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Back to (Business) School

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

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!

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

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.

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

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.

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

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. 

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

2240 Paul Merage School of Business Unit 2, Location: Irvine, CA, Architect: LMN Architects

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.

Behind-the-Scenes

We were thrilled to see our photography of this project featured in a cover story for the Orange County Business Journal!

OC Business Journal Cover Story

 

By |September 24th, 2015|Social Space|0 Comments

A Fashionable Hive

Neiman Marcus Creative Group

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.
Neiman Marcus Creative Group

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.
Neiman Marcus Creative Group

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!
Neiman Marcus Creative Group

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!

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Neiman Marcus Creative Group

By |July 27th, 2015|Social Space|Comments Off on A Fashionable Hive

Hey look!

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While on a shoot in Sunnyvale, CA with DES Architects, we spotted the new Apple Headquarters in the process of being built. What a great view we had through the structural glass of new Google Offices at Moffett Place. Imagine looking out of that everyday at work!

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Scouting in the City

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Los Angeles can be so beautiful, especially while way up in the new Haworth Gallery. In the heart of Downtown LA, I this new gallery resides at the top of the 444 South Flower St. Tower. Perkins+Will did a great job on this space! AND WHAT A VIEW!!!

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Unlike any cafeteria we’ve set foot in, skateboards, laptops and colorful caps set the scene as well as the remarkable weather to enjoy the breeze and chill outside @csulongbeach’s new #Parkside Dining Hall! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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By |March 25th, 2015|WordPress|Comments Off on Unlike any cafeteria we’ve set foot in, skateboards, laptops and colorful caps set the scene as well as the remarkable weather to enjoy the breeze and chill outside @csulongbeach’s new #Parkside Dining Hall! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

#tbt to dangling from a crane and shooting for @studiofabric up in #SanFrancisco… #wouldyoubelieve #construction #advertising

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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 work around hundreds of hungry students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Take a closer look @csulongbeach’s #Parkside Dining Hall on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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By |March 18th, 2015|WordPress|Comments Off on 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 work around hundreds of hungry students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Take a closer look @csulongbeach’s #Parkside Dining Hall on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

Where are all the students? Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside @CSULongBeach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

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By |March 12th, 2015|WordPress|Comments Off on Where are all the students? Bam! One-by-one the students start lining up in front of the entrance to the Parkside @CSULongBeach Dining Hall. An influx of people, eager to eat. Get ready — it’s time to shoot! Check out more on the blog in our profile. #ACMartin #socialspace #highereducation #archdaily

A Library with No Books

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

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.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

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 2-UP

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.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

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.

LA Harbor College Library + Learning Resource Center

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Living the Life Aquatic

USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center

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!

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

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.

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

Uytengsu 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.

Uytengsu Aquatic Center

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.

By |March 11th, 2015|Social Space|0 Comments