Interior design photography

Lord Street Renovation Project

A private investment client Curzon Property Ltd contacted me and asked me to photograph and document the journey and progress throughout a complete renovation of a fabulous Victorian property in the centre of historic Lord Street, Southport.

The large building has an interesting history and one that became more familiar, relevant to my background and coincidental than I would have thought.


Most recently the ground floor shop front was Mister Smith's, which many Southport residents will recognise as the gentleman's clothing store that recently closed down. 

Any time a well known and well regarded store closes it's doors is a sad day, but when a thoughtful and respectful investment company takes over that considers the history and importance of the building moves in, it can only be good news. 

Yes, there will have been job losses with the closure of the shop, but from what the director of Curzon Property Ltd has told me, there will be so many more options available depending upon what is decided by the company and granted by the planning department. I have heard some of the exciting plans that are available for this building and Southport can expect another sad closed, boarded up property to become thriving businesses providing opportunities for many. 

Many of the rooms had the usual lowered false ceilings common with the era's of the 80's office decors. Sadly they had hidden the gems that lay above including the incredible ceiling coving and ornate decorations. The large areas were divided into smaller office spaces with partitioned walls, and each small space reminded of better days with 1980's decor, furniture and in some places, calendars left hanging reminding us of the days the office staff collected up their belongings and moved on.  

Many of these offices were once occupied by the famous Southport brand "Hatch & Fielding" which anybody from the local area will know were probably the first and certainly best known estate agents in town. 

The reason that is a strange coincidence and relevance to me personally is that my first real job as an estate agent was not for Hatch & Fielding, but my employer at that time, Ian Crane worked for them and valued them greatly as the company that brought him through the ranks to become a successful local independent estate agent. Another previous colleague and friend Gill also worked for Hatch and Fielding and has told me has fond memories of working there and remembers the building very well. 

It was only as I was photographing so many of these incredible architectural features, albeit in a ruined state of disrepair, and I was discussing with my client about the history of the building, and what he had found in some of the historical documents and incredible discoveries from within the building that made me realise the connection between the past and the present......I was documenting, as a self employed photographer, the offices that my previous employer had worked in around 30 years ago.

It was certainly interesting taking photos of that fabulous victorian property over the course of the first two visits. I still have two more left to document the final stages of the renovation and I look forward to each one. 


Don't allow your estate agent to take your photographs

When you are selling your most valuable asset you are relying on your estate agents skills and experience to negotiate the best possible price in the shortest possible time.  Why though would you allow an estate agent to photograph your home? This is somewhere you have no doubt worked hard to make look it's best, both whilst owning it and also in the days and hours leading up to the estate agents visit. Then they turn up, take notes about all the different rooms and gardens, if they are a better quality agent, they will draw a floorplan. Then, out of their bag or purse comes a compact point-and-shoot camera.


How does this make you feel? Are they doing their best to market your home to it's potential? I would say not.

In a market where image is key and every potential purchaser heads straight for the photographs before looking at anything else, it's essential that your home makes a great first impression. 

Any property that is on the market, will only ever have one buyer. One person who goes on to actually hand over the money to buy it. If the best buyer for your property is put off the moment they look at the photographs, how much money could you loose? Potentially thousands!! 

The photographs have to sell a house, and sell a lifestyle to potential purchasers. They need to feel drawn to view it and we all know that the first place potential buyers look when viewing Rightmove etc is the photographs. 

Make sure yours is the home they want to view more than any others. If the eventual buyer likes the images, they will view and potentially offer thousands more than the next person may do. For a relatively small outlay, it could pay for itself many times over

Also, don't think for a minute that once that for sale board goes up, the advert is in the paper or placed in the estate agents window, that every neighbour, friend and friends of friends on Facebook will not be having a peak on the agents website or Rightmove!! Of course they will. Most of the people you know will be having a sneaky peek to compare for themselves. Don't you want yours to look the best in the street? Stand out from the crowd? Of course. 

Therefore do NOT settle for terrible quality, badly lit and poorly aligned photographs.

Can you afford to loose thousands of pounds? Do you want your friends and neighbours thinking your home is dark, dingy and small?

Use a professional photographer to come out and spend quality time at the property taking images with the best lighting, equipment and experience of both shooting and of post production which can be just as vital to the final result.

Please give me a call to discuss your requirement or send me an email.

Stream Publishing

I was asked by Stream Publishing to visit one of their busiest McColl's shops within Edge Hill University and provide a selection of images of the shop and staff for an upcoming magazine. Some of the images used are below.

If you are looking for similar work of any commercial premises please contact me and we can discuss your requirements.