Recently Published in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens Magazine Sept/Oct Issue

The Sept/Oct Issue of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens has a story of a Spec House make over by Blaze Makoid Architect.

The Hamptons have some wonderful residential architects to work with and certainly there are developers ready to speculate on building houses. Creating a 10,000 square foot house as economically as possible but not have it be bone ugly can be a challenge.
Photographing a house on a very grey day, one could say ‘bone ugly’ again, was also a challenge. That is what happens sometimes and you make the most of it.

Schools back and we are open for business.

Please let me know if you have any projects you would like to get photographed this autumn.

Mick Hales was born in England and grew up in Pakistan and Nigeria. He studied photography at the London College of Printing and moved to New York in 1982. His first commissions in New York were for Oscar De La Renta’s wife, Francoise,
at House and Garden magazine.

A Selection of Books Photographed by Mick Hales

City Green: Public Gardens of NYC.  Jane Garmey, Monacelli Press. 2018
New York Living: Reinventing Home. Rizzoli Books. 2017
Living Newport: Houses People Style. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Glitterati Press 2014
Bouquets with Personality. LucindaRooney. Mick Hales Stewart Tabori and Chang. 2009
Gardens Private and Personal. GCA book. Mick Hales. Abrams 2008
Flower Arranging the American Way. WAFA. Mick Hales. Abrams 2009
Private Newport: At Home and in the Garden. Bettie Bearden Pardee. Bulfinch 2004
New York Apartments: Private Views. Jamee Gregory, Charles Davey. Rizzoli. 2004
Antique Garden Ornaments; Two Centuries of American Taste. Barbara Israel. Abrams

Photographing two Hamptons houses published in HC & G Architecture Issue

Photographing two fabulous modern houses, published in the Architecture issue of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, was helped by years of experience of the photographer and editor.  One designed by Audrey Matlock and the other by Roger Ferris, both houses are very site specific and original in design.

I have worked as photographer with Audrey Matlock a number of years ago and was very excited when I was commissioned to photograph this house by Kendell Cronstrom, of Cottages and Gardens magazine. Audrey Matlock has an extremely clean sense of design and the building lines interact with each other forming intricate layers of space and form.  Even small movements around the house would create very different visual images.

Photographing modern houses can be very fulfilling because a lot of what a photographer is doing, is highlighting the building’s form and the ideas the architect has created, utilizing natural light. The initial walk through with editor Kendell Cronstrom, decided what aspects of a house are worth capturing and what styling they may require. Then the decisions as to where to start and what to photograph when throughout the day are crucial to a shoots results. Having a good idea as to what the weather is going to do through the day determines what the light will be like in the different rooms and on the exterior of the building. Often a grey day can be as useful as a very bright day, sometimes it works well to have both, which is what happened when we photographed Audrey Matlock’s design.


The Roger Ferris house was designed for a young family which wanted to keep the sense of living in a meadow. The barn like vernacular was created by there being three building blocks arranged conversationally together and slightly separated with horizontal wood cladding which extend into the roof surface. When seated in the living room a panoramic view of the meadow was achieved by three walls of windows. The simplicity of the buildings and their grouping made a strong reference to agricultural life even though they are set close to a very busy Hamptons town.

Only partial story lay out is shown here for both houses.