David Sparks Commercial Photography - Interiors and Architectural Photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan David Sparks Commercial Photography - Interiors and Architectural Photographer in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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February 12th, 2020 Loading Comments...

Grand Rapids Magazine sent me out to take photos of Carol Moore who purchased the long-neglected Third Reformed Church at 1001 Hermitage St. SE in the East Hills neighborhood. She plans to take about 5 years to gradually transform the space into a community art center, with the help of donations. Carol is my hero for taking it upon herself to preserve awesome historic buildings like this!

February 3rd, 2020 Loading Comments...

Here’s some shots from my latest photo shoot with the good people at AHC+ Hospitality! This is at the JW Marriott-Grand Rapids’ International Ballroom which they recently finished renovating in time for the Wedding Showcase in January.

January 21st, 2020 Loading Comments...

Here’s my latest shoot with McGraw Construction of the new office space for accounting and consulting firm, Korte and Kowatch, here in Grand Rapids. It’s fun to continually be exploring new places and spaces I’ve never been in, even right here in my own city! The office suite is in the 37 Ottawa buliding which was built in the 1880s as the Grand Rapids Refrigerator Company, and then enclosed in an aluminum exterior 100 years later. CWD Real Estate recently acquired the building and peeled off the “modern” metal exterior to reveal the original brick. Very happy to see this sort of renovation via restoration taking place!

January 9th, 2020 Loading Comments...

I took a road trip down to Streator, Illinois, near the end of last year to photograph one of design-build firm, La Macchia Group’s, latest projects, a spiffy transformation of the Streator Onized Credit Union! Established in 1939, the credit union was originally housed within the Owens Illinois Glass Company, exclusively serving the company’s employees. The green glass features in the lobby are on homage to the credit union’s legacy. Membership has since expanded to the greater north-central Illinois region, and the credit union now sits right across the street from the historic glass plant which is still in operation!

December 20th, 2019 Loading Comments...

This past January, I shot this cozy cottage in Macatawa, Michigan, for the 2019 holiday issue of Cottages and Bungalows Magazine out now! The owner, Marta (www.mackinawroad.com / IG: @mackinawroad), was so much fun to work with. That fall/winter, we had a white Thanksgiving and a green Christmas (seems to be a recurring theme these days!), so we pushed the shoot all the way into late January when we actually got some substantial snowfall. Marta’s neighbors probably wondered why her home was still decked out with Christmas decorations! I have no idea how I made it up the extremely steep, winding road up to her cottage with all that snowfall.

December 16th, 2019 Loading Comments...

Article I photographed for the December issue of Grand Rapids Magazine, featuring local artist, Kelly Allen!

December 5th, 2019 Loading Comments...

This past spring, I did the photography for this 300-page Simon & Schuster coffee table book written by Instagram and QVC star, Farah Merhi! She’s the personality behind Inspire Me Home Decor, the most followed interior design inspiration page on Instagram with 5.7 million followers. Since being released in October, the book has spent most of its time in the #1 Best Seller spot in Amazon’s “House Plans” category!

Grand Rapids Magazine cover shoot

September 24th, 2019 Loading Comments...

I was asked to photograph the cover story and main feature for this month’s issue of Grand Rapids Magazine! Featured on the cover is violinist, Grace Kim, of the Grand Rapids Symphony. The photo was taken in the Saint Cecilia Music Center. I don’t too often photograph people, let alone with a studio look, so it was a little nerve-racking taking on this assignment. This is probably the first time I brought along an assistant (Devon) to help me out. Devon helped with hauling and setting up gear, serving as a stand-in to tweak the lighting, giving recommendations to Grace on her wardrobe, and simply breaking the tension so it’s not just me and a subject who’ve never met before! I used 4 Elinchrom BRX’s with umbrellas—2 on Grace and 2 to light up the seats in the background. The backdrop (www.katebackdrop.com) was just a little over $30 from Amazon. Check out the issue to see all the other portraits I took for the feature! You can also check them out here: https://www.davidjsparks.com/published-work

Apartment photo shoot in Columbia, SC

September 24th, 2019 Loading Comments...
Last month, Kelle Contine Interior Design (Austin, TX) sent me down to South Carolina to photograph the 21 Oaks student housing project they worked on. Here’s a couple of my faves from the shoot!

Computer room
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