Photography Student – Are you active in any professional organizations in this field and which would you recommend?
A – Professional Architectural Interior Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – At the moment I am not but I hear ASMP is a good one to get involved with, there is as South Florida chapter which is also available for assistants.

Q – Photography Student – Would you advise people to enter this career area? Why or why not?
A – Commercial Interior Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – Well that really depends on the person, if you are looking to be in it for the money you are looking in the wrong direction, but if you have a creative eye and are looking to build something for yourself and have the motivation and passion to make that happen then yes it can be a very rewarding career.

Q – Photography Student – What do you look for in an assistant?
A – Professional Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – Someone who is punctual and eager to learn.

Q – Photography Student – Can you suggest anyone else whom I could contact for additional information?
A – Commercial Photographer in Miami Craig Denis – My friend Matt Horton www.hortonphotoinc.com who actually went to the Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale years ago. Matt is primarily a wedding shooter these days and is doing very well for himself and his family. 954-290-5497. Another amazing photographer that is also a very good friend of mine is photographer Tom Clark you can view his website at tomclarkphoto.com

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Long Beach Residence, Long Island NY

Long Beach House by Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Commercial Photographer Craig Denis
Long Beach House by Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis

 

Long Beach House by Interior Photographer in NYC Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Architectural Interior Photography by Craig Denis

 

Back in February I scored the opportunity to travel up to Long Island, New York …(where as some of you know I am from) to photograph this spectacular residence in Long Beach. This was my first time working with Erin from EMC2 Interiors and I had no idea what to expect. The nautical elements and vintage type furniture are a nice touch to Erin’s chosen color palette for this cleverly remodeled home. Check out www.craigdenis.com for more from this project.

William Bernard Design Group 2011 DCOTA Showhouse

William Bernard DCOTA Showcase by Professional Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis
©2013 Professional architectural photographer in Miami Craig Denis
William Bernard DCOTA Showcase by Professional Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer in Miami Craig Denis

 

 

Things have been very busy as of late and this is my first post in quite some ti…me but I will have some exciting new images to come.
This retro style demo by William Bernard Design Group was a key feature at the 2011 DCOTA Showhouse which had an old school Hollywood theme.

Pfuner Design – Jade Ocean, Sunny Isles Fl

Pfuner Design Jade Ocean by Architectural Interior Photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Craig Denis Professional Photographer in Miami Craig Denis

My first professional architectural photography project for Pfuner Design in Miami took me back to Jade Ocean, one of the prominent buildings on the Sunny Isles landscape that seems keep luring in. This impressive two story penthouse unit’s interior has been custom designed with intricate wood walling and unique furniture which I accented with strategic lighting. The unit is for sale and can be yours for just under 10 million dollars. For more images from this project visit www.craigdenis.com as well as Craig Denis Photography on Facebook and Craig Denis Photography on Merchant Circle

Flamingo Fitness Center

Flamingo Fitness Center Portraits by Professional Lifestyle photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Editorial Portrait Photographer in Miami Craig Denis

Working as a Professional Photographer in Miami you never know what you are going to get. In this latest project I was hired by the Flamingo on South Beach in conjunction with AIMCO their management company to shoot some fitness lifestyle photography for their newly renovated gym and the group fitness class they have available. The fitness center offers spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and the skyline of Downtown Miami. This project was a definite change of pace for me which I really enjoyed.

Flamingo Fitness Center Portraits by Professional photographer Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Photographer in Miami Craig Denis
In addition to the fitness lifestyles, we also shot environmental portraits of the trainers and staff at the Flamingo. It was fun for me to get creative and focus on what the trainers individually specialized in. I find that approaching a project in this manner certainly beats traditional headshots.

Visit www.craigdenis.com for more from this project. Don’t forget to check out Craig Denis: Photography on Merchant Circle and Facebook as well.

Hallock Design Group: Private Miami Residence

Hallock Design Group - Private Residence by interior photographer in Miami Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Architectural Photographer Craig Denis
Hallock Design Group - Private Residence by Architectural Photographer in Miami Craig Denis
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer in Miami Craig Denis

In this private Miami residence by Hallock Design Group, the use of neutral colors and eclectic elements really set the mood as the style of Hallock Design Group usually does. The interior space called for a lot of detail shots and strategic lighting. That is the approach that I took going into this project. The final images from this project were published in Florida Design‘s Miami Home and Decor and can be viewed here: Reinventing Glamour Interior Design by Hallock Design Group, Photography by Craig Denis.

For more from this and other professional architectural photography shoots visit www.craigdenis.com and Craig Denis Photography on Merchant Circle