Over the last eight years, I’ve been honored to shoot Bali’s top luxury properties. Here climate, craftsmanship and jet set indulgence collect in the perfect storm of architectural abandon. Walls are optional, as are handrails and a bath that precludes nude sunbathing.
These homes look and feel like heaven. But shooting them can be anything but. The challenge is to capture the essence of indoor-outdoor living. If you can saunter, unhindered, from a shady day bed to a sun-blasted pool patio, I insist that this be known in a single frame. Nevermind the 1000-fold gulf in light. Yes, one thousand-fold! Our eyes leap 10 stops without blinking. Our cameras (yes, even mine) can’t see more than five.
The solution? Add light. A lot if it. Enough to fill a car, and empty a bank account. In my case, a few times over! Yes, I thank the gods for the miracles of digital compositing. For some shots, I meticulously blend dozens of exposures into one. But compositing, alone, does not make for a compelling, realistic image. There simply is no substitute for big strobes on big stands, and the wherewithal to set them up. Click into our exterior and interior galleries and see for yourself.
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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Pro
#5. Because, sooner or later, you will. Too much of our work follows on the heels of non-specialist shooters — photographers who don’t know what shots sells villa nights. Our well-oiled team — including a stylist, a lighting wizard and a digital darkroom magician — will do what it takes to make your property look its best. Save time and money by shooting once, and shooting right.
#4. Because a villa is not a hotel. Your property is unique — in a class of if its own. How do you communicate that? Your clients won’t be relying on corporate brand recognition, fueled by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign. They’ll be scrutinizing your image gallery long and hard before sending a deposit, sight unseen. What will it take to drive that conversion?
#3. Because you, too, are a professional. Professional photographs reveal more than “hardware” — a villa’s furniture and facilities. Top-notch images speak to quality, trustworthiness and attention to detail. And to the heart — to values that transcend money.
#2. Because your competition did.
#1. Because with great photos, your villa will sell itself.
“Djuna captured the mood and character of Villa Home perfectly. The shots bring to life the villa’s unique energy and our rental occupancy has gone through the roof since we loaded the shots to our web site.” — Emily, Villa Home
“Oh my God! Do you know how beautiful your pictures are?” — Wendy Wilcox, Karang Kembar Estate
“Djuna’s photos tread that fine line of showing a villa to its best advantage and being honest in the representation, giving a great idea of actually being there.” — Johan Mansur, The Istana
“The photos you took have withstood the test of time, and have been universally admired. They really captured the spirit of Khayangan Estate – Seventh Heaven. I was also personally very impressed by the efficient and professional way you worked, and got so much done in such a short time.” — Mark Saunders-Davies, Khayangan Estate
“No, Djuna, listen. Do you know how beautiful your pictures are?” — Wendy Wilcox, Karang Kembar Estate
“We worked with Djuna and her team on a new luxury villa shoot in Seminyak. The villa was a pure white colonial style residence and it was essential that amazing images were shot to add to the website and promotional literature. At the time this was no mean feat with the unpredictable weather of that season! Djuna was a consummate professional. Her team were almost invisible, ensuring set up was perfect and Djuna completed not only our shot list but angles I could have only dreamt about. We were so happy with the resulting shots and the client was delighted! I would not hesitate to work with Djuna and her team again, they make it all look so easy!” — Joanne McFarlane, ClearWhiteSpace Creative Marketing Solutions
“I’d never leave another photographer alone. They’d screw it up. Do you know how beautiful these pictures are??” — Wendy Wilcox, Karang Kembar Estate
“Djuna rocks! We love her work and can’t wait to have her come back to shoot our new villas as soon as they are done.” — Claude Graves, Managing Director, Nihiwatu Resort
“Djuna is our secret weapon.” — Ian Macauley, Co-founder, Elite Havens Group
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