Presidential Interiors
Right to Left – Kennedy Estate, President George H. Bush Residence, Mar-A-Lago

In honor of President’s Day, we thought we would share some Presidential interiors that we have had the pleasure of photographing over the years.

The Kennedy Estate in Palm Beach was home to the Kennedy family for over 60 years.  Patriarch Joseph Kennedy bought the house in 1933 for $120,000.  Used as the Winter White House by President John F. Kennedy,  the historic property had a pool, tennis courts and no air conditioning.  We were called in to photograph the house when the Kennedy family decided to sell it in the mid-1990’s.

The private residence of President George H. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush is located on the campus of Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas.  Designed by Mark Hampton, the apartment was bright and cheerful.  Framed photographs of family and dignitaries were in abundance.  We were told not to move any pictures in President Bush’s office as he hung them all himself and liked where they were placed.  The apartment overlooks the Bush Presidential Library.

We have photographed Mar-A-Lago for several magazines.  A historic landmark, the estate was built in the mid-1920’s by heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post.  Post envisioned the house as a winter retreat for American presidents and dignitaries, and following her death in 1973 it was bequeathed to the nation.  Successive presidents declined to use the mansion, which was returned to Post’s estate.  Purchased in 1985 by Donald Trump, it now serves as Post intended as a winter white house in addition to being a members-only club.

20 February 2017

Addison Mizner architectural photography
View from Lake Worth

We recently had the opportunity to photograph a historic Palm Beach estate designed by famed architect Addison Mizner.  The estate was built in 1923 for Arthur B. Claflin, a New York businessman.   Case del Ensueno, as it was originally named, is over 17,000 square feet, with nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and seven fireplaces.  Situated on Lake Worth, the landmarked property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

Always fascinated by these historic Mizner estates, I decided to research the background of this property.  I found several photos of the original estate in the book,  Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner, published by Dover Publications, Inc. 1992.  Several additions have been made to the property over the years.  Some where along the way, steps that lead directly into the water were added.  Oh if these walls could talk I am certain they would speak of colorful tales!

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The terrace

Equally fascinating is the architectural photography from the 1920’s to present day.  While the equipment is different, and the photographic process changed from film to digital, the architectural perspective remains the same.  Regardless of method and oblivious to time, the photographer’s eye is the one constant.

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15 February 2017

Published Architectural Photography ProjectsWe are so very fortunate to start off 2017 with several published architectural photography projects in both national and local design magazines.  Architectural and interior design photography of our client’s projects are featured in four different magazines currently on the news stands.  Florida Design features the work of designer Gary McBournie Design, Boston.  City and Shore Magazine highlights the work of Piper Gonzalez Interiors, West Palm Beach.  Florida Design Naples Edition showcases projects by Diamond Baratta, New York, Ficarra Design Associates, Naples, and Summer Thornton Design, Chicago.  Luxe Palm Beach/Broward choose our photography of a JMA Interiors project for the cover of their Design 2017 issue.  And, we made our first calendar appearance!  Out on The Porch 2017 Calendar features our image of an upstate New York porch designed by Jack Fhillips Design, Palm Beach/New York, as its May photo.

At Brantley Photography, we work hard to establish ourselves as the go-to photographers for interior designers, architects, and builders who want to get their design projects published in magazines, books, and on social media.  We are very grateful to our talented clients that make this possible and to the wonderful editors, art directors, and bloggers who support us.  Happy New Year to you all!

30 January 2017

Interior Design ProjectExcited to see our Hutchinson Island interior design project designed by Gary McBournie, Gary McBournie, Inc., Boston, featured in the current issue of Florida Design Magazine! The 10-page article showcases the talent of Gary as he blended a warm, sophisticated color palette in a tropical seaside setting.  Gary has designed 15 homes for the same couple so he knew exactly what was needed in this stunning 12,000 square-foot, plantation style estate on a barrier island off the coast of Martin and St. Lucie counties in Florida.

Our design photography of this house was previously featured in an issue of Traditional Home Magazine (April 2015).  We love it when our photography of a client’s project is featured in more than one design publication!  It is marketing at its best as we always try to provide as much exposure as possible for the many talented designers that hire us to photograph their work.  And we are forever grateful to the many wonderful magazine editors who accept our projects.

29 January 2017

Naples Interior Design PhotographyWe were very happy when designer Summer Thornton of Summer Thornton Design in Chicago contacted us to provide Naples interior design photography for her project.  The house was designed for a couple from the Midwest, and is featured in the new issue of the 300-page Naples Edition of Florida Design.

Summer and her husband Josh, asked if we would be willing to shoot on New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, as that was the only time they would be in Florida.  It marked the first time that we said good bye to one year and hello to a new year while on the job!

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Naples Residential Design MagazineThe new Naples residential design magazine by Florida Design features the work of Brantley Photography on the cover!  We are thrilled to be on the cover of the 300-page inaugural issue.  The cover story is a colorful Captiva Island house designed by Anthony Baratta and the late William Diamond, of Diamond Baratta Design, New York.  The 12-page article highlights the cutting edge design of Diamond Baratta and their ability to create the unexpected.

We also have photos for an article that features the work of Lisa Ficarra and Molly Grup, of Ficarra Design Associates, Naples.  This 9500-square foot house showcases  the talent of Lisa and Molly by combining West Indies charm with contemporary sophistication.

And a third feature in the magazine highlights our project for designer Summer Thornton, of Summer Thornton Design, Chicago.  Summer gave a fresh perspective on a coastal home by combining tradition with beach vibes in this 10-page spread.

Pick up a copy today and enjoy the design and architecture of Naples!

26 January 2017

The November/December 2016 issue of Luxe Palm Beach/Broward features an interior design project we had the pleasure of photographing for our client Wietsma Lippolis Architects and Builders.   Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Stream, Florida, the interiors are transitional with a Caribbean flair and a nod to British style.  The architectural details are throughout the house from the woodwork and crown moldings, to the finishes and coffered ceilings.  The study is especially warm with its pecky cypress ceiling and paneled walls.  The interior design was by the homeowner, Ellen Hatton and her design partner Nancy Green.

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25 November 2016

Architectural Miami HouseThis stunning architectural gem in Coral Gables is the cover of the November/December issue of Luxe Miami Magazine.  We were thrilled when Luxe assigned us this beauty!  The 20-page spread, which is also featured on the cover of Luxe Magazine National Edition, is the work of the husband and wife team of Carlos Gonzalez-Abreu and Ana Maria Alas, GAA Architects in Miami.  It also happens to be their own home which made the photo shoot even more exciting.

Carlos and Ana not only were the architects and interior designers of the house, they also designed the landscaping.  Architectural elements of the richly detailed house are in keeping with their favorite style of architecture – historic Italian design.  The inner courtyard features a stunning pool and patio with design elements reminiscent of a Michelangelo time period.

Thank you to the Luxe team and to GAA Architects!

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Luxe Magazine National Edition CoverWow!  We are ecstatic at Brantley Photography to have our work featured as the Luxe Magazine National Edition Cover!  This beautiful Coral Gables home is not only the cover of the National Edition, but also the cover of the Miami Edition!  We are grateful to Luxe and GAA Architects for giving us this wonderful architectural project to photograph.  Pick up a copy of either the National Edition or the Miami Edition to see the twenty-page spread of this visually exciting home. Both interiors and exteriors reflect a new and fresh approach to the idea of an Italian villa design.

25 November 2016

Florida Architecture Photographer
Robert and camera staying drying under the rain poncho and umbrella. Thank you to assistant Dan for the expert umbrella holding!
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Two cameras set up and ready to go.

 

The challenges for a Florida architecture photographer can at times be quite numerous.  The main challenge is in dealing with Mother Nature and her changing moods.  One minute sunny, blue skies prevail and the next, thunder, lighting and you are running for cover with cameras in tow!  Last week, we enjoyed a three-day photo shoot in Ft. Lauderdale for one of our long-time clients, Danielle DePerro Designs.  The project was a private residence located on the water.  Very contemporary in both architecture and interior design, we planned on shooting a mix of daytime, dusk and evening images.  Each night we had scheduled dusk shots.  And each night it rained!  As you can see from the photos, we are always prepared with our trusty Canon umbrella and rain ponchos.  We always plan our escape route to the nearest cover should the rain become too heavy or the lightening a little too close. Dusk photos are challenging even on good weather days as they require precise timing, and proper lighting.  As it turned out, we were able to get the images we wanted.  Like the postal service, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep us from getting the perfect photo!

2 October 2016

Interior Editorial PhotographyThe new issues of Luxe Palm Beach and Luxe Miami both feature interior editorial photography by Brantley Photography.  We were very fortunate that our project for Jennifer Knowles Design and Cudmore Builders was selected for both issues.  The 12-page spread features a Delray house located on the intracoastal waterway.  The tropical modern home has a color palette of charcoal, gray and white with a few splashes of gold.

The shoot took place while the house was being furnished and still under construction.  With teamwork, we pulled it together!  Mother Nature did not cooperate either as we had some of the worst rain storms of the year!

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19 September 2016

Island Architecture PhotographyThis grand estate on Captiva Island has always been a favorite photography project which showcased island architecture and tropical interiors.  Designed by Stofft Cooney Architects along with Diamond Baratta Design, this ocean front home is as colorful as they come. The design is whimsical and tropical with an infusion of color.  We worked with the late Bill Diamond on the two day shoot.  Bill was always a perfectionist and demanded that every shot be perfect no matter how long it took to set up.  That was fine by us as we wanted every shot to be perfect!  My favorite room in the house was by far the kitchen with its unique and contemporary feel.  I could cook all day if I had that kitchen!  The house was published in Florida Design Magazine and has been on several blogs.  The kitchen shot has been featured in several blogs and magazines including Architectural Digest France.Island Architecture Photography stairway

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19 September 2016

Miami Interior PhotographyThrilled to have been hired by Luxe Magazine to shoot this Miami interior photography feature that is in the current issue of Luxe Miami.  The 16-page article titled “Global Fushion” showcased the work of designer Tatum Kendrick of Studio Hus, Los Angeles.  Located on Fisher Island, the condo combined a Cuban vibe with the essence of the French Riviera.  Tatum worked with her clients, a New York couple with Cuban roots, to create a home with a romantic, spiciness.

It is always a fun adventure for us when it comes to shooting on Fisher Island, which I am sure has a lot to do with riding the ferry to and from the island.  Working with designer Tatum and editor Jesse Bratter from Luxe, we collaborated on angles, styling and furniture placement.  The weather started out great but quickly turned to clouds and heavy rain.  We were lucky to get the patio shot while the sun was still shining!

A huge thank you to Luxe for this exciting assignment!

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18 September 2016

Palm Beach Interior Design PhotographyWe are extremely excited to have our photography showcasing Palm Beach interior design on the cover of Luxe Magazine!  The 14-page spread features the home of designer Suzy Moran of Greenfield Grange Design.  Suzy is a long time client of Brantley Photography.  We have had the pleasure of photographing Suzy’s previous Palm Beach home as well as her stunning estate in Morristown, NJ.  Her new Palm Beach home is sophisticated and elegant, with a mix of antique furnishings and collected objects.  Suzy’s team included architect Mark Finlay, builder Jim Woolens and landscape architect John Lang.  The 7,ooo-square-foot home has a symmetrical layout that aligns with the Regency style of the 1800s.

The creative team at Luxe did an amazing job with the layout, which features the front exterior, foyer, living room, kitchen, bedroom, library and pool/patio.  From the scouting shots we submitted to the magazine, photography director Olivia Lambert was able to tell us which areas she was interested in for the layout. Other than that, the magazine left the creative aspects of the photography up to us.  It was a wonderful two day shoot that resulted in a beautiful magazine cover and feature article for our client, of which we are most proud!

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16 September 2016

Elle Decor Interior Photography ArticleWe were excited to be a part of the Elle Decor interior photography article on “What Beach Decor Looks Like in Five Different Coastal Cities.”   A big thank you to Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors for including our photography of a guest bedroom suite we photographed as her definition of beach decor in Florida. The guest bedroom was part of a residential photography project we photographed for Kemble Interiors.  The house, located in Palm Beach, was also featured  in Florida Design Magazine.

We approach all of our interior design photography projects with the idea that they will be published in magazines, books and on design blogs.  Thrilled to be a part of the Elle Decor feature!

15 August 2016

Architectural photography projectAs a professional photographer, having the opportunity to work on an architectural photography project with acclaimed Washington DC architect, Hugh Newell Jacobsen was a wonderful experience.  The editorial assignment was to photograph a residence located in a private club in Vero Beach, FL.  I called Mr. Jacobsen prior to the shoot to discuss the photography and to see if he needed me to get any props.  His response was quite colorful!  I won’t repeat it here but know that it was colorful!

Architectural Photography ProjectThe house was classic Hugh Newell Jacobsen, complete with his signature, floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the library.  He had me snip a few bougainvillea branches from the yard  which he used as a centerpiece on the dining room table.  We chatted about architecture and design.  He told us how he wanted all of his projects to have a “wow” factor when you walked through the front door.  Again, his commentary was more than colorful when it came to the wow factor!

Architectural photography projectWe took a break from shooting and hopped in the car with him to view several of his other projects in the area.  Each house was more impressive than the last.  After watching us work for a few hours, he told us we didn’t need him as it appeared we knew what we were doing when it came to shooting an architectural photography project.  He was off to the airport while we finished the shoot, missing his entertaining and colorful commentary.

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Patio Design PhotographyWe are excited to have our patio design photography in the July issue of City and Shore Magazine!  Our dear friend, writer Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub wrote an amazing article on great pool and patio designs in South Florida.  We were thrilled that she featured so prominently our project for Mimi Masri of MM Designs in West Palm Beach.  Mimi renovated  the pool, patio, loggia and outdoor kitchen of a converted firehouse in Old Northwood for the 2016 Palm Beach Red Cross Show House.  With blue and white curtains, cobalt blue shutters, built-in concrete sofas, and wood ceramic tile, Mimi transformed the space into a stunning area for entertaining and relaxing.

Florida Architectural PhotosOn a recent yacht photoshoot, we couldn’t resist taking some Florida architectural photos of Stiltsville.  Stiltsville is an interesting collection of wood stilt houses a mile offshore from the Cape Florida Lighthouse.  Dating back to the 1930’s, only seven houses are still standing.

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Seeming to float above the beautiful blue waters of Biscayne Bay, Stiltsville has a colorful history that started with “Crawfish Eddie Walker” and the first shack built on stilts.  Accessible only by water, the area was the place to see and be seen when visiting the Miami Beach resorts.  Stories of illegal alcohol and gambling led to police raids.  At its peak in 1960, there 27 structures.  Hurricanes and the ravages of nature made the buildings relatively short-lived.

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11 July 2016

Architectural Photography Magazine CoverWe are thrilled and excited to have our project for Linda Ruderman Interior Design featured on the cover of the new issue of Luxe Magazine!  Linda contacted us earlier this year about photography a recently completed Palm Beach project.  The waterfront home has an amazing collection of pop art.  Artwork by Tom Wasselmann, Andy Warhol, Annish Kapoor, Robert Indiana, and Keith Haring enhance the interiors and exteriors.  This stately house boasts high ceilings, exquisite fabrics, and classic paneling.  The three day shoot allowed us plenty of time to be creative in our shot selection.  This was our second project working with Linda so we had a good understanding of how to best capture her designs.  Linda asked me to submit the project to Luxe Magazine which led to this  stunning 18-page spread in the current issue!  Also working on the design of this project were, Smith Architectural, Tim Givens Building and Nieveera Williams Landscape Design.  We are grateful to the Luxe Magazine team for this architectural photography magazine cover.  We hope you enjoy our architectural photography project in Luxe!

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6 July 2016

Residential Photography Always fun to get the mail and see one of your residential photography projects on the cover of a magazine!  In this case, it is the Real Estate Registry Magazine for Vero Beach.  The magazine features luxury properties in Vero Beach.

We photographed this 9,700-square-foot oceanfront estate for our friends at John’s Island Real Estate.  We spent a day from early morning until dusk, photographing both exterior and interior areas.  A lushly landscaped courtyard pool leads into a double-height living room with a fireplace.  It has five bedrooms and six-and-one-half baths on one of the highest lots in John’s Island.  The home features three levels of indoor-outdoor living, Venetian plaster walls, limestone floors, a cabana and private beach access.  We were fortunate on the day of the shoot as we had beautiful Florida weather – deep blue skies and plenty of sunshine.

Our relationship with John’s Island Real Estate goes back many years.  We have had the pleasure of working with their staff on several of their high-end listings.  And it is always a fun trip going to Vero Beach.  Whenever time permits, we make sure to eat at the Ocean Grille – a Vero Beach must!

2 July 2016

Interior Design Photography ProjectWe are thrilled that the summer issue of Florida Design Magazine features an interior design photography project we recently photographed.  A Palm Beach apartment, designed by our long-time clients, Kukes Simons Interiors, is filled with modern art from the homeowners’ private stash.  The art collection includes photography, sculpture and paintings.  Girl, a limited edition white doll statue by Chinese artist Zhang Hui, poses on a glass-topped acrylic cocktail table in the living room.  In the hallway, Fracture, a textural shadowbox oil on plexiglass by artist Craig Allen accents a long lucite console table.  The 4200-square-foot apartment has beautiful panoramic views of the ocean.  The contemporary interiors are predominately black and white, with emerald green accents and Lucite throughout.

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26 June 2016

Florida Architecture Photography
Waiting for dusk

At this time of year in Florida architecture photography means long, hot and humid days.  When working on residential projects, we often find ourselves starting in the morning shooting any east facing exteriors.  We will then move inside and shoot interiors, occasionally running outside with a camera for perhaps a mid-day pool shot.  West facing exteriors are shot in the afternoon.  Preparation for the dusk shots begins around 6:30 or 7:00 pm.  We often set up two cameras in different locations to make the most of the sunset light.  If we are lucky, the sky will give us some pink color in the clouds.  And if we are really lucky, it won’t rain!

23 June 2016

 

Country Club Photography
Gulf Stream Golf and Country Club
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Club living room

Working in Florida, we are often called upon shoot country club photography for many of the private clubs in the area.  One of our recent architectural photography assignments took us to the Gulf Stream Golf and Country Club.  Situated on a scenic stretch of AIA, the club underwent a multi-year renovation.  We worked with our clients, architect Bill Wietsma and Kemble Interiors, capturing both interior and exterior elements of this grand building.

Built in 1924, the GSG&CC was designed by famed architect Addison Mizner.  With its graceful Spanish-Italian architecture, the clubhouse, upon opening was called “the most attractive Mediterranean design in America” by Architectural Forum Magazine.  

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Club lounge
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The founding members limited the club’s membership to 200 with a $2500 membership fee.  Mizner gave the facade a loggia and a double flight of curving stairs.  With pecky cypress beams, large fireplaces and ocean views, it is a masterpiece of old Florida in grand style.  Even the club kitchen was given a panoramic ocean view!

Since the renovation was a multi-year project, our photo shoot was stretched over several years as we documented the progress in each phase.  Upon completion, the club was included in the book, Legendary Golf Clubhouses of the U.S. and Great Britain, published by Rizzoli.

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Dusk shot of the club exterior

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Photographing Lilly Pulitzer
Living room detail of Lilly Pulitzer’s home featured in Vanity Fair.

One of our past editorial assignments sent us to the Palm Beach home of the one and only Lilly Pulitzer.  Photographing Lilly Pulitzer was a wonderful opportunity.  Lilly was delightful and charming!  She greeted us at the door and gave us full run of the house.  Each room had a story, which Lilly was more than willing to share.  The property was surrounding by lush, tropical Florida gardens.  When we were ready to break for lunch, Lilly insisted that she make us lunch saying, “You won’t get a better meal in all of Palm Beach!”   She was right!  Dining at her small kitchen table, we enjoyed homemade liver wurst sandwiches, although I must admit liver wurst is not a favorite of mine.  Lilly entertained us with colorful and captivating stories of old Palm Beach.  At the end of a long day of shooting, Lilly stood in her doorway and waved goodbye saying  “Come and visit anytime, my door is always open.”  That was Lilly.

 

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Front entry complete with hats, bags and an “L”

2 June 2016

Traveling Architectural Photography Style with Brantley
High above Palm Beach on the way to Memphis

Traveling architectural photographer style is always a welcome adventure.  Many of our clients have projects outside of Florida that they have us photograph.  Whether we are traveling to the Caribbean, to New York or to LA, it takes a great deal of preparation.  We prefer to bring our own equipment rather than rent in the city in which we are shooting.  We research equipment rental options and photographic equipment stores in the city prior to the shoot in case we need extra gear or the equipment is damaged or delayed.  On average, we travel with 8-10 bags.  Cameras, computers, lights, stands, scrims, and tripods are all part of our travel gear.  Traveling to photo shoots is an adventure – one that we always welcome!

30 May 2016

Miami Interior
Frank deBiasi, Tamara Honey and Rebecca Birdwell

Enjoyed viewing all of the exciting Miami interior design products at the 2016 Maison & Objet this past week.  Held at the Miami Convention Center, it was the second year Maison Objet showcased in Miami.  Also had the opportunity to sit in on two lectures by our clients, Frank deBiasi and Carrier and Company.  The Carrier and Company lecture focused on interior design and fashion.  The Frank deBiasi lecture topic was an interesting conversation on the crossover between residential and hospitality design.  Even though I am not an interior designer, I found it very enlightening as we do photograph both residential and hospitality projects.  Especially exciting was seeing our Traditional Home cover that featured Frank’s Palm Beach project flashing on the big screen!

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Neal Beckstedt, Mara Miller, Jesse Carrier, and Lisa Frantz

14 May 2016

A Day in the Life of an Interior Photographer

As an interior photographer, you often find yourself setting up and styling a project for an architectural or interior design client.  For me, styling is icing on the cake – an opportunity to enhance the creativity of the photography.

 

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Vast array of orchids at Johnny Mangoes

The day starts early with a 7:00 am run to the Farmer’s Market for fruits, veggies and flowers.  Then it is off to one of my favorite go-to prop stops, Johnny Mangoes.  Sensory overload as I scan the vast array of orchids, blooming plants and accessories.   Deep purple hydrangeas – perfect for the living room.  Fresh herbs in small pots – perfect for the kitchen.  Quick stop to smell the gardenias.

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Props packed and ready

Back to the studio to load props and equipment.  It’s a two vehicle shoot as the van is packed with photography equipment and the SUV crammed with flowers, fruit, plants, vases, books, and a seashell or two.  Over the years, we have acquired quite a collection of items that we use for styling from hats to beach towels and everything in between.

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Prop room at Brantley studio

Today’s shoot is for a favorite architect.  He has given us the keys to his personal home along with full creative direction.  Starting with the kitchen,  we remove personal items and add props – we want the kitchen to look lived in, but not too lived in.

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Hard at work styling

Test shots along the way for lighting, and prop placement.  A good deal of time goes into setting up and styling an interior.   Adding a pop of color, removing a chair, making room for a plant – all decisions that go in to the making of a stylized photo.  It takes teamwork to get it right.

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Setting up the shot

A tweek here and there and finally, the perfect shot!

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Brantley Architectural Photography Instagram
Screen shot of the Coastal Living Instagram page

Check out our Brantley Architectural Photography Instagram page.  We do our best to keep up with social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, but lately our favorite go-to outlet has been Instagram. We post a little of everything from behind-the-scenes shots, to throw-back images, to current work.  Most of the photos have something to do with architecture and interior design but some have nothing to do with architecture and interior design like the ocean shot above.  It was a gorgeous Florida day and I could not resist wading out into the ocean and snapping a pic with my handy Canon SX700 camera and posting to Instagram.  I was thrilled when Coastal Living shared the image not only on Instagram, but Twitter and Facebook as well!  They paired the photo with the perfect inspirational quote by Christopher Reeve.  The power of the internet allowed my photo of the ocean to be shared with 2,163 people and counting!   To follow us on Instagram, click here.

9 May 2016

Interior PhotographyWe are fortunate to once again have our interior photography published in Luxe Magazine!  The May/June Palm Beach/Broward issue features a water-front vacation home in Tequesta.  The project team included Jackie Armour of JMA Interiors, architect Dennis Rainho, Dan Reedy of OnShore Construction, and John Walsh, JDLA Landscape Architecture.

We worked closely with Jackie to prep and style the rooms.  Always fun to collaborate with our talented clients!  Our goal in photographing the house was to maintain the open, casual feeling throughout the rooms.  We wanted to enhance the beach feeling that Jackie created by keeping our lighting soft and to a minimum.  And, at the same time, we wanted the splashes of color to really “pop” and grab the viewer.

Be sure to check out this beautiful 16-page spread, written by Kimberly Olson, in the latest issue of Luxe!

2 May 2016

At Brantley Architectural Photography, we’ve got you covered!

Brantley Architectural PhotographyThe latest from Snapshots, the Brantley Architectural Photography newsletter, features four of our magazine covers currently on the news stand – Florida Design, Seaside Style, Traditional Home and Luxe.  While we have been very fortunate over the years to have our photography grace the covers of many national and local publications, this is the first time we have had four at once.  We are forever grateful for our talented clients for giving us such amazing projects to photograph.  And very thankful for the many editors, writers, and art directors who support our work.

I have to admit it was fun strolling through the magazine section at Barnes and Noble!

View our latest issue of Snapshots newsletter here

27 April 2016 

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Front elevation

Working in the Florida architectural photography profession, we often have the opportunity to shoot historic homes.  This 1930’s gem is located in West Palm Beach.  A recent renovation brought the house up-to-date for a young family of four.  We spent the day shooting various angles on the exterior as well as the interiors.  It is always interesting to photograph an old estate that has been fully renovated to accommodate the needs of today’s modern family.  Here is a sneak peek of this fabulous house.

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Looking into the dining room from the living room
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Newly landscaped patio and pool area

22 April 2016

Seaside Style Architecture Brantley PhotographyWe are extremely excited to have our seaside style architecture photography featured on the cover of the Summer 2016 issue of Seaside Style!  Many thanks to Seaside Style Magazine,  interior designer, Jackie Armour, JMA Interiors, Stofft Architects, and Phoenix Builders, for giving us such an amazing project to photograph.

The 8-page spread highlights the coastal, casual feel of the house.  The sea and sky color palette of the interiors balances nicely with the outdoor living spaces.  Jackie combined multiple shades of blue to keep the visual interest throughout the house.

When we scouted the project with Jackie, it was decided that much propping and styling was needed to make the house “magazine ready”.  We met the day before the shoot to style several of the rooms.  Working with Jackie and her team is always great fun!  Tables were set, bars styled, kitchen prepped, and beds were made.  It was a beautiful blue sky day, so while I worked inside with Jackie, Robert wandered around outside and photographed several exterior angles.  When then went back the following two days to shoot the interiors.

The results of the team effort can be see in Seaside Style out today on the news stands!

19 April 2016

Traditional Home Photo Shoot Brantley PhotographyWe are so very honored to have been a part of the Traditional Home photo shoot and to have our photography on the cover of the May issue of Traditional Home Magazine!  Thank you to the talented staff at Traditional Home, including Ann Maine, Tori Mellot and Mick Schnepf.  Thank you to interior designer Frank DeBiasi.  We owe the beach ball prop to Frank!  And thank you to the Matthews family for being so cooperative and photogenic!

Traditional Home Photo Shoot Brantley PhotographyWe share the photo credits with Ken Hayden, who photographed the interiors.  The Brantley team spent a day photographing the family.   We also photographed the amazing kitchen designed by Frank DeBiasi.

Traditional Home Photo Shoot Brantley PhotographyThe blue and green kitchen features a 200-year-old bar from a London pub.  Frank blended the old with a fresh palette for an informal cooking and eating area.

Traditional Home Photo Shoot Brantley PhotographyThe shoot was a team effort that included myself, Robert, assistant Dan, editor Tori and designer Frank.  And it always helps when the family (and pets) are as photogenic as the Matthews.  To view Traditional Home, click here.

18 April 2016

Architectural Photography Penthouse Brantley PhotographyArchitectural photography penthouse style – featuring the furniture of the late Vladimir Kagan.  Mr. Kagan, a genius in the area of mid-century modern furniture design, passed away last week at the age of 88.  We had the opportunity to photograph this two story penthouse in downtown Ft. Lauderdale which showcased vintage Kagan designed furniture.Architectural Photography Penthouse Brantley PhotographyBorn in Germany in 1927, Mr. Kagan came to the United States in 1938.  He studied architecture at Columbia University.  In 1948, he opened his first shop in New York.  His clients  include luminaries in the world of art, theatre, music and industry.  Connoisseurs and museums avidly collect his designs.  It was a pleasure to photograph this apartment which prominently spotlighted Mr. Kagan’s furniture.

10 April 2016

 

Florida Design Cover Brantley PhotographyWe are thrilled to have our photography featured on the cover of the latest issue of Florida Design Magazine!  We photographed this project for our clients Affiniti Architects, Marc Michaels Interior Design and Mark Timothy Builders.  It is a contemporary house located on the Intracoastal Waterway in the Spanish River section of Boca Raton.  It was a challenging architectural photo shoot!   The house was not finished in time for the photo shoot but as they say “the shoot must go on”.  We worked around walls that were not finished, window washers, pool repairs, landscapers, and a giant Christmas tree in the family room that the homeowners had delivered on the second day of the shoot!  To see the new issue, click here.Florida Design Magazine Brantley PhotographyFlorida Design Brantley PhotographyFlorida Design Brantley PhotographyFlorida Design Brantley Photography5 April 2016

Veranda Magazine Photography Assignment
Veranda Magazine

A few years back, Veranda Magazine sent us on assignment to New Orleans to photograph the beautiful home of interior designer Tara Shaw.  The antique-filled home gave us our first cover with Veranda and allowed us the opportunity to work with the very talented and delightful designer.  Tara, a native of Louisiana, is also the owner of Tara Shaw Antiques and Tara Shaw Maison, a reproduction line she created after realizing one-of-a-kind treasures from Europe were disappearing.

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Tara Shaw feature in Veranda Magazine

Fast forward . . . . Recently, while browsing on-line for props for an upcoming photo shoot, I came across Tara’s antiques and reproduction furnishings on One Kings Lane.  It was there I found a beautiful French Petit Cloche – a perfect fit for the tablescape we were photographing, which included antique silver and classic white china, set in front of an antique wood hutch.  The monogrammed cloche, from Tara Shaw Maison, is a reproduction of an antique design using new materials.  Old and new sharing the same table.

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Classic white china with a touch of silver

For more of the Tara Shaw Collection on One Kings Lane, click here.

30 March 2016

Architectural Photography Assignment Brantley Photography
Historic Cedar Key home photographed for Coastal Living Magazine

A recent architectural photography assignment for Coastal Living Magazine took us to Cedar Key on the west coast of Florida.  It was a wonderful opportunity to photography a historic home in Old Florida.  Working with New York stylist Erin Swift and Houston interior designer Melissa Rosenberg, we worked together to capture the character and history of the house, built in 1888.

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Plaque by the front door

At the end of the two day shoot, the gracious homeowners treated the crew to a homemade dinner of never-ending fresh Gulf shrimp coupled with a pot of fresh potatoes and sweet corn.  And – here is the best part -it was all served on a newspaper-covered dining room table for easy clean-up.  Great house, great people, great food, great conversation – what more could you ask for on a photo shoot!  To see the entire Coastal Living article, click here.

27 March 2016

Architectural Photographer Carmel Brantley
Architectural exterior photographed at dusk
Architectural photographer Carmel Brantley
Dramatic lighting and reflections

As an architectural photographer, it is important to understand the “wow” factor. When it comes to magic hour shots, whether at dawn or dusk, the “wow” factor seems easy.  The drama, the lights, the reflections, the saturated colors – they are all part of the mix.  It may appear easy at a glance, but as the saying goes,  “timing is everything” and when it comes to photographing at twilight, this couldn’t be more true.  To catch the right balance between the daylight and the inside lighting is critical.  As every architectural photographer knows, stunning dusk/dawn shots make for happy clients, and we all want happy clients!

15 March 2016

Brantley Photography Miami Interior Design Photography
Miami Home and Decor feature article by Brantley Photography

To continue the conversation from a previous blog regarding the need for “staying visible” in today’s marketplace, here is a published project that showcases our Miami interior design photography.  The current issue of Miami Home and Decor Magazine features this Bal Harbour condominium, designed by the internationally acclaimed design team Britto Charette Design.  The 2,700-square-foot apartment integrates an open floor plan and modern furnishings.  Water views and cityscapes fill the floor to ceiling windows.  Located on the 14th floor of the Majestic Towers, the surroundings made for an enjoyable day of photographing interiors with designers Jay Britto and David Charette.

13 March 2016

Brantley Photography Luxe Magazine Cover
Luxe Magazine Cover

Our first Luxe Magazine Cover! We are thrilled to have our photography featured on the cover of the current issue of Luxe Magazine!  This beautiful Delray Beach house is home to designer Erin Paige Pitts of Gibson Island, Maryland.   Erin and her husband Gregory, along with their three children, enjoy spending time at their newly renovated beach get-away.  Erin created a light-filled home with modern furnishings, symmetry and balance.  The neutral palette is accented with touches of turquoise.  We enjoyed a wonderful day of shooting with Erin!  Check out the 14-page spread in the March/April issue of Luxe!

8 March 2016

Brantley Photography Marketing Architectural and Interior Design Projects
Getting Published – The Importance of Marketing

Marketing architectural and interior design projects in this complex, ever-changing, visually-driven marketplace, is more important than ever. Keeping your name and work visible through magazines, books and social media outlets is a priority.

Getting Published – The Importance of Marketing Architectural and Interior Design Projects

We are extremely lucky to work with talented professionals in the architectural and interior design fields who give us exciting projects to photograph.  Our relationships with the industry’s top editors writers, and bloggers, allows us the opportunity to help our client’s keep their projects in front of potential buyers.  In today’s fast-paced world, it’s all about staying visible.

6 March 2016

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One Kings Lane “Head Over Heels For Chaises” Campaign

When One Kings Lane asked me to participate in their “Head Over Heels For Chaises” campaign, I was thrilled!  In honor of Fashion Week,  OKL asked a few bloggers to pair their favorite shoes with a favorite chaise.  Fashion + Interior Design – count me in!

Head Over Heels For Chaises Campaign

For me,  it’s all about casual comfort.  Living in South Florida, my Jack Rogers Palm Beach Sandals are my go-to shoes.  Made famous by style icon Jackie O in the early 1960’s, these are a Palm Beach fashion staple for most women.  For a favorite chaise, how could you not love an over-sized, white linen chaise?  The perfect spot for reading, relaxing, napping . . .   after a long day, nothing is better than to kick off those heels, and sink into your favorite chaise.  For a great  selection of chaises, visit One Kings Lane.

Thank you to William Bainbridge Steele Design and the Palm Beach Red Cross Show House for giving us this beautiful setting for the photo shoot.

Thank you to my hubby Robert for his patience in photographing me.  A girl has to get her hair and make-up just right!

28 February 2016

Brantley Photography Interior Design Books
Recent books on interior design

We are so proud to be a part of these recent interior design books!  A stunning project we photographed for Carrier & Company graces the cover of their book, Positively Chic Interiors.  The amazing book by John Barman includes two projects we photographed for John –  a beautiful contemporary Miami apartment and a colorful house in Boca Raton.  For Geoffrey Bradfield’s Artistic License, we photographed a magnificent yacht that sleeps 12 and has a crew of 14. The interiors Geoffrey designed were reminiscent of 1940’s Hollywood glamour.  And Decorating with Carpets by Stark Carpets features several design projects we photographed.  If you love design books like I do, be sure to include these in your library!

26 February 2016

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Instagram photo by Brantley Photography

As an interior design photographer, it is always a thrill to see a national shelter publication feature one of your images on social media.  In this case, Traditional Home featured our work on Instagram.  The image is from a photo shoot we did for the magazine a couple of years ago and was featured on their cover.  It was a fitting image to post since it was, after all Valentine’s Day and this particular dining room had beautiful pink walls, pink flowers and pink chair cushions.  It was a fun project for us as we not only photographed it for the magazine but we also did all of the styling.  The house was designed and built by architect William Wiestsma and the interiors were designed by Robin Weiss.

15 February 2016

Brantley Photography Palm Beach Architectural Photography
Palm Beach Estate Renovation

This stunning 1924 estate was the focus of a recent Palm Beach architectural photography shoot by Brantley Photography for designer William R. Eubanks Interior Design.  Working with designers William Eubanks and Mitch Brown, we were able to capture the charm and history of Tre Fontane, a landmarked Italian style villa.  Originally designed by society architect Marion Sims Wyeth, Tre Fontane served as the Wyeth family home for 15 years.  Wood-beamed ceilings, Cuban-tile floors, pecky cypress doors – architectural details that are a delight to photograph for every architectural photographer.  The house is the cover feature for the Spring 2016 issue of Palm Beach Life Magazine.

12 February 2016

Brantley Photography Resort Photography
B -The Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale at sunrise
A - Resort photography at sunrise of The Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale
A – The Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale

Resort photography is always an exciting adventure for us.  From setting up the photo shoot with ad agencies and hotel staff, to not disturbing the guests, to waiting sometimes hours for the perfect light, it is hectic and rewarding all at the same time!

Resort Photography – A tale of two photos

We had the pleasure of photographing interiors and exteriors at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.  We know The Ritz Carlton brand well,  having photographed three of their other Florida resorts.  Our goal was to make the most of the early morning light.  Arriving at the hotel at 3:00am, we went to work setting up two cameras.  Robert positioned one camera near the pool looking to the northeast (Photo A).  With the help of our assistant Matt, we arranged chairs, tables and umbrellas.  We added a touch of light underneath the umbrellas to create a warm glow.  The hotel gave us an ocean view room on the fourth floor which allowed us to set up a second camera on the balcony in order to capture the architecture, pool, landscaping and ocean from a higher perspective (Photo B).  With a little help from Photoshop, I was able to remove the camera and photographer from each image as Robert and I were in each other’s shot. Mother Nature did not disappoint that morning, giving us a sky of soft blues and rosy pinks.  To create quality hotel photography for a brand such as The Ritz Carlton, it takes a team and Mother Nature is often the star!

5 February 2016

Brantley Florida Architectural Interior Photography
Indoor Outdoor Living Flroida Style

Check out the House of Turquoise blog today – it features our Florida architectural interior photography of a water front home with beautiful turquoise details. Designed by Lisa Publicover of Maryland, the house was built by Cudmore Builders, Boca Raton.  The house has a very open indoor outdoor feeling that is perfect on sunny Florida day!

Florida Architectural Interior Photography – Capturing the feel of the house

To capture the feeling of bringing the outside inside, we used strobe lighting to supplement the natural light.  This allowed us to keep a good match on both the interior and exterior spaces.  Luckily, the sliding doors pushed back into the walls which helped enhance the feeling of openness. Our goal was to create an architectural photo in which the viewer could see themselves at home in this space.  For more of the project, please go to the House of Turquoise blog.

3 February 2016

 

 

 

Brantley Photography Architectural Photography
Boston Library

While on a recent architectural photography assignment in Boston, we decided to extend the trip to spend some time enjoying the city.  Our hotel was a block from the Boston Public Library in downtown Boston on Boylston Street.   Built in 1895, the library was designed by architect Charles Follen McKim.  Bates Hall (shown above) is acknowledged by many to be architecturally one of the most important rooms in the world.  With a majestic barrel-arched ceiling, English oak bookcases, and carved limestone, Bates Hall is stunning in every aspect.

How we captured the architectural photography shots we wanted

We scouted the library one day to determine our best vantage points for shooting Bates Hall and The Chavannes Gallery.  We wanted to draw as little attention to ourselves as possible.  And, we wanted the least amount of people and activity in the areas we were shooting.  Not easy as you can imagine this is a very busy place!  The following day we arrived just as the doors opened in the morning to get the shots we wanted.  With cameras in hand, Robert and I photographed as much as possible before the tours started and the book hounds descended.  A dream situation for an architectural photographer!  If you are in Boston and have some extra time and you enjoy architectural photography, take the time to visit the library.  Bring your camera – you won’t be disappointed!

2 February 2016

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Palm Beach estate featured in Florida Design Magazine photographed by Brantley Photography

This stunning Palm Beach estate is featured in the new issue of Florida Design Magazine on news stands now.  We enjoyed a great interior design photography shoot with our friends at Kemble Interiors.  This tropical home is whimsical, colorful and fun, yet has the right amount of Palm Beach sophistication.  From orange walls in the living room to hand painted murals in the dining room, designers Mimi McMakin and Ashley Sharpe gave this house has a wonderful Carribbean feel.  The property also has a beautiful pool and gazebo and an amazing loggia, complete with hand-painted tiles. The design team included architect Peter Papadopoulos of Smith and Moore Architects, Worth Builders, and  Keith Williams of Nievera Williams Landscaping.  Pick up a copy of Florida Design to view the 12 page spread!

1 February 2016

Brantley Photography Editorial Photography
Luxe Magazine Feature

Editorial photography assignment featured in a recent issue of Luxe Magazine. A beautiful “seaside chic” home located on the water in Delray Beach, was designed by Terri Pakravan of Decor Dose in Washington DC.

Editorial Photography Style

We spent two days shooting both interiors and exteriors on this home owned by a young couple with two children.  Elegant yet casual – the perfect combination for a waterfront home.  Bold patterns dominate much of the interior spaces.  We used a great deal of existing light and supplemented with strobe light.  This gives the interiors a natural look and feel.  Built by Seaside Builders with architecture by Richard Jones Architect.  Thank you Luxe for this wonderful editorial photography assignment!

28 January 2016

 

Brantley Photography Architectural and Interior Design Photography
Brantley Architectural + Interior Design Photography

Welcome to the new and improved blog for Brantley Photography – Architecture + Interiors Photography!  Excited to start blogging again after taking some time off to update the website.  We are thrilled to be working with some of the best talents in the interior design and architecture industries.  And we are so very fortunate to work with many of the amazing shelter publications and blogs.  In the past year, we shot on assignment for Traditional Home, Coastal Living and Luxe magazines.  Photography of our client’s work also appeared in Florida Design, City & Shore, Miami Home & Decor, Palm Beach Illustrated, House of Turquoise Blog, Domino Blog, and AD Daily.  We are part of three design books to hit the shelves recently – Positively Chic Carrier & Company, Decorating with Carpets Stark Carpets, and John Barman Interior Design.  So here is to a new year of blogging!

27 January 2016