I shot my first commercial properties recently. It was a big job: 5 buildings, 2 days of shooting, 849 images shot, 41 edited photos delivered.

For these properties, I photographed a few dozen empty suites and a handful of exteriors. Below you’ll see most of the exteriors; they have more aesthetic appeal than the interiors.

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Shooting commercial property is different than residential. Most of the interior spaces (of the properties above, and I’d figure the same for most commercial properties) were completely unfurnished. This made my job easy since I had no furniture to move, but boring considering (for most of my setups) my subject matter was — literally — emptiness.

Sometimes, going on mental autopilot is nice. My routine flowed: room walk-through, tripod setup, camera frame-up, settings check, shoot. And again. I don’t usually listen to music, but since I was shooting alone (the client wasn’t onsite), I put in my earbuds, turned on Pandora, and grooved out to Grand Funk Railroad Radio. ☼