Qualified Member of the Guild of Professional Photographers

Old Smokehouse and stables in Southwold Suffolk


I was contacted by Chaplin Farrant Architects, to enquire if I was able to take some external images of a property they have recently handed over to the developers.  The challenge was the fact that they needed the images within a few days and the weather wasn’t looking good for the next few days.

However, I pride myself on rising to a challenge and with a possible two hour weather window forecast for Wednesday morning I set off hoping for the best.  As it turned out the predicted clouds didn’t materialise and I had clear blue skies and bright sunshine for the whole time.

The Architects have been nominated for the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) East of England Awards and needed some high resolution images to support their submission.

The property is a modern conversion of the Old Smokehouse and stables in Southwold Suffolk, just a stones throw from the beach and High Street.  They have been tastefully updated, in conjunction with the conservation officer and neighbours, and turned into 3 second homes.

There is extensive use of zinc and glass to blend a modern appearance with the old structure.

The final challenge was a more basic one; bird poop.  The lovely zinc roof of the new linkage building was decorated liberally with Southwold’s seagulls waste product.

This one was simpler, although tedious, to correct with a judicious use of photoshop during the post processing.

They say hindsight is an exact science.  It would have been better to photograph this property in the afternoon when the sun had moved around to illuminate the side of the stables.  However the weather forecast predicted ominous black clouds and so I grabbed my chance when the sun shone.  Of course the clouds didn’t appear and it was sunny all afternoon.  Sadly I couldn’t wait.  Had I of known I would have planned it differently and arrived later.

Saying all that, the client was happy with the final images and, after all, that’s all that matters.

If you have property that you would like professional images of   contact me to see how we can work together.


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