I must admit, it was a little childish!

Monday, July 22, 2013

  In one of my latest projects, I had the challenge of acting a little childish!  When I photographed Jodie Rosen’s recent design of a little boy’s room, it featured a beautifully pristine chalkboard wall, which screamed, “Draw on me”! This might not sound like a challenging situation to you; even the smallest of children, with chalk in hand, will leap to this with enthusiastic gusto!  But my drawing had to be different. It had to be done in post-production with a Wacom Tablet!

  Jodie had just finished the room for Dylan, and being a very bright and fastidious two year old, he liked the wall the way it was. He did not even know it was a chalkboard wall! Jodie was also concerned, that being only two, once Dylan saw that he could draw on the blue wall, he would be so inspired by this novel form of artistic expression, he would want to draw on all the walls in the house. This was not an option!

  So, I suggested to her, that I could put the drawings on the wall in post-production using Photoshop! She was thrilled with the idea! It would save the new chalkboard wall, as well as the other non-chalkboard walls in the house!

  I brought the image of the room into Photoshop. I then looked on line, for children’s drawings of items that would go along with the transportation themed pattern on the bed linens. Once found, I brought them into PS as a layer. Using my Wacom tablet and pen, I traced them with a “chalk” paintbrush. I kept each individual drawing as a separate layer so that I could move them around until I found the best composition. I could also show this to Jodie as I was working on it, to get her input on the final positioning of the drawings.

  Jodie loved it! Once I showed her my first small chalk drawing of a truck with people inside, she wanted more on the wall.  So I added a plane with clouds, the ever-popular bulldozer, and a police car! Zoooom! When I presented the final image to Jodie she exclaimed, “The drawings make the room!” I have to oppose, I think her overall design makes the room, but the chalk drawings add a lot of fun!

This is the room before the chalk drawings: 

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Jodie Rosen 

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Jodie Rosen
 These are a couple more photographs from the shoot:

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Jodie Rosen

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Jodie Rosen
 One of the drawings I traced to the wall; I added a road and a tree to my final vignette : 

I love capturing great design, but I also love solving problems! I am a problem solver! It is part of my personality, which is always put into practice when I am shooting, but also sometimes when I am working on Post-production.

If you have a challenge that can be possibly be solved in post-production, I can help!

Have you ever had a similar problem solved in post-production?  Do you have one now?

Speak freely, comment…. or you could even draw a little picture of your own.

Vanessa Francis: Interior Designer and Design Blogger shows off her latest!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with a new client, Vanessa Francis. Vanessa is an Interior Decorator who also writes a very popular design blog, Decor Happy, which is a great one to visit for design ideas, updates on her latest projects and thoughts as well as the ever-popular before and after images! Make sure you check out her post on this bathroom project we photographed together!

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Photography by Stephani Buchman Design by Vanessa Francis

Richard Ziegler Architect Inc. wins a Buchman Photo Photography Shoot

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Back in February, I had the opportunity to capture space for the Richard Ziegler Architectural Firm, otherwise know as RZA. They were one of the happy winners of one of three “prizes” I donated to the Movember fundraiser held by Julia Rosen Furniture Consulting. The prize was a discounted full-day of photography by Buchman Photo (me).

I worked with lovely and charming designer Venessa Medeiros, to capture a residential project, which she had just completed. This Toronto home was a real pleasure to shoot because it was full of fine high-end architectural details, clever solutions, beautiful lighting and millwork, and deluxe finishings.

Take a look at the custom built-in glass door bookshelf, built to keep safe the owner’s collection of antique and rare books; The sauna; the full paneled wall in the study, and, I think my favorite little detail, the real pebble backsplash in the bathroom. Thank you Venessa and Richard


Let Shirley Meisels Enlighten You!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It became apparent to me at my latest photography shoot of a custom built Toronto home designed by Shirely Meisels that one of her design signatures is her stunning selection of lighting fixtures!

A few images from this shoot will “enlighten” you! 

The chandelier, designed by the late Raimond Puts,  makes this space as stunning as it is!

Of course, when something is designed this well, it looks as good off as it does on!

As the description on the Ylighting page states, "Designed by a mathematics professor, the Raimond is a sphere created from a series of triangular shapes. The transparent lenses are specially detailed to spread warm white light in every direction".

A couple more examples: I love love love Ingo Maurer's Zettel'z 6 Chandelier

The Zettel`z 6 by Ingo Maurer is a pendant lighting fixture of love letters in many languages that invites the owner to participate in the creativity. The pendant comes with 40 printed and 40 blank sheets of high quality Japanese paper. The blank pages provided,  give the owner ability to  create their own letters to add to, or change the design.

This room above features the Armadillo Large Suspension Light. It adds a wonderful texture to the room and its  triangular shape plays off the shape of the rounded triangular glass table top.

Which chandelier is your favorite? 


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