Where Art Meets Architecture 2 Behind The Scenes continues today with Episode 2. In this episode we photograph a $15 million home in Venice Beach.
This house was pretty unique. It used to be a sushi restaurant and a couple bought it, turned it into a kitchen/living room, and then built on a separate structure for bedrooms and bathrooms. Most of the home owners in this tutorial were thrilled to have us shoot their property for free but this owner was unwilling to negotiate. I believe we paid $3,000 just for the ability to shoot the house for eight hours. I personally fought Mike on this, as most people would kill to have free photographs of their home taken by Mike Kelley, but apparently Mike has been eyeing this home for years and he wanted it in his portfolio.
Although this home is quite large, it didn't offer many unique photographs because the rooms were either massive (like the kitchen), or extremely small (like the bedrooms). Mike grabbed three main portfolio shots; two in the main room, and one bathroom shot.
Although this home certainly wasn't my favorite of the tutorial, it probably was the most unique and I'm glad I got to see it. I'm also glad that I got to visit Venice Beach in general. If I ever imagine what California looked like it was Venice beach; the skaters, rollerbladers, muscle beach. It was exactly what I thought it would be.