This shoot was a beast. All told, we made three separate trips to this property. In addition to the first main shoot, Kirk and I came back for a twilight shoot, and I went back a third time to get extra images (a key shot I missed the first time around and more angles the client decided he wanted).

When it was finally over, we ended up with nearly 100 setups and more editing hours than Kirk would care to remember. The images I included in this post are only half the total we delivered to the client. (There are only so many wide-angle photos of rooms with chandeliers and printed wallpaper I can fairly subject you to.)

On the upside, the income from this shoot paid for a new lens! We’ve added a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L to our equipment bag.

And, I learned a couple of things from this shoot, too:

  • There’s no such thing as too much expectation clarification between two parties. Even after you’ve beat the dead horse senseless, it still probably won’t be enough. Be prepared to put in the extra effort required to close the expectation gap between you and your client.
  • You know you’ve made it when either A) your granny flat is bigger than the house you grew up in, or B) there’s a landline in your bathroom. ☼