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When opportunity knocks…

For the past 18 months or so, I have been getting reacquainted with Canon. After an almost a 20 year hiatus from formal photography, I have been loving getting back behind the lens. Given my obsession with technology, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning to quickly move around my digital camera. I have been shooting things (lots and lots of things) and posting them here and there on Instagram and Facebook. Friends and family continued to ask when I was going to launch a photography business. My answer was always, “Never.” I truly meant it. I enjoyed shooing what I wanted, when I wanted and editing it to my own liking. I love to capture life as it happens. I knew nothing of portraits and poses or how to make someone look 10lbs lighter without Photoshop. The thought of “starting a photography business” just didn’t appeal. I was associating a photography business with portraits kids, families & weddings.

Just over a month ago, I received a Facebook message from Tiffany Swan Markoski, a fellow Nobles graduate, who had been following my photography posts online. She is a realtor on Cape Cod and had just landed the listing of her career: Bill Koch’s summer house in Osterville. Since the listing was so unique, she decided that she wanted to market the house with a coffee table book instead of a leaflet. She asked me if I would be interested in the job of photographing the house and putting together a 20 page coffee table book. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this was the absolute perfect fit for me. It combined my passion for interior design & architecture with my love of photography. It also gave me the opportunity to dig deep into my past and call on my experience in graphic design (I always KNEW that my time spent at Weymouth Design right out of college would circle back to me in some way).

Long story short, I met Tiffany at the property 3 days after the Facebook message. We hadn’t seen one another in over 21 years. We got right to work shooting the house from every angle inside and out….The property is jaw dropping. Main house, beach house, docks, etc. We soon came to realize that a 20 page picture book just wouldn’t cut it. Soon there was a copy writer and the next thing we knew we had created a gorgeous 70 page book, and I had landed my images in places such as Velocity Magazine, CNBC (click to see my image in the article), Luxury Portfolio  and various other magazines and publications.

Here is the link to the book… I couldn’t have asked for a better project to launch my business and help me find my niche in photography and design. From here I hope to work a local architect, a builder and kitchen designer, and an interior designer all to help them build their portfolios and web presence.

If anyone is interested in purchasing the Koch residence, it is listed by Tiffany Swan Markoski and Bob Kinlin at Robert Paul Properties and I am sure they will be happy to show you around!

Here are some of my favorite images from the project (click on images to see full frame):

Thank you Tiffany and Robert Paul Properties for this amazing opportunity! Anyone who is interested in getting a free version of the coffee table book can down load the ebook here!