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Douglas Sterling, Architectural Photographer, Northern California


Douglas Sterling is a storyteller. He is also a professional Bay Area photographer with nearly thirty years experience in architectural, commercial, editorial and digital media photography. Graduating from the New England School of Photography, Douglas choose a camera as a creative way to communicate the narrative he saw in all subjects. Some of his photos capture a moment, others capture a rich esthetic, but all of his images have a true sense of “story” that is thorough and compelling.

He has a passion for architecture. Douglas’ love for architectural design has brought him attention by some of the region’s most prestigious architectural firms and real estate developers. From these relationships, Douglas has produced a technically advanced, creative portfolio of architectural photography that his clients have come to recognize and rely upon for their communications. Many of his images have appeared in magazines, books, brochures, digital media and stock image galleries for a variety of advertising and editorial assignments.

Wine Country living. Douglas lives with his wife and family in the beautiful wine country region of Napa Valley, California, surrounded by acres of historical vineyards and colorful, turn of the century farms. Here he has successfully maintained his photographic business, Douglas Sterling Photography, since 1986. When he’s not shooting, Douglas is an avid fly fisherman, trekker, cattle dog owner, wine aficionado, and of course, storyteller.

To learn more about Douglas Sterling, please also visit his LinkedIn profile.


"Douglas, Over the past few years I have received a multitude of websites/portfolios forwarded by photographers, this is the first time I have responded to any of them.  Your images show a depth and sensitivity I seldom see, Nicely done."
Ashley G. Miller, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP l Vice President


“Doug, Your website is GENIUS...It’s just beautiful...You’ve reacted to a kind of perfect built world. You should be so proud.”
 Diane Keaton

“Doug has great patience when it comes to waiting for the optimum time to take the picture. He understands that you may have to go back to a vineyard many times to finally get the shot. He is a great listener and always willing to deliver what the client really needs.”
Andrew Rice,Creative Director, Trinchero Family Estates

“I’ve been doing quite a bit of Napa Valley image research for this project and wanted to compliment you on the beauty of your photography. Definitely some of the best work I’ve looked at.”
Phil Smith, Creative Director, RBMM

“I have looked through your portfolio countless times now and find the images you create to be completely stunning and full of life.
We would love to work with you on this feature.”
Paloma Contreras, Editor + Creative Director, LaDoceVitaBlog.com

“Hi Doug, can I just say how great the photos are...I am really enjoying them.”
Sarah Lonsdale, Creative Director, Remodelista.com