Here’s my first feature photo spread in Carlsbad Magazine!

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The story, written by Jenna Sampson, was about the new Green Dragon Tavern & Museum. “The unique, modern-day replica of the original Freemason lodge [in Boston] … is meant to celebrate early American history.”

The photos were captured over two shoots: a night shoot for the building’s interior and exterior, and a day shoot for the food.

The full-page exterior and the interior ceiling shots were just my cup a’ tea. I used my standard real estate/architecture photography workflow: shoot 5+ images with different exposures, develop them with Adobe Camera Raw, fuse them with Photomatix Pro (an HDR processing program) and tweak the composite in Photoshop.

[Click on the thumbnails below to view large sizes of the images.]

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The food shoot was scheduled for the following day. While I’ve shot real estate and architecture hundreds of times, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve shot food. I’ll write about that experience in an upcoming post.

Several other stories in this issue, including one about a pair of mother and daughter triathletes and another on a newly opened cafe in the village, feature my photos.

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I wrote a story for this issue (for which I shot the photos, too) about a local florist shop. Read the PDF version here. The First Words department, which features a letter from the magazine’s founder/publisher, used one of my photos as the background.

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The next issue, January/February 2014, will include many more photos and my first feature for which I was both writer and photographer. ?