A View through my lens... - Real Estate Home Photographer

Clickable links to posts

Introduce Plants to bring life into a home...


Introduce Plants to bring life into a home...

When you photograph a home, you want to bring some color pops to rooms which will blend in well with the aesthetics of that room. When shooting a home, artificial flowers are fine. When there's an open house involved in which I may stage, I prefer to see fresh cut flowers and some live plants.

Plants and fresh cut flowers bring a room alive, and the scent is always appealing to those walking through the home. Live plants and fresh cut flowers also add that special touch which will take a regular open house showing to a home they'll for sure remember!

Big things matter, but the little things at times acts like a cherry on top of that ice cream sundae! It can make all the difference in the world...


The First Impression...

The First Impression...

Always make the most out of the first impression. Home buyers will in most cases decide on viewing the home based on the exterior of the house.
Is the grass cut, and all the clippings picked up?
Are the flowers pruned and dead-headed?
Do the plants look healthy?
Has the clutter been cleaned up, and stored away?
Are the sidewalks and porches swept?
Curb appeal is essential for someone wanting to click on your listing.
This is their first view when browsing the listing online, and it's the first impression that a home buyer will have when they step out of their car as they walk into their potential new home.


Ensuring a Safe Experience...

Ensuring a Safe Experience...

Are you checking to see if the photographer you're using or, someone staging the house has liability insurance? How about drone insurance?

Making sure that you protect your clients is important. It's important to you, but it's more important for the homeowner.
Does someone accidentally bump into a table and break a lamp?
How about scratching a table as the photographer slides by a dining room table?
How about a drone going bonkers and smashes into a picture window or, the drone causes damage to a neighbors house?

Things like that do happen, but when you can tell your client that the people staging the home or, that the photographer photographing the house has liability insurance, it shows them you're dealing with professionals that care to make sure that they / your client is always well taken care of in case of an accident.


Mirror Mirror on the Wall...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall...
I think we've all seen the show, Funniest Home Videos. As a photographer, I usually have to do a double take when I come across a photo like this in the real estate listings.
First of all, it's a small bathroom. You're not going to capture this bathroom with a cell phone picture that will do the bathroom any type of justice. Even though the agent used a flash when taking this picture, the bathroom turned out tiny, and dark.
I totally understand where it doesn't pay to bring in a photographer, but hiring a professional photographer to come in and photograph the home tells your client, the homeowner that you care enough to bring in people such as a photographer to make sure their home sells as fast as it possibly can. Word of mouth is huge in the real estate profession. Having clients that can tell someone looking to sell their home that you took the extra time by bringing on a photographer says plenty.
The simple question is this...
If you were selling your own home, would you want someone to use cell phone pictures in order to sell your home or, would you want someone that has the equipment, and the experience to capture your home with beautiful images?


Organized Clutter...

Organized Clutter...
When it comes to getting a home ready for a photo shoot or, an open house, clutter is one of the things that will turn off a prospective home buyer in a second. Even if the clutter is organized, it's still cluttered.
I know its difficult at times to approach someone that you believe has too much clutter in their home, but renting at a storage facility makes home selling that much easier. Besides that, most of the cluttered items are already boxed and ready to move for when they sell their home!


Imagine...

Imagine...
No, this isn't about a John Lennon song. This is about allowing a potential home buyer imagining themselves in a home with images that will allow themselves to dream about laying in that bed looking out through the French doors towards the snow-capped mountains.

Then there's pondering the thought about sitting on the deck looking out onto their beautiful yard watching their kids or, grandkids play while they're relaxing on a quiet summer afternoon. Capturing a room/property is more than just taking a photograph. At times it's about creating a feeling of imagining themselves in their new potential home.

That's what falling in love with a home is all about...