Commercial Photographers in Charlotte’s EpiCentreCommercial Photographers in Charlotte’s EpiCentre

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Have we mentioned that we really love being commercial photographers in Charlotte? Especially when we hear news that one of the multimillion dollar properties we’ve shot has been acquired. We can’t help but feel a little flush of pride when that happens.

Yet another of the Charlotte NC landmarks we’ve had the chance to photograph has sold! The EpiCentre, on South College Street, was purchased in May 2014 by CIM Group, a Los Angeles based real estate firm that also owns uptown Charlotte’s BB&T Center building.

The 305,000 square foot complex features 255,512 square feet of retail space and 49,336 square feet of office space. It was 94% occupied at the time of the sale. Its tenants include Gold’s Gym, Studio Movie Grill, Strike City and sixteen restaurants.

If you live in Charlotte, or have ever visited its uptown, you are probably familiar with the EpiCentre. For one thing, it’s enormous, with indoor and outdoor shopping components, as well as event space. It’s one of those buildings that give Charlotte its southern-cosmopolitan look and feel.

We were very excited to have the opportunity to shoot this site. And we think we were able to get some great images! With an eye toward lighting and timing, we were able to expertly capture both the architectural features and the unique ambiance of the EpiCentre. See the results for yourself…

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If you would like to view the rest of the photos in this collection, visit the Charlotte EpiCentre gallery. For more information on the sale of the EpiCentre, see this article from the Charlotte Business Journal.  And if you are looking for professional, commercial photographers in Charlotte or elsewhere, please contact us! We’d be happy to give your property the multimillion dollar photography treatment!


The Alabama Theater in HoustonThe Alabama Theater in Houston

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We recently had the opportunity to shoot a very unique shopping center in Houston, Texas.

The Alabama Shephard Shopping Center is home to the historic Alabama Theater, built in 1939. Throughout its history, the theater’s period cinematic elements have fortunately been well preserved by forward-thinking owners and tenants.

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This picture was taken on the theater’s opening night in 1939.

For a time, the theater was used to house a Bookstop book store. Gary Hoover, one of the founders of Bookstop, stated that his architects set up the building’s interior so that it could be easily converted back into a theater in case the book store closed.

In 2004, the Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center was acquired by Weingarten Realty, who hired us to do this shoot. Weingarten was interested in preserving the historic building, and as luck would have it, Trader Joe’s was interested in opening its first Greater Houston area retail location in the theater.

At the time we photographed the shopping center, Trader Joe’s was just settling into its newest location. We think it is so cool that both Weingarten and Trader Joe’s opted to keep the old-timey theater marquee and other architectural details.

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Like many old shopping centers, the Alabama Shepherd suffered low occupancy rates and threatened demolition prior to the Trader Joe’s lease. But happily, due to the lease, the shopping center is now fully occupied. Due to the restoration of the old Alabama Theater, the Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center won the 2013 Landmark Award in Historic Preservation from the Houston Business Journal.

It was a pleasure to shoot this unique property. We truly relish our work! To see the rest of the photos from this shoot, visit the Alabama Shepherd gallery. And if you have a property (historic or otherwise) that needs its potential to be seen through a fresh lens, contact us!

Breathtaking Iceland Stock Photos!Breathtaking Iceland Stock Photos!

Wow! Check out these amazing Iceland stock photos!

Clear Sky Images owners, Brett and Shelly Osborne, love to travel to new and interesting places. They especially enjoy destinations where they can take in (and photograph!) some gorgeous natural beauty. They’ve visited and photographed places like Sedona, AZ and Catalina Island.

In October 2013, Brett and Shelly vacationed in the magnificent fairyland that is Iceland. Here is a small sampling of their journey in photographs!

In the shot below, you can see the geyser Strokkur erupting at sunset. He is the little brother of the original Geysir, for whom all other geysers are named. The autumn sunsets last for a whole hour in Iceland, so there was plenty of time to play around and capture the perfect shots.

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This is a picture of Gullfoss- a waterfall that is very similar to Niagara Falls in that it is a bowl waterfall. There are many dazzling waterfalls in Iceland.

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Below is a rare image of our lead photographer, Brett. We seldom get a chance to photograph the photographer! Behind Brett you can see the city of Reykjavik (Iceland’s capitol) in the background. It is a very old city, but well preserved and beautiful. The people are wonderfully friendly in Iceland, and Brett and Shelly really enjoyed their time in Reykjavik.

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Iceland is breathtakingly beautiful and Brett and Shelly can’t wait to return. Next time, they plan to travel in the summer when the sunsets last for several hours. That’s several hours of perfect outdoor photography lighting!

If you want to see more of Brett and Shelly’s Iceland images, check out the Iceland Stock Photos gallery. There are a lot more pictures of Reykjavik, of waterfalls and geysers, and some incredible Northern Lights stock photos to view.

Photographing Historic Sites – The Murchison BuildingPhotographing Historic Sites – The Murchison Building

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Photographing historic sites is one of our areas of expertise. Here is another historic North Carolina building that we recently had the pleasure of shooting prior to its sale.

The Murchison Building, located on Front Street in Wilmington, was completed in 1914 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the tallest building in Wilmington until 2007, when the 12-story PPD headquarters was finished.

In its prime, this handsome edifice housed the Murchison National Bank, the Wilmington Morning Star and the Sunday Star-News. In recent years, its offices have been occupied by small businesses and professionals, but the building came quite close to succombing to the sad fate that befalls many historic high-rises. It needed new investment to prevent it from falling into disrepair, its legacy lost to future generations.

Enter Wilmington Development Partners, LLC, which closed on the property in June for $1.425 million, and plans to provide that much needed investment to restore the Murchison Building to its former glory. “Our goal is to address its needs first,” said the investment firm’s president, Thomas Simpson. “Everybody on our team is 100 percent on board with taking care of that building.”

No word yet on how the building will be put to use after renovations, but it is good to know that it will remain as a testament to the heritage of Wilmington and North Carolina for a long time to come. Just take a look at some of the beautiful images we captured of this stately building. We really love the shots that focus in on the little architectural details that make the Murchison Building unique.

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We love photographing historic sites! Check out the gallery for the rest of the images from the Murchison Building shoot. If you are a North Carolina history buff, or you just love pictures of historic places and architecture, check out the photos we shot of the R.J. Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem. And if you need amazing photography to help sell your property (historic or otherwise!) don’t hesitate to contact us for information.


Real Estate Marketing: Excellent Photography is Worth Millions!Real Estate Marketing: Excellent Photography is Worth Millions!

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Once again, our belief that gorgeous professional photography is essential to good real estate marketing is proven correct!

It is always so gratifying to see our work contribute to the sale of a property. Even more so when that property happens to be one of enduring historical and cultural significance. For instance, here is an historic property we photographed that recently sold for $7.8 mn.

The historic Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem is an art-deco style high rise that was erected in 1929. Built and formerly owned by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it has been sold to a hotel development partnership. The Reynolds Building is also currently under consideration by the Forsyth County Historic Preservation Commission for induction to the National Register of Historic Places.

The developers’ plans for the historically significant edifice include a boutique hotel, restaurants and luxury apartments, according to a news release.

Here is a fun and interesting fact: the building garnered a lot of attention in 1929, when it was selected as Building of the Year by the National Association of Architects. Later, the Reynolds Building served as the model for the Empire State Building.

We shot both the exterior and interior of the building, and the resulting images are just brilliant, if we do say so ourselves. Take a look:

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We are so excited to have been able to photograph this beautiful piece of architecture, and so pleased that its future is secure and that it will remain for years to come as an important testament to the rich history and heritage of Winston-Salem and North Carolina.

If you want to view more of the shots we took, see the Reynolds Building gallery. And if you would like to learn more about the sale or about the building itself, here is an article from the Piedmont News Station.

Remember: Excellent photography sells real estate! There’s no doubt about it. If you are looking for fantastic images to improve your real estate marketing efforts, contact us today!


From Swine Waste to… Energy? Storms Farm Anaerobic DigesterFrom Swine Waste to… Energy? Storms Farm Anaerobic Digester

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You know, there’s nothing we appreciate more than true innovation- surprising but elegant solutions to problems both old and new, implemented with efficient design by passionate individuals… that is humanity at its finest.

Which is why we are so excited and proud of this recent project that we shot for Barnhill Contracting of an ingenious machine they built at Storms Farm in Bladenboro, NC. Take a look at the above photos. It may seem like you are just looking at a bunch of clunky agricultural equipment. But this machine is the beautiful result of a quest for a workable solution to two problems faced by modern farmers.

1. How can we lower our energy costs?

2. What are we going to do with all this hog waste???

Believe it or not, the answer to both of these plaguing challenges is embodied in the machine you see in the above photos. It’s called an anaerobic digester, and it actually turns swine manure into electric energy.

Without getting into too much technical detail, it basically works like this: Manure collected daily from nearly 30,000 hogs is mixed with other agricultural waste and biologically decomposed in a huge, oxygen-free, reinforced concrete vessel. The bacteria in the digester break down the waste, eliminate the odor and pathogens, and produce an energy-rich biogas. The gas is then combusted in an engine/generator, producing enough electricity to offset the energy expenditures of around 300 average sized homes. Revenue from the sale of this renewable energy helps to support the farm’s operations.

In addition to solving problems for farmers, this technology also presents another unique option for the modern challenge we all face of obtaining energy without resorting to costly, non-renewable sources. And on top of all that, it is a wonderful step toward eliminating the pollution to waterways that has been attributed to large-scale agricultural operations.

Of course, the good folks at Barnhill didn’t invent the process (anaerobic digestion is a natural process as old as time, and is responsible for such delights as kimchi and sauerkraut), but the machine in question is the result of eight years of development. And Storms Farm is the first commercial farm in North Carolina to implement a swine waste to energy solution.

We applaud Barnhill and Storms Farm for helping to pioneer this high-potential innovation in renewable energy, and thank them for letting us play a very small role in the process. Check out the entire gallery here.

And if you are a pioneer, an innovator, or just an entrepreneur excited about your location or product, we would love to assist you in your marketing efforts by providing you with superior-quality photographic images! Contact us here to tell us about your project.


What can Aerial Photography do for Your Business?What can Aerial Photography do for Your Business?

Are you a business owner? Real estate investor? Then, like others in your industry, you are probably always seeking new and better ways to market your business or properties. Clear Sky Images is founded on the simple but often overlooked fact that incredible photography leads to incredible sales. We know that it takes a lot more than showing up and pressing a button to shoot stunning commercial and aerial photography like ours; it takes an exacting knowledge of the craft and attention to detail. We love what we do, and it shows, not only in the quality of our work, but in our relentless dedication to produce some of the most outstanding images in the business.

In this video, you will meet Brett and Shelly Osborne, owners of Clear Sky Images, and discover the huge impact professional quality commercial and aerial photography can have on your marketing efforts. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to catch some amusing outtakes! And if you enjoy the video, please be sure to like it on YouTube!

We look forward to working with you to capture the beauty of your architecture, the ambiance of your interior space, or the appeal of your product. Just like Brett says in the video, we are capable and experienced in photographing a huge range of project types, from real estate to food to landscape and interior design. We’ve photographed schools, medical facilities, and even agricultural operations. And yes, we do videos!

Take a look at some of our many galleries of amazing real estate, commercial and aerial photography. See what some of our past clients have to say about our work. Or contact us here to discuss your project and receive a quote. You won’t regret it, but your competitors might!


Dazzling Nature Photography from Sedona AZDazzling Nature Photography from Sedona AZ


In 2013, our intrepid chief photographer Brett and his no-less intrepid wife, Shelly, took a trip to Arizona. While there, they did some sightseeing and shot some mind-blowingly beautiful photographs of the Grand Canyon, as well as scenic Sedona. In this post, we’ll share some of the images from the Sedona excursion. Thanks to Pink Jeep Tours, and the kind of patience that would make the Mother of the Year jealous, Brett and Shelly were able to capture the almost otherworldly quality of these geologic formations against a backdrop of endless sky. Check out this amazing nature photography from Sedona!

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Pink Jeep Tours offers off-road tours for the adventurous type in Sedona, Las Vegas, Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. The drivers are highly knowledgeable and they take you to places you probably never would have found on your own. If you have a thirst for adventure and breathtaking natural beauty, we highly recommend booking a tour with them when visiting any of these areas! It will definitely be a unique and unforgettable experience!


Here’s what Brett had to say about the technical side of the photographic awesomeness they produced in Sedona:

“We often use a combination of HDR (done appropriately) and Photoshop layering to create a more accurate picture than what a single shot on the camera can accomplish. The eye sees so much more than the camera. To pull out the details, I use luminosity masks and a lot of patience. Sometimes you just have to wait on the sun and the right cloud cover. Sometimes you just get lucky. Taking advantage of the ‘golden hour’ which is always around twilight in the morning or evening helps. We only took a Nikon D800 and 28-300 mm lens for most images. And some good walking shoes.”

And as a special treat, here is an incredible video of one of the Pink Jeep tour guides riding his bike across the edge of the canyon in what is possibly the most death-defying act to ever involve a bicycle (and a dog).

We might do a post later on with the Grand Canyon pics, but if you want to view them (as well as the rest of the Sedona photos and other Arizona sights) you can check out the entire Arizona trip gallery here. And of course, all of the photos are available for stock purchase!

Searching for Aerial Photos in North Carolina?Searching for Aerial Photos in North Carolina?

Look Here for Stock Aerial Photos

Looking for current aerial photos in North Carolina? We have created a searchable map where you can enter the address you are looking for and see if we have any stock imagery.

We know you are working on a project or even searching local areas for activity and development.

We have developed the easiest place to search for stock aerials to serve your needs without even making a phone call.

Go to the link or from our website click the link for Stock Aerial Map.

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  1. Navigate visually or type in the address to find your site.
  2. Use the zoom tools on the left if necessary to see your site clearly.
  3. Click on the icons to see their titles and descriptions.
  4. If you would like to view the photos for a location, simply click on the link in its popup text.

Easy, efficient and effective!

And of course, if we don’t have your site on the map, call us and get on the schedule. We will fly your site and get exactly the views and angles you need to communicate location, purpose, and perspective from either a plane or helicopter.

Coming soon, we will also be able to offer drone photography!

Clear Sky Images, here to serve your commercial photography needs.

Let us know what other tools will help you grow your business.

A Tactical Advantage in Commercial PhotographyA Tactical Advantage in Commercial Photography

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How many times have you heard someone say that talk is cheap? That statement may be truer now more than ever. After all, you can launch an ad campaign on Facebook, create a stir on Twitter, and pretty much market yourself worldwide without spending a dime.

So why does our team at Clear Sky Images still place such a value on talking? Because we know that talking can turn a good shoot into a great one. A talented commercial photographer can go into any situation and assess lighting, gauge the mood and balance the shot. A great commercial photographer knows precisely what questions to ask to ensure the shoot takes place in the best light, on the right day, hitting every important detail.

Consider the gallery of images of the corporate office building for MSC Industrial. We covered this five-story building in Davidson, North Carolina for a local general contractor in just hours. We knew the spaces to target and the type of images needed, tackling the 18,000 SF with confidence.

Before the shoot, CSI took a beat to talk the particulars of the job. This includes the cut-and-dry details like point of contact, access and geographic orientation. Where our team shines though is in its ability to get to the heart of the job – understanding the ultimate purpose of the images and true character of the building. We know the right questions to ask to help quickly assess just want you need from the project.

Now back to the gallery for MSC. When you look beyond the well-balanced light and attractive angles, you will see a mixture of vertical and horizontal photos that allow for versatility in marketing layouts. Exterior images show both the expanse of the building and tighter shots of the entryways. This again considers the types of marketing the pictures will provide for our client. A late-afternoon shoot over the weekend ensures few cars and people, placing an emphasis on the building. The timing also gives us soft, bright light that gives way to a dramatic dusk setting.

These details allowed our team to create the best collection of photos for our client. The end result? A set of images that captured the character of the building so well, that the project’s GC, Owner, Developer and Architect all purchased them.

So the next the next time you hear someone say how talk is cheap, maybe consider that you are just not talking to the right people. Give Clear Sky Images a call to discuss how our commercial photography services can best help you.

See the complete gallery here

General Contractor – Choate Construction Company
Owner – MSC Industrial
Real Estate Developer – Childress Klein Properties
Architect – Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, LLC