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.
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.
I then took a canoe out to get a nice shot from the lake.
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.
Moving on to interiors, the highlight is definitely the great room, with the stunning windows and the intricate shelving.
A detail shot gives you a good idea of the view you get from the couch:
I couldn’t resist shooting the custom shelving and the shadows on the opposite wall of the corridor.
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.
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.