Since much of my work consists of residential commissions, I value a good photograph to share with future clients. Unless you’re friends with or family of my clients, you will probably not see this window which is now installed in their home. However, a great photograph allows me to share it. And that becomes my question as I get ready for an installation— what makes a great photograph? I own a decent camera but I don’t have a lot of photography skills or Photoshop knowledge and glass is tricky to photograph. Sometimes I get lucky but other times my attempts fall short. In photographing this window, there’s the issue of the clear glass in the center. Although it’s textured, when you look at the clear glass you see through to what’s on the other side. Sometimes a photograph taken of the window installed looks lovely as you can see through to the outside but other times I like the image to look clean as was the case with this. Also, for some reason, red is a hard color to photograph- it tends to look kind of orange. Additionally there are textures and bevels that are such a big part of the beauty of glass but that are hard to capture unless you know what you’re doing. I blogged about this window on February 1 when it was a work in progress on my workbench; the image I shared then was what I could manage but I’m so happy I decided to take the finished piece to my friend, David Glasofer of Image Up Studio who takes such time and care with photographing my work (and, of course, with all the work he shoots). If you have the good fortune to be friends with or family of my clients, you’re lucky because they are wonderful people. And also because you can see this window in person which is how it looks the best. But if not, thanks to David, you can still see a really terrific photograph of it!