Shooting a beautiful cottage in the Canadian forest

Shooting a beautiful cottage in the Canadian forest

Last fall, I was commissioned by TACT Architecture to photograph a beautiful cottage “Tallpines”, near Haliburton, ON. The cottage is three hours from Toronto, in the forest, next to a beautiful lake. A perfect setting in the Canadian nature!

I organized the shoot to be able to have a variety of angles and lighting. The two dusk shots were shot one at sunrise and one at sunset. I was using speedlites to lights the cottage, which takes time and usually only allows me to shoot one angle during dusk.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

Once the sun had risen, I used the beautiful morning light to capture some other shots. I love the soft light and the shadows of the trees.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

I then took a canoe out to get a nice shot from the lake.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

I also wanted to give some context to the cottage, so I shot a wider view, showing the house, the trees and the lake. You can see the boathouse in the back.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

Moving on to interiors, the highlight is definitely the great room, with the stunning windows and the intricate shelving.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

A detail shot gives you a good idea of the view you get from the couch:

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

I couldn’t resist shooting the custom shelving and the shadows on the opposite wall of the corridor.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

Finally, the kitchen table, accommodating close to 20 people, with its custom light fixture. I lit the interior with flash to get it balanced with the exterior lighting.

Tallpines Cottage - Haliburton, ON

This cottage is absolutely stunning and I loved shooting it. It’s the kind of project where everything is just perfect: a beautiful design in an amazing location.

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