23 Floors up, over looking Sunny Isles Beach is this model unit completely furnished out by Artefacto for their dream homes advertising campaign. Artefacto sells completely furnished units in some of Miami’s most high-end buildings. The Regalia in Sunny Isles is their newest edition. The unique factor about the Regalia is that each floor is one unit with a 360 degree balcony and unimpeded views to the north which it will stay that way, as this is the last plot of land on Sunny Isles. The neighboring city of Golden Beach does not allow high rise buildings so unlike many buildings in Miami, this view that the bedroom overlooks is not temporary.
For professional photographers, the challenge with interior photography projects like this is getting an exposure balance between the cruicial exterior view and the interior setting. With the clever use of strobe lighting this issue can be achieved quite smoothly.
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.
Artefacto is a Brazilian furniture design company that is making a huge impact on the Miami luxury condo scene. They are not only in the business of selling high-end modern furniture to interior designers and private clients, but they design and furnish model units for some of the newest condo’s in the South Florida area. The project featured here is from Ocean House, a beautiful condo in a key location right off Ocean Drive on South Beach over looking the Atlantic. Given that the images from this shoot are going to be used in Artefacto’s advertising editorials, we had to give the final images the clean, neutral look that Artefacto is known for. Using professional photography lighting techniques and color correcting gels as well as strategic strobing effects to balance the outdoor day scenes, I was able to give myself a good head start for post production. The images from this shoot can be seen as double page spreads in Florida Design, Aventura Magazine, and many other South Florida periodicals.
In this small studio on Miami Beach the space was maximized by Architect Miguel Fernandez of 1d+d Studio Gallery. This project called for a few key vignettes shots which really brought this portfolio together. The uniqueness of this small project got a lot of big exposure on Houzz.com’s idea books. The detail shot with the quilted art was featured on Houzz for an article on patchwork as art, and the detail of the bed was also featured on Houzz for an idea book article on framing textiles on art. Both of these image were also featured on another Houzz article for a piece on 11 ways to remake a room with fabric.
This amazing Ft Lauderdale residences is accented by complex stone work and eclectic design elements by Equilibrium Interior Design. On the interior photography aspect hot lights were used to bring out the many architectural details and textures that this project had to offer.
Miguel Fernandez Architect of 1 d+d Studio Gallery completely renovated the interior of this Venetian Penthouse with an Asian theme and many built in architectural elements. The unique lucite glass display towers were featured on Houzz.com The amazing panoramic view of the Miami skyline is the perfect accent to the living room sunset shot.
For this project I was commissioned to shoot classic product shots on a white seamless backdrop of some new custom wine racks by Glass and Glass in Miami for there latest advertising campaign. I was excited to provide the final shots of this wine rack in Black and White which certainly give this piece a retro look. Photographing glass can be quite a challenge and often the best way to handle it is to light behind the glass to give a silhouetted look to piece itself. The effect of lighting the negative space in turn lights the object in this situation.
This log features a few key players in Miami’s booming business scene. These portraits were once again commissioned by Haute Living Magazine for a recent editorial. We chose to have these pictures done as Environmental Portraits and in my opinion it is always best to capture people in their true settings. From top to bottom we have Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge Steak House which has recently has been completely renovated. The next portraits are Celeste and Chef Todd Miller from STK Steak House at the Gansevoort which is now known as the Perry South Beach. We approached shoot this with more of a lifestyle setting shot on location at STK before it even opened. The last one is a portrait of Lydia Martinez of Market America which was at their Miami Beach Mansion.
Haimov Jewelry is a high-end commercial jeweler/watch maker in Downtown Miami these are some examples of a product photography shoot we did for them in conjunction with Haute Living Magazine for an advertising campaign with the Magazine. Working as a product photographer shooting jewelry and watches is not as easy as it may seem, dealing with the proper lighting and reflections are a challenge especially when diamonds are involved. Always remember to keep the hands of the watches at the 10 and 2 positions.
Barolo is a quaint little Italian Restaurant on the often bustling Ocean Drive with some great seafood and hand made pasta. I was able to capture a lifestyle photography shot of the Chef putting together some hand made mozzarella as a nice touch to this shoot. The restaurant itself was quite dark so it took all the tricks of an interior photographer to bring some creative lighting to this place as you can see above with the accents of my hot lights to bring this restaurant to life. When getting involved with food photography it is always best in my opinion to try and work with natural light whenever possible which we were luckily able to accomplish on this project.
Another interesting assignment for Haute Living Magazine! As a professional photographer you never know what the next project will bring, it is not every day that I get the opportunity to work with a subject such as this and we certainly made the best of it! I not only had the opportunity to photograph the Ferrari California, but we drove it all over Miami for the day picking some very iconic locations to shoot around the city. The first stop was Miami’s Wynwood Art District to shoot the car against a backdrop of the notorious Wynwood Walls where the contrast of graffiti really made the Ferrari pop. We then took the a trip over to Fairchild Tropical Gardens and did something you could only do if you have a Ferrari, we drove right into the grounds of the park and took a few shots of the car in the lush tropical gardens until we got kicked out by the grounds keeper (who was laughing at the our bold attempt to break into the park.) From there we took a trip into Coral Gables and got a few pictures in front of the Biltmore. Our plan the whole time was to finish this project at sunset under the 395 causeway with it’s glowing deco style bridge as a backdrop.
Craig is a professional photographer in Miami specializing in Architectural & Interior photography and is hired on a freelanced basis for advertising purposes. The posts from this blog will feature samples and descriptions of his favorite commercial projects.