The bathroom might seem like an odd room to begin with as we start looking at how to dress your property ready for photography. But bear with us. The kitchen is probably the most important room when it comes to selling your house but also offers a far bigger styling challenge. The bathroom, on the other hand, is fairly simple. So we’re going to start there.
Let’s start with the principles. The important thing to remember is that people don’t spend very long studying images when looking for property to buy. They flick through images and only slow down when they see something that captures their interest.
There is no doubt about it. How well presented your house is plays a key part in the sale price and how long it takes to achieve a sale. Houses that are well presented and in move in condition will sell quicker and for more money than similar houses that don’t look as good. The ethos is simple, the more aspirational your house looks, whether in York or anywhere around the country, the more people will aspire to buy it.
Lighting property photographs is one of the most important things when it comes to getting great results, time after time in a range of different situations. Good, effective lighting is also one of the most difficult parts of interior photography to master. It takes a great deal of practice and experience to know how to light spaces in a way that looks natural and enhances the room. It’s fairly straightforward to fire a flash into a room and make everything look brighter, but that’s not what I am talking about here. Good lighting almost never comes from an on camera flash, and even less so from a direct on-camera flash. If you were to take a picture of a room from directly in front of the only window the results would not be nice. There would be little shadow and depth to the room and items in it. That’s pretty much what on camera, direct flash is and that’s neither flattering nor realistic. Great additional lighting only comes when you have the tools and the experience to use them properly.
Below are a few examples where we have added light to the shot to improve the end result. Lighting is not only key when it comes to illuminating a space (or series of spaces) but is so important to enhancing depth, texture and mood as these examples show.
To enable us to catch the detail in the flames of this log burner, the rest of the room was much to dark. By adding light we were not only able to improve the brightness levels of the room but also to bring out the texture and details in the bricks, stove and mantle piece.
From tennis courts, tiny courtyards and amazing balconies to spectacular views and boating lakes (yes boating lakes) 2015 has seen a great variety of amazing gardens. We’ve even managed to get lots of sunshine and blue skies which, at the moment, is nothing short of a distant memory. There’s no doubt that a garden not only increases the saleability of your house but its value too. Well used, designed and cared for gardens can be a massive draw and making sure whatever you have is put to its best use will help ensure you sell your house quickly, easily and
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.
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.
This blog shows how a photo evolves using multiple flashes to light different parts of an interior.
First up we have the conservatory lit correctly. As there were plenty of windows behind and to the right of the camera (as well as a Perspex roof) the room needed very little flash due to all the natural light. As you can see, the rooms/areas beyond the conservatory are very dark due to hardly any natural light getting to them.
As professional property photographers we have many tricks and techniques that bring out the best in houses and make them look their finest for the estate agency market.
Here are a few trade secrets that help us achieve this –
Even the brightest house will need a little extra added light to create the best shot. Our aim is to create a natural looking photograph balancing the exterior sun light with the shaded interior light and we do this by using a number of flash lights.
Here you will find an example of how effective this is. The top image has no flash light and the bottom is lit with 3 strategically positioned flash lights.
As a property photographer you might expect the large country estate or the penthouse apartment to be the properties we love to photograph. Sometimes however, it can be the unassuming house in a small village that, when lavished with attention and imagination, can be the most rewarding to photograph.