Photography lesson

Miranda Kimberlin gives us a lesson in context with her photos of Imbue Design’s Taviawk

With another season of the APALMANAC Architecture Photography Awards on the horizon, I found myself going back and poring over the shortlisted entries for the 2021 awards. One project that particularly struck me was the photographs of Miranda Kimberlin of Taviawk by Imbue Design. For this week’s featured project, let’s dive in and get to know Miranda and her work a little better!

Miranda Kimberlin is an architectural photographer based in St. Louis. She photographed this gorgeous desert home taviawk for Imbue Design, with the primary focus of filming to “capture the feel of the structure within the context of the larger landscape”. If that was her goal, she really knocked it out of the park on this one!

The materiality and color palette of the house blend perfectly with the desert landscape that surrounds it – echoing the soft browns, reds and pale greens from which the house emerges. Miranda orients herself to take advantage of the best possible light while creating compositions that allow us to see hills and peaks rising just above the roofline.

It’s the kind of project where the more you look, the more you find to love! For example, when I first looked at this next shot, I was immediately drawn to the one-point perspective with strong lines and bold shapes softened by the organic shapes of the plants in the foreground. After searching a little longer, my favorite aspect of the photo became the faint reflection of the mountains behind the camera. You feel totally immersed in the landscape and you can see how this house interacts with its environment.

Miranda had traveled to southern Utah to photograph this project and another for Imbue Design. She shared that it was a perfect day and everything went smoothly. You can feel that calm feeling expressed by the calm mood of his photographs here.

Miranda tells us a bit about her post-processing workflow, sharing “I strive to get images very close to how I want them in camera, but I can definitely agonize during the post-processing phase. processing. I direct my efforts towards color first and foremost, aiming for the delicate balance between clean and natural. I think I could spend endless time perfecting an image, but I try to give up every shot with the feeling that there is nothing to distract from the design intent.

I frequently use a small cube timer to keep my post-production workflow moving. I’m someone who can miss the forest for the trees, so it’s helpful to mark time that way.

We glimpse what’s going on in the rooms beyond, noting the relationship between the master bedroom and bathroom and making sense of the floor plan in our minds. Miranda does it masterfully without revealing too much.

“For me, the interior of this house is a great example of a successful design collaboration between architect and owner,” Miranda said.

She continues, “Unexpected details like the hot pink faucets in the master bathroom really make the interior of this home interesting and playful. It was inspiring to observe how the house is used and experienced by its inhabitants. “

Back outside we see taviawk blends in perfectly with its surroundings. From this vantage point, its stepped shape is reminiscent of the canyon walls that surround it. Soft, warm light creates dimensionality and pulls color and texture from the scene.

We’ll end this week’s project with the hero image – both Miranda’s favorite and mine as well.

She shares “The evening scenery was incredibly serene, and I think that really shows in the shot. The lighting is exactly what I was hoping for. Shooting the shot mostly involved timing the light, and ultimately a lot of shouting on the wind about the best way the model (my wife and assistant for the day) could go back and forth for my composition.

Many thanks to Miranda for sharing her photographs and her experience with us! Check out Miranda’s impressive work at and follow her @mirandakimberlinphoto on Instagram.

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