Sometimes certain shots of a project cannot be executed as initially envisioned. Over time structural modifications might have been made, and even a landscape’s natural growth can affect how a shot must be re-staged. With this house, the straight-on shot featuring its rectangular form and strategically placed windows was not possible because the birch trees had grown substantially, blocking much of the view from the driveway. I immediately looked for another angle and found one that revealed the information required for the content of the book. However, I was still drawn to the view of the house from the driveway, and hoped to find a shot that told more of a story about the house AND the family who lived there. As we were wrapping up the shoot at the end of the day, the windows started to glow and the entrance to the house’s glass door looked very inviting. On that warm summer night, I asked the homeowners if their sons ever played out on the dock-like entrance path in the front of the house. They said they loved to read out there, and within ten minutes we had the shot!
It is not surprising when nature tries to take over our lives especially the physical structure of our homes. Hence, a different angle is indeed necessary to better showcase the whole house. I agree that less is more and could somewhat be more meaningful as opposed to the regular perspective that a home is often shot from.