I’m often called on to photograph private homes, either for the sake of the homeowner’s posterity or to document an architect’s vision and the resultant work. In the case of this suburban Philadelphia home and its surroundings, it was a little of both.
My client, JMS Architecture, was brought on by their client, the owner of this stunningly beautiful 5,000 sq. ft. 1920s home and garden situated on a bucolic 3/4 acre of land, to enhance the design and living experience to better meet the needs of a busy contemporary family. My job was to document the results.
The architect, Jeff Spoelker, transformed the stone home by opening it up to the outside – adding a glassed corridor that runs the length of the house. By bringing the outside in, not only did he lighten and brighten the overall feel of the home’s interior, but he created a sense of even more space. The effect is a more expansive environment – a bigger house – more in harmony with its great outdoors, be it warm weather or cool.
From a practical perspective, photographing a private home like this is more easily achieved when the residents are out. We’d get in their way, and they’d get in ours. So, it’s off to the movies for this homeowner and his family!