I love photographing gathering spaces in residential and commercial architecture. These are oftentimes the most thoughtfully designed areas in a building because they are where we spend time connecting with those closest to us. It is where we host get-togethers or relax with our loved ones in our homes and, in our workplaces, where we connect with colleagues, host meetings, networking events, etc.
When photographing a well-designed living room or gathering space, my goal is to capture the intention that the designer had in mind when creating these spaces. Occasionally, that involves adding people to the photo. How are the elements of the space being used? Why is that piece of furniture or decor in that specific place? How would a person use a certain feature in a space? These are the questions I ask myself when composing images for interior design and architectural photography.
Here are eight photographs of various gathering spaces I have photographed over the years for a little eye candy and inspiration today.