Los Angeles International Airport Tom Bradley International Terminal, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Fentress Architects

Los Angeles Airport Tom Bradley International Terminal, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Fentress

The West Coast is incredible — the people, the art, the vibrancy, and the crazy-beautiful architecture!

I know it. I live it. I love it. I’ve photographed architecture up and down the West Coast — from San Diego to Seattle, Los Angeles to San Francisco — for top architects including Carrier Johnson + CultureGenslerLorcan O’HerlihySERA, and so many more. I’ve also had the privilege of shooting stunning architecture in amazing locations around the globe, but since I grew up in L.A., the West Coast will always have a special place in my heart. (What’s that saying? “You can take the shutterbug outta the West Coast, but you can’t take the West Coast outta the shutterbug!?)

“West Coast” conjures up a wealth of charismatic imagery, from San Diego surfer dudes to Hollywood starlets, and Portland hipsters to San Francisco tech wunderkinds. As an architectural photographer, I make it a point to really explore and incorporate the cultural context of what I’m capturing in a photo, taking into account the tone of the people, the flavor of the surrounding neighborhood, and the overall ambience. The West Coast definitely has a personality of its own, and, as a California native, I have a deep understanding of it. My clients really appreciate that.


Carrier Johnson + Culture, San Diego Point Loma Nazarene University, Kathy Mitome

Carrier Johnson + Culture is the little big firm in San Diego. The innovative leader in their market, Carrier Johnson was first attracted to LAP for our ability to capture the culture behind a project. Carrier Johnson wanted a fresh look, built on quality and conscious of current trends. As part of re-branding their company, Carrier Johnson partners with Lawrence Anderson Photography to provide a new look in a competitive market.

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson + Culture

‘At Carrier Johnson + Culture in San Diego we are always looking for a photographer who can capture the natural culture of a project and Lawrence Anderson’s company does just that — but better. He is conscious of trends in the built environment and always provides a fresh look.’ — Kathy Mitome

Since I grew up in L.A. I’ve explored a lot, so when I went looking for a home base I found it in the Mar Vista/Culver City area. I now live and work there, and it has become an integral part of my company’s culture. It’s amazing that some of my best clients are just right around the corner, and yet I’m still connected to the rest of the world here. LAX is just a few miles away, so I can quickly fly up to Portland for a last minute shoot, or down to San Diego scouting a new project.

Let’s just say that in my traveling skills, “the force is strong!” And it’s a good thing because West Coast real estate and development have been surging since the Great Recession of 2008. Everywhere you look now, college campuses are breaking ground on new buildings, hospitals are opening new wings, sports arenas are getting major makeovers and new hotels are cropping up everywhere. With so many projects popping up all over the West Coast, staying venue-agile is crucial for my clients.


Sera Architects, Portland Residence Inn Marriott, Lisa Zangerle

Sera and I have worked together on three hotels now. First, Sera called me because of my reputation for working with Portland based firms, in and outside of Oregon. Since Sera Architects design hotels along the entire western coast, they wanted to find a studio that could collaborate with their team remotely just as easily as with local hotel teams. Their designers are very hands-on and as the basis of our shoot, capturing the most salient features of the project was most important to them. Soon after shooting a few hotels in SoCal, Sera flew me to Portland to photograph their newest and most colorful hotel, the Residence Inn Marriott located in the Pearl District.

Residence Inn Marriott Pearl District, Location: Portland, OR, Architect: SERA Architects

I like how flexible Lawrence is. He worked with me on a couple of southern California projects and we loved him and his team so much we brought them to Portland. Usually we hire local photographers in Portland, but because of our history together we knew he would be perfect for this project. — Lisa Zangerle

Perhaps because historically the West Coast was one of the last frontiers to be settled in the continental United States, “new” is king here. The West Coast culture celebrates invention, re­invention, modernization, and the avant garde. Where traditional styles have their place, companies of all sizes come to the West to infuse some unconventionality into their business models. Shifts towards energizing lines, sharp angles and bright colors make up some of my favorite social spaces on the coast. Honestly, I can’t get enough of it!


Nanawall Systems, San Francisco Wells Residence, Muz Nana

Nanawall, one of my oldest clients, has sent me into challenging locations all over the U.S. and abroad, demanding mind-blowing images that tell the right story about their product and the people who use it. Capturing the energy and connecting people into the shots is important to them. Beyond beautiful sunsets and powerful angles, Nanawall wants to show how their product intelligently serves a purpose and enhances the human experience.

Wells Residence, Location: La Jolla, CA, Client: NanaWall Systems

Wells Residence, Location: La Jolla, CA, Client: NanaWall Systems

‘Where do I begin… We have worked with Lawrence for so many years and time after time he continues to impress. He produces on point branded photography of our Nanawall Systems with powerful angles and beyond beautiful sunsets. In just one shot, Lawrence can convey the experiential benefit of our premium product ­­ not many other photographers can do that.’ — Muz Nana

Lawrence Anderson makes working together a pleasure while crafting innovative images that are responsive to design materials and deadlines. Lawrence has made architects, developers and builders his number one priority and in return they consistently choose him to capture their projects up and down the West Coast.

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