September has to be one of my favourite months in Alberta. The quality of the light at this time of the year and the fall colours definitely contribute to photographing buildings and their surroundings at their very best. Land developers, builders and architects know that.
September has indeed been so busy that it has been hard to find the time to update this blog and share images on social media. I have finally managed to take a couple of days to summarize the beautiful projects that I have had the opportunity to photograph this season before tackling an already busy schedule in October and November.
First off is Greenbury by Beaverbrook Developments. This beautiful community features a range of town homes, semi-detached and single-family homes beside 60-acre Jubilee Park in Spruce Grove, Alberta. Located only 18 kilometres from Edmonton, Greenbury is a family oriented community with nearby schools, walking trails, playgrounds and leisure centres.
“The theme of Greenbury is Brownstone living. Inspired by urban centres, this iconic architecture was originally developed in London and has since found popularity throughout major metropolises. Brownstone style will be incorporated into all of the urban design elements in the neighbourhood” (Source: http://www.greenbury.ca/community/).
Photographing a community including hundreds of homes spread on several acres always represents an exciting challenge. Scouting the location with the client is always a benefit as it is important to understand their requirements to capture the key elements that make their project unique. My approach to this kind of project is to drive around and walk in the community without a camera to really get a feel for the community and its surroundings. I typically take some notes as well to record the position of the sun and decide at what time of the day a specific area should be photographed. Some areas photograph better at sunrise, others at sunset or sometimes simply in the middle of the day when the contrast between highlights and shadows is at its peak level.
Photographing architectural exteriors is a game of observation and patience; pretty much like landscape photography. You may sometimes just have a 10-minute window of light to successfully capture a specific area. However when you do, the buildings and their surroundings are showcased in perfect harmony as they were designed and built in the first place by a team of developers, architects, designers and builders who together put their very best into the project.
Greenbury Community in Spruce Grove, Alberta – Beaverbrook Developments