Anyhew, I say all this because I decided with Untold LA that I wanted to go with a 'photojournalist' type style, so I shot with a 50mm lens*, far away, often on a ladder.
I was trying to capture the things as they are, not necessarily how I might want them to be. This was the most difficult part of the whole project for me, trying to eliminate my style, or really making any commentary with the camera at all. Though it turned out I couldn't remove the sense of innate joy within me that I had encountered these beautiful homes. That was a default for me and I couldn't, and didn't want to try, to get past that, that motivating force, prime mover for the project.
But I tried to eliminate as much as possible myself from the book photos, as much of my personal style as I could. Wanted to let the homes be the subject, not the photos if that makes any sense.
You can see how the photo is used in the book in the 'screen-grab' below. You'll notice in the book that the default is for photos to have a light grey border around them. I thought about a black border and using full-screen as a default but felt that made the photos too intense. They had a too much of a 'look at me' quality. I wanted the the design, the craftsmanship of the homes to stand out; even though this is a photo-book I wanted the content rather than the form to be the focus.