York has more than its fair share of period terraced houses; Victorian, Georgian or as with this example, early Edwardian. They vary from the flat fronted two up-two down terrace which can still be found for less than £200k to five storey town houses selling in excess of £2million.
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.
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.
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.
A favourite shot from the last few months is this kitchen with bespoke, handmade units and part York stone flagged floor.
As you can see, this was the ideal angle to take a photo of the room from as it shows off the stone and red cedar wood flooring, as well as the staircase.
There was a bit of help in lighting this kitchen as, just out of shot, on the right hand side there was a window which let in some nice light. To give the natural light a helping hand, a flash was placed next to
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.
Try as we might, it’s just not possible to photograph every aspect of every property on a sunny day with a blue sky. Often it will be a sunny day but half the sky is grey and sometimes there will be blue sky but no sun. There is also the issue that you can’t have sun on both the front and back at the same time. We’d need two suns for that luxury!
You see many barns as a property and interiors photographer. Estate agents tend to love them and are often excited when commissioning the photographs to be taken. They can however be an Achilles heel to a residential photographer thanks to deep set windows (often leading to spectacular views), low ceilings, beams and acres of dark wood. Ask a residential photographer what makes shooting a house difficult and all of these traits crop up. It’s a matter of light, how well spread the light is and the difference in light between inside and out. We deal with this day in day out. Most people who know their shutter from their aperture will be able to take good photographs in