Sometimes the best vantages points for a shoot can’t be achieved with my own two feet. I often use boom lifts, scissor lifts, and on special occasions, helicopters to get the best angles.
Back to school takes on a whole new meaning when you’re attending one of the most prestigious business schools in the country.
At UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, students are returning to a beautiful new expansion to their campus. The 80,000 sq ft addition, designed by LMN Architects and Carrier Johnson + Culture, seamlessly interconnects spaces — existing and new, outdoor and indoor, meditative and collaborative.
I had the pleasure of photographing this impressive space for the architects, construction firm, and the school itself!
Photographing educational projects always requires a unique approach, but UCI’s Business School had a longer list of challenges than most! The intricate levels of management meant a great deal of coordination with everyone’s schedules and unique requests from multiple parties. We’re pros at navigating complex situations and getting great shots that meet everyone’s expectations.
With such a distinguished school comes an equally distinguished roster of professors and lecturers. The school requested shots featuring a few of these important individuals. We love including people in our photographs to provide a sense of scale and function to a space, but it did require advance planning to capture specific people while they were on campus.
Comprised of many irregular angles, intersecting lines and other dramatic design features, the 5-story structure was tricky to photograph, to say the least! By taking the time to first thoroughly scout the spaces beforehand and then get feedback from the architects about the best angles, we were able to capture the true spirit of their design.
It did take some special equipment, including extra wide lenses and construction lifts, to accomplish the architects’ vision. Check out some of our behind-the-scenes images showing the giant construction lifts in action, helping us photograph around the large trees in the courtyard! Thanks to Hathaway Dinwiddie for providing the lifts.
We were thrilled to see our photography of this project featured in a cover story for the Orange County Business Journal!
Fashion industry folk demand the best — the best materials for their clothes, the best quality for their accessories, and the best design for their living and working spaces.
The Corgan-designed offices for Neiman Marcus Creative Group in Dallas, Texas are a 30,000 sq ft renovation for the famed brand. Neiman Marcus’ previous offices were an outdated labyrinth of private offices, but the new space is a collaborative hive, weaving together four different departments in an open, airy space.
It was important to our client that we handle this project carefully, so as not to disrupt the work of their important client! With new catalogs constantly in production, the staff here is very busy. We were able to coordinate with Corgan and Neiman Marcus to stage and photograph the active office, even pulling office occupants into our shots as models. I love working with real people to help illustrate the scale and life of a building!
While it’s nice to be able to photograph a space with bright sunny skies and lush green trees out every window, it’s sometimes necessary to time a photoshoot during colder months. You have to catch the right window of time in when the space is finished enough to photograph, but before it starts to look too “lived-in”. Despite the fact that it was snowing outside, I was able to pick the right angles and staging to avoid having every shot feel like wintertime!
Is a library still a library, if it has no (or few) books?
By traditional definition, a library contains a collection of books, periodicals and other physical media. In this brave new world of digital media, however, libraries are taking on a new primary identity as “learning centers” where scholars can collaborate and share ideas in a social space.
The new library at Harbor College, designed by DLR Group Architects, is one such modern library, with more computers than books. We were brought in to capture the social atmosphere of the building’s numerous computer labs, group meeting spaces, and quiet study zones. Photographing each space, we reached out to students and passers-by to demonstrate scale, flow and use. It’s always fun — and sometimes challenging! — to use real people as models.
Harbor College is part of a large network of community colleges here in Los Angeles, feeding students into prestigious programs at UCLA and USC. The students, faculty and staff here are very serious about the College’s mission, and we approached this shoot with respect for their ongoing work and studies in this occupied space. We had to coordinate with the librarians to make sure we were not disrupting the Library’s activities while we got our shots.
My favorite images from every shoot are almost always the dusk or twilight shots! For this project, we used a scissor lift to capture several very powerful, high-angle dusk shots. The screened facade of the Library, designed as an energy-efficient way to shade the interiors from the hot sun while providing natural light, really came alive at night. The building glowed against the deep indigo sky, highlighting both the screening and the colorful, bright interior volumes. We placed students as silhouettes in the front courtyard to give scale and purpose to the transparent structure.
What does it take to be a champion? In any field (including my own!), it takes hard work, determination and a commitment to excellence. At the USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center, talented swimmers and divers from around the world are transformed into Olympic-level athletes.
I stumbled across the recently-renovated Aquatics Center while scouting another project I was getting ready shoot at USC, and learned that it was designed by one of my favorite firms, ELS Architects out of Berkeley. I jumped on the phone immediately, and was able to shoot their project too!
This is a truly amazing facility, full of top-of-the-line training equipment, transparent office spaces, and lounge areas for the athletes to recoup between training sessions — all decked out in USC Cardinal and Gold. The spaces are very open and flowing, and everything connects back to the pool — the epicenter of the Aquatic Center.
The most exciting part of this assignment was getting up close with the athletes as they practiced their aerial dive maneuvers. Flipping and spinning in the air with such force and accuracy — you couldn’t help but stare in amazement. Watching these former, current and (hopefully) future Olympians, you could feel history being made.
Timing was everything. We had to work closely with the coaches to coordinate our angles and shooting locations around the NCAA competitions. During a triple dusk shot, one of the students was rushed off to the hospital for pushing herself too hard and forgetting to check her insulin levels. Talk about intense! If something crazy and unexpected is going to happen, it’s almost guaranteed to happen during our dusk shots, when time and light are the most valuable.
Where are all the students?
Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside CSU Long Beach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot!
Photographing for the prestigious architecture firm, AC Martin, we were sent back to school to capture one of their newly designed CSULB dining halls. This new space offers students much more than the traditional “cafeteria.” Fellow classmates can choose to collaborate inside at communal tables or take a break to energize outside on the patio. Would you like to dine inside or out?
We always enjoy the environment of a college campus. The eclectic Social Space and unique abundance of props never seem to be an issue with the millennials. Skateboards, laptops and colorful caps set the scene. The youthful vibrance marvelously complements the bright accents and optimal lighting in AC Martin’s brand-new design. For certain shots we set up multiple strobe lights to balance the exposure between the interior and exterior lighting. It was such a pleasure to photograph a space that radiates such high energy.
During the lunchtime rush, we had to put on our director hats and utilize quick communication to position the set. Posing people during building construction or off-hours at an office translates much differently than the war room of a dining hall. We had to move fast here. Communicating through walkie-talkies at either corner of the main hall, we shot at a rapid pace to keep in line with our creative vision and the needs of our client.
A huge thanks to Donna Clandening, the director of marketing at AC Martin, for help on set during these chaotic moments. Thankfully we came out alive in a sea of hungry students and with a batch of great photography!
Take a peek inside the Unispace Showroom where the Sydney based interior design firm, famous for office design, has taken on a redesign of their own. An activity-based office located in Los Angeles’ Financial District, relieves employees of assigned seating, tall desk barriers or longing for the corner office. At Unispace LA, there is only room for start-to-finish interconnectivity. Everyone from designers to project managers work together at one communal desk – so grab a chair, its collaboration time!
Lawrence Anderson Photography had the pleasure to photograph Unispace’s design-build capabilities. After all, they design so many impressive corporate interiors; it was their chance to show off!
We were amazed at the unified desk that wrapped around from reception into the primary room, and we made sure to photograph this space in prime collaboration mode. We filled the room with the Unispace employees and soon enough we had a very hip Social Space. To optimize the lighting in the room we used over 30ft of black plastic over the wall-to-wall glass façade to block out any reflections in our shots. For setting up and reorganizing the space, we had our assistants do some clean up but everything was already so tidy! After shooting, I was feeling quite old after talking to these talented young professionals – but only especially when they beat me at Mario Kart in the lounge area!
As we work with more and more remarkable corporate interiors, I am reminded of the importance in designing an office for success. We admired the incredible light that the glass façade gave the office, providing employees with an incredible view of downtown and the famous Mark Di Suvero, 45-foot vivid red sculpture – what an inspiration! The team at Unispace has clearly done an amazing job with creating an original space for harnessing creativity.
A special thanks to studio director Carlos Carrasquillo and senior interior designer Allyson Campbell to help ensure we captured the energy and innovation they built into this office. I was honored to photograph a place of such sheer collaboration and inventive ideas. As an architectural photographer it is always great to meet the talent behind the finished product. Thanks Unispace, job well done!
Another feature from Dezeen! The influential architecture and design publication, Dezeen spots the unique design in Santa Monica’s new Big Blue Bus Stops. Dezeen talks with renowned architect, Lorcan O’Herlihy, about creating a “modular kit of parts” and reveals many more innovative features about the new urban design.
300+ new Big Blue Bus Shelters later and – just like that – Santa Monica has a fresh new urban blueprint photographed by Lawrence Anderson Photography.
An innovative design by renowned Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), the Santa Monica area has now been scattered with “Blue Spots.” Designed sustainably with everything from LED lighting to solar powered arrival info – who could have thought bus stops could be so cool?
We hopped around Santa Monica to these several “spots” finding quite the dynamic Social Space. It’s fascinating photographing people come and go. Seconds after class was dismissed at Santa Monica College (SMC) we faced an influx of students eager to ride home – it became challenging to maneuver our cameras amongst such large crowds. We made it work by staying alert of people’s personal space and keeping our toes out of the street.
A huge part of this shoot became exposing the variety of culture and diversity at every BBB bus stop. In Los Angeles, we are fortunate with such a melting pot of talented people. Together we have all experienced enough car trouble to appreciate great public transportation. Whether you are riding to work in the morning or taking a day trip to the beach, the BBB helps connect “Angelenos” all around the city. It felt great photographing this interconnectivity in our community.
After a long day in Santa Monica, we got our images and heard excellent feedback about the new “spots.” In a high trafficked public space it is always rewarding to hear the people appreciate the changes in architecture. Thanks to LOHA, the new design improvements are in great effect!
This holiday check out the new stops – and why not catch a ride on the BBB? Take the express line with friends and family to the heart of Downtown Los Angeles – go shopping or ice-skating in Pershing Square!
Happy Holidays everyone!
Hurry you have a 3pm meeting at the – company bar? Yes that’s right, scoot on over, you won’t want to miss this one!
There is no doubt that our friends at DES Architects + Engineers designed an ideal office setting for these associates at Bluebeam in Pasadena. The fun, young software company gets to experience interconnectivity at a whole new level. Fine details like incorporating NanaWalls into the office space creates seamless continuity and optimal collaboration for employees. This dynamic design enhances work and play, with added bonuses including, not one – but two bars!
As architectural photographers, shooting corporate interiors during the workday makes it essential to master time management and excellent communication. Working around inter-office meetings, we were always on the move for the next shot. When the CEO of Bluebeam was scheduled last minute in our next meeting room, we quickly switched our plans. And even when there was downtime we were cleaning desks and recruiting employees to model for our photography. Staying flexible with our itinerary was very important with this shoot.
The project was exciting and the employees at Bluebeam were just incredible! A bunch of hilarious and smart tech gurus to chat with all day, what could be better? At one point I was simultaneously discussing Star Wars while finishing up brilliant Lego creations at the game table. It’s ok, DES Architects + Engineers trained us well with the office playground paradigm at GoDaddy. Keep the innovation coming!
A special thanks to Jana Gunsul, the Director of Interior Design at DES, as she helped us tremendously with the stylizing and overall coordination on set. Working with DES Architects + Engineers has always been a great experience and we look forward to the next inventive company makeover.
Now enough talking, lets all head to the Bluebeam bar!