Why do I want professional architectural photography, can't I just shoot it myself?

First of all, nobody has enough time these days, so why not concentrate on what you do best? Hiring a photographer frees up more of your time and lets you focus on your core business. In addition, many
architectural projects show better on certain types of days and at specific times than at others. With your busy schedule you may only get there when you get there, but a professional should be shooting your design when it's best for the project, not just best for your schedule. Let me handle the photography for you. I've shot for more than 300 clients since 1996 and you may see what people have to say about working with me here.

Next, an architectural photographer stays in touch with visual trends and styles which helps you look contemporary and up-to-date when potential clients see images of your projects. Want images that have that magazine-story look? Interested in a really eye-grabbing shot for that expensive advertisement you're planning to run? Want to add time-lapse video to your website? As a professional photographer, I can help you out with any of these creative ideas, and more.

And finally, think of great photography as marketing insurance. Unless you have more design work than you can handle via word-of-mouth alone and you plan to for your entire career, you need to showcase your best projects and outstanding
architectural photography is the surest way to do so. 99% of prospective clients will never see your work in person, so how else will they experience it except through photography? And don't you want the quality of the photos to match the quality of your work?

But is my design project really worth photographing?

Great architectural images are possible of any size project - it doesn't need to be big budget, career-making, or even award-worthy. Memorable images are about finding interesting views and combining them with appealing light to invite the viewer to linger, and both are possible at nearly any sized project. My job as an architectural photographer is to feature as much of the design, the use, and the context of a space as I possibly can. Truly remarkable images often happen when all three come together in a visually memorable way.

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Can I afford professional photography?

Throughout my career, I have worked with clients ranging from small, one-person design shops and local, free magazines to some of the largest architecture and design firms in the Northwest and the biggest magazine titles in the country. Each has its pleasures and its challenges. Most importantly, I recognize that budgets are budgets and am happy to work with you to figure out what I can offer that fits within your price range.

But that being said, don't underestimate the value to your business and your career of a beautiful website, cutting edge design software, inspiring continuing education . . .  or showcase-quality architectural photography. Each is an investment worth making. If your competitors are using great quality photography to feature their work, then can you afford NOT to use it to feature yours?

To help make photography as affordable as possible, I work with a variable project model that accounts for the size, complexity, and requirements of each specific job. I also offer several ways to lower your costs including sharing images among multiple firms, booking projects during slower times of the year, and bundling photography locations to help you achieve a specific goal like a website refresh or an upcoming ad campaign. And, you will always get a written estimate from me before we begin that lays out all the details of the job, what you'll receive at the end, and a very close approximation of the final bill within a few dollars.

But the meat-and-potatoes of the answer is that using existing architectural images from a project I've already photographed, and that you may have worked on, can start as low as a few hundred dollars. Using existing images one time in an editorial story begins at under a hundred bucks, depending on size and circulation. And new photography that includes a variety of images of your project typically begins around $1000 and goes from there depending on the size and type of project, the number of visits that are required, and the complexity of the shots involved.

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Do I have time for this?

As part of my process of photography, I'll spend some time asking you questions about the project, what makes it typical of your work or what makes it special, unique, or challenging. If we can do so while walking the site, so much the better, but it's certainly not required. I'll hope to hear a bit of the narrative of the project from your perspective so that I may help illustrate it for your prospective clients or readers. I'll also need you to secure permissions from the homeowner, building owner, tenants, or whoever controls access.

After that, you may be as involved or absent as you wish. I am very used to handling all the responsibilities of making contact, coordinating schedules, scouting the site, consulting with you to create a shot list, suggesting maintenance items, shooting the project, processing the digital files, and delivering your images -- all with only a few emails along the way to keep you updated on progress. But if you prefer to participate more fully, then I enjoy creative collaboration as well and have had clients stay throughout the entire shoot. Bottom line is that after your initial input, your level of continued involvement is up to you.

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So who is this guy, who's he worked for?

You'll find details about me on the Who We Are page but briefly, photography has been my full-time career for twenty one years (read more about that here) and I am incredibly lucky to earn my living doing what I love.  I try to approach every day and every year by remembering that simple fact. During that time, I've worked for over 300 clients, and more than 200 in the architecture, construction, engineering, and design fields since I began specializing in architectural photography in 2000. Recently, after several years of studying and experimenting with my style, I've also added video and multimedia production to the mix of services I'm offering. I love working with sound and motion, especially as they help to tell the story of subjects that don't move very much. It's been a challenge to get that right and I look forward to exploring this further with my clients and partners. I also volunteer time on the Board of APA, a national photographers' trade organization and currently serve as Vice-Chair of APA Northwest, and I teach both the craft and the business of photography to students, professional groups, and trade associations.

My clients have ranged from one-person shops and local editorial outlets, to some of the largest architecture and land design firms in the Northwest and the biggest magazine titles in the country. Images of mine have helped clients win awards that include three ASLA National Design Awards, three Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) awards, recognition in AIA-Seattle's FutureShack competition, and an annual Readers' Choice  "10 Most Popular" selection on But probably most importantly, I'm grateful that over half of my clients every year are returning firms, or firms to whom I've been recommended by past client.

Please see a more complete client list and read how people feel about working with me on my Clients & Testimonials page. Meanwhile, I'd be very pleased to hear from you with questions, project ideas, or just to say hello - my contact info is here. Thanks.

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