The Emotional Quality of Light

I often ask clients about the mood they think is most appropriate for a room. What I’m really asking about is the quality of light that I’d like to capture. In this project, The Park for Zephyr Partners, I planned on shooting more than one shot of the living room. I knew the light streaming in would be fleeting and that subsequent shots would have a different feel so I didn’t ask that question. When we did the second shot a few hours later my contact from the client’s office mentioned the different emotional quality of the light. It surprised her and she was absolutely right. The first two photos are of the living room. We shot each of the other rooms for a particular quality of light, several with sun streaming in but the study with a more subdued light appropriate to its mood.