Photography for Architects – Japanese Restaurant Ukai & Dunthorne Parker Architects
We recently photographed Japanese restaurant Ukai, on Portobello Road, for Dunthorne Parker Architects. They were in need of clean, professional images that highlighted the true quality of their work. We have worked on many similar projects for a selection of architectural clients before. This meant we were able to arrive, discuss the brief and be trusted to complete the job on our own.
The space that Ukai now occupies was once a dark and slightly cramped pub. Dunthorne Parker were able to transform the space into a light and open venue. It is now ideal for serving fresh Japanese food in a modern environment, therefore the plan was to obtain shots that would show off the significant change in structure. To capture the large amount of natural light coming through the windows into the restaurant we used professional lighting techniques to balance the contrast. We also assessed which areas of the room to shoot at what time according to the position of the sun. One of the most important factors in photography for architects is maintaining perspective when shooting wide angle. We use professional, perspective control, lenses that stop vertical lines becoming distorted in wide shots. This type of lens allows us to shoot very wide without causing too much distortion which enables us to capture an entire space that still makes sense to the viewer. There are many important aspects to photography for architects as it requires a more technical, rather than artistic, approach. It is very important for us to make sure we have a clear understanding of our client’s needs before we begin. Before each shoot we go through pre-production stages that allow us to grasp the style the architect is looking for, certain aspects of the architecture they want to focus on and the technicalities of the shoot (e.g. with or without people).
Please have a look through the results we came away with for Dunthorne Parker Architects and get in touch if you’d like to discuss professional photography for your architectural designs.