I was asked to provide commercial real estate photography of some really amazing houses for Century 21 and Luxury Homes Magazine recently. We did both wide angle and panorama photography for this shoot. I had no idea what to expect until I arrived at the first home. It looked like a hotel on the outside and like a marble wonderland on the inside. This 1st home was 21,000sq ft, and no that isn’t a typo, it was huge. I lost count of the number of rooms, but there were a few highlights I have to mention.
1st: I had to take a panorama of the kitchen to fit everything in the shot!
2nd: There is a full size racquet ball court inside! Plus it converts into a basketball court with the flip of a switch.
3rd: A full blown theater with marquee lighting, movie posters etc.
4th: A school in the downstairs area, with a full kitchen and offices for the staff.
There is much more, but it would take all day. I took nearly 2500 images to capture everything.
The second house was only about 10,000sq ft, but was like a castle throughout. The front gate and front door were about 6-8″ thick with beautiful wrought iron work. This was my kind of house, with warm colors and great detail in all the craftsmanship. Everything was built like a tank but was very functional. After working my was down to the garage I noticed something strange, when I walked from the entry to the other side. I wanted to take a sweeping image of the garage, as I walked over this area the floor shook a bit under my feet. It was painted differently, but I didn’t expect any movement. I had yet to make it to the bottom level that would unlock the mystery of the moving floor. As I went down another flight of steps and entered yet another door, I found myself in an almost cavern like storage area. This was a 20+ car garage. The area of the floor that moved was a lift to move cars from the main street level garage to this underground museum for stored cars. I can only imagine what kind of cars were actually stored there prior. As I was leaving the “Bat Cave” I found an elevator to make a quick get away. It really wasn’t quick, but it sounds good in the story.
All in all it was a great shoot and the images came out well!
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