Architectural Photography
Chicago Commercial Photography
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza #13-616
Chicago, IL 60654
847 502-1549



Questions and Answers
About Our Architectural Photography Service

Below you will find some common questions that customers have asked about our architectural photographers and services provided, take a moment to read through them so you can have a better understanding of how we work with you and your architectural photography project.


Rosell PDQ - If we hire your company to photograph our properties, what is the normal workflow of how we will work together?   Answer

Q - I have a commercial property that I would like to have photographed by an architectural photographer, how many photos will you provide?   Answer

Q- Our company has properties throughout the United States that we need  high end architectural photos for some marketing materials, will you do them or just hire architectural photographers in each area?  Answer

Q - I would like to have our storefront photographed for our website and a new brochure that we are working on, but the front of our building is in need of some repairs that will be done in spring, can the repairs be made to the photo if you take it now?  Answer

Q - I live in Chicago and I've actually seen some of the buildings that you photographed and I know they don't look as good in real life as they do in your photos, is what I am looking at an artist's rendition or is it an actual photo of the building that you took? Answer

Q - Does it take special equipment to do architectural photography? Answer

Q - What are some of the challenges to the architectural photographer?  Answer

Q - Being a specialist in architectural photography, can I afford your services versus using a generic photographer? Answer

Q - How many architectural photographers do you have on your team?  Answer

Q - How will you get the photos to me and in what format? Answer


 

Q:  If we hire your company to photograph our properties what is the normal workflow of how we will work together?

A: First you must be sure the property is ready to be photographed, all construction is complete including landscaping and clean up.  There is nothing worse than the photographers and crew arriving at a property only to find mounds of dirt in front of the building and a large dumpster sitting at the front door.  This has happened on more than one occasion and is a costly mistake, don't make it.

The next thing is to inform the property manager that we will be coming to photograph the building, we will also need his/her contact information.  If you are not the owner of the property you will need to get permission to photograph the property beforehand.

The next thing is to get the shoot scheduled with a flexible date, flexible because we never know what mother nature may throw at us.

After we photograph the property we will provide you with a selection of photos on disk or online for you to proof.  Further processing of these photos may be necessary e.g. streets and driveways usually need digital paving, the sky may need to be colored blue, power lines removed and any number of other imperfections may need to be modified. This is considered artwork and not part of the cost of the photography. In order to keep cost down we provide you with a wide selection of photos for you to choose from for your project, those selected photos should receive the extra attention to detail and have artwork applied.

We can do your artwork if you simply provide us with the file name of the photos that you plan on using for your project.

Q: I have a commercial property that I would like to have photographed by an architectural photographer, how many photos will you provide?

A: We have no limitations on the number of photos taken, our goal is to capture a variety of angels and then work with you to determine which photos should go to the graphic artist for artwork.

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Q: Our company has properties throughout the United States that we need  high end architectural photos for some marketing materials, will you do them or just hire architectural photographers in each area?

A: For the highest quality and consistency for your architectural photos we would go to each location and photograph the property our self.

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Q: I would like to have our storefront photographed for our website and a new brochure that we are working on, but the front of our building is in need of some repairs that will be done in spring, can the repairs be made to the photo if you take it now?

A: That depends on what needs to be done, but in many cases the answer would be YES.  You can send us a snapshot that we can look at to determine what can be done.

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Q: I live in Chicago and I've actually seen some of the buildings that you photographed and I know they don't look as good in real life as they do in your photos, is what I am looking at an artist's rendition or is it an actual photo of the building that you took?

A: It is an actual photo of the building, our goal is to make it look the way it was intended to look by the architect. After we take the photo our photographer and graphics person work together to remove any imperfections that may be in the building and surrounding area to achieve the best possible look.  It's kind of like looking at a model in a magazine, smooth skin and no imperfections.

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Q: Does it take special equipment to do architectural photography?

A: In order to achieve the best possible results we use the highest quality professional cameras and lenses by Canon Camera. Used along with special Ash wood tripods to dampen ground vibration and Canon tilt shift lenses that are designed for architectural photography to control perspective give us the best possible results.

The equipment however is only part of the equation, it takes skill and experience on the part of the photographer, along with that of our graphic artist to achieve the desired image.

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Q: What are some of the challenges to the architectural photographer?

A: Probably the biggest challenge to the architectural photographer is dealing with mother nature, wind, rain glaring Sun and gray skies are just some of the things that we are up against on a regular basis, others can be obstacles like cars, trucks, trees, power lines, light poles and people.

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Q: Being a specialist in architectural photography, can I afford your services versus using a generic photographer?

A: You can always find someone to photograph your project for less, but keep in mind that what may initially appear to be a bargain can soon turn into a major expense when the resulting photographs do not meet your expectations and have to be re-photographed.

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Q - How many architectural photographers do you have on your team?

A: We have two photographers specializing in architectural photography that have a passion for quality and customer satisfaction.

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Q: How will you get the photos to me and in what format?

A: We can have you download them or send you a CD or DVD.
We can provide you with TIFF, PSP, PDS, JPG or just about any other format you may need.

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