by Christian Scully
Triax Technologies had a problem. Their young, growing company was attempting to build brand recognition around their wearable device for the construction industry, but was figuring out how to effectively communicate the authenticity of their product and the people it protects. They were building up their website, designing marketing materials, managing social media accounts and seeing PR publication, but were having a difficult time finding stock images that felt real. Everything just seemed to be staged, dated or already done. Stock images lacked a personal connection. The marketing team was ready for something more. They reached out looking for help building an authentic image library for use throughout their marketing mix.
After discussing the initial details - timeline, location, usage and licensing, image count, etc. - I learned more about the style of images Triax wanted to feature in their marketing, and specifically about where and how they would be used. They were attracted to Design Imaging Studios because of our architectural portfolio, experience shooting industrial landscapes and ability to represent building products, but they were also in need of authentic portraits. They wanted to feature the hard working people on the job sites that the Triax product would help protect. To help buyers connect with the people, not just a small tech device. This was a great idea.
In the building product market, most of the focus is on the product itself and the buildings that need them. The, product - of course - is what they are selling, and what the buyer needs. To take the marketing a step further though, a buyer could see the product, the building in which the product is used, and then also connect with the real people that are benefited from the product. These three areas are so important to a well rounded marketing plan. But does Design Imaging Studios photograph people? I thought you just shoot architecture? Yes and yes.
We are experts in photography for the AEC industry. We know what images work and what don't. We know what images sell and what don't. We know how to listen to your problems, and organize and manage a solution that exceeds expectations and helps you reach your goals.
So what did you do?
I worked with Triax to envision the images that could best solve their problem. After developing a budget and negotiating the details, we organized and planned a photo shoot that would create a well rounded set of images hitting all the important areas: product, project and people. To manage a great project, you need to work with the best people. And for this project, I knew exactly who I wanted to work with, somebody not afraid to get their boots dirty. Michael Cevoli, a fellow Rhode Island photographer, documents the real American working class like nobody around. His portraits bring the viewer so close to the lives, struggles, joys and beauty of the subject you can feel them. I was thrilled to have Mike join our team and the result was a great success.
On a partly sunny day at an active construction site in New York City, we set out to capture the workers, the project under construction and the Triax Spot-R device being used to keep an eye out for the workers. The resulting images tell a real story. Whether the marketing team needs an image for Facebook, the website, an exhibit banner or an ad, their new image library holds the content they need to connect to their buyers and build a trustworthy brand. By planning and developing a photo shoot to cover a wide variety of image needs, Triax maximized their marketing dollars and created enough content to propel them into the next phase of their growing business.
by Christian Scully
We are super excited to announce that the Harley School Commons project that we photographed in 2014 has been awarded a 2015 Design Award for its innovative and sustainable design by Metal Architecture Magazine. Congratulations go to Chris and Amanda at 9x30, the Nichols Construction Team, designer Tom Johnson, and of course the great educators at The Harley School. Check out the article and view the other winning projects in the July '15 issue of Metal Architecture here: http://www.digital.metalarchitecture.com
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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