Where Art Meets Architecture 2 Behind the Scenes continues today with episode four. In this episode, we rent an incredible home in Beverly Hills to live in and photograph for four days.
If you can remember back to episode two when we photographed the Venice Beach home, we were having major issues finding high-end homes to photograph for free. Because we were in L.A., when a homeowner heard "video production," they immediately assumed it was for a giant publication, TV show, or movie and wanted an absurd amount of money. We found the "tree house" on Air BnB for $750/night, and the first line of their listing said "no photo or video shoots allowed." After explaining our project and offering to stay in the house for four nights, the owner finally agreed to let us shoot there.
The house itself wasn't very nice. Everything needed to be updated, and the doors, walls, and windows all had gaps that let air in. Luckily, the weather in LA was perfect and we didn't really want this location for the home itself; we wanted that view, and it was spectacular. We were the second highest home in Beverly Hills, and we looked down on some of the biggest celebrities' homes.
The first night we were there, our buddy, Dylan Patrick, came by to hang out, and we ended up putting him to work. For the first lesson, he held the Flex Light that was lighting Mike. For this shot, Mike showed how you can replace a sky when your subject is backlit.
For the next shot, Mike zoomed in much farther than he normally would to enhance the view in this bedroom.