One of our clients has recently completed the refurbishment of a beautiful old country house in the heart of Yorkshire. They are more commonly found working on commercial buildings than residential ones and were keen for some good photographs to show off their skills
Normal work was on hold this morning as I headed down to York Minster to try and capture the eclipse.
The weather was better than forecast although there was an ominously thick band of clouds threatening to completely obscure any opportunity at any moment. Fortunately the sun gods were on my side.
These were taken with a 70-200 and 1.4 extender with a Lee Big stopper and the lone sun shot also with a B+W 10 stop ND.
A lovely winter scene, just North of York, that had me pulling over to get a shot.
Last week saw a visit to a beautiful little Hamlet just outside York. I’d seen some before photography of the cottage so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I think it’s important to go to a property without too many pre-conceived ideas. The very nature of a home means that it is individual to the owner. Shooting a formally presented house requires a completely different approach from that of an eclectic one. It’s back to the point I keep making about portraying the personality of a space.
Well this lovely cottage was just bursting with character. And I use the word in the property sense of beams, sash windows and fireplaces but also in the more human sense of light hearted and confident. A confident house? So what’s one of those? Well, the answer isn’t straightforward, as you might expect. It’s the kind of place that absorbs what is it in and makes it feel at home. Be that furniture, a newspaper or a five year old child. It’s the kind of property where what is in it is no more or less important than the walls containing it. The kind of place that you feel you instantly feel you could chuck a log on the fire and curl up with the newspaper.
As an architectural photographer with York as our playground we are spoilt for choice when it comes to old buildings. Victorian, Georgian, Roman, there are structures from the past ten centuries to photograph. There will be plenty of York’s old buildings for you to look at over the next few months but here I’m going to share with you some of York’s more recent architectural heritage.
These photographs have all been taken at The University of York. Only established in 1963 York University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK and indeed around the world. A recent expansion into the Heslington East Campus has seen a range of newly designed buildings springing up offering a stark architectural contrast to the 60’s and 70’s buildings on the Heslington West campus.
We photographed two of the newer buildings, the York Sports Village building and the Ron Cooke hub, the central building to the Heslington East expansion. Architecturally they contrast and complement each other in equal measures. The Ron Cooke Hub, completed in 2010 at a cost of £15m shares a similar sweeping roofline to that of the York Sport Village building. The water at the Sports Village is all inside whereas the boardwalk and floating study pods connect the Ron Cooke Hub with its waterfront location.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has recently been involved in building a large number of new houses on the outskirts of York. I often drive by them and admire their form as I do. For these aren’t your standard ‘noddy house’. They have been built to custom designs, all are heated by a community heating system (a large biomass boiler based in the scheme’s community centre) and many have winter gardens, allowing them to grow plants and vegetables all year round, directly off their living accommodation.
Walking around the finished part of the development it’s easy to see that these homes make an interesting place to live. Full height windows, high ceilings, wide sweeping tree lined roads all give
Property age tends to have the biggest effect on the look and feel of a property. There will, of course, always be exceptions with contemporary conversions of old building and new build ‘mock’ architecture switching things around and throwing off your preconceptions made on age alone. This beautiful York terrace had period charm abounds. Detailed architraves, cornices, dressers, balustrades, fireplaces, the list went on and on. It can sometimes be difficult to carry a properties charm across in photographs and this is where using a good professional photographer pays dividends. Every house has to be approached on its own. While there are ‘rules’ that can be applied to
Hotels encompass almost the complete package when it comes to property photography. Bedrooms, bathrooms, lobbies, restaurants, bars and exteriors all need to captured. All this usually on top of working around guests and staff. It’s important to portray the personality of the hotel at the same time as creating photographs that jump out at prospective guests when they are trudging through the hundreds of images of various hotels when looking for a place to stay. As York Hotel Photographers we are experienced in bringing out the best your hotel has to offer. We know the bits to focus on that will come across best to potential guests and the experience to ensure they are captured beautifully in your photographs.
On this shoot we were photographing for the builder that had completed the works who were looking to demonstrate