Winter is Coming


Despite the beautiful Autumn weather, winter is inevitable as the well-known catch phrase tells us. But photography needn’t go on hold during the winter months. It can be a time to take stock and catch up: stay inside with a focus on interiors, or seize the day and see what happens.


STAY INSIDE: Focus on Interiors

Consider spending the Winter months focusing some of your attention on getting your catalogue of interiors imagery up to date. In the architectural world interiors are sometimes overlooked, but they needn’t be. Are there any projects that have been gathering dust, waiting for you to find time to get them shot? Now is a good time to capture those projects with the added bonus of staying warm and dry indoors.

In winter the sun stays closer to the horizon allowing the sunlight to penetrate deeper inside, boosting the advantages of shooting with natural light. The contrast between inside and outside isn’t as great during this time and you get a more even indoor-outdoor exposure.

Image to Left: Katitjin Centre at Australian Institute of Management by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland

Como Shambhala Urban Escape by Ee’kos Design (above left); enex100 Retail Food Podium by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (above right); Roberts Day Studio Fit-out (middle left); St Thomas More College by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle right); Hillarys House by Nineteen12 and Hillam Architects (immediately above)

LandCorp Office Fit-0ut by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (above left); Postal Hall at the State Buildings by Kerry Hill Architects and Palassis Architects (above right); Bullbsrook College by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle left); North Perth Residence by Arcologic (middle right); All Saints’ College Performing Arts Centre by Parry and Rosenthal Architects (immediately above)


There is a good chance of a clear blue sky in Perth in the winter months; yet clouds can be a refreshing change from that piercing blue. And whilst not ideal, there is drama unfolding in a dark, foreboding sky pregnant with rain, and when it falls, rain-reflections can be fun. Storms can be followed, trees stripped of their leaves can show a new side to a building, and the colour and quality of light will be different than in other months, presenting new effects.

I have the capacity to be flexible with my shooting times, working to do whatever is possible to get the best outcome; together we will chase that not-so-elusive clear day or blue sky.

There are some added advantages to the winter months – sunset is around 5:30pm which means that if you’re joining me for a shoot, after dusk, you will be home in time for an early dinner. And sunrise isn’t such a ridiculous concept to wake up for as it often feels like it is in Summer.

The exterior images below were all shot during the months of June, July and August to illustrate that the show can and does go on.

The Grove Library by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (top); The Goods Shed by FORM, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and Griffiths Architects (middle left); nib Stadium by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle right); Applecross Senior High School Redevelopment by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and Hames Sharley (immediately above)

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