by Christian Scully
Ah, a new year and a new blog post! Welcome, and I hope 2015 is off to a great start for everybody.
Compelled by the number of commercial roofs we have photographed in the past 12 months, somebody recently asked me if I specialized in "roof photography". While I do cherish my time spent on rooftops, and hope to shoot many more, I don't think narrowing our focus down to just roofs would be sustainable!
I'd like to share a project I very much enjoyed that has just wrapped up after a few months of work both planning and shooting.
In October of 2014 The Garland Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, commissioned Design Imaging Studios to document three completed commercial roofing projects throughout the Northeast.
The first project was a building called The Playland Ice Casino, an ice rink located within Playland, a historic amusement park in Rye, New York. Built in 1927, the amusement park sits boldly along the Long Island Sound shores. The majestic rink, was added to the park years later. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, damage to the roof required repair and The Garland Company was sought to provide a new durable metal roof. I found the result to be a perfect fit for the structure. And speaking as a former hockey player myself, the interior of the rink is powerful and beautiful. Standing on the ice, I could feel the history. The woven wooden arches provide a view that tops most rinks that I have skated in (and in 15 years of playing the sport, I have many rinks to compare).
The rink now plays host to many youth and high school hockey programs as well as the Manhattanville College hockey program.
The second location was in Leicester, Massachusetts at Becker College. The Garland Company provided the roof of the new campus center, a beautiful brick building with an adjacent tower and walkway connecting to the old campus center, and well-landscaped grounds. The stars aligned for this shoot, actually the building and sun aligned! The late autumn sunrise warmly lit the building's front.
Winter weather delayed the installation of the third and final roofing project on the list, a smaller section of roof at a New Hampshire high school. Again we were blessed with some great morning light, and access to the roof allowed for some more captivating views of the smaller project.
When the project was finished we received a wonderful review from our lovely client at The Garland Company. We are so lucky to work alongside kind and talented people and companies in this industry, and this project was no exception.
"We connected with Christian via Thumbtack.com and have been more than pleased with his professionalism, flexibility and quality of work. We hired Christian to photograph three buildings where our commercial roofing products were installed. We were continually impressed with images he produced and the considerable time and effort he took to provide us with a variety of angles. I would highly recommend Christian for any architectural photography needs you may have."
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by Christian Scully
Let's take a minute and think about the number of different spaces in which a company is represented today:
That is an intimidating amount of space to fill with appealing and informative content. When social media for businesses really took off, along with the SEO craze, there was a mad rush to fill every inch of company space online with stuff - empty, meaningless, stuff that took up screen space and assaulted viewers. Text with no real purpose other than to be read and indexed by Google. Pictures that were either from a cheap stock library or simply swiped from an image search. But search engines and people alike have matured to the point where both want to see quality content, not just quantity.
So what is quality content? Simple: text that accurately describes services and products, a company's history and experience, and perhaps even offers helpful information to the reader, and media that accurately depicts the work and workers of a company.
Enter the "image library". A company's image library is a collection of images that serves as the supply of photos for any visual need that arises. It can consist of completed exterior and interior project photographs, product images, before and after images, work-in-progress images, on site images of workers in action, employee portraits, images of employees at work in the office or studio, images of a manufacturing facility... basically everything and anything that shows what a company does and who does it.
The benefit to having a wide image library is also simple. It allows a company to fill the above mentioned space with images that accurately depict the company, sell the quality of services or products offered, and provide a glimpse at the people behind the scenes in order to connect with potential customers. An image library is grown over time and keeps a company's marketing materials current, fresh and well-rounded.
Below is a selection of images we created for Homescapes of New England, a wonderful family business based out of Nottingham, New Hampshire, to help build their image library. Notice the variety, allowing them to have options when incorporating images into header images, brochures, ads, etc.
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