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Seattle Real Estate Photographer: Phinney Ridge Craftsman

The final finished photo of a kitchen in a home in a Phinney Ridge Craftsman-style Nice Seattle Home - Listing soon! ©2014 Ari Shapiro -

Today’s real estate market in Seattle is brisk.  There’s very little inventory available; houses don’t stay on the market very long.  I’ve been working with Cynthia and Mack – a husband and wife team with Nice Seattle Homes – to photograph their real estate listings, and today’s was a treat.  Seattle may not have homes […]

Making The Shot: Skagen Watch

Making The Shot: Skagen Watch. Commercial Photography by Ari Shapiro - AShapiro Studios

I saw it – I loved it – I wanted to take a picture of it.  The mesh strap, the carbon fiber background, the small pops of color on this Skagen Watch…  Yeah, let’s do this. First, let’s talk set-up.  I really wanted to go minimal on this one.  1 light, no special equipment, kitchen […]

Making the Shot: Macrina Chai

Macrina Chai ©2013 Ari Shapiro -

Inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime. I had just received a new camera (a Panasonic DMC-GX7, which I’ll blog about soon) and was on my way to a business meeting at Macrina on 1st Ave in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.  Wanting to test the camera, on my way I saw some fog being lit up by a […]

Seattle Holiday Portraits: The Watershed Company Holiday Portrait

The Watershed Company Holiday Portrait 2013 - Final

Each year, companies around the world send out holiday cards to their customers, clients, employees, contacts, vendors…  Anyone that they have touched in the previous 12 months.  The Watershed Company, an environmental consulting, environmental engineering, environmental planning and landscape architecture firm in the Seattle area, is one of those companies that wanted company holiday portraits […]

Light Painting the 4th

Birch Bay, WA - Light Painting

A camera sees light.  Where you have exposed light, the camera will capture it.  Where there is no light, nothing appears in the photo.  Based on that, given the right environment, you can control what your camera sees and what it doesn’t using a light source that you control, known as “Light Painting.” (more…)