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
This week Design Imaging Studios proudly presents the work and words of the lovely Leona Piro, of Act Two Home Staging and Leona Piro Interiors, located in Mendon, New York. We've photographed half a dozen of her homes over the past year and are fortunate to have several more shoots coming up in 2014.
In this video, Leona explains the importance of staging when it comes to selling a space, and what exactly that entails. Likewise, Leona understands the importance of quality photography when it comes to selling her own services. With most businesses in today's market, whether it's selling a house, or selling design services, image is everything. It's very easy to simply click on the next Google link to view a company with higher quality photos.
View our portfolio to see what other kinds of spaces we've spent time capturing, and contact us to chat about how we can help give your own portfolio a boost.
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by Christian Scully
I imagine there are quite a few worn-out snow shovels after this winter we've had, not to mention snow shovelers! But there are buds on the the trees, just waiting for this snow to melt and the temperature to rise just enough. Soon the world will be green again! In honor of the next season to bloom, and to give a glimpse of hope to some unhappy Northerners, I'd thought I'd share a few summer snapshots from last year. Enjoy, and say goodbye to old man winter! I, for one, am looking forward to creating summertime cityscapes, sunset exteriors... and the beach!
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by Christian Scully
That old phrase, "the children are our future," became more than an idea this past year when The Harley School in Rochester, New York opened the doors of its newest building, The Commons. This "living building" sets a new bar for sustainability in education, seeking to reach a net-zero balance of its resources. Not only was the structure designed to have a low environmental impact, but the responsibility of its operation is being placed directly in the hands of its own inhabitants: the students.
Young learners will measure, track and test the energy systems throughout The Commons, and collaborate in achieving minimum consumption and waste of precious resources. Constructed mainly from a recycled 100 year old dairy barn, building systems include a solar chimney, a green wall, rainwater collection, a geothermal system, solar panels, systems for carbon sequestering and a solar hot water heating system. By working first hand with these technologies and evaluating the causes of energy creation and consumption, the students will gain a greater appreciation for environmental awareness and hopefully take these experiences with them long after graduation.
We had the great honor of documenting the finished construction of the The Commons for the architect, 9x30 Design, Architecture, the lead designer, Tom Johnson, Nichols Construction Team and The Harley School communications department. With collaborative creative direction, Design Imaging Studios Associate Photographer, Rich Paprocki, skillfully took to the camera for this unique project, translating the beautiful design into a series of clean and cohesive photographs. After completing artistic and detailed post-production, we are very excited to reveal the resulting images.
The Commons is another innovative building constructed during period of exciting progress in Rochester. According to this article from Architectural Record, there are $755 million of projects underway in downtown Rochester alone. We at Design Imaging Studios are excited to have the opportunity to document some of the foundations in the uplifting revival of a great New York city.
To view more of the images from this shoot and other projects we have photographed, visit our updated portfolio. And wherever you may roam in the world of social media follow us on ï»¿Facebookï»¿, LinkedIn and Tumblr to stay tuned to current projects, industry news and helpful insight into the value of professional architectural and interior photography.
Thank you to 9x30 Design, The Harley School, Tom Johnson, and Nichols Construction Team for the fantastic opportunity.
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by Christian Scully
I must admit, I do love when wood is both featured and left in its natural finish. If I can then have strong angles, ample natural light and and two-story stone fireplace? Yes, please. Count me in.
When Leona Piro of Act Two Home Staging and Leona Piro Interiors approached me to photograph a home staging job she had completed at a large modern home in Rochester, NY, I was all ears. The family that owned the home was preparing to sell, and had contracted Leona to make the space appear comfortable, while not overshadowing the architectural details. A few iPhone snapshots later to give me a sense of the space, we were booking a date for the shoot.
So if she did not design the space itself, why would she want professional photographs? What use is professional photography to a home staging business?
Well this is a perfect example of successful entrepreneur who understands the importance of brand image. Leona sells and provides a high level of quality whether she is designing or staging, and thus understands the best way to prove that is by displaying the highest quality herself. The better her images look, the better her website looks, the better her print ads and marketing materials look, the higher quality projects she will earn as a result. It is a great bonus that she is such a pleasure to work with.
It doesn't matter if it is architecture, interior design, home staging, construction, real estate or really anything under the sun. If you are putting your time and effort into any project, don't miss an opportunity to create beautiful photographs that display your hard work. You are likely to attract more business if people see your work in the best light. Sure, its an investment; we'd love to show you the value in that investment.
You can view before and afters of the staging project and more of the images HERE.
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