Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Please take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to reflect on the sacrifices our service members have made for our nation.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guarded 24 hours a day every day of the year.  Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington, VA.  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.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Combining Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Enjoying the outdoors from indoors is the best of both worlds when grilling, relaxing or spending time with friends and family.  Sliding and folding glass wall systems using the latest technology allow indoor lounges and other interior spaces to instantly open up.  Transforming a room into an outdoor space without the barriers of doors or walls is very popular.  Here are two beautiful designs in the Washington, DC area I've photographed for multifamily housing clients:

Parc Riverside Apartments lounge opened to courtyard
Parc Riverside Apartments, Washington, DC Lounge and Courtyard.  Owner/Property Manager: Toll Brothers Apartment Living.  Architect: WDG Architects.  Interior Design: ForrestPerkins.  Landscape: LSG Landscape Architecture.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Avery Row Apartments lounge opened to courtyard
Avery Row Luxury Apartments, Arlington, VA.  Developed by Insight Property Group, Buvermo Investment, Inc. Owner/Property Manager: The Bozzuto Group.  Architects: Lessard Design, Preston Partnership.  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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Use Neighborhood Photography to Attract Residents

Neighborhood attractions draw new residents and boost property sales.  DC builders and developers often commission me for neighborhood photography to show what awaits new and potential residents.

Southwest DC's nearby entertainment, theatre, waterfront and sporting events have made it one of the hottest new neighborhoods in the city.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Great coffee and breakfast shops are always welcomed by Washingtonians.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith


Baltimore and DC supermarkets that offer a variety of healthy dining options are highly sought.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith


Nearby places for shopping, relaxing and dining are always a hit in the Washington DC area.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Green spaces, parks and water views add charm to residential locations in DC and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.  Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Convenient Metro stations play an important role in selecting where to live in the Washington, DC area.
Photo: ©Todd A. Smith

Bike sharing has become a popular activity in the Washington DC area especially with Millennials.
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, May 3, 2018

Warm Weather Has Arrived in Washington, DC

After a long, cold, early spring, warm weather has arrived here in the Washington, DC area!

Springtime at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC.  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 architectural video contact information.

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.