I photographed and older style home yesterday which I have not done for a long time as recently I have photographed more new homes for a builder or modern apartments. It made me realise just how homes have changed and how difficult they are to photograph. New homes are very light and airy with large living room windows with no front verandah so there is heaps of daylight streaming in the front rooms and 4 - 8 down lights to spread the supplimentry light evenly. In contrast with this older home the living area was very dark with small windows and a front verandah blocking light and just two chandeliers one for the lounge and one for the dining room. So you have a very bright light in the middle of the ceiling of a dark room and so the ceiling and room get darker gradually towards the edge of the room. Not only was the lounge room dark but so was the master bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and small living area of the kitchen with the pot belly stove. But what I have done with my photography has made the rooms inviting and well lit, when simply in real life they are not. I've made the home look so much better than it really is, the home should look this good but it doesn't. The home owner is selling the home himself and loves the images, but I wonder if buyers walking through will be disappointed? Did I go overboard, should I have shot and edited it to look dark and old fashioned?
Busy Sunday arvo photographing two homes coming up for sale in the new suburb Moncreiff. These are the first houses to be finished in the street. The builder has really stepped up the quality of the bathrooms too. Rode my bike to the shoot which made the afternoon even better.