Third-generation photographer of product, food, and architecture living in Spokane, WA. Represented by Wonderful Machine.
A dawn and dusk shot I finished up this week for Rodda Paint stores.

A dawn and dusk shot I finished up this week for Rodda Paint stores.

#whiskey #liquor #liquorphotography #foodphotography #beveragephotography #seattle #johnjacob

#whiskey #liquor #liquorphotography #foodphotography #beveragephotography #seattle #johnjacob

The assistants hard at work in the studio today. #studiophotography #stilllifephotography #productphotography #profoto #nikon #captureone #rrs

The assistants hard at work in the studio today. #studiophotography #stilllifephotography #productphotography #profoto #nikon #captureone #rrs

Long exposure of a high rise shot from my hotel in #seattle #art #onemilliondollars #cutoffmyear

Long exposure of a high rise shot from my hotel in #seattle #art #onemilliondollars #cutoffmyear

The Professional Advantage

There are times I communicate with potential clients regarding a project that they ultimately elect to either tackle themselves, or hire another photographer who may not have adequate experience in the applicable genre. The decision is usually made with the intention of helping their business by saving money. The problem with that philosophy is that photography is generally not an area where cutting corners actually helps a business. Before consumers buy a product or hire a service provider, they are usually drawn to images of the product or the service provider’s work. Poor quality of images can actually work against a business having a reverse effect. In architecture photography for example, while a contractor may be a phenomenal craftsman, if the images they use to display examples of their work contain slanted walls caused by odd camera angles, or distorted counter tops, vanities, and furniture because of “wide-angle” lenses, potential customers may miss the intended message. This is where an experienced professional can be a huge advantage.

In the example below, a client of mine who’s a very talented fabricator and artist, shot his own photo of a table he’d completed and used it for an ad in a local publication. Later, he decided that the image simply didn’t do the table justice. He hired me to reshoot the table which we both feel better represents the stunning quality of his work.

Which image would capture your interest when thumbing through a magazine or newspaper? Better yet, which table would you be more inclined to buy?


imageBefore (Client Photo)

imageAfter (Photographer Photo)

Wandering around Seattle today testing out my new mirrorless camera. Always enjoy visiting the Center for Wooden Boats.

Wandering around Seattle today testing out my new mirrorless camera. Always enjoy visiting the Center for Wooden Boats.

Finished up another whiskey shot this morning. This time was Fremont Mischief. Only 5 more to go!

Finished up another whiskey shot this morning. This time was Fremont Mischief. Only 5 more to go!

Installed the new metal counter tops in the studio this morning to complete the kitchen! Thanks to 1819 Creative Lab for the great looking work. Let the food preparation commence! Now that we have a new (expanded) chef’s kitchen, we can handle a wider array of food shoots right here at the studio, all without disrupting restaurant activities!

Installed the new metal counter tops in the studio this morning to complete the kitchen! Thanks to 1819 Creative Lab for the great looking work. Let the food preparation commence! Now that we have a new (expanded) chef’s kitchen, we can handle a wider array of food shoots right here at the studio, all without disrupting restaurant activities!