Homewood

Small Home with Big Heart - Homewood AL Residential Photography by Tommy Daspit

Twilight Exterior of the front-  I actually came back a week later to get the exterior from the interior. One of our frequent late after noon thunderstorms struck and kept on striking for the several days that followed. Finally last Friday it looked like we would catch a break and I rushed out there. The light was absolutely perfect and I was able to get this just before ANOTHER thunderstorm hit that evening. Weather plays a big part in what I do and sometimes you just have to be ready to move quickly or be flexible.

My daughter did a little behind the scenes video of me loading all of my gear in the back of the car for this shoot. People are always amazed at how much is involved in putting a project together.

My oldest daughter, Aanae, is a great photographer in her own right. She wanted to assist me on this shoot. Little did she know, cleaning is a big part of residential interiors photography! I carry a cleaning kit with specialty cleaners for wood, stainless steel, acrylic, glass, stone, and flooring. It's much better to fix it in real life than to "fix it in Photoshop".

My oldest daughter, Aanae, is a great photographer in her own right. She wanted to assist me on this shoot. Little did she know, cleaning is a big part of residential interiors photography! I carry a cleaning kit with specialty cleaners for wood, stainless steel, acrylic, glass, stone, and flooring. It's much better to fix it in real life than to "fix it in Photoshop".

A lot more goes into the creation of an image than pointing a camera and pressing a button. When it comes to architectural and interiors photography color accuracy is especially critical. Architects, designers, and builders use my images to market their services but also as design consultation tools with clients. It's vitally important that the images accurately reflect the paint and material colors. I use a color reference chart with each scene to use in post production. I have a calibrated monitor, use colored gels on my lights to match ambient light color temperature, and have a calibration profile for each lens and camera combination I own. All of this combined helps me create images with the most accurate color possible. 

The final image is a composite of multiple shots. I use Gobos (the large blackout cloth on the background stand) to control reflections in glass. That way you can actually see the amazing tile in the shower instead a big white square from the window light. 

The final image is a composite of multiple shots. I use Gobos (the large blackout cloth on the background stand) to control reflections in glass. That way you can actually see the amazing tile in the shower instead a big white square from the window light. 

A house doesn’t have to be big to be a great home. This recent project I photographed for Willow Homes, Willow Design Studios, and Triton Stone Group in Homewood, epitomizes that idea. 

Like other projects from Willow, this three bed, two and a half bath house, fits in perfectly with its historic Homewood neighborhood. It blends a timeless style with modern functionality and quality. I especially love the look of the white painted brick with the rough exposed beams on the front porch. On the inside, the kitchen is just phenomenal. The exposed brick wall looks like it was taken from a hundred year old downtown loft. All the materials, combined with open shelves, and well designed layout, make for a kitchen that will always look great!

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Builder - Willow Homes
Interior Design - Willow Design Studios
Tile, Counters, and Plumbing Fixtures - Triton Stone Group

See more of my residential architectural and interiors photography portfolio.

Forest Remodel - Homewood Al Residential Interiors Photography by Tommy Daspit

Twilight Exterior of Susan Gordon's Homewood Alabama home. It won best in Show in the Greater Birmingam Homebuilders Association Remodel competition.

Twilight Exterior of Susan Gordon's Homewood Alabama home. It won best in Show in the Greater Birmingam Homebuilders Association Remodel competition.

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this project for quite some time! I photographed this project (the remodeled home of the famous Susan Gordon of Susan Gordon Pottery) back in February. I had to hold off posting about it until the article about it was published this month in Birmingham Magazine. Although it won Best in Show for the 2018 Greater Birmingham Homebuilders Association remodeling competition and was published in their quarterly magazine, it’s customary to hold off posting about a project when there’s a pending article on it.

There was so much awesomeness in this project that it’s no surprise that it won awards and much acclaim. It was a joint project with Willow Homes, Willow Design Studio (Katherine Bailey Designer), Chickadee Interiors, and of course, the amazingly talented Susan Gordon herself. I especially loved the kitchen.The open space with the living and dining rooms with the kitchen provided some fun challenges but I think we captured the essence of the space well. I especially loved the combination of traditional cabinetry with the open shelves that showcased Susan’s craftwork. I employed nearly every technique in my arsenal to control and enhance the natural light in the space to capture the feeling of being there. I’m very proud of that my images helped Willow Homes and Willow Design capture the Best in Show award for the remodeling competition. Ultimately my job is to help my clients showcase their hard work with the highest possible quality images. That it was award winning and showcased by Alabama Homebuilder and Birmingham Magazine only validates all that went into creating those images.

I’m honored to have been a part of capturing this amazing remodel and proud of my clients, and my team for all of their hard work!

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Birmingham Magazine July 2018

Alabama Homebuilder Magazine Spring 2018

Ridge Rd - Willow Homes - Homewood AL Architectural Photographer by Tommy Daspit

Birmingham AL Architectural Photography

It may seem like I'm becoming a bit of a broken record, but I sure do love photographing projects for Willow Homes and Willow Design Studios. This home, designed by the amazingly talented Katherine Bailey, is no exception. A new build in Homewood, this was one of my favorites to date. As soon as you walk in the front door and look up at the barreled ceiling you can tell this home is different. The kitchen has beautiful tones, rich appointments, and has one of the best layouts I’ve ever seen.

The master bath features a massive and beautiful rugged beam above the bathtub. This really gives it a warm and organic feel that’s rare in a master bath. Every room, and every feature gave me great opportunities photographically. As with all Willow Home projects, deciding on what to feature is one of my toughest tasks. I could spend days there and not run out of subject matter!

If you’re in the Birmingham area and are looking to build an amazing home, I couldn't recommend Jason and his team more. The quality, attention to detail, design, and professionalism can’t be matched!

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Project Oglsby - Willow Homes Parade of Homes Entry by Tommy Daspit

Birmingham AL Best Architectural Photographer

Recently I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the Birmingham Home Builders Association Parade of Homes entry for my great client Willow Homes and Willow Design Studio. This was the second year in a row that I’ve photographed their entry. I will say that I think both of us have come a long way in a short period of time!

This new construction home in Homewood is also the personal home of Katherine Bailey, on of the designers at Willow Design Studio. I’ve worked with her on a couple of their projects but there was a little added pressure to make sure this was done right (not that I don’t strive for perfection in every shoot! Honestly, Katherine really makes my job easier. She has a great sense of style and has everything styled perfectly for me. This really does make all the difference in the world. An empty room with four white walls is tough to photograph in an interesting way!

This project gave me so many opportunities for great images that it was kind of hard to narrow them down. I could have spent a couple of days there easily! I wasn’t the only one to notice this either. The mega all things homes website Houzz did an article on the home as well!

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Are you a home builder, architect, or designer in need of professional photography to showcase your work? Contact me today to discuss your needs! 

Willow Homes 702 Morris - Birmingham AL Commercial Photographer by Tommy Daspit

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Last week I had the privilege of photographing another Willow Homes project. Jason Hale and his team specialize in remodeling and new construction in the more historic parts of Birmingham. You will usually find their work in Mountain Brook and Homewood. The homes they build fit the style of those neighborhoods. They are new homes that don’t look out of place. It’s a rare talent to be able to do that and being from a town with many a historic home, I have a special appreciation for it.

This home is a perfect example of that. Right around the corner from the last project I photographed for them, this Craftsman style home fits the neighborhood perfectly. Inside you will find all the modern luxuries you would expect out of a new home, while still maintaining the feel of the exterior. The Willow homes style is easy to recognize, as is the quality work and attention to detail.
 

Timing on this one was pretty tight. The new owners were moving in the next day but there were some finishing touches that still needed to be completed. I worked around the finishing and cleaning crews to get the images you see here. I was a particularly challenging situation and it game me some unique opportunities to stretch my skills. For example, the dishwasher was having a custom panel made to make it look like a cabinet and not an appliance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite ready at the time of the shoot. So I made one in Photoshop! (I’ll be doing a behind the scenes blog post on this soon).

In the end I think it came together pretty well. I’m proud to show off theses images and I know Jason will be proud to show them to potential clients. He not only uses my images on his website, social media, and other marketing platforms, but also to help clients with their planning and designing process. If you are in the market for a home renovation or new construction, and you want someone who specializes in historic design, give Jason and his team a call!

See other projects I’ve shot for Willow Homes:

Sterrit Ave - Homewood, AL

Parade of Homes Project - Homewood, AL

Also, check out Frusterio Design, Inc who designed this house!

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