Student Study Lounge, U.S.C.
This is the study lounge designed by my client to serve specifically for group study and collaboration, something that was built into the program and requested by the client's client - the School for Communication and Journalism at U.S.C. in Los Angeles. The idea was to construct a situation that came as close as possible to the real thing. So I had to gather students who actually had work that would translate onto the white boards, and let them go to work while my assistants gathered photo releases and help me set up the shot. By the time I was ready, they were actually talking and working as though I had walked in and found them ready to shoot. It was an interesting and satisfying process.
Large Open Classroom merging with Social Spaces at U.S.C.
The client for this shoot designed the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism to blend work space, social space, and learning spaces into a single open concept that encouraged communication and collaboration between its students. This particular image has a sliding panels at the back of the classroom to join the lecture room with the space outside. Lane Barden organized all shots to feature this concept of the building by selecting students who wanted to be in the images willing to sign releases giving permission for publication. Most unpaid talent for photo-shoots like this had no idea they would be posing for a photograph when they got to campus that morning. This situation demands confident, relaxed direction from the photographer and assistants, keeping the mood energetic and real. It was a pleasure for the entire week of the shoot.
Opposing Adjoining Learning Spaces, Annenberg School for Communication, U.S.C.
The client for this shoot designed this building to blend work space, social space, and learning spaces into a single open concept that encouraged communication and collaboration between its students. In this image, two classrooms are joined by utilizing the hallway between the rooms. Lane Barden organized all shots to feature this concept of the building and its design by selecting students who wanted to be in the images, and were willing to sign releases giving permission for publication. Working with amateurs and newbies requires confident, relaxed direction from the photographer and assistants, keeping the mood energetic, entertaining and real. Students were given Starbucks cards for their effort. It was a pleasure to work on all the possible solutions to this concept for the entire week of the shoot.
News Room, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, U.S.C.
The News Room at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at U.S.C. is the most advanced learning facility in the United States, and exceeds in its size and technical capacity many news agencies and networks. This image shows the plan of the room and its organization around the news screens that provide a 24 hour news feed from networks across the U.S.
Podcast Recording Studio, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, U.S.C.
This is the podcast production room at the U.S.C. School of Communication and Journalism at U.S.C. Most unpaid talent for photo-shoots like this have no idea they will be posing for a photograph when they arrive in the morning. However, many of the students with concentration in broadcast journalism are naturals in front of the camera, making my job much easier. Overall, these kinds of architectural shots deman confident, relaxed direction from the photographer and assistants. These two students were particularly talented and spontaneous and it was a pleasure working with them.
Single Patient Hospital Room
Architecture of Health Care requires a lot of technical expertise from the architect in order to fulfill the complex requirements of modern health care while designing comfortable rooms with a healthy ambiance. The architect wants the photographs to show a combination of technical equipment and the subtle qualities of a small simple room.
Broadcast Studio, U.S.C.
The News Room at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at U.S.C. is the most advanced learning facility in the United States, and exceeds in its size and technical capacity many news agencies and networks. This image shows the television and video broadcast studio with a view of the news room in the background and the gothic windows beyond that. Students were chosen from the broadcasting classes who were eager for a photo opportunity to show their skills. These students were exceptionally talented and easy to work with.
L.A. River High School Library, Los Angeles
K-12 Library, International College of Beirut
In Lebanon, no one is worried about photo releases or their children's picture ending up on a website. No one seems to care. I was able to shoot freely and candidly there, something that can no longer happen in the U.S. unfortunately. This was the rare occasion I where could shoot children without asking them to pose - something that usually does not work out so well because it is like asking kids to become self conscious. Here, they were just doing what kids do and I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph it.
K-12 exercise and dance gymnasium, International College of Beirut
I was originally nervous about this image, because both times I scouted it the room was empty and there was no place in our schedule to schedule anything with students. I had only one opportunity to shoot there, and I got lucky to arrive when kids were there playing a game. If it weren't for them, I would have had nothing but a gigantic blue vacuum.
Painting and Drawing Studio, Pasadena Community College
Fitness Center Deck
This is the fitness center deck at The Boardwalk multi-family apartments in Huntington Beach, and the people are all employees for the client firm.
Photography of people and architecture
Many architects want to show not just their design, but how the spaces they have designed are inhabited by the people who come to work, socialize, or live in them. It is a different approach to photographing architecture, than shooting empty detailed rooms to feature only the design, choice of materials, light, and the arrangement of furniture, but one does not necessarily exclude the other. Some clients want both. Occasionally there is a budget or an opportunity to use professional talent for these shoots, but most of the time I have to work with whoever is willing to cooperate – sometimes bribed with a free Starbucks card! To pull this off with people who are not professional models, requires special attention to each person, and to the mood and energy in the room - finesse in other words. People who volunteer to appear in photographs usually like to be photographed, so I have to play on that and make sure everyone has a good time in the process. We also make sure everyone signs a release so there will be no doubt about using the pictures on a website, editorial or advertising project.