Ever have one of those projects that come together in a mystical kind of way? The signs are all there. The pieces fall into place just right. And you feel like you’re just meant to be there. That happened to me on this shoot for Bebee Skidmore Architects.
I first my Heidi Bebee and Doug Skidmore back in 2012 when I shot a story for Dwell in Boise, ID. They’re incredibly talented architects and their modern approach to remodeling older homes has become their signature style. And for good reason! They really have a unique vision and it’s very creative and fun.
It Gets Weird
Okay, here’s the woo woo stuff. Heidi and Doug reached out to me to photograph this project earlier this year. It had been shot already by another photographer, but they liked what I shot for them so much in that Dwell story, they wanted my take on shooting this project. (Side note: It doesn’t take much for me to want to go back to Portland. Hint. Hint. Wink. Wink.) So, when they send me the address, I notice the house is on Lincoln St. Of course it is. Then I meet the homeowners, Arrow and Jessica Kruse. My sister’s name is Jessica. Then I meet their kids, Odin and Alder. My son’s name is Odin and it’s not a very common name. Totally crazy set of coincidences! I just knew it was going to be an awesome shoot.
It Gets Better
Heidi and Doug were so excited by the photographs, that they didn’t want share them right away. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? They’re very smart and shopped the project around before posting it all over the web and what not. The New York Times picked up the story and the prolific architectural writer Brian Libby wrote a great article to go with the photos. You can read it here online right now at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/realestate/a-portland-craftsman-cubed.html
Tips for Clients
If you have a special project that has potential for publication, DON’T put it on your website or social media right away. All the major magazines and newspapers love exclusive first rights to architecture and interior design stories. And if the photographs are shot in a well-crafted way (like the way I do), then it’s very likely that the magazine will license the photographs directly from the photographer and you find yourself in a a win-win situation. The magazine gets great images. You get great publicity. Everyone is happy.
Here’s some of favorites from the shoot including a few that didn’t run in the story.
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