How can you go wrong with puppies, pillows and photoshoots?!! Had such fun photographing Palm Beach interior designer Ellen Kavanaugh’s new adventure, Casa Kingsley, a collection of colorful print pillows. Named after Ellen’s dog Kingsley who passed away recently, Casa Kingsley offers a variety of sizes, shapes and patterns. Her new puppy, Sunny was the perfect model! After shooting in the shop, I loaded up the car with pillows and set up at various locations around Palm Beach. Capped off the shoot with an early morning set up at the beach. Hubby Robert was a true sport as I had him toss pillows into the air one at a time. Photoshop did the rest to compile the pillows into one shot, minus Robert! I love having the opportunity to be creative and think outside the box. Big thank you to Ellen and team for allowing me a long leash. No leash needed for cute little Sunny Bear!
1 October 2020
Over the moon with this fabulous Modern Luxury Cover with Danielle Rollins! A wonderful surprise to see this historic art decor house that we photographed for Palm Beach and Atlanta interior designer, Danielle Rollins and her partner Tom D’Agostino Jr on the cover of the September issue of Modern Luxury Palm Beach. Especially nice is that this is the The @Home Issue! Danielle and Tom renovated this charming gem of a house located in the heart of Palm Beach. The landmarked 1938 home was originally designed by architect Belford Shoumate. Danielle incorporated the likes of Serena and Lily, Christopher Spitzmiller, Matouk Linens, and Sunbrella throughout the house. Many of the Art Deco architectural details like the circles on the stairway leading to the roof deck were all carefully restored. Bought sight unseen by Tom, the property had been severely neglected. Danielle and Tom’s painstaking renovation turned this wonderful property into quite the cover girl!
30 September 2020
Thrilled to have a photoshoot with Casa Branca and Alesandra Branca! As a long-time admirer of interior designer Alesandra, I was thrilled when we got the call to shoot product for their newly launched Casa Branca, the bespoke housewares, wall coverings, and fabrics product line inspired by her love of color and travel. Alessandra was in Chicago, her Casa Branca crew in Los Angeles so we worked via text messages. They gave me free reign basically to set up the shots and style them. I have to admit it was a lot of fun working in the studio and letting the creative juices flow! Her fabrics are exquisite as are the dinnerware. I would send them a sample shot for approval and then it was click away on details and vignettes. We had the pleasure of working with Alessandra and her team on photographing her incredibly beautiful master bedroom at the 2020 Kips Bay Show House in Palm Beach, so we had a good idea of her vision for this photography project. Be sure to check out the Casa Branca website to see the full product line.
29 September 2020
We are thrilled with the Luxe Magazine Cover Feature – styled and photographed by Brantley! A huge thank you to the talented team at Luxe for this amazing cover and 12-page spread. Thank you to our clients, interior designer Claire Miner and architect Jack Franzen for the opportunity to not only photograph this beautiful home, but to style it as well. A lot of prep time when into the shoot with Claire and I discussing the shots and thoughts about the styling. Since Claire is based out of Connecticut and couldn’t make it to Florida for the photoshoot, she entrusted me with all of the styling and set up for both the interiors and exterior areas. I love styling for shoots – buying flowers, props, picking out rugs and vases – so much fun! This Jupiter Island home is very coastal chic and casual so I kept the styling clean and colorful. We only had one day for the shoot so it was a bit hectic styling and getting all of the shots in. A good support team and prep time help! And it always helps when the homeowner has a great beach cruiser bike to park by the front door!
26 September 2020
So excited that House Beautiful features Brantley Photography project! The wonderful family home of interior designer Betsy Wentz is showcased on the House Beautiful website. The house, located in Sewickly, PA, is home to Betsy, her husband and their four kids. The photo shoot took place last summer as we travelled to Sewickly to photography this project and one other for Betsy. Stylist Erin Swift was on tap to provide styling for the photo shoot. We included the family, especially the children in several of the photos as the house is designed around an active young family. The home is filled with color and pattern and nestled in a beautiful tree filled lot. We packed a lot into the day and a half photo shoot! Grateful to Betsy and Erin for giving us such wonderful spaces to photograph. And huge thanks to House Beautiful for sharing this fabulous interior design project with their readers.
25 September 2020
Happy to see our client, New York designer Billy Ceglia featured in Luxe Magazine! I met Billy through designer Danielle Rollins, whom I have worked with a great deal. Billy was in a bind and needed to photograph his Naples project quickly before the homeowners settled in for the season. We spent two days working on the photoshoot. Billy is a fabulous stylist as well so he made sure every room was set and ready to go. This classic renovation included re-worked spaces and bold colors. The finished result is a relatable and comfortable vacation home. A huge amount of gratitude to the team at Luxe for accepting this project for their fall Naples Edition and giving it a 14-page spread! And many thanks to Billy for the project and for keeping everyone on set laughing!
28 September 2020
So much fun to see this Sanibel Island interiors project in Southern Home Magazine! This beautiful beach house located on the ocean was designed by New York designer Jenny Vorhoff of Studio Riga. We always love the opportunity to photograph homes on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. It never feels like work! And this house was no exception! We had a wonderful two days working along side Jenny, who was very pregnant at the time of the shoot. With spectacular ocean views and architectural details, this house was a pleasure to photograph. I was smitten with the incredible butlers pantry and kitchen. The butlers pantry is one of our most liked images on Instagram. Of course we couldn’t resist putting the homeowners beach cruiser bikes out front for a shot. If you live on an islan
27 September 2020
This beautiful interior design project in Florida Design Magazine was such a pleasure to photograph! The mother-daughter design duo of Suzanne Varner from Memphis and her daughter, Austin Macaskill from New York, make up the design firm Varner Macaskill. It was such fun to watch them collaborate on styling and setting up areas for photography. The living room has a stunning hand painted screen, circa 1940’s, by the famed French scenic artist Jean-Denis Malcles. The elegant home has a palette of various shades of blue throughout. The private courtyard has a pool and entertaining area. Located one the ocean in the exclusive John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, the house is one story with incredible views from every room. We had not worked with Austin and Suzanne before and we were delighted when they called about the photo shoot. Getting it published was the icing on the cake!
24 September 2020
This beautiful Flower Magazine feature for Kemble Interiors made my day! So happy that the wonderful team at Flower wanted to feature this fabulous Palm Beach apartment designed by Kemble Interiors with architecture by Bridges Marsh and landscape design by Keith Williams. It is always fun working with the lovely ladies from Kemble Interiors! This penthouse apartment had a stunning wrap around terrace which Keith turned into an amazing garden. The views of Palm Beach and West Palm are spectacular! The extensive remodel for the newhomeowner, a New York businessman, included many architectural details, as the apartment had been untouched for many years. A mirrored bar is tucked behind 5 by 7 foot pocket doors painted with an antique jungle scene. The green bookcases in the living room double as secret doors to the office. So many fun details for an architectural photographer to photograph! Thank you to Flower editor Margot Shaw and art direct Alice Doyle for such a lovely feature!
23 September 2020
So excited to see this published interior design project by our friends at Ellen Kavanaugh Interior Design, Palm Beach, featured in a recent issue of Luxe Magazine Palm Beach Edition! Designers Ellen Kavanaugh and Madison Way had only six months to renovate this Palm Beach vacation home for their clients. The end result is a beautiful nod to British Colonial style with a touch of cosmopolitan flair. The design team included architect Michael Perry and builder Chip Valle, who happens to be Ellen’s husband. With a color scheme of pale blues, lavender and greens, the house has a wonderful island vibe. A 6 by 7-foot Hunt Slonem butterfly painting anchors one wall in the living room. The house opens up to a wonderful patio and pool area, great for entertaining. The photo shoot took two days and the weather was Florida perfect! At the end of the shoot, we took a couple of fun snap shots of the gang and you can see that photo shoots can be exhausting!
22 September 2020
This designer’s beach house featured in Luxe was such a pleasure to photograph! Interior designer Kara Hebert created a welcoming, and fresh beach house for her family in Jupiter, FL. Using the perfect shades of blues and greens, Kara’s house is ideal for a Florida lifestyle. Kara and her partner, builder Michael Maxwell designed the house from the ground up. They have a blended family of five kids and two dogs so the house needed to accommodate everyone. The kitchen and dining area open up to the outside pool and patio making for a fabulous indoor/outdoor feeling. The daughter’s bunk room sleeps four which is perfect for sleep-overs. Kara worked with Visual Comfort Lighting, Serena and Lily, Lee Industries, and Kohler throughout the house. Always enjoy shooting with Kara!
26 May 2020
Thrilled for this London Telegraph photo assignment! When the art director called and asked if we could photograph Mrs. Hilary Weston in her home in Windsor, FL we jumped at the opportunity. Mrs. Weston, a former model and Canadian Lieutenant Governor, was a pleasure to photograph. In 1989, Mrs. Weston and her husband Galen, purchased 500 acres of land near Vero Beach, FL and developed it into a private community of beautiful homes and polo ponies. The Weston home, designed by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, is an architectural master piece filled with antiques and art. So grateful to The Telegraph for this wonderful assignment!
25 May 2020
House Beautiful features Danielle Rollins’ apartment in Palm Beach and I am thrilled! This was such a fun photoshoot! Danielle took the small, dreary apartment and in three months time and a budget of $5000, turned it into an interior design show stopper. Working with CW Stockwell, Big Ass Fans, Sunbrella, Circa Lighting and Pioneer Linens to name a few, Danielle was able to design a colorful, charming pied a terra. Danielle found creative ways to hide the dated, pop corn ceilings with the use of rattan and lattice. Although small in size, we still spent two days shooting the overall spaces as well as several vignettes and details, along with portraits of Danielle. Thank you to House Beautiful for featuring this fun project on www.housebeautiful.com.
24 May 2020
Absolutely thrilled to see the Bridge for Design cover feature! A beautiful architecturally designed home by Wiestma Architects, Boca Raton, with interiors by Peace Design of Atlanta. A wonderful surprise to have the cover feature of this international design magazine. A contemporary house, this blue and white beauty is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulfstream, FL. With an electric mix of art, the house was renovated to accommodate the new owners. Blue is the common color throughout the house and ties the interiors and art together for a serene feeling. This project was especially fun for me as I played the part of photo stylist bringing in props, flowers and accessories. I always enjoy when I have the opportunity to not only photograph a project but work on the styling as well. Thank you to Suzanna Hamilton of Art Smart Strategies for her work on getting this project published!
23 May 2020
We recently completed an exciting photoshoot providing resort photography for The Four Seasons Palm Beach. We have worked with The Four Seasons in both Palm Beach and Miami on several occasions. Resort photography is always a fun change of pace from our residential design projects. Our approach to resort photography is similar to our residential projects in that we strive for a light, bright, natural and inviting look and feel to the images. For The Four Seasons, we arrive before sunrise to set up the room and shoot right at first light. There is a great deal of set up as beds and draperies need to be perfect, and furniture arranged properly. We spent several days working on various rooms at the Palm Beach hotel, photographing both overall room shots as well as design and lifestyle details. Luckily the weather cooperated as blue skies and sunshine are a must for photographing resorts!
19 May 2020
On February 13, 2020, we were honored with the Stars of Design Award in Art/Photography by the Design Center of the Americas. We were humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award. Congratulations to our fellow design award honorees – Marc Michaels Interior Design, ODP Architecture, Enea Garden Design, Marzipan Design, Nuhouse Furniture, Leanne Yarn, Lauren Czarniecki, and Reginald Dunlap. The event was held and the DCOTA as part of their Winter Market Week. Below is our acceptance speech.
We would not be here without our wonderful clients, and the design community. It is your amazing talent, your creative ideas, your innovations, your imagination that provides us with such beautiful projects to photograph. Many, many thanks to the magazines and design publications for always supporting our work and the work of our clients. Thank you to our assistants – we could not do this job without you. We appreciate your support and for always having our back.
Robert and I have been partners in crime for 30 years and our clients often ask how we manage to work together, and live together and yet stay so calm and laid back. We are very blessed and fortunate in that regard. And I am happy to report that both the marriage and the business have survived many photoshoots. There should probably be an award just for that! Thank you again for making us a part of your incredible design community. And most of all, thank you for always giving us such a beautifully decorated canvas on which to create and do what we love to do.
18 May 2020
Really excited about this new interior design project in Flower Magazine! Such a fun photoshoot with the talented design team from Ellen Kavanaugh Interior Design. This Palm Beach house, with its cheery color palette, is a stylish and comfortable getaway for the homeowners. It is a two story white stucco house with periwinkle shutters and lush landscaping surrounding the pool and patio. Ellen and her team worked with Samuel and Sons, Amanda Lindroth, Christopher Farr Cloth, Hickory Chair, Serena and Lily, and Circa Lighting. A favorite space is the game room – not only a feast for the eyes, but a whole lot of fun to photograph! With its blue and white tent feeling, this room is perfect for a game of backgammon. A table by Oomph, a Dash and Albert rug, and a Circa Lighting lantern complete the room. With shades of blue and green throughout the home, the feeling of the tropics is around every corner. A pleasure to photograph! So thrilled that our friends at Flower Magazine wanted to feature this amazing home. Thank you to all involved!
17 May 2020
Fun shooting this bathroom sink design! Interior designer Kara Hebert created this great bathroom for a family with four kids. The trough-like sink is made by Kohler. With its triple faucets, it is perfect for a large family. The gentle curve and organic shape combine for a distinctive style in bathroom sinks. Kara added colorful tile by Cement Tile Shop, white bead board and sconces by Thomas O’Brien. To finish off the coastal vibe, nothing like a basket with blue and white striped towels to top it off! Thank you to HGTV for spotting this image on Instagram and reaching out to Kara about wanting to do a feature in their HGTV magazine.
16 May 2020
Thrilled to see this Naples home design project featured in Luxe Magazine! Thank you Luxe Magazine for this exciting assignment. Working with Freestyle Interior Design from Naples, we spent two days photographing the interiors and exteriors of this charming home in the heart of Old Naples. With a contemporary design flair and soothing color palette, this home makes the most of the Florida weather. The doors all open up to a beautiful pool and patio area with lush tropical Florida landscaping. The master bath has a stunning Victoria and Albert bathtub with an amazing Brunschwig and Fils wallpaper in silver tones. A separate building works as the homeowner’s home office with views of the pool. A real tropical retreat!
15 May 2020
Had so much fun photographing with Palm Beach Interior Designer Danielle Rollins! And thrilled to see her project featured in Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida! This beautiful pied a terre is located in the heart of Palm Beach and is Danielle’s own private residence. Filled with mid-century inspiration, the one bedroom apartment is colorful and fresh, with a wonderful tropical flair.
18 April 2020
Delighted to see the new issue of Southern Home Magazine features Kara Hebert Interiors! So very grateful to the talented team at Southern Home for this beautiful 10-page article! Thank you to Kara for giving us such a beautiful home to photograph! A casual, colorful cottage for a young family, this home is filled with Floridian charm. The British West Indies-style house is located in Jupiter Inlet Colony. With floor to ceiling windows, the home is a breath of fresh island air! Serena and Lily, Qaudrille, Dunes and Dunchess and Oomph Home are a few of the companies Kara worked with to create the casual island feeling. We had, as always when working with Kara, a fun, packed day of shooting. Enjoy!
16 April 2020
Always fun working on design photography with St. Frank! Even more fun when you make the cover of their Winter Catalog! We were thrilled when our friends at St. Frank opened a Palm Beach store. Working with founder and CEO Christina Bryant along with her staff, we were able to capture the many beautiful handmade and vintage pieces. St. Frank works with artisans in under-resourced settings, supporting quality jobs and preserving heritage crafts. Sourcing their textiles from low and middle-income countries, the company’s name honors the place in which it was founded – San Francisco, California. Check out their website for their beautiful collections.
15 April 2020
So excited to see this Palm Beach home featured in Luxe Magazine! An exceptional indoor/outdoor feeling throughout the main house and pool cabana. We worked with the homeowner and Florida and New York interior designer Deborah Houston, along with Luxe Photo Editor, Olivia Lambert on the one day photoshoot. Beautiful landscaping by Keith Williams made for some lovely exterior images. Thank you Luxe for this wonderful assignment!
14 April 2020
This beautiful interior design project on the river is featured in the new issue of Jupiter Magazine. The contemporary house is situated on a stunning lot with views of the Loxahatachee River. It was a pleasure to work with the talented team at JMA Interior Design. The house was built by OnShore Construction. Take the tour! I am in love with the pineapple details lining the stairway!
13 April 2020
Southern Home Magazine features Ellen Kavanaugh Interiors in their March/April issue! The beautiful eight-page spread highlights a fabulous beach house in Palm Beach. It was a fun two day photo shoot with the talented team from Ellen Kavanaugh and Brianne Engelhart. And to keep us company, our favorite photo assistants, Jones, The Chocolate Lab and Kingsley, The Sweet Golden. Dogs make every photo shoot better! The 4,480-square foot house included fabrics and wallpapers from Mally Skok, and Quadrille. The loggia features an open-beamed ceiling, stucco columns and a wood burning fireplace. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Southern Home for this editorial feature. My favorite photo from the shoot is the beautiful entry complete with Jones!
7 April 2020
Thrilled to see this Southern Living Magazine Interior Design feature for our client Kara Hebert Interior Design! Kara uncovered the hidden potential of an outdated town house in Jupiter, Florida. She bought the 1600-square foot fixer-upper for her family mainly because it is very near the beach and a short bike ride to her office. Kara worked with Quadrille Fabrics, Lisa Fine Textiles, Serena and Lily, and Benjamin Moore to achieve the tropical feeling throughout the town home. We had a wonderful time photographing this project with Kara and so happy to share it with the readers of Southern Living Magazine!
30 March 2020
So excited for this Serena and Lily Cover feature! Thank you Modern Luxury Interiors Magazine for this cover article on the new Serena and Lily Palm Beach Store. We had a great time working with the fabulous Serena and Lily team, photographing their shop in the heart of Palm Beach. It was a hectic photoshoot as they were preparing the store for their grand opening. Of course I wanted everything in the shop! So many wonderful design accessories, art and furniture.
Our photos also appeared on Veranda.com and HouseBeautiful.com. The store has been a huge hit among design savvy shoppers in Palm Beach and South Florida.
The opening party was a huge success. The pouring rain couldn’t keep us away! Enjoying the party along side designers Camille Temples and Molly Brown from Ellen Kavanaugh Interior Design. Below photo featured on Veranda.com.
27 March 2020
Absolutely thrilled to share with you the Casa Gusto feature in Veranda Magazine! I was over the moon when Veranda called a few months ago with this exciting assignment for their November/December issue. Casa Gusto, owned by Cris Briger and her son Charles Peed, is a fabulous antique and decorative arts shop in West Palm Beach. Eye candy is everywhere! Working with Veranda editor Dayle Wood on the creative approach to the photography, we set out to create inviting table settings and beautiful vignettes. A heartfelt thank you to the creative team at Veranda for this fabulous photo shoot! 1 November 2019
So excited to see this beautiful Palm Beach home featured in Coastal Living Magazine! Thank you Coastal Living for this fabulous assignment! We were originally hired by our friends at Kemble Interiors to photograph this house. After submitting the images to Coastal Living for review, they happily accepted the project but wanted to reshoot and restyle the house to better fit their layout. During the two day shoot, Tropical Storm Gordon was wreaking havoc outside. I am amazed that we got any shots at all but as they say “the show must go on”! Enjoyed working with stylist extraordinaire Heather Chadduck Hillegas, who wasn’t afraid to go out in the storm and clip greenery for the shots. Always love working with the talented ladies from Kemble Interiors. Thank you everyone for a fabulous photo shoot!
So excited to see this Veranda Magazine yacht feature! Thrilled when they called with this assignment! Working with interior designer Jeff Lincoln and stylist Matthew Gleason, we spent two, fun-filled days shooting the layout. From the sky deck lounge to the formal dining room to the mod sitting room, it was a collaborative effort to capture the workmanship and all of the design features. Thank you to Veranda Magazine for this amazing assignment. Always fun photographing a super yacht like this beauty!
Note: Yacht overhead exterior and jet ski photos were provided by the yacht owner.
30 October 2019
Sharing a stunning Kemble Interiors feature in Luxe Magazine that we had the pleasure of photographing with you! Loved working on this beautiful estate with Mimi McMakin and Cece Bowman of Kemble Interiors. Amazing landscaping by Keith Williams of Nievera Williams. Architecture by Peter Papadopoulos of Smith Moore Architects. Builder was Hedrick Brothers Construction. The loggia was one of my favorite areas to photograph with its hand-applied lattice work. The foyer features an incredible trompe l’oeil by artist Joseph Steiert. Thank you to everyone involved in making this a spectacular photo shoot and magazine spread!
We are thrilled with the Luxe Palm Beach cover feature! Thank you to the talented team at Luxe for this fabulous assignment. It was a great joy to work with designer Susan Zises Green, photographing her own stunning home. This beautiful house is located in picturesque Windsor, Florida. A colorful palette, gorgeous flowers, and a mix of patterns made it a pleasure to photograph!
29 October 2019
Hello again! It’s been awhile! Been busy photographing some fabulous projects. Wanted to share some recent published interior design projects with you. We love getting our client’s work featured in interior design and architectural magazines. We are fortunate to work with many of the publishing industry’s creative departments who look to us to provide interesting and exciting design projects.
Flower Magazine sent us on assignment to photograph the lovely Pineapples and Palms store. Enjoyed working aside editor Alice Doyle from Flower who made the trip to Florida for the photo shoot.
Our photos of Atlanta and Palm Beach designer Danielle Rollins were featured in Modern Luxury Interiors Magazine. Always love working with Danielle on her latest and greatest Palm Beach projects.
Florida Design featured a fun coastal home by our friend, Kara Hebert. Kara’s style is always upbeat and a whole lot of fun to photograph!
28 October 2019
Modern Luxury Atlanta feature article is on the news stand! So excited to see this project published in Modern Luxury Interiors Magazine Atlanta Edition. We worked with a fabulous creative team including Joel Kelly Design, Atlanta, Randall Stofft Architects, Delray Beach and On Shore Building, Jupiter, FL. The home is located on the Jupiter Inlet and sits directly across from the historic Jupiter Lighthouse. The lot used for the new home once housed the home of singer Perry Como. The project, with a budget of $4.5 million, received the ASID Georgia Chapter Gold Award along with the Best in Show Award. Thirteen-foot high ceilings make the kitchen a unique and photogenic space. The double stacked upper kitchen cabinetry sets the grandeur of the space as well as provides for seasonal storage for the homeowners. A neutral color palette is used throughout the home by interior designer Wyeth Ray, who worked closely with interior architect Joel Kelly. We spent the day photographing several interiors including the living room, dining room, kitchen, foyer and master bedroom suite. The day ended with two cameras set up on dusk shots of the amazing rear exterior elevation, which included a beautiful pool, patio and fire pit.
Enjoyed working on a recent Dwell Magazine photography feature which highlighted the home of esteemed landscape designer Fernando Wong and his partner Tim Johnson. We spent the day photographing interiors and lifestyle images as part of the Corcoran Real Estate “Live Who You Are” campaign designed by Dwell. Corcoran selected the apartment, not only for its stunning design, but also because it is the epitome of Corcoran’s #livewhoyouare mission statement. The team at Dwell handled the art direction and layout. Always a pleasure working with Fernando and Tim who were more than patient as we set up the shots. Not always easy incorporating models into the interior photos. Our goal was to get a natural feel in both the lighting and the models. Add in dark blue walls and light furniture you have quite a challenge on your hands! Thank you to everyone involved in making this story a reality. Hope your home lets you live who you are! Our home does!!
17 August 2018
Enjoyed a wonderful tour of Meredith Publishing Headquarters recently. Toured their fabulous photo studios, prop storage rooms, and test kitchens. Sampled a delicious shrimp stir fry recipe which will be featured in the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!
While I was waiting in the lobby, I picked up a copy of the Fall/Winter Issue of Elegant Homes Magazine and much to my surprise and joy was a project by Brantley Photography! The 10-page spread featured a beautiful ocean front home in Juno Beach, Florida. The house was designed by Pineapples, Palms, Etc in Jupiter, Florida. I love surprises – don’t you?!!
A beautiful Argentinian influenced home we had the pleasure of photographing is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Luxe Magazine, Palm Beach Edition. The 10-page spread showcases the courtyard home designed by Janis Evans, Janis Evans Interior Design, New York. Travel inspired the homeowner, a polo player, with a love of horses to create a fabulous retreat on a scenic lot overlooking a barn and paddocks in a posh Vero Beach development. The Argentinian influence is carried throughout the house with exposed wood beams to highlight the lofted ceilings. For the photo shoot, the homeowner brought in one of polo ponies to model. Not everyday do we get a horse to model for us!
Thrilled to be on the cover of the July/August 2018 issue of Southern Home Magazine! Fabulous project by the talented designer, Ellen Kavanaugh of Ellen Kavanaugh Interior Design, Palm Beach. Ellen, along with architect Mark Marsh were hired to revamp an ocean front, one story patio home overlooking the Atlantic. Shades of blue and periwinkle are found throughout the 2500-square-foot home. We spent two days photographing the house working along side Ellen and her mother, who did an amazing job with styling. So fortunate to have the creative team at Southern Home turn this project into a wonderful 10 page cover article. Thank you to everyone involved at Southern Home. This seaside retreat truly is a jewel box!
Enjoyed seeing the Tory Burch Blog featuring our photos of a Palm Beach Project by the landscape design firm of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living. A fabulous in town garden surrounding a historic home was the mastermind of the very talented Fernando Wong. Spent the day photographing various landscape features around the property. We loved photographing Fernando’s portrait at his condo in Palm Beach. He has a wonderful outdoor terrace that provided the perfect setting for his portrait. Always a pleasure to work the Fernando and his partner, Tim Johnson! The article also includes an image from our photo shoot at the Four Seasons Miami, another exciting project by the Fernando Wong Team. Thank you to Tory Daily for the feature!
The CasaCor Miami Design experience proved to be exciting, colorful and inspirational! Check out this issue of SNAP iMagazine to experience the new CasaCor Miami Urban Living. A showcase of carefully curated residential interiors, design, architecture, landscape, art, technology and global culture. The event took place in RISE at Brickell City Center in downtown Miami. Signature styles from more than 20 world-renowned and emerging design professionals were on display, along with the latest in interior furnishings, color trends, lighting, and accessories. CasaCor celebrates its 30th anniversary with 26 exhibitions in six Latin American countries and its inaugural North American exhibition in Miami. Enjoy!
We are so excited to kick off 2018 with this Palm Beach Photography Magazine Cover of Luxe Magazine! This is our second year in a row in which our interior design photography has made the cover of the annual Luxe Gold List issue. It is also the second year in a row that the project was designed by our client and good friend Jackie Armour of JMA Interior Design. Jackie, working with designer Marcus Schult, created a colorful vacation retreat for their out-of-state clients.
With a vibrant color scheme and boisterous patterns, the design duo created a warm and inviting home. The dining room is a personal favorite of mine as I fell in love with the gorgeous wall covering – Bamboo and Birds by Bob Collins & Sons. The master suite, also a favorite, is light and bright with a sunny yellow palate. The outdoor patio and pool area is perfect for entertaining or just relaxing.
Here’s to a colorful 2018!
Getting caught up with past issues of the Brantley Photography Instagram Magazine, SNAP iMagazine! Hope you enjoy this issue devoted to all things pink in interior design, architecture, art and photography! Some favorite projects are featured which include work by Wietsma Architects, Jack Fhillips Interior Design, Robin Weiss Interior Design, Pineapples and Palms Design and Sara Gilbane Interior Design. And a favorite pink hotel, The Boca Raton Resort and Club. Flower photography courtesy of . . . me! 11 March 2018
SNAP iMagazine, an Instagram Design Magazine by Brantley Photography, is up and running! SNAP is devoted to the worlds of photography, art, architecture and interior design.
We love the inspiration we get from Instagram – so many beautiful and amazing photos! In addition to our Brantley Photography Instagram page, we wanted to add SNAP iMagazine as a way to share even more of our images and push the boundaries a bit. SNAP gives us the opportunity to showcase our personal photography projects, as well as those we photograph for our many talented architectural and interior design clients.
So we hope you will follow along on Instagram as we share our new creative adventure, SNAP iMagazine!
Excited to have our interior design photography featured in the current issue of Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago Magazine! A wonderful Palm Beach apartment is the star of the show. Designed by Chicago interior designer, Cindy Galvin of Bardes Interiors, the apartment features beautiful blue grasscloth wall coverings by Phillips Jeffries in the living room and dining room. The bedroom features exquisite linens by dPorthault and an ivory and periwinkle bone-inlaid side table. Cindy, along with builder Fasca, Inc., renovated the apartment to give broad views of the intracoastal waterway. The apartment is a warm-weather getaway for Cindy and her family.
We have had several projects in Modern Luxury Interiors Miami Magazine but this was our first project featured in the Chicago version of Modern Luxury Interiors. Thank you Modern Luxury for making us a contributor!
We are so excited with our new Traditional Home Magazine feature! Many thanks to the staff at Traditional Home for making this possible. The July/August issue of the interior design magazine features a 10-page spread on a fabulous house located in Juno Beach, Florida. The house was designed by the talented team of Lisa Peterson and Melanie Hayes of Pineapples and Palms Interior Design in Jupiter, Florida. The owners, Jack and Sharon Luther, call the home “Ocean’s Eleven” as there are 11 family members.
The first part of the photo shoot involved photographing all of the interiors and exteriors during the summer of 2016. The Luthers kept us well fed with fresh donuts daily from Dunkin Donuts. Jack is the former CEO of Dunkin Donuts so needless to say the donuts and coffee were excellent! We pitched the project to Traditional Home Magazine and they excepted it without question. The magazine then asked us to go back and photograph the family for the article. On President’s Day weekend in January, the Luther family was all together at the house and graciously allowed us to spend time photographing them. The grand kids were perfect models – actually the entire family was perfect at posing and going along with whatever we asked of them. Another fun day of shooting, complete with more donuts! #lovemyjob
So excited to have our first Flower Magazine Cover Photography Feature! We were thrilled when the Art Director called to hire us for this fabulous house and garden feature. The house, located on Hypoluxo Island, is owned by Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub. I have always enjoyed reading Flower Magazine so this was especially exciting for me to be able to work along side their editor, Margot Shaw. It was a long day of shooting, from early morning light until sunset. The gardens featured several tropical, lush plantings. I fell in love with beautiful orange front door! In addition to the house interiors and exteriors, we had the pleasure of photographing the owners dog, Bandit, who proved to be a willing model!
The Luxe Magazine Miami Cover for May/June 2017 features an interior design project by Cullman Kravis Interior Design, New York. We were thrilled when Luxe gave us this editorial photography assignment. And to have the Luxe Miami Cover is a true bonus!
The house, located on Key Biscayne, was a pleasure to photograph! It has dynamic, cutting edge design, combined with a fresh, fun-loving family vibe. It was the first photo shoot in which we worked on set with Luxe Editor in Chief, Pamela Jaccarino along with Senior Art Director, Martin Elfers. The two day design shoot kept us moving from room to room trying to take advantage of the incredible natural light flooding the spaces. The home owners had a fabulous contemporary art collection which made the shoot all the more exciting. The 16-page spread was not only the cover of the Miami Edition of Luxe, but it was featured in the Palm Beach/Broward Edition, as well as the National Edition of Luxe Magazine – a real “hat trick” (for you hockey fans) for Brantley Photography! We are very grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity. Many thanks to the talented team at Luxe Magazine, including Pamela, Martin and Photography Director, Olivia Lambert!
Excited to be a part of Seaside Style, Summer 2017 edition! The magazine that touts “Shoreline Bliss from the Big Island to Palm Beach, features a 12 page spread on a project we photographed for long-time client Jackie Armour of JMA Interior Design in Jupiter, FL. The house is located on the waterfront in Tequesta, FL. It is a true coastal home with an amazing patio and a blue and white color scheme throughout the interiors. This marks the second article for this fabulous project as the first one appeared in a recent issue of the Palm Beach edition of Luxe Magazine. We love it when our clients get double (and triple) coverage from our photographs!
The May/June issue of Luxe Magazine Palm Beach is on the news stands now and features a fabulous project we photographed on editorial assignment for the magazine. It is a 9200 square-foot home in St. Andrews Country Club. The design team of Cudmore Builders, Louis Shuster Interior Design and Colestock and Muir Architects have worked together on several projects. We have been fortunate to have worked with all three of these talented firms on previous projects. This project, with its timeless look, was a pleasure to photograph. It was our first project having Luxe Director of Photography, Olivia Lambert on the shoot. It was great fun styling and collaborating with Olivia!
So happy to have our interior design photography featured in the new issue of Cottage White Magazine! The beautiful 10-page spread highlights the work of our long-time interior design client, Jackie Armour of JMA Interior Design. This Hobe Sound, Florida home has antique oak wood floors and reclaimed beams and wood doors. The 6000-square-foot home has Tuscan, French, and contemporary influences with subtle coastal vibes. It is the second time it has been published in a magazine. The first time was in Luxe Magazine. We love it when we can provide several publishing opportunities for our design clients!
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
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!
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.
15 February 2017
We 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
Excited 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
We 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!
The 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.
25 November 2016
This 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!
Wow! 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
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
The 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!
19 September 2016
This 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.
19 September 2016
Thrilled 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!
18 September 2016
We are extremely excited to have our photography showcasing Palm Beach interior design on the cover of Palm Beach/Broward 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!
16 September 2016
We 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
As 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!
The 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!
We 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.
We 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.
On a recent yacht photoshoot, we couldn’t resist taking some Florida architectural photos of Stiltsville. Stiltsville in Miami 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.
Seeming to float above the beautiful blue waters of Biscayne Bay, Stiltsville Florida 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.
11 July 2016
We 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!
6 July 2016
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
We 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.
26 June 2016
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
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.
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.
One of our past editorial assignments sent us to the Palm Beach home of the one and only Lilly Pulitzer. Photographing Lilly Pulitzer house in Palm Beach 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.
2 June 2016
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tweek here and there and finally, the perfect shot!
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
We 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!
The 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
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.
22 April 2016
We 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
We 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!
The 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 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.Born 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
We 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.5 April 2016
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.
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.
For more of the Tara Shaw Collection on One Kings Lane, click here.
30 March 2016
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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