Monday, January 8, 2018

Award Winning Architecture Photography for the American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter

How do great architects win design awards? By getting great professional photos of their projects. These are some of the projects I recently photographed that have helped win awards for the amazing architects who designed them. The photos have also been chosen to be published in the book, Architecture on the Central Coast. Great architects need great architecture photography to show off their work and express their vision in the best way possible.

Bowin Residence, San Luis Obispo, CA

An extensive residential remodel designed by Studio 2G Architects. What was a plain small 2 bedroom house is now a cozy work of art. The remodel included adding a master suite off the back as well as several wonderfully designed outdoor living areas able to accommodate guest in a way that much larger homes can offer.
Architectural Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Kitchen Remodel Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Architectural Home Remodel Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

The Madonna Apartments, San Luis Obispo, CA

A remodel project for low income housing designed by Fraser Seiple Architects. This project takes low income housing to a new level. The older apartments were completely remodeled inside and out and the grounds were relandscaped to create a more welcome and inviting vibe.
San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - AIA Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Central Coast Architectural Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Mindbody Headquarters, San Luis Obispo, CA

The unique Mindbody Headquarters was designed by RRM Design Group and built by JW Design & Construction. This is the newest building that make up the Mindbody campus in San Luis Obispo. The companies circular logo can be seen reflected throughout the design of the interior spaces.
San Luis Obispo Architectural Photography - Software Building Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Central Coast of CA Award Winning Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architecture Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Architectural Photography - Interior Photograph - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Building Interior Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

Rosetta Building, San Luis Obispo, CA

The amazing Rosetta Building was designed by Garcia Architecture + Design and built by JW Design & Construction. This is truly one of San Luis Obispo counties more unique buildings. It features a wide variety of wonderfully combined building materials on the exterior while the interior offers a beautiful symphony of clean lines and shapes that is truly an experience to see and photograph.
San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Interior Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

The Butler Hotel

Remodeled from an old auto garage to a unique downtown San Luis Obispo hotel with a small bed and breakfast feel. Designed by Garcia Architects, this repurposed building was originally a kit building made by Butler Manufacturer Company, thus the name The Butler Hotel. Each room is uniquely furnished with a mid century modern style and features large modern art paintings on the walls. The beautifully restored Airstream trailer is used for parties and special events.
San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Hotel Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Hotel Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

San Luis Obispo Architectural Photographer - Award winning Photography - AIA Photographer - Studio 101 West Photography

I love photographing such unique and beautiful architecture and my goal is to capture the architects vision in the best way possible. For more information about having your project photographed, visit my website at www.studio101west.com or call Dennis Swanson at (805) 235-3801.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - FAA Drone/UAS Facts

Interesting Facts About Drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):
Most people don't realize that it is illegal to fly a drone in the city of San Luis Obispo without specific authorization from the FAA. I just received my Certificate of Authorization after waiting four months to get approval. Now I just call the airport to let them know when I will be flying and it's perfectly legal. Flying legally also means I'm covered by my studio's insurance policy. Since I have my Remote Pilot Certificate I can fly commercially as part of my business. Remote Pilot Certificates are awarded after a rigorous knowledge test at an FAA testing center. Remote Pilot Certificates are completely different than drone aircraft registration that the FAA used to require of hobby pilots. So, hobby flyers still CAN NOT legally fly in controlled airspace or use a drone for financial gain without a Remote Pilot Certificate.
San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
A unique view of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - Architectural Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
One of my clients built the Palm Street Parking Structure and these images will be used to enhance their portfolio on their website.
JW Design Photographer - San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

Architecture Photographer - San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The Court Street Plaza is another property on my client's list to shoot. We were limited on angles that day due to unsightly road construction in the area.
New Construction Photographer - San Luis Obispo Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
One of my ongoing jobs is to record the construction of the Hotel SLO. I love this angle because it shows the scale of the project compared to the parking structures in the background. It will eventually be as tall as the adjacent six-story parking structure.

Find out more about our Commercial Photography and Drone services on our website at: www.studio101west.com

Thursday, May 18, 2017

American Institute of Architects 2017 Home Tour - San Luis Obispo Architecture Photography

The AIA California Central Coast is having their annual home tour this Sunday, May 21st. The tour celebrates the work of local architecture, engineering and construction professionals by opening up five unique local homes for tours. I had the pleasure of photographing one of the homes for Studio 2G Architects. 
California home photographer
This beautifully designed and crafted contemporary remodel brings new life to a mid-century, single-level home. The theme that runs inside and out is attention to detail and functionality.

mid-century home remodel, AIACCC Home tour
I shot these images with my 51 megapixel Canon 5D SR for maximum resolution, and a beautiful Canon 17mm TS-E Tilt Shift lens to correct any distortion. Combined with my iPad and WiFi camera control system its my new favorite for high-end, ultra sharp, distortion free architecture photography.

mid-century home remodel, california architecture photographer

mid-century home remodel, San Luis Obispo Building Photographer


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san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography

san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography
san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography
For tickets and more information on the 2017 Home Tour go to the AIACCC website.
For more information on high quality architecture photography go to Studio101West.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Halter Ranch Winery, Tasting Room and Wine Caves - Paso Robles Architecture Winery Photographer

J.W. Design & Construction works exclusively with Studio 101 West Photography to photograph all their projects. Probably one of our favorite projects to date is Halter Ranch Winery, located in the heart of the Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District. This 900 acre ranch boasts 280 acres of vineyards in California’s Central Coast Wine Country. The best part for us is that we get to "artfully" capture the entire process for J.W Design & Construction. It is very important for them to have record of the construction phases as well as the final product. They use our photography for their website, marketing material, proposals for new work, and submissions for awards. It is no wonder they are one of the biggest and sought after builders on the Central Coast. They understand the value of having their quality work captured with quality photography. This valuable process and the superior quality of their work keeps them in the forefront of the construction industry.  
Halter Ranch Farm House - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The first thing you see when entering Halter Ranch is the original farm house built in 1885. It was restored and expanded in 2000 by J.W. Design & Construction.

Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Building the roof, both exterior and interior was a true work of art by true craftsmen.

Winery Construction - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The tank room under construction.


Wood Beam Construction Photos - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The winery is full of state-of-the-art features while maintaining artistic craftsmanship in every detail. This is the upper level of the tank room.

Architectural Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
This is the front section of the winery that holds offices and meeting space. You can see the private airstrip in the background.

JW Design Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Front view of the main winery building.

Central Coast Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Every stone used in the walls was harvested on site and meticulously shaped and placed by hand.

Winery Architecture Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The grapes are offloaded from the upper ramp and gravity fed through the winemaking process.

Winery Interior Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Finished shot of the gravity fed tank room.

Drone Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Drone photo of the main winery 5 years after completion shows how time has brought out the patina of the exterior materials.

Architectural Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
A beautiful covered bridge connects the house and barnyard to the new buildings.

Winery Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Some of the old ranch buildings have been rebuilt with amazing attention to detail, including the chicken coop on the left.

Ranch Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography



Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
I love the artistic attention to detail the architect kept even on the out buildings and barns.

Drone Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

An aerial drone shot was the best way to show all the new buildings in one photo.

FAA Drone Licensed Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

This drone photo shows the new tasting room with the 6 year old winery in the background. Made from the same materials you can see the drastic difference that a few years has made.

Central Coast Professional Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Dusk exterior photo of the new tasting room lit with small strobes and existing lights.

Architectural Interior Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Interior of the tasting room with its spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding hills.

Winery Tasting Room Marketing Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The tasting room has no shortage of places to sit and relax to enjoy your wine.

Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Back patio of the tasting room with built in BBQ and wood burning oven. You can see one of the cave entrances near the middle of the frame.

Construction Phases Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
One of the three entrances to the wine caves under construction. The complex tunnels of this cave were bored out of the existing hill side with an established vineyard on top.

Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Patio entrance to the wine caves under construction.

Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Patio entrance to the caves finished.

Heavy Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Wine cave under construction.

Wine Cave Tunel Boring Construction Photographer -  Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Dirty and dangerous job for sure.

Wine Cave Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Some of the special equipment used to construct the caves.

Construction Phases Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Building the caves required a temporary ventilation system.

Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Intersection under construction.

Central Coast California Wine Cave Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Same intersection finished.

Architectural Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Cave entrance from inside the winery building.

Quality Winery Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Forklift moving barrels into the caves.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Photographer - Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Neatly stacked barrels sit to age in the naturally cooled caves.

What's next at Halter Ranch? The barn yard buildings and silos are in the process of being remodeled and retrofitted to make it the perfect location for an elegant barn wedding or special event. Stay tuned for more photos.

Find out more about Commercial Photography, Winery Architecture Photography and Drone Services on our website at: www.studio101west.com