Friday, April 6, 2018

Commercial Property Photography for Advertising

Most of us work outside the home in an office or business in leased space.  When we go shopping or dining out these properties are usually leased spaces too. 
The professional architectural photographer's job is depict properties in their best light to entice new patrons, tenants or buyers to visit and experience the space. 
Here is a selection of my commercial architectural photography projects showing a small shopping center, a medium-sized office park building and a large class A office building.

Heron Place Shopping Center, High Point, NC
Heron Place Shopping Center, High Point, NC.  Owner: Penn Properties, Greensboro, NC.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Rivers Business Commons, Columbia, MD
Rivers Business Commons, Columbia, MD.  Owner: Cushman & Wakefield, Baltimore, MD.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Boulders Business Park, N. Chesterfield, VA
Boulders Business Park, N. Chesterfield, VA.  Owner: Dominion Realty Partners, Richmond, VA.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a VA, MD, DC architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning residential and commercial architectural photography and contact information.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Architectural Details Tell the Story

Wondering how best to advertise a space you have designed or are marketing in the DC metro area? Try adding a detail or vignette image to your presentation. It will reveal more about the character and function of a space than will a bunch of sweeping wide angle views.  Vignettes entice a potential buyer to experience life inside your space.  Here are a few vignettes I've shot for clients:

Private Residence, Ellicott City, MD
Private residence dining room.  Interior design by Rhonald Angelo Interiors, Washington, DC.
  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Northview Fire/EMS Station 816, Bowie, MD
Northview Fire/EMS Station 816 PPE Locker.  Architect: Ronald D. Lipford, AIA, Arel Architects, Inc., Temple Hills, MD.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Breakers on The Ocean Hotel, Spring Lake, NJ
Breakers on the Ocean Hotel.  The Seashell dining room with its iconic seashell chairs and famous view of the Atlantic Ocean.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith.
Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com for contact information and to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography for commercial and residential clients throughout the DC metro area and beyond.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Property Views from On High around DC

Photographing aerial views of properties in and near Washington, DC is strictly prohibited by aircraft and even drones because of the proximity to the White House.  This leaves photographers with few options for getting an "aerial" view.  One of the most common workarounds is to photograph from the upper level or even the rooftop of a nearby building.  This involves diplomacy, negotiation, manners, patience and much prior planning to secure permission from the other property's owners/management company.

Constitution Square, Washington, DC
Constitution Square.  Architect: SK&I Architecture & Design, Washington, DC.
Landscape Architect: Parker Rodriguez, Inc., Alexandria, VA.  Managed by: The Bozzuto Group.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Monroe Street Market, Washington, DC
Monroe Street Market.  This view was taken while I was tethered to the balcony of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception's campanile.  Project executive architect: KTGY Architecture + Planning, Irvine, CA.  Conceptual design and master planning: Maurice Walters Architect, Washington, DC and Torti Gallas & Partners, Silver Spring, MD.  Developed by: Bozzuto Development, Abdo Developement, LLC and Pritzker Realty.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

The Cosmopolitan at Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
The Cosmopolitan.  Architect: Lessard Design, Vienna, VA.  Photo:©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a professional VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography for builders, developers, architects, hotels and interior designers.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Fire Pit, A Very Popular Amenity in Multifamily and Single Family Housing

One of the most popular amenities in multifamily and single family housing is the fire pit.  What could be more relaxing than sitting by the fire and sharing a moment with family and friends?

Moorefield Green-The Manors, Ashburn, VA
Moorefield Green-The Manors, Bethesda model town home rooftop terrace fire pit.
Developed and managed by Toll Brothers.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith
Palette at Arts District, Hyattsville, MD.
Palette at Arts District apartments poolside fire pit..  Architect: Housing Studio, Charlotte, NC.
Managed by The Bozzuto Group.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

The Kingsley, Alexandria, VA.
The Kingsley apartments rooftop fire pits.  Architect: Rust-Orling Architecture, Alexandria, VA.
Managed by The Bozzuto Group.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Hidden Creek, Gaithersburg, MD.
Hidden Creek apartments poolside fire pit.  Architect: Housing Studio, Charlotte, NC.
Managed by Jefferson Apartment Group.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see recent examples of his award-winning architectural photography and contact information.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

DC Area Swimming Pools with Style

With spring in the air and summer soon to follow, a refreshing dip in a sparkling pool will be just the thing.  Here are four inviting multifamily and single family housing pools I have photographed in the Washington, DC metro area.

Parc Riverside, Washington, DC
Parc Riverside pool at dusk.  Architect: WDG Architecture.  Landscape Architect: LSG Landscape Architecture.
Photo:©Todd A. Smith

Dr. Craik House, Alexandria, VA
Dr. Craik House.  Dr. Craik was George Washington's personal physician. Main house ca.1783.  Pool and new addition 2008.
Architect: Robert Bentley Adams Architects.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

The Beacon at Waugh Chapel, Gambrills, MD.
The Beacon at Waugh Chapel.  Architect: Martin Architectural Group.  Managed by: PRP Real Estate Management, LLC.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Senate Square, Washington, DC
Senate Square.  Architect: Esocoff &Associates.  Landscape Architect: Clinton & Associates.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith
Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography and contact information.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Favorite Kitchen Designs I've Photographed

The kitchen is truly the heart of any home.  It is my favorite interior space to photograph.  Here is a selection of notable kitchens I've photographed over the years.

Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, DC
Woodrow Wilson House Museum, Washington, DC.  Architect: Waddy Butler Wood, ca. 1915.
A Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  ©Todd A. Smith

Oak Creek, Upper Marlboro, MD
Toll Brothers at Oak Creek.  The Harding Williamsburg Model Single Family Home.  Developed by Toll Brothers.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Avonlea Reserve, Chantilly, VA
Avonlea Reserve.  Bradbury Georgetown Model Townhome.  Developed by Toll Brothers.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Berea Station No. 12, Fredericksburg, VA
Company No. 12 Berea Fire & Rescue.  Kitchen-day room where first responders rest and re-nourish between calls.
Architect: Teng & Associates (now EXP), Chicago, IL.  ©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer of residential and commercial properties and is based in Alexandria, VA.  Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see recent examples of his award-winning interior and exterior photography.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Unique Architectural Designed Fitness Center Spaces

With spring just a few weeks away and bathing suit season soon to follow I thought fitness centers would provide an interesting theme for my blog this week.  Below are my favorite three fitness centers and dance center because of their unique architectural design.

Edgewood Arts Center, Washington, DC:
Edgewood Arts Center offers dance classes.  Architect: Maurice Walters, AIA Washington, DC.
Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden.  Developed by: Bozzuto Development and Abdo Development, LLC.
Photo ©Todd A. Smith

Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums, Washington, DC:
Yale Steam Laundry Fitness Center.  Architect: John Ronan Architects, Chicago, IL.  Developer: IBG Partners.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith.
The Arbors at Arundel Apartments, Hanover, MD:
The Arbors at Arundel Fitness Center.  Architect: Niles Bolton Associates, Atlanta, GA/Washington, DC.
Developed by: The Bozzuto Group and Somerset Construction.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith.

Cameron Court Apartments, Alexandria, VA:
Cameron Court Fitness Center.  Interior Design: SR/A Interior Architecture & Design, Chevy Chase, MD.
Managed by: The Bozzuto Group.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a professional VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography and contact information.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Multifamily Living Lobbies

A well designed lobby in multifamily living says, "Welcome home."  In today's hectic workplace isn't it nice to come home to a welcoming refuge? When on the job photographing multifamily lobbies I have repeatedly witnessed residents smiling as they entered.
Here are four multifamily living lobbies that are among my favorites to have professionally photographed in the Washington DC metro area.

Flats 130 at Constitution Square, Washington, DC:
Flats 130 at Constitution Square lobby with it's stunning copper wall.  Architect: SK&I Architecture.  Managed by Bozzuto.  Winner 2013 Best in American Living Silver Award for High Rise Rental Development-NAHB.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith.

Flats 170 at Academy Yards, Odenton, MD:
Flats 170 at Academy Yards.  Architect: Niles Bolton & Associates.  Managed by Bozzuto.  Photo: © Todd A. Smith

Terrapin Row Student Housing, Collage Park, MD:
Terrapin Row Student Housing Building "A" lobby.  Architect: WDG Architecture.  Interiors: Forrest Perkins.  Managed by Toll Brothers Campus Living.  Winner 2017 MFE Awards, Student, Merit.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Parc Riverside, Washington, DC:
Parc Riverside Mail Room.  Technically not a lobby but located so near the reception desk and so unique I had to include it.  Also serves as a library-conference room.  Architect: WDG Architecture.  Managed by Toll Brothers City Living.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith.

Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA.  Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography and contact information.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

U.S. Capitol Views from Washington, DC Multifamily Living Spaces

One great thing about living and working in Washington, DC are the views whether national monuments, the Potomac River, parks, skylines or historic buildings.  My work as an architectural photographer has given me the privilege of photographing many great commercial and residential locations with wonderful views.  Whenever I find a view I work very hard to incorporate it into my professional photography.  Here are several examples of views of the U.S. Capitol from multifamily living spaces in Washington, DC.

Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums:
Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums.  Architect: BBG-BBGM.  Developed by IBG Partners.  Photo by ©Todd A. Smith.
  Newseum Residences:
  Newseum Residences.  Architect: Polshek Partners.  Managed by Bozzuto.  Photo by: © Todd A. Smith

Senate Square:
Senate Square Apartments.  Architect: Esocoff & Associates.  Managed by Bozzuto. Photo by © Todd A. Smith
909 Capitol Yards:
909 Capitol Yards.  Architect: WDG.  Developer: JPI.  Managed by Bozzuto.  Photo by ©Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith is a VA, DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY, DC architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA  Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Day and Night Property Photography Comparison

Thought I'd share examples of several professional projects I shot in both daylight and night light.  While the daytime view reveals construction, colors and features in clear detail, there is a charm about night and dusk shots that gets much attention. Whenever possible I give my clients one version of each so they can choose the best fit for their residential and commercial property marketing, portfolio or awards submission needs. 
Below are four examples of day and night views of the same subject plus one image that combines both day and night.  All photography © Todd A. Smith Photography

Avonlea Reserve luxury townhomes by Toll Brothers in Chantilly, VA.
Avonlea Reserve day view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Avonlea  Reserve night view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Yale West Apartments, Washington, DC, rooftop pool day view.  Architect: BBGM.
Yale West Apartments rooftop pool day view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Yale West Apartments rooftop pool night view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.

Takoma Park House, Takoma Park, MD.  Architect: Robert Nichols, Assoc. AIA.
Takoma Park House day view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Winner 2017 A'Design Award & Competition: Silver Architecture, Building & Structure Design.
Takoma Park House night view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Winner 2017 A'Design Award & Competition: Silver Architecture, Building & Structure Design.

Monroe Street Market, Cornerstone, Washington, DC.  Architect: KTGY.
Monroe Street Market Cornerstone day view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Winner 2016 ULI Washington Trends Awards: Excellence in Mixed-Use Development.
Monroe Street Market Cornerstone night view.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photographer.
Winner 2016 ULI Washington Trends Awards: Excellence in Mixed-Use Development.

Below is my example of day and night photography combined into one image.  This requires advanced planning to select the view and camera position.  Much time is needed to complete the shot since the camera must stay in the exact position all day and into night.

Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination.
Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination.  Photo ©Todd A. Smith Architectural Photography.

Todd A. Smith is a VA, DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY architectural photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Please visit www.tasphoto.com to see examples of his award-winning architectural photography.