Architectural Interior Photography

I recently had the pleasure of shooting three interesting projects for Altis architecture who are based at Jones Bay Wharf Pyrmont. Altis Architecture is a progressive and dynamic practice with a strong commitment to achieving design excellence and financially successful projects. The practice has experience in Hospitality, Retail, Residential, Aged Care, Hotels, Health and Fitness, and Aquatic Centre projects with a portfolio of many significant completed projects in these areas. 

The photography assignment was based in and around Newcastle in NSW. The venues were three Wests Leagues Clubs. Altis Architecture were very specific when assigning the photography shoot to Mackintosh Photography. They knew exactly what images they required and supplied detailed floor plans of each site. I love getting detailed briefs and drawings as it ensures that the work that I'm creating is matching the client's expectations and requirements for the photography shoot. Off course i still had creative freedom in interpreting their brief. Sometimes the architect will come on site with me while I'm shooting or for part of the day. In this particular case I just had the architectural drawings and the brief to accompany myself during the shoot. The photography shoot was a mixture of interiors in each of the three Wests Leagues Clubs. Including several bars, a beautiful new craft beer bar, mexican and chinese restaurants, a gym, specialty lighting details and interior finishes.  Also a hero shot featuring the exterior of one of the clubs at dusk. So the trick when planning a photographic assignment like this is timing the weather correctly. Easier said than done sometimes. 

If you have a building project nearing completion or some existing projects that require photographing. Please feel free to get in touch to have chat about your particular projects. 

LinkedIn Corporate Headshots

Tired of seeing peoples LinkedIn headshots that don't even look like them. Or is your current portrait out of date and doesn't reflect who you are now? I create images that make you look great naturally, by connecting with you and making you feel relaxed. That is the key. You must like your photographer. At every corporate portrait shoot we discuss your photography needs and what you and/or your business is about. It's very important they we spend the time in getting to know one another and sharing our lives a little bit. That's how my portraits always look friendly, approachable, trustworthy and most of all professional. 

The studio has several portrait packages available. For both indoor studio portraits and photography portraits sessions shot on location at your work or another location that reflects you. I'm happy to have a chat on the phone about how we can work together. 


Architectural Heritage Photography - Sydney

There’s a beautiful heritage building on the corner King and Kent Streets in Sydney’s CBD.  I love brick buildings they have a certain charm and character about them. The building was constructed the early 1900’s and as the years went by the building got taller as well. However like us all, time takes its toll on our exteriors. And a building is just same. It was time the modernise and restore this grand old building,

St Hilliers, a well-known construction company commissioned Mackintosh Photography to photograph the beautifully renovated building. I learnt that been a heritage building is not an easy restoration and with only one lift operating for part of the time the fire stairs was the only way the ferry materials up and down by hand. The workers got fit. Speaking of the stairs, to bring the building up to current health and safely standards an extra continuous handrail had to be installed and built on site, quite a challenging task. I needed to take many details photographs of the building showing how the restoration blended in with the existing finishes.  Like matching the type and colour of the brickwork for the restored entrance, the window fittings and fixtures were also fully restored and also lead capping on the roof. Each level features beautiful original floorboards that will be a stunning addition to the new business when they move in.

The top floor has a beautiful contemporary office fit out, suitable for any Sydney executive. It features amazing leather furniture, funky lighting, a large boardroom, private meeting room, workstations and a slick office kitchen. However best of all, there is a large outdoor timber deck with some interesting views of the Sydney city. 

Personal Branding Portraits

Your personal branding is your image and this how your clients see you and make opinions about yourself and your business. I create personal branding photography shoots for business executives and entrepreneurs, who wish to stand out from the crowd. For each personal branding portrait session, I liaise with the client in great detail prior to the shoot. We discuss many aspects about themselves; their business and we go into great detail as to their specific needs for the photographs. How Mackintosh Photography is different to other portrait photographer’s is your personal branding photography shoot isn’t just glamour portrait. Our images are about you and your business. Our portraits will convey integrity, honesty and show what you do and how you relate to your clients. The location for the photo shoot needs to relate to you, often at your place of work, consulting with a client and having some time out with a coffee. Remember these branding images are all about you and how the world see’s you. We can help consult with about your wardrobe choices and we can arrange professional hair and make up to.

These images captured below are of Laurel Grey from an amazing company called Happily Organised in Sydney’s CBD. Laurel is a wonderful client to work and collaborate with. If you need more organizing in your business I can highly recommend Happily Organised.  

Couple Portraits - Sydney

I love a great photography story. Chris and Jeremy were such fun to shoot. They had recently moved up from Melbourne to Balmain in Sydney. Not far from my photography studio in Rozelle. And they love it here. I think it's the weather! I love this couple portrait shoot because the boys are just so relaxed. Photographing a committed gay couple was just like any other portrait shoot. Whenever possible I like to meet my couples before the photography session to get to know them better, in doing so they feel more relaxed around me as well. Which then helps create more natural and intimate moments between the couple during the portrait shoot.

They love food and wine and their new hometown, so we wanted to incorporate that feeling into their portraits. The photography locations were at The Lodge Bar where they are often seen on weekends, Darling Street Balmain, Emile's Fruit & Vegetables and their lovely terrace house. We wanted to capture natural images of the guys at locations that had sentimental meaning for them. You can tell in the photographs how relaxed they are and how much fun they had doing the portrait shoot. 

Commercial Architectural Photography

I photographed St Benedict’s Catholic College recently for Fulton Trotter Architects. It was an interesting long day. The weather for photography was as dramatic as the architecture itself. With vivid blues skies one minute to thundering clouds, rain and hail the next. The photography shoot also involved setting up numerous floodlights for a dusk photograph of the interior of the covered outdoor learning area. Below is a detailed description of the educational facility as written by the architect.

St Benedict’s Catholic College in Oran Park is a new secondary school developed on a greenfield site in Sydney’s South-West. Fulton Trotter Architects developed a masterplan for the site in 2011 to be completed across a number of stages.

The Art, Media and TAS buildings was the first stage of the St Benedicts College Masterplan and demonstrated the two building typologies which will be developed across the site. 
Stage 2 of the works includes a two storey classroom building – housing the food technology classrooms on the ground floor and six seniors classrooms on the first floor – as well as the covered outdoor learning area (COLA).

The COLA Building forms the centrepiece and focal point for the site. A series of view corridors link into the space from all the access points to the site. Its two storey height allows provides access into all levels of the buildings that connect into it – making it the circulation hub of the site. The form of the COLA is a modern take on the traditional Benedictine colonnade with the walkways surrounding the central gathering space framed by a series of concrete columns and beams. A lightweight, slender roof then floats over the colonnade covering the entire area.

The food technology and classroom building connects into the COLA structure. It features a tile roof and feature brickwork referencing the rapidly developing suburbs growing around the school. It is a continuation of the style that was developed on the site in the first stage of the works and is in keeping with the concepts developed in the masterplan. In plan the ground floor of the building features two generous teaching kitchen spaces – one fitted out as a full commercial teaching kitchen. A compact canteen space is also housed on the ground floor. On the first floor, six classroom spaces are interconnected with operable walls to allow for flexibility in the teaching configurations while also allowing the entire floor to be opened up for larger meetings.