David Allison Photography


I shoot and edit each of my photographs with care in an effort to create clean, attractive images that best represent the art of the architect. Choices I make such as point-of-view, quality of light, lens focal length and with interiors, sometimes re-arranging furniture, plants and other elements are all considered in achieving that goal.

For example, I chose to shoot the building pictured on this page with the sun still on its far side relative to the camera. "Don't shoot into the sun", is a photo tip we all have heard in shooting portraits. Yet, I felt in my portrait of this building having the sun on its opposite side would work to my advantage. The predictable splash of specular refection high up on the front facade and the etched out detailing created by the angle of the direct light brought dramatic but manageable contrast to the picture. Had I shot on an overcast day such detailing would not have occurred and the photo would have been dull. Regarding the point-of-view, I had looked around the neighborhood for vantage points and decided this rooftop was the optimal site for photographing this building. Having gone through the hierarchy of managers to gain access to the roof on which I was perched and arranged with the managers and staff of the building that was my subject to not bring out the garbage, I decided the conditions were perfect.

Finally but not incidentally, I am aware that budgets for both large and small architectural firms can be tight and that photography, while desired to publicize and document projects, can be a financial strain. I make every effort to keep my costs to my clients reasonable.