WHO WE ARE
For the past twenty one years, I've counted myself incredibly fortunate to earn my living by following my passion. Not many people get to say that and I try to approach every day, and every year, with gratitude for that.
Back in 1995, I left a first career that I enjoyed to pursue a dream, returned to school, and began photographing professionally soon thereafter. After shooting a variety of portraiture, travel stories, corporate collateral, and annual reports, I re-discovered a love of buildings, architecture, and planned spaces. It seemed that every trip I took, every job I loved most, every image I found most compelling, nearly always involved interesting physical structures, the light that permeates them, and the spaces that surround them (see some samples of recent personal favorites on the Gallery page). Since that realization, I’ve specialized in architectural and interiors photography, helicopter aerial photos, and landscape design photography of built environments - Photographing the Spaces Where We Live, Work, and Play®.
These days, I collaborate with design and marketing professionals to create the visuals they need to promote their talents and projects. Whether I'm marketing the creativity of a designer, advertising the final property and accompanying lifestyle for a developer, or featuring the space in an editorial spread, my greatest satisfaction comes from finding creative, unique, graphic visuals to showcase the finished project that architects, designers, and developers have imagined and executed over months or years.
Here in the Pacific Northwest since 1998, by way of Maine and Washington, DC, I'm fortunate now to live in a part of the world that allows for creative, outdoor adventures just about any time of year. Although I was born in California, I've lived away from warm-weather places for so long that my blood's gotten a little thicker and so I appreciate the cooler, blue-sky summers here in Seattle. Besides, this is a great place for gardening and cooking, camping in the summer, hunkering down with a book and a fire in the winter, and playing soccer year-round which I'll continue to do as long as my knees and ankles will let me. And for the past ten or so years, I've been excited and really grateful for the help of my wife, Nancy, who's taken over most of the stock image side of things. If you're in touch about existing images, chances are she's the one who'll be doing the research and sending you samples.
So thanks for your interest in Subtle Light Photography. If you still have questions, please get in touch or read my answers to these FAQs about professional architectural photography on the Work With Us page. I’ll look forward to hearing from you about your next photo project and if you're here in Seattle, let's meet up for a cup of coffee or a great local beer - I hear we have a few places scattered around!
206.715.3641 / email me