Real Estate & Exterior Architecture Photography in Indianapolis

I had a great opportunity to work with a local Indianapolis resident to create some images of his beautiful, new home on Eagle Creek Reservoir.  We worked with a local aerial imaging company to make some great aerial images of the property, highlighting its waterfront location.  I also wanted to create a real nice 'hero' shot of the home, by using a multiple strobe technique to highlight various features of the home, that would otherwise fall a little dark or a little flat.  With both the aerial images and the ground-level images I made a number of retouching enhancements in Photoshop:  cleaning up the driveway, doing a little virtual lawn maintenance, removing distractions, dodging and burning a little bit, and I even did a little sky replacement to add to the overall feel.  

Here are a few of the aerial images that we created, and fully retouched.

 Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (1)

Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (1)

 Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (2)

Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (2)

 Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (3)

Aerial Real Estate Photography Indianapolis (3)

Here is the final ground-level image of this beautiful home.

 Exterior Architectural Real Estate Photography on Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN

Exterior Architectural Real Estate Photography on Eagle Creek Reservoir, Indianapolis, IN

CX Photo Store Launch -- Indy Downtown Poster

Today I launch the CX Photo Works Store.  I've had a number of folks interested in my panoramic photo composite of downtown Indianapolis Indiana.  I've been working with a great local printer to have these printed as 12" x 36" posters, suitable for framing.  

 CX Photo Store OPEN for business -- Downtown Indianapolis 12" x 36" poster.

CX Photo Store OPEN for business -- Downtown Indianapolis 12" x 36" poster.

Purchase on-line, right on my website.  These will begin shipping in early December.  If you're looking for suitable frames, I've provided several links to 12" x 36" frames on Amazon for your consideration, right in the store.  

I'm pretty excited about this Store launch!  But, what I'm most excited about is the future opportunities that this may bring.  I'd definitely much rather be out creating more new and exciting images.  I love creating new works.  I'd love to work with some interested businesses, cities, or organizations that might want to put together creative photography projects to represent their brand.  Contact me, if you'd like to--or if you know anyone who would like to--talk to me about such a creative project:  for advertising, web site, marketing, etc.  

8 Things to Consider When Hiring an Architectural Photographer

Do you have a home, office, building, or venue that you want to have professionally photographed?  There are a number of things that you should think about and consider when hiring an architectural photographer.  I hope these few tips will be helpful for you.

 Interior Architectural Photography by Kevin Medlin of CX Photo Works

Interior Architectural Photography by Kevin Medlin of CX Photo Works

  1. The Photographer’s Approach:  Will the photographer meet with you to discuss your goals, what you’re looking to accomplish, and how you plan to use the images?  It’s always best to begin with the end in mind, in order to put together a strategy and plan to meet the needs of the client.  Creating a shot list with the photographer will help ensure that everyone is on the same page, and clarify expectations.
  2. Styling & Tidying:  Who will perform any needed straightening, or cleaning of the space or venue in order to have a more efficient and effective photo shoot?  And, who will provide the styling:  furniture placement, pillows, flower vases, bowls of fruit, and other details?  These small touches will make dramatic differences in the final image.  Some photographers may have stylists that they can pull in on a project (for an additional fee).  Also, the importance of vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning, and removing streaks and smudges can’t be under estimated.  The smallest things can stick out like a sore thumb in a photo, and they’re much easier to move or remove in advance, than in Photoshop.  Make sure the photographer has considered these things, or even included them in the estimate.
  3. Scouting:  Will the photographer scout the home, space, or venue in advance?  Time of day, angles, and existing lighting can all make a big difference.  A photographer that will take the time to understand the conditions will be better prepared to address challenges and approach the project in a way that will show it in its best light.
  4. Quality & Characteristics of Photography:  What is the photographer’s style?  Most photographers have a look or style.  Generally that style has some level of consistency.  Therefore, when choosing a photographer it’s important to consider whether or not their style is in line with the needs and vision that you may have for the project.  
  5. Time:  A home can take a day to photograph—maybe a half day for one or two rooms.  A larger venue may take even longer.  A skilled photographer is not just going to snap a picture, but will work to identify the best angle(s), bring in additional lighting, or even composite multiple images together, adding accent lights to key focal points one at a time.  Such an approach and techniques take time, and will result in much more appealing results.
  6. Cost:  An architectural photographer may charge between $1,000 and $3,000 per day.  A price like that often includes the creative fee (i.e., the fee for the actual photographic work); the cost of any assistant(s); and digital corrections, retouching, and processing fees.  Such post processing may add anywhere from $30 to $90 per image to the total cost of the shoot.  You may consider hiring younger photographers looking to build their portfolios.  They may charge less as they work to grow their client base and build experience.  Additional assistants, styling, equipment rental, or travel may increase the final costs.  
  7. Image Delivery:  Photography for a home may include anywhere from 8 to 20 images.  Image counts for other spaces or venues may vary, therefore it’s important to agree upon a shot list prior to the shoot to make certain that the number and type of images get captured and delivered.  As for delivery, these days images can be easily transmitted via email or via such services as Dropbox or via FTP, making it very simple to download images via the Internet.  When images are needed for use on web sites, having the photographer provide images in various sizes and formats to fit those specific needs should be considered (i.e., smaller file sizes load faster on web pages).     
  8. Ownership:  A photographer typically retains the copyright for the images.  Clients typically purchase usage, or a usage license that outlines such things as length of time, location(s), media, and specific uses.  Usage license fees often vary based on distribution:  magazines that are seen by millions command greater usage fees than those seen by hundreds.  

CX Photo Works’ experience in this area is growing, but we have the skills, discipline, and professionalism to help make your next architectural photo project a success.  Contact us so that we can discuss your goals, and learn more about what you’re trying to accomplish.

Photo Composite of Downtown Indianapolis, IN

I had the idea to create a photo composite of some of the marquee buildings in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Downtown Indianapolis Indiana

In order for the final image to work, I knew that I needed to do two things:  1) capture the images at about the same time of day, and 2) to capture the images from approximately the vantage point.  Therefore, I hustled downtown one morning, and intentionally captured the images from a south-facing vantage point.  I also captured some images of the bricks, sky, canal, and street that I knew I would need to use to pull the various components together.  In hindsight I would have paid a lot more attention to the edges of my components, and to where I would cut them off and make the transition.  That said, I pulled them all into Photoshop and cut out each component, and then warped them a bit to give a more whimsical look, and then added a sun flare to add some drama.  

Travel Photograpy at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

On a trip down to New Orleans we had a chance to visit Oak Alley Plantation (http://www.oakalleyplantation.com).  There were a number of other visitors there enjoying the day and touring the estate.  I only had a minute to capture this image without folks walking up and down the main walkway.  I did significant retouching in Photoshop to remove a number of dead leaves from the walkway and the grass to clean it up and remove the distractions.  I also dodged and burned the trees in order to bring out the texture and add depth to the image.   

Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road) Vacherie, Louisiana.

4th of July Photography in Indianapolis IN

I was just out shooting again, here in Indianapolis, for the 4th of July.  I'd seen other images online of the Indy fireworks from this same vantage point, so I wanted to give it a try.  There were a number of photographers who had picked out the same spot on the bridge by the Indiana State Museum, over the White River Canal.  I've already had a few folks contact me about purchasing prints of this image, so I decided on a 14 day trial on Smugmug (http://cxphotoworks.smugmug.com/).  If you're interested in a print of this, please contact me at kevin@cxphotoworks.com, especially if my Smugmug trial is over--I'd love for you to have a print.  As for post production, I did composite 4 different exposures together to really fill out the fireworks and their reflection, not to mention remove a couple of distractions.  

4th of July Fireworks in Indianapolis Indiana over the White River Canal.  (Image is lightly watermarked w/ my "CX".)

Just Out Shooting -- JW Marriott Indianapolis

I decided to get up early this morning, and do an architectural photography test shoot.  I got up at the crack of dawn, bundled up, and headed downtown to the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Yes, it was cold.  It was a quick shoot, without any advance scouting, but I'm pleased with what I was able to get in such a short time.  I ran three of photos through Photoshop:  doing some retouching, dodging, burning, sharpening, and a few other tweaks to draw interest towards the JW Marriott.  Here are the results.  

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JW Marriott Indianapolis Indiana 1 of 3

 JW Marriott Indianapolis Indiana 2 of 3

JW Marriott Indianapolis Indiana 2 of 3

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