Hiring An Architectural Photographer? Here's What To Look For

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Architectural Photographer’s Have Specialized Skills

It’s important to realize that architectural photography is a specialty within the vast profession of commercial photography. With the profession of architectural photography comes a variety of specialized tools, skills and knowledge of the craft. This includes but not limited to; knowledge of industry standard business practices within the architectural community and specialized post production skills to overcome visual obstacles such as exposure blending, advanced compositing and retouching. To put it another way, an architectural photographer will have a completely different set of skills and knowledge than a wedding or wildlife photographer would have.

Identifying Your Architectural Photography Needs

Before you begin looking for an architectural photographer, it’s helpful to first identify your needs. Establishing a shot list and a having an understanding of how the images will be used (the license), will help the photographer define the assignment parameters and develop cost estimates based on your specific needs.


 When making considerations for a shot list, ask yourself these questions:

  • Would you like to highlight any specific concepts, architectural elements, or other features of the space?

  • Are there any areas of the space that might serve you better if avoided?

  • Which areas of the space might illustrate creative problem solving?


Next, consider how will you use the photography as an integrated part of your marketing and advertising strategy:

  • Show the photos to clients via website, portfolio or presentations?

  • Use the photos for RFPs?

  • Digital marketing campaigns?

  • Trade show banners and collateral?

  • Use the photos for in-house reference/documentation?

  • Submit the photos for competitions?

  • Send to editors of trade magazines or books?

  • Use the photos in trade or consumer advertising?

Choosing An Architectural Photographer For Your Next Project   

After identifying your needs, probably one of the most important criteria for finding the right architectural photographer is evaluating the photographer’s website and architectural photography portfolio. The imagery in their portfolio should indicate whether or not they have the skills and experience you’re after. Don’t underestimate the value of the photographer’s style and artistic vision as it’s equally important. You’ll want a style that enhances both your architectural design skills as well as your company's marketing and advertising goals. 

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Brian Rodgers Jr.

Brian Rodgers Jr. is a commercial advertising photographer based in South Bend Indiana. Brian has a wealth of commercial photography experience photographing everything from commercial portraits, RVs, large commercial vehicles, product and food photography, to multi-million dollar mansions. Furthermore, he has created brand images for national companies and his work has been published in various national and international publications including Photoshop User Magazine, Dentaltown Magazine, Incisal Edge Magazine, and the popular web based show "Photography Tips & Tricks" produced by Kelby Media Group to name a few. Brian’s overall body of work demonstrates a real cultivation of skills behind the lens as well as a wide array of cutting edge post production techniques. He provides his clients with exceptional images and ensures customer satisfaction through his relentless work ethic. Brian is not just a photographer, he is an artist. Retouching his own work allows him to deliver a product that reflects his vision as an artist. And his clients are never disappointed in his abilities to produce consistent, compelling images. Fun Fact: He shot his own portrait