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Architectural Photography Leeds – 1 Canal Place, Leeds city centre

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1 Canal Place has benefitted from extensive repair and refurbishment to create a modern office building from an 18th century warehouse. It’s located on the Leeds Liverpool Canal in central Leeds.  The conversion was designed by Nick Brown Architects of Leeds.

The building was challenging to photograph from the front due to it’s proximity to the main A58 road. Inside, it was much lighter than I expected.  There’s a balcony off the top floor giving views across the city.

If you need to commission architectural photography in Yorkshire please get in touch. I’m a full time photographer covering the UK.

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1 Canal Place is on the A58, almost directly opposite the well known landmark, Leeds Commercial Van Hire near Armley Gyratory.

Thanks to the Facebook group, Secret Leeds 2, I’ve been able to discover more information about this building.  It appears on the 1901 Leeds Insurance map as 14 Armley Road “Fodder Mill & Stores.”  At that time Canal Place was the next small street which has now disappeared.

In 1980 it was Smith and Nelson Ltd., billiard table manufacturers. It appears on a photo on the Leodis website here.

In the 1990’s it was a software company office. You can view a 1999 shot of the same building here on Leodis.

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Britannia Hotel Leeds Bradford Photographer

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Ollievision is recommended wedding photographer at The Britannia Hotel Leeds Bradford in Bramhope, Yorkshire.  This post is to enable couples to see the venue and how it can be laid out for weddings.  The hotel function suites have been refurbished recently so I took these photos to show what it looks like now.

If you’re considering the Britannia as your wedding venue please also read the other blog post about Bramhope Puritan Chapel, which is included in their packages if desired.

The main function suite has a large oblong room that can be divided in half to suit the size of the event.

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Exterior views of the hotel, grounds and a couple of bedrooms.  The hotel also has a swimming pool and gym.hotel rooms Britannia hotel Leeds Bradford Bramhope Yorkshire, exterior views, gardens at Bramhope hotel

Across the road from the Britannia Hotel is the centre of the village of Bramhope.  The photos below were all taken around 100 metres walk from the hotel gate.  The Parish church is St Giles which is opposite the hotel on the main road.photos of Bramhope LS16, Bramhope in Leeds, St Giles Church Bramhope

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Architectural Photographers Wakefield – Unity Works & Unity Hall Wakefield

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Unity Works began life as Unity House and is Grade 2 Listed, built in sections between 1867 and 1908.  It was originally shops, offices and a meeting hall for Wakefield Industrial Co-operative Society.  Today it has a new lease of life as offices and meeting rooms with the grand hall being used as a live entertainment venue.

Award winning architects, Nick Brown Architects of Leeds, were commissioned to transform the very run down property into a viable venue.  As much as possible of the interior decor has been retained.  The tiled lower walls are complemented by pure white walls with the large mosaic floors taking pride of place in the design.

When I arrived at Unity Works I discovered that it’s an extremely difficult building to photograph! It’s on a main junction in Wakefield city centre with traffic light & lamp post columns appearing from every angle.

If you are searching for an architectural or interiors photographer please get in touch.  I photograph buildings all over Yorkshire. You can email me via the contact page or call me on 0787 292 4103.

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Architectural Photographers Yorkshire – Wood Hall, Harewood for Nick Brown Architects

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My work as a Yorkshire architectural photographer takes me to some beautiful buildings. Wood Hall on the Harewood estate is a Grade 2 listed stone built property.  It was fully renovated and refurbished in 2014 after standing empty for many years.  Award winning Yorkshire practice, Nick Brown Architects, were commissioned to bring the building back into use and convert it into a dental surgery.

Wood Hall is now occupied by Dental Excellence, a private dental practice.  Wood Hall was originally built as the vicarage for All Saints Church in the 18th Century.  It was designed by leading architect John Carr who also designed Harewood House and Wood Hall at Wetherby.

If you are looking for an experienced architectural and interiors photographer to produce images for marketing and display please get in touch with me via the contact page. Professional photography can help you show your work and your business off to potential clients.

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Photographer Selby Abbey – photographs of the beautiful Abbey at Selby, Yorkshire

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Photographer Selby Abbey, wedding photographer Selby, selby abbey photosI visited Selby in Yorkshire to photograph The Wedding Shop which is just next to the Abbey.  After Ollie (aged 12) had eaten most of the sweets off their candy cart display I dragged him over the road to see the fabulous Selby Abbey.  Despite spending my whole life in Leeds, Selby Abbey is somewhere that I don’t remember visiting before.

Selby Abbey was founded in 1069 by Benedictine monks.  It has suffered several devastating fires and collapses over the centuries but is in excellent condition today, thanks to major refurbishments during the years from 1907-1914.  The Abbey survives today as a functioning church – it is not a ruin like many other abbeys of its era.

If you’re looking for a photographer for your wedding at Selby Abbey please get in touch to discuss the options available.  I’m a full time professional photographer based in Yorkshire and work all over the UK.

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Selling Your Home Photography – Making the most of a professional architectural interiors photographer

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Selling your home can be an exciting and daunting experience, especially if you haven’t done it before!  Hiring a professional estate agency like Whitegates is an important step in the process and you may have already had advice from the staff at Whitegates Bramley.

This article is to help you get the best from the professional photography package that is part of the Whitegates service.  The bits that I will ask you to do while I am there are in red.  Everything else is optional.  There are lots of suggestions here that you could work through to improve your photographs, which in turn will help you sell your house!

Now that so many people decide which houses to view based on internet searches, your photographs play an important part in attracting viewers to your home.   Below you will find examples from a couple of houses that were photographed twice, once by the estate agent and then by Ollievision.  You will see that professional photography can transform your home and make it look newer, better maintained, larger and lighter.

Please note that I will usually photograph whatever you have chosen to keep in the room.  I am unable to move furniture, washing baskets, clothes airers, storage boxes or other household items.  If things need to be moved from a room please do that before I arrive.

Click here for some handy tips on de-cluttering your home.

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Lights

  • Please go around the house before I arrive and switch on every light, including bedside lamps, cooker hood, bathroom mirror etc.
  • Check the light fittings have working bulbs.  I regularly see multi-light fittings with some bulbs that have died!

Front of house photo

  • The usual issue when I arrive is that your car may be parked on the drive or right in front of the house.  I will ask you to move it so that I can photograph the house without the car.

Fire – If you have a living flame fire it’s a good idea to light it.

Curtains – my preference is for these to be pushed back to the edges of the window so that buyers can see how big the windows are.  It will also help the room look lighter.

Blinds & nets – you can leave these as you would normally have them.  However, if the window has a good view my advice is that you draw the blinds back so that the view may be visible on the photos.

Kitchen

  • Check the under-side of the cooker/extractor fan hood.  This is often visible on the photographs.  If you are tall you may not have noticed grime gathering there!
  • Remove the family notice board from the kitchen wall or tidy it up.
  • Check the fridge door.  Does it display your fridge magnet collection or beer mat collection?  Put those in a safe place!
  • If there are coat hooks on the back of the door please clear them of coats

Lounge

  • Look behind the sofa and large furniture items.  Is there a large gap between the furniture and the wall or the radiator?  If so, then move the furniture back before the photographer arrives.  This will help make the room look larger on the photographs.
  • If you have a TV that stands on a table please push it back a bit to narrow the gap between it and the wall
  • If you have a lot of little ornaments along the mantel piece and fireplace then it usually looks better to de-clutter those while you sell the house
  • Please switch the TV off

Below left was taken by the estate agent using a standard camera.  Right hand image taken by Ollievision Photography. selling your home photography, interiors photographer Leeds

Bedrooms

  • I usually take 2-3 views of the master bedroom.  It helps if you remove as much of your property as possible from the main bedroom.  Some owners stack boxes in the corners of the room which makes it more difficult for me to get into the best positions.  If you need to stash boxes in the main bedroom then the top of the wardrobe is probably the best place to put them.
  • Back of bedroom doors.  Are there a lot of garments hanging on the back of the door?  If so please remove them.  Some images may be taken with the door closed.

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Hallway

  • If you have a coat stand please clear it of coats or leave just a couple on.  I have been to houses where the coat stand has many layers of clothing on it!  Even if I do not photograph the hall, the coat stand may be visible if it is near the doorway of another room.  If your hall is fairly large I will usually photograph it.

Bathrooms

  • Think “hotel bathroom” here!  When you go into a hotel bathroom there are just a few nice bottles, eg a soap dispenser, shampoo etc.  In homes, I regularly see lots of bottles of bleach and other cleaning materials stacked on a shelf or lined up along the floor.  These look very distracting on the photographs so it’s best to put them in a box.  You can place the box into the bath.  If I need to move it I can then just take it into another room while I photograph the bathroom.
  • Towels & facecloths.  My preference is for these to be removed from the room.  They rarely look good on photographs.
  • Bathmats.  If these are colour coordinated and look very new and clean then leave them in position.  If not, it’s better to remove them.
  • Check the underneath of the sink for soap/dirt.  When we live in a house we tend to view the bathroom from standing height.  When I photograph it I may kneel down.  This reveals marks that may not be evident when you are stood up!
  • Grouting/white sealant.  If this has gone black in parts, eg around the bath, then consider bleaching it.  At my house I use neat bleach applied with a paint brush.  This reduces black marks on the sealant around the shower tray or bath. (Be careful not to leave neat bleach on chrome or anything else that could be damaged by it.  30 minutes is usually long enough.)

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Garden

  • If you have a rotary clothes drier please fold it down or remove it completely.
  • Remove any distracting items, eg peg bags hanging, old broken hanging baskets, broken planters.
  • If necessary, cut the grass a couple of days before the photographer is due so that it recovers and is stood up neatly.
  • Don’t cut the grass too short, you need it to look long and green on the photos
  • If you own patio furniture that is stacked away then consider arranging the table and 2-3 chairs on the patio so that people can imagine themselves sitting out there.  Parasols generally don’t photograph well as they obscure the view.  So it’s best to hide the parasol in the garage.
  • coil the garden hose neatly
  • wheelie bins never look good so put them in the garage if they will fit!

Garage

  • I do not usually photograph inside the garage so you can store all your boxes from around the house in there!
  • If you have a particularly nice, tidy garage and would like it to be photographed please ask me to do it.

Cellars

  • I don’t photograph cellars unless they have been converted to form usable living space.  If I need to see the cellar please say so as I will not ask.
  • If the cellar is not to be photographed then use it to store all the things you have de-cluttered from around the house!

Pets

  • If you have pets consider whether you want that to be evident on the photographs.  For example, if you leave pet toys & food bowls on display viewers of the images might assume your carpets are dirtier than in a non-dog home.  My advice is to hide the dog feeding bowls so that a buyer can’t make incorrect assumptions about your property when they see the photos.
  • Dogs and cats tend to like me and follow me around the house, photo bombing the images!  Please shut them in an upstairs bedroom if possible while I photograph the downstairs.

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Even an empty home can be improved by professional interiors photography.  Below left is the estate agents photo.  Right hand image taken by Ollievision.  Note that the mark above the fireplace is much more obvious on the first photo.

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If you’d prefer professional images of your home please check before signing a sales agreement!  Most estate agency photographs will be similar quality to those on the left hand side in my examples above.  Most estate agents do not commission professional photographers.  My service is included as standard in home sale packages at Whitegates in Bramley.  Their office covers the Pudsey, Bramley, Armley, Farnley, Kirkstall, Holbeck & Wortley areas. You can book a no obligation consultation by calling 0113 255 3511.  You can find them on Google Maps and see inside their new office at 14 Lowtown by clicking here.

Article By Paula Brown of Ollievision.  Strictly copyright, breech of copyright fees apply.

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Building photographer Leeds – The construction and refurbishment of Roxy Lanes Leeds

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Pinnacle was chosen as a central Leeds venue for the new Roxy Lanes.  I attended during the refurbishment phase to see the builders in action!  The photos were commissioned by Leeds List for various articles to cover the launch.

Roxy Lanes will offer American style bowling lanes in an adult bar/club oriented environment.  It’s fascinating to see the empty shell and watch it transform into something special.

If you’re looking for building and refurbishment photography in Leeds please get in touch.

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Estate Agency Photography Leeds – residential property sales photographs for local estate agents

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As a full time photographer, when I’m not photographing weddings and events most of my time is spent on architecture & commercial photography of all kinds.

These are a few samples of the photographs I have prepared for Leeds estate agents.  My images are perspective corrected to remove sloping vertical lines and give a “magazine look.”  Lens and other corrections remove the distortions that are commonly seen in residential property photography.  Skies may be replaced – no more dull lifeless skies making properties look drab!

Do you have a white bathroom and kitchen?  On my photographs they will look white!  No nasty yellow glow to spoil them.

  • Quality photographs can help sell a home by increasing the number of viewings.
  • Quality, colour corrected images stand out on web listings and attract the viewers attention.

If you are selling your home and would like to commission professional photographs please get in touch for further information.  You can phone Paula on 0787 292 4103 or email her via the contact page here.

Our property photography service is non-intrusive, photographs are usually taken in around 45 minutes and then professionally processed.  We will give you guidance on anything that needs to be moved to improve the images.

If you’d like to see the Ollievision portfolio for commercial property including shops, hotels and restaurants please ask and Paula can send you some links.

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Having your home professionally photographed also gives you something to remember it at it’s best.

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Google Trusted Photographer Yorkshire – The Shoe Healer, Doncaster

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As a Google Trusted Photographer I can create a 360 degree panoramic virtual tour of your business.  The tours and the associated “points of interest” photos are uploaded directly into Google Earth by me and form part of your Google Places listing.  From there it can be displayed on your website and wherever else you like.

Google virtual tours are a way of increasing the interest of potential customers who are searching online for a product or service.  Click here to see The Shoe Healer’s Google + page and virtual tour.  Just scroll down to “see inside”.  Also note that the profile picture that now shows across Google for the premises is the professional one taken by me and not the horrid one from the Google Earth van!

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If you’d like to know more about the Google business photography service please get in touch.  I will be happy to explain how it works and give you an idea of the costs.

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Commercial Photographer Leeds – Promotion for 42 The Calls Hotel

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My clients Leeds List were engaged by 42 The Calls to promote a Christmas shopping special offer.  The brief was to capture the essential aspects of the offer, eg pleasant hotel room with city views, beer & champagne, cooked breakfast.  Potential customers should be able to imagine themselves in the hotel room chilling out after a day’s shopping.  After all, Leeds is known as the Knightsbridge of the North and is a top UK shopping and leisure destination!

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Leeds has many fine hotels.  42 The Calls is ideally located near the Corn Exchange and other sites of interest.  Rooms at the rear look onto the River Aire, Brewery Wharf and have some long distance views.

I enjoy commercial photography as I can draw on my background in sales & marketing to help my clients sell their products and services.  Please get in touch if you require a commercial photographer in Leeds, Yorkshire.

I am also a Google Trusted Photographer and can upload virtual tours and quality images directly into your Google Places listing to enable you to attract more business via Google.

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