2015 – A Year of Bathroom Photographs

2015 has seen in a boom in the prime property sales market, which has meant very many interesting and unusual bathrooms for us to photograph as we have traveled around York and all over Yorkshire.

We’ve brought together some of our favourite and most memorable for you to enjoy.

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Photography that Sells your House

Having worked in the industry for many years we have seen awareness grow of how important professional photography is in regards to selling your home. We recently had a new client express that they are looking to grow their business and that they saw professional, well executed photographs as an important aspect of their work which would put them ahead of their competitors.
To achieve this high standard of photography we have worked for many years honing our craft, learning from the best photographers in the field and taking our skills forward and never standing still.
Here are a few things we have learned over the years –

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Winner of Photography for Real Estate; Photographer of the Month

We’re delighted to announce that Alasdair has won the Photography for Real Estate, photographer of the month for August with the image below.
The competition receives entries from around the globe by some of the best photographers in the field and judged by many of the top names in the business. After three second places it’s great to finally have a winning entry!

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Garden photograph of property for sale in Yorkshire

Preparing Your Property’s Garden For Sale

Now that summer is finally here, it’s time to get out the lawnmower, prune the rose bushes and dust off the patio set! If your garden is overgrown, full of weeds, messy, etc., it could give the impression that it is difficult to keep up to.

If you are looking to sell your property, this is the time to get your garden looking in tip top shape for professional photos to be taken and for viewings. You need to show off how appealing your garden/outside area is so that potential buyers can get an idea of what kind of outdoor living they can inherit from you. Kerb appeal is also important as we all know that first impressions count.

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external property photograph

One Photograph to Sell a Home

The lead photograph can have an enormous effect on the saleability and indeed sale price of a property. It can be true to say that you have one photograph to sell a home. How good a house looks in the main shot is down to a number of factors and not just how good the house looks in the flesh. A pretty house helps but if it doesn’t get the sun (possible for some months of the year), tree cover prevents views of the house from the best viewpoint or obstructions such as garages hide part of the house the photographs can suffer.

We know just how important the main shot is. And that’s why we’ll do everything we can to get the absolute best shot possible. Only last Thursday I carried the elevated mast through an ash tree and 10 metres of nine foot high ferns to get a good vantage point of this house. Even from this vantage point I need the mast at its full nine metres to see over the ferns and show its fantastic setting.

[before-after]
House Farm-001West Yorkshire country house
 

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photographing houses in snowy weather

Rain or Shine – A Weather guide to Photographing your Property

In an ideal world, I wouldn’t be writing this post. But as the rain hammers down on the skylight above my head and the window to my side is filled with glorious blue sky it’s clear our weather is far from perfect.

This post is intended to be a guide as to what the weather will mean for you and your visit from one of property photographers.

We look at forecasts multiple times a day to try and gauge what the weather will be doing and when. 75% of the time we need not have bothered as the weather on the day bears no resemblance to that of the forecast. So in the event the weather isn’t what we expected it to be here are some of the weather conditions we will encounter and the likely outcomes for you the homeowner.

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Prepare your home to get the best photographs

Prepare your home to help get the best photographs.

As a home owner wanting to sell their property it’s difficult to know how best to prepare, not just for the photography but also viewings.

As a photographer it’s great arriving to a property and finding the owner has prepared their property for the photographs, it makes our job very much more straight forward allowing us to concentrate 100% on taking photographs, not spending time tidying.

It’s important that a property is clean and tidy but not void of personal possessions, it needs to feel like a home.

Here are 3 simple tips that can make the world of difference when presenting a house.

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final image camera interior photgraphy

Interior Photography – It’s all about the Camera right?

Modern digital cameras are very impressive pieces of kit, capturing amazing amounts of detail all at the push of a button; the camera processes an image which you can print straight from camera. Mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones have also made big improvements in image quality and there are even some mobile phones that have 40+ megapixel sensors!

However, interiors are very difficult spaces to photograph; they ask a lot of even the most modern digital camera to create a professional looking photograph and are that is the reason why the camera needs to be

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virtually staged kitchen dining room photograph york

Exposure York now offering Virtual Staging for Estate Agents

We are often asked to photograph new builds or newly renovated properties that are unfurnished. The resulting photos do tend to show off how new and pristine the rooms are but usually look bland without any furniture or decorations.

As you can see below, although this bedroom is newly decorated and nicely finished, it lacks any sort of character with the room being so plain and empty.

bedroom before virtual staging York

To actually stage a property or room can cost a lot of money and run in to many hundreds, even thousands of pounds and takes a lot of time and effort to get the furniture through the door. Imagine the time and effort of having to get a top floor apartment fully furnished!

What we can do is “virtually” stage the room with the appropriate furniture (a bed, chest of drawers, etc.)   As you can see below, the room looks much more complete and you can get a good feel for what the room will look like when fully furnished.

Bedroom after Virtual Staging for estate agents

You can see that the virtual staging gives the room more character and also gives the viewer an insight in to what can be done to the room as far as furnishing it goes. We have an extensive portfolio of furniture for all sorts of rooms.

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