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Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

The Natural Birthing Center at Beaumont Hospital looks more like a high-end hotel than a hospital. Located 15 miles north of Detroit in Royal Oak, Michigan the center was built to accommodate a growing trend in natural childbirth.

Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects hired me to photograph the new birthing center. Because their interior designers put as much thought into the lighting as they do the materials and design of the space, I chose to use available light with only minimal flash in a few small areas that would otherwise loose detail. This avoided over-lighting that would destroy the feel that the interior designer created. By shooting in layers and combining in post I was able to control the mixed colors of fluorescent, LED, daylight and flash.

It’s great to work with talented designers and this interior design photography project was a pleasure to work on.
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Delivery room at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

Delivery room at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

 

Bath tub in the delivery room at the Natural Birthing Center

Bath tub in the delivery room at the Natural Birthing Center

Waiting room at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

Waiting room at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

Hallway at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

Hallway at the Beaumont Hospital Natural Birthing Center

 

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Interior Photography of Haworth reception area

Interior photography of Haworth reception area

Two interior photographs of the of the reception area at One Haworth Center in Holland, Michigan. Both of these photographs were shot on the same evening during a three-day interior and exterior photography shoot. The 2 photographs were taken about an hour apart during a period when I was exploring the reception area for interesting images. This was a great project for an interior photographer! It is a beautiful and interesting building and I was given full, unrestricted 24-hour access to the space during the three days that I was shooting there.

Because Haworth is know for the quality and design of their office furniture, it was only natural that the design of their new facility reflect that same sense of high quality and cutting edge design. Turner Construction and Perkins+Will Architects worked together to produce and incredible workspace that is as beautiful as it is functional. Photography by architectural photographer Curt Clayton. ClaytonStudio.com

Interior photography of Haworth reception  desk at One Haworth Center in Holland, Michigan. Photographed by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

 Interior photography of Haworth reception area at One Haworth Center in Holland, Michigan. Photographed by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

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Interior design photography in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Interior design photography in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Interior designer Anne Rue (HGTV) hired me to photograph a home that she designed for a family in Bloomfield Hill, Michigan. When we first discussed the project over the phone, Anne described this bedroom as “a fun, colorful space for a little girl”. I’d say that was a bit of an understatement! It would be difficult to find a more colorful, fun and yet sophisticated bedroom for a little girl.

The interior design photography of this room consisted of two detail photographs and the main photograph shown here. The green walls and vibrant colors of the room made color balance a bit tricky, and the tungsten light from the ceiling lamp and daylight from the window only added to the mix. I used a 1/2 CTO on a flash head bounced into a large soft silver umbrella to camera right for fill. This brought my fill light to about 3800k, which worked pretty well with the existing mix of daylight and tungsten.

 

Interior design photography in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Little girl’s bedroom by Interior designer Anne Rue.

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Architectural & interior photography at Southfield Town Center in Southfield, Michigan

In early May I was contacted by Deutsche Bank in New York about providing architectural photography of the Town Center complex in Southfield, Michigan. This is a landmark complex in the Metro Detroit area and with it’s reflective gold glass and distinctively shaped office towers, it’s impossible to miss the Town Center complex as you head north on the Lodge Freeway from Detroit. Located 10 miles north of Detroit, the upper floors of the office towers afford a good view of the Renaissance Center to the south and the surrounding Detroit suburbs. The complex consists of 5 office towers totaling 2.2 million square feet.

Being involved in the purchase of the Town Center complex by 601 West Cos. from Blackstone Group, Deutsche Bank wanted good quality architectural and interior photography but they did not have the luxury of waiting for ideal weather. Deutsche Bank told me that they need 3 -5 exterior photographs and 1 or 2 good interior photographs of the large atrium.

One shoot day the sky was cloudier than I would have liked, but do to my client’s schedule I had to shoot. As Deutsche Bank was not looking for sunrise or sunset photographs of the exterior, I began shooting shortly before 9:00am. I photographed the exterior from various locations throughout the day and then moved inside to photograph the atrium when the late afternoon sunlit was steaming in through the large glass wall. The final photographs of the day were a couple of exterior photographs taken from a Lodge Freeway overpass north of Southfield Town Center.

Then next day I posted 25 proofs online for my client to review and by 5:00pm had delivered high-resolution digital files of the six photographs that they selected

The results of the day were some nice photographs of the complex and a very happy client. Also encouraging was word that the new owners, 601 West Cos. are planning on spending between $40 and $50 million on upgrades to the complex.

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Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Interior photography often has many more complications than just composition and lighting. One of the biggest issues facing a photographer of a commercial interior space is the use of the space. Who will be occupying the space and will they be receptive to a photographer and assistant setting up cameras and lights while people are trying to work?

In the case of the Toronto offices of Zurich Insurance Canada, they had several floors of a major downtown building redone for their new Canadian head office. With the expense of the build out and the associated costs of moving all of their people and equipment, they wanted to get back to work ASAP!

In this case we were very fortunate. Turner Construction, the General Contractor on the project, had a very good relationship with the people at Zurich and we were allowed to come in late in the afternoon (after business hours) and photograph their interior space. I would have liked to schedule the photography to take advantage of the spectacular views afforded by this building in Toronto’s financial district, but an architectural photographers responsibility is to make the best of whatever situation presents itself. I always keep in mind that we are in the space at the sole discretion of the people working there.

Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Reception lobby at Zurich Insurance Canada

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