Sam Van Fleet is a commercial photographer specializing in architecture, custom interiors and home décor. His clients include architects, interior designers, contractors and publishers throughout North America. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he studied art history and anthropology and has a degree in Commercial Photography from nationally recognized Seattle Central Community College. Winner of Best Portfolio for his experimental images of architecture and design, Sam remains on Seattle Central’s Technical Advisory Committee and frequently mentors new students.
For the last twenty years, Sam has provided the Pacific Northwest building community with photographs of the highest quality. His clients have won numerous awards, including AIA, REX, NKBA, IIDA and ASID Northwest Design awards. He has a reputation for paying special attention to the individual needs of his clients, producing work that captures the uniqueness of each setting. Sam’s photographs are known for their dynamic composition, lush color and beautiful light.
Sam also specializes in photography of Mainland Southeast Asia, a region where he has both lived and worked. From these travels come his award-winning collection of images entitled “Vietnam and Beyond: Images of Mainland Southeast Asia.” His photos have appeared in galleries, books and academic publications, as well as on permanent display at Harborview Medical Center's International Medicine Clinic. Sam was recently sent on assignment to Thailand and Cambodia by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
He has also made several television appearances-- as a photography and lighting specialist on KSTW’s home design show “Northwest Spaces” as well as on KCTV’s “Yard Talk”.
Sam and his wife live on Vashon Island where they have created an organic garden and wildlife sanctuary out of a restored island homestead. Their property has been featured in numerous articles and magazines, including Pacific Northwest Magazine and Fine Gardening. They regularly teach workshops on gardening for wildlife through the Vashon Audubon Society.