2013 was great year for my real estate photography. I was blessed to have a number of beautiful homes to photograph and these shots are some of my favorites

Please feel free to pass along comments or critiques.

A Sweet Sunlit Entry

This was one of my first gigs of the season and a chance to overcome some real challenges. All the things that I love about Northwest houses can make then a challenge to photograph. And this house featured two of them, high wood ceiling and plenty of glass. So no nice, color-corrected white wall & ceiling to bounce my flashes off and the chore of hiding my lights from the many reflecting windows. But I loved photographing this house and this was my favorite photograph that day.

My goal was to add enough fill light for a proper exposure to bring out the details and texture in all the marvelous wood without losing the feel of the sweet natural light.

A Local, Iconic Watering Hole

To be completely honest, the real estate "money shot", aka the twilight shot, was the bane of my year. I studied, practiced and shot our own house until I was sure I was ready to nail this type of shot. And I loved taking them, so I showed up early and stayed late. And failed more than I succeeded. This was my first attempt and I received a nice little gift: a full moon rising over the Galley Restaurant.

An Old Lopez Island Farm House

In a way I was dreading shooting this house. It is a classic, sweet old Lopez Island farm house. But mostly it just seemed old. When I got this assignment I thought "how am I going to deliver anything of value here"? And it was a rainy, dark northwest day to boot. Well, never underestimate the positive effects of staging. The owners did a fabulous job of getting this ole beauty ready for picture day. And the results surprised both me and my client. Heck I think it was her favorite job of the year.

A Mt Baker View Home

This house was truly a delight to photograph. It was multi day shoot as the owners required meticulous staging, so I reshot a number of rooms with different furnishings. But in the end it was very worthwhile. The hard part was culling out the photos.

A Sweet Home on Fisherman Bay

There just aren't a lot of homes like this on Lopez Island. Located on the south end of Fisherman Bay, it is almost completely surrounded by water.

This house was a dream to shoot as there were photographs waiting to be taken everywhere I looked.

Keywords: Canon 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L i, Lopez Island, Real Estate