Earlier this year, WZMH Architects commissioned me to photograph the new offices of CIBC Mellon in Mississauga, near Toronto. Located on two floors, the office has wide open spaces around a core of meeting rooms. There is a social space on each floor, where people can eat and socialize.
I was asked to photograph the space with people. CIBC Mellon was kind enough to provide employees to model for the photoshoot, which helped a lot. I’m not used to working with models, so it was a little challenging. There weren’t comfortable at first, so I helped them relax and act more natural.
The open space was harder to photograph as most of it is gray cubicles. I focused on the informal meeting spaces that bring color and interest to the shots.
Every time we set up for a shot, we had to talk to the employees so they would hide sensitive financial information from their screen, you have to make your employee engage all the time. Luckily, they were all very cooperative and happy to help.
CIBC Mellon has a lot of meeting rooms, of different sizes. The frosted glass doors and wall made want to play with layers in my composition:
While I really like the yellow accent wall, turning the camera in the other direction gave a completely different feel to the image. See, because the glass is letting the outside light in, it shows up blue because of the difference in white balance between inside and outside.
Privacy pods are used by people who want to work in a quiet environment. Using a model definitely helped give a sense of scale to the room.
The office has wording in several places, including the main boardroom. To get this shot, I played with the intensity of the room lights to balance the letters against the background.