Roland Terry for Sale

January 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

In addition to doing architectural and interior design photography, I also photograph a fair amount of high end real estate for sale here in the Seattle area. Usually the properties for sale are fairly typical, but every so often I have the opportunity to photograph some really special places.

This week I photographed a home designed by renowned Northwest architect Roland Terry.

Roland Terry Interior

It’s interesting that a home designed and built 40 years ago can remain so contemporary in feel. Even the interior furnishings, done by another Northwest legend Jean Jongeward, look like they could have been installed last year. The only thing that dates the place are the fixtures and appliances.

It is somewhat bittersweet photographing some of these older but well designed homes as they more than likely will be torn down to make room for a new home. One can only hope that what ever is put up in it’s place is designed and built with the same level of thoughtfulness, style and craftsmanship.


The Pogoplug

January 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wow! It’s like a network attached storage device for the rest of us….

All you do is connect this thing to your internet router, plug in a usb drive and you can now access that drive over the internet anywhere in the world or over your home network at LAN speeds. You can upload, download and share files from any computer, even your iphone. And it’s only $129 with no monthly fees.

I think I’m gonna have to get one here!

New Hard Drive Set-Up

January 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last week (on my birthday no less) one of my primary image storage hard drives conked out on me. It was working fine and then all of a sudden it started making this excruciatingly high pitched whining noise which slowly got deeper and deeper until it sounded like someone had put sand inside the drive. Of course, I was in the middle of working on some images and it had been a few hours since I had done a manual back-up of the edits.

New drives ready to go...

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Seattle Floating Home Interiors

January 24, 2010 § 4 Comments

I thought I’d post some interior photographs from my last shoot of 2009 and first shoot of 2010: A wonderfully contemporary new floating home. Once again the weather gods were on our side and what started out as an overcast morning with a light sprinkle of rain turned turned in to a great afternoon with sunbreaks and dramatic clouds.

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Inspired by Starbucks

January 20, 2010 § 4 Comments

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of photographing three new stores for the Starbucks global design group. In addition to a newer remodel of an already established Starbucks store in downtown Seattle, the other two stores were completely new, designed to look and act and feel more like a neighborhood coffee house. In addition to a new look, the stores serve beer, wine, tea and drip coffees are made to order by the brewing method of your choosing (I don’t drink much coffee so it’s all Greek to me). In fact, the new stores are not called “Starbucks” but rather named after the area they are located in. The only way to tell who owns them is to notice on the sign that they are “inspired by Starbucks.”

Since I am not much of a coffee drinker, what really interested me was the interior design of the two new stores. And it’s pretty impressive. Continue reading…

Towing in The New Year

January 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

My final shoot of 2009 was also my first shoot of 2010. Early New Year’s Eve morning I hopped aboard a boat and cruised around Lake Washington photographing a newly built floating home as it made its slow journey from the construction dock in Ballard to it’s home in Portage Bay.

It was pretty damned cold out for Seattle but the weather held up nicely and the sun seemed to peek through the haze at just the right moments to illuminate the awesome lines of the floating home designed by architect Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Design Build and built by Dyna Contracting.

As the home passed under bridges and rounded Gasworks Park I couldn’t help but think what an appropriate assignment this was to finish off the year and set the tone for the New Year to come. What a journey it has been so far. Can’t wait to see what’s next…

(I’ll post more from the interior shoot soon)

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