Category Archives: Art Archive

TEECOM – Moscone Convention Center – San Francisco, CA

I am excited to give you a little distraction from our “new reality” by sharing the work we created for TEECOM’s scope of services on the new South Building at the Moscone Convention Center. TEECOM is a technology firm that delivers “…strategy, design, engineering, and project management for the most innovative projects in the world.” Telling this story as a visual narrative was an exciting challenge that opened the door to utilizing various different approaches to documentation. This project is also a great opportunity to demonstrate how we can adapt our services to meet the needs of a variety of different types of clientele.

Teecom’s technology integration brought the Moscone Convention center to life, preparing the venue for the future of innovation and connectivity. Therefore, as you would suspect, it was critical the visual products we created reflected this outcome. In order to effectively showcase this, we utilized traditional photography, animated stills and drone video to diversify the media package. The result was a set of eye catching visuals to support the narrative.

Below are samples of the work we created.

Drone Video

I was delighted to work with Lloyd Ranola, one of my favorite drone operators to create not only the drone still images, but also this short video. Having a talented team behind the project is critical. I feel so fortunate to work with awesome assistants who second as models, drone operators and post-production editors and I can’t WAIT to get back in the field with them again. Lloyd is responsible for the awesome edit of the video footage.

Animations

Animated GIFs are a lively and unique way to demonstrate technology that otherwise wouldn’t be fully understood in a still image.

Still Images

There will always be a need for the still image. When we capture stills we of course need to have a strong composition, but equally as important is representing how the space is utilized in an authentic way.

There is no doubt we are entering new unfamiliar territory, but one thing is for sure; whatever is ahead of us will be able to overcome if we continue to work together an nurture our relations and connections with each other.

Here’s to utilizing the time we spend apart as a tool for gaining a deeper appreciation for all the wonderful people we get to work with once we are through these strange days. My you be inspired and excited about the creative freedom this time can inspire and put into action once we get to experience once this is behind us.

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes @ The Phipps Conservatory

I truly believe that when you put out energy that is in line with your deeper intentions, everything begins to fall into place. The decision to photograph the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania occurred spontaneously when I discovered the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.

While having a conversation with a young woman at my table during Build Business 2019, I was excitedly sharing my plans to head over to Pittsburg after the conference to photograph Chatham University’s Net Positive Eden Campus designed by Mithun (stay tuned for this project)… She then asked me if I was planning on visiting the Phipps Conservatory? I was unaware of Phipps, but after hearing what she had to say I was determined to add it to my schedule.

This chance encounter and conversation led me to the opportunity to photograph one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens generates all of its own energy and treats all storm and sanitary water captured on-site. It is the first and only building to meet four of the highest green certifications:

•    Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous green building standard
•    LEED® Platinum — tied for the highest points awarded under version 2.2
•    First SITES™ Platinum project
•    First WELL Building Platinum project (pilot)

The center’s mission is, “To inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research;…”

To read more about their work, follow this link.

Art Archives: Spain

In 2019 I’ll be sharing a series of blog posts featuring creative images from my archives that have been formative in my photographic journey.

The first set of images are from a series I captured while traveling in Spain as a young graduate student.  I’ll never forget how fun and liberating it felt to wander through the country with a spirit of discovery -no agenda, no schedule- just some cameras (4 to be exact) and a hunger for all the sights and sounds.  The color images in this post were shot with a medium format Holga toy camera loaded with 220 roll film…I was all about efficiency and if I could get more frames per roll, why NOT. Unbeknownst to me at the time, 220 film rolls loose their paper film backs after the first handful of frames… which resulted in these abstract ‘happy accidents’.   Imagine my surprise when I got the film back to discover these richly colored images with harsh red squares of light in the middle.  I knew I was “experimenting” with compositions, multiple exposures and abstraction, but I had no idea this is what I would get.

The image above eventually became the inspiration for my logo and, for me, captures the liminal space where an idea becomes reality.  This theme of bringing the invisible into manifestation is a major theme in my work.  The black and white images were shot with a 35mm Canon film camera and processed with a sepia finish.  I hope you enjoy this excavation into my archives- stay tuned for more coming soon!

 

 

Art Archive: Portraits

My great grandmother after a stroke silenced her.

Valeska Voiges, my muse as a student.

 

My brother Jon and our nephew Lucas James Hagopian.

 

Lilliana my cousin twice removed.

 

This image was accepted into President Obama’s library along with a poem written by my Grandmother Patricia Bush.

 

Isis…an Irsh woman in Santa Barbara experiencing what it is like to wear a burka for one week. 2003

How I Overcame My Fear of Video to Tell a Better Story

Last month Traci Vogel, Content Manager at Teecom, interviewed me for the SMPS SF blog about the common road blocks we often face when considering video. As we saw with the LinkedIn Design Lab Video, sometimes video is the best medium to tell your story, but knowing where to start can be difficult. Traci and I discussed ideas for how we can all overcome our fears around creating video content. In the interview we suggest simple tools that can elevate your in-house video capture as well as ideas for how to start building content.  Traci quotes some pretty compelling statistics to reveal video isn’t just a trend, it’s becoming the norm….so we all need to jump on board before we miss the boat.

Check out the interview and watch examples of different types of architectural video that can create compelling visuals for your firm’s marketing message.

 

LinkedIn Workplace Design Lab Video

I’ve been working on a very fun project that’s finally ready to share!

Over the past few years I have been experimenting with dynamic and creative media techniques to express authentic and exciting new ways for my clients’ to share their work. This endeavor originated in an exploration of still image animation, so I was thrilled to team up with M Moser and LinkedIn to create a full blown video production with this style in mind. The assignment was to showcase the utility of the LinkedIn Workplace Design Lab in Sunnyvale, CA.

Video was needed to convey the unique functionality and characteristics of the design lab which is used to test work spaces of the future. In this space everything from furniture and materials, to design and layout is tested, tweaked, and experimented with.  It was important to the team that the video reflect the innovative and distinct style of the space as well as it’s unique function as a fun and exciting testing ground for new ideas.  To that end I chose a stop motion(ish) style of filming with continuous free flowing video capture so that we could follow employees as they demonstrate the experience of moving throughout the office.  It took a great team of people from LinkedIN, M Moser, Haworth and my awesome team of assistants to pull this off!

I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Learn more about the creative process behind the video on LinkedIn.

AIASF – Impactful Visual Storytelling, October 23, 2018

I am excited to invite you to join me and Michelle Martin, strategic marketer – SmithGroup, as we lay out the plan behind creating impactful imagery and maximizing your investment in architectural photography.

Architectural photography is a tremendous investment and can be one of your greatest assets in sharing your project story. This investment benefits from thoughtful strategic planning. Your imagery defines your firm’s image and is often the only representation that will share your design with potential clients and the rest of the world. During this discussion, we will explore how to ensure you maximize your investment in professional architectural photography resulting in impactful visual stories. From annual strategic planning to leveraging the final photography assets, we will uncover the necessary steps to ensure a return on investment that meets your firm’s needs.

We would love for you to join us!

When:AIASF – Tuesday October 23 at 6:00pm

Where:AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 San Francisco

To register click here

This event also counts for 1.5 AIUA credits.

Hope to see you there!!

Kind regards,

Emily

La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition

I’m very excited to announce my participation in the European Cultural Center’s Exhibition “Time Space Existence” at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia.  Partnering with architect, Dominique J. Price, our work was featured alongside other design experts from all over the world.  We were inspired to create a full scale installation utilizing both photography and video in order to emphasize our shared focus on social sustainability and the democratization of designThe exhibition opened in May and is ongoing through November 25th 2018.   

Stay tuned for more details and media about this exciting journey…

Check out the virtual tour of the Palazzo Mora 3rd Floor here

Visit the European Cultural Center here.

LEED Platinum Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

I am excited to finally share with you the imagery we created for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  With USGB’s LEED Platinum Certification, the new LPCH facility is the first of its kind on the West Coast, 2nd children’s facility, and only the 5th hospital in the world to achieve this designation. It was an honor to photograph the interiors for the design and construction team:  design architects Perkins + Will, executive architects HGA, and DPR Construction. 

We are continuing to capture the final elements of the project as they come to completion.

This month the project landed the cover of HealthCare Design Magazine. Check out the full article with more of my imagery here.

For a full comprehensive set of images visit the Healthcare Gallery on my website.

AIASF – Impactful Visual Storytelling, June 6th 2018

I am excited to invite you to join me and Michelle Martin, strategic marketer – SmithGroupJJR, as we lay out the plan behind creating impactful imagery and maximizing your investment in architectural photography.

Architectural photography is a tremendous investment and can be one of your greatest assets in sharing your project story. This investment benefits from thoughtful strategic planning. Your imagery defines your firm’s image and is often the only representation that will share your design with potential clients and the rest of the world. During this discussion, we will explore how to ensure you maximize your investment in professional architectural photography resulting in impactful visual stories. From annual strategic planning to leveraging the final photography assets, we will uncover the necessary steps to ensure a return on investment that meets your firm’s needs.

We would love for you to join us!

When:AIASF – Wednesday June 6th at 6:00pm

Where:AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 San Francisco

To register click here

This event also counts for 1.5 AIUA credits.

Hope to see you there!!

Kind regards,

Emily