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September 10, 2020

Depth of Field

Their work helps clients win awards, garner attention, and bids on future projects — architectural photographers


By Mortarr Staff Creators


Sharpest Shooters on Mortarr

We asked some of our favorites showcasing on Mortarr to share more about their approach to their photography work, what they consider to be the most important element of a photo, and what inspires them to continue honing their craft.

How would you describe your approach?

Pretty straight forward and a bit obsessive. I like to know what kind of photos are needed and what type of lighting is best for them. I like to find any photographs that have been made in the past of the project and work with them if they’re relevant.


What do you consider to be the most important element in photo?

These days you need a quick read of a photo. The story has to be clear and easy to follow for the viewer.


Who or what inspires your work?

I look at everything. Photographers, painters, dancers, tourists, movies, etc. Everything sinks in and builds up the toolbox. And I look at architectural drawings often to understand how architects see space.

What is your favorite project shot to date? What makes it your favorite?

It feels like my favorite project is always the one I’m working on. I recently shot the Musekgon Community College Health & Wellness Center, in western Michigan. No one from the firm was able to be on location with me so I asked for a plan with some angles they thought were important. It was a great experience in learning why you hire a photographer. I spent two days figuring out how to tell the story. I also was happy to not be tying up anyone’s time away from the office.

PROJECT: Nando's Peri-Peri. View More >

SECTOR: Bars + Restaurants

PHOTOGRAPHER: Emilia Czader — Chicago, Illinois

Tell us a little about yourself and your studio?

I am a Chicago-based architectural photographer with an M.Arch degree and over five years of

architectural practice experience. I collaborate with professionals in the architecture and design community to create artistic and marketable photography.


How would you describe your approach?

I would call my approach very collaborative, very transparent, and multidisciplinary.

Whenever possible, I begin by reviewing a floor plan and design drawings to gain an

understanding of the main architectural and design features, followed by a scout visit and test

shots. I use the test shots to engage in further discussion with the client prior to the actual

photoshoot. In my experience, the initial planning and secondary discussion that is part of my process guarantees that the final photography meets and even exceeds the expectations of the client.


What do you consider to be the most important element in photography?

Lighting is the most important element in photography. It makes all the difference in capturing

the mood that the architec