How to Prepare for Real Estate Pictures

2585 Rosings Park Dr Mason 9081As a realtor you have so many obligations when it comes to preparing a house to sell. Communication with the owners is critical for on-site marketing efforts. One of the efforts that pays off extremely well is taking professional pictures and videos. There are times though when the pictures won’t even do the property justice and that is when the property is not ready. We’re going to go over some key preparation items to get your real estate property ready for the photographer!

 

The Exterior

The owner might have done a million updates like landscaping and painting, but all of that might not come across when potential customers are seeing a car in the driveway or your patio furniture is in weird positions. These things might seem silly or minimal, but they can be distracting to what is truly important, the house! Make sure there are no toys, hoses, or branches laying around. Go to the curb and pretend you are going to take a picture to see what else you can do.

 

Main Areas 

Photographers can lighten up photos, but it only goes so far. Help out by turning on all the lights and letting as much natural lighting in as possible. This will give the area a warm, inviting appearance! Lighting also helps show space as well. Beyond cleaning and decluttering, encourage owners to lessen their personal items. Potential buyers will want to imagine their belongings in the space. Just like with the exterior, remove distractions by turning off fans and televisions. You want to draw eyes to the pretty wall color or architectural nook, not what’s on TV!

 

Personal Areas (Bathrooms/Bedrooms) 

We can’t tell you how frustrating it is to shoot a truly beautiful bathroom that has been adorned with cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and clutter! Buyers won’t get past all that stuff to see the unique tile design or anything else you want them to see. Encourage owners to clean like it’s their jobs. If they are struggling with clutter, ask them to grab a box, load it up and hide it all in a closet that is not being shot.

 

Kitchen

This area is one of the most important spaces in the whole house. Potential buyers will often base their sales decisions strictly on this room. It’s important that it look clean and fresh. Remove “lived-in” items like magnets from the fridge or sink sponges. You might not think a dishtowel would be a big deal, but it could distract from whatever’s behind it, such as the stove or backsplash. The idea is to get buyers eyes on the best attributes, such as an updated counter or lighting.

 

Dining Room

2016130520This might sound a little contradictory from the “removing lived-in" and stuff, but if you have a dining room table photographers find it best when there is something on it. Consider setting the table or having a centerpiece such as a bowl of fruit. Make sure you don’t choose items that will be too distracting like a giant flashy vase or really busy plates. Try to aim for what you see in designer catalogues that go for plain, but decorative.

 

Bottom Line

Prepare for these pictures as you would if you were showing off the house to real potential buyers. Make it presentable-looking, clean, and welcoming! Photographers tend to be looked at as miracle workers. It is true, we can make the lighting look better and know all the best angles, but we cannot prepare the areas ourselves. Here’s a quick and easy checklist to get you ready!

Need your property’s pictures to reflect how amazing it is? Contact Cincy Photo Pro today for a free quote on MLS photography, aerial shots and video, 3D Video Tours, and virtual staging! We understand that every property is different. We’ll take the time to learn what specific needs and requirements you have and implement them. Krista is constantly upgrading what we offer to help our customers stand out from their competition. Tag us on your listings on social media and we will be sure to share and promote it as well.

How Photographers Make Your Headshots Look so Great

Selfie HeadshotEven the best make-up and backdrop can only go so far. Some photographers seem like magicians with the way they improve your headshots. They work hard during and after shooting to give you the best impression possible. It’s more than air brushing blemishes. In this blog we are going to give you an inside look into what goes into creating the perfect headshot from the photographer’s perspective.

Photographers Know What Professional Looks Like

Different styles and looks vary depending on the eye of the beholder. We understand this notion, but there are some basic norms professional photographers keep in mind. They take into account the purpose and person. Every shoot will be different. For instance, you will have different headshots as a lawyer in a corporate setting vs a stand-up comedian. Both can be done professionally though. Skilled photographers will guide you to what will look best to before and during the shoot. They also take into account the individual and will help them express their best selves.

Photographers Will Adjust for Lighting

Before and after the shoot, photographers work hard to make sure the lighting is just right. They are always prepped with the right equipment to make the difference during and the best software to adjust after. There are some environments that don’t hand themselves to perfect lighting. As prepared as the most professional photographer will be, even they can get caught up with unforeseen shade or super bright light. A true professional will be able to take great photos in almost any situation with the proper equipment.

Photographers Help Pose You

A not so fond memory for many is school picture day. Remember when the photographer told you how to sit and what to do with your hands. Those directions were to achieve a certain type of look desired. By nature, we can be awkward. Photographers keep this in mind and help guide you by giving you direction of what to do with your body when you have no clue, and let’s face it, we really don’t. We all have strange stances or can look awkward when not posed properly. In the same respect, that can also be avoided when you are posed in a flattering way that fits your specific body style.

Photographers Do More Than Just Airbrushing

What comes to mind when we think of photo editing is erasing wrinkles and blemishes, but photographers do so much more than that. The best photographer will consider what YOU want. Some might want the more natural look, and that is okay. They will give you a preview of the unedited photos and take special notes on what you like and what you don’t about the photographs. After the session, they can work for a long time making adjustments. You’ll never notice that hair that was out of place, because they can fix that! Or that belish that popped up the morning of your photoshoot. Your images will look like you and not over processed either.

Photographers Give You Background Options

Depending on where the headshots take place, photographers will use natural background (park or room you are in) or set up backdrops. They background is chosen by what makes sense for the purpose of your photo and sometimes by your Outfit. This makes it easy to use in multiple ways. If you are wanting your portrait to convert to different backdrops or business cards, professional photographers can create a transparent cutout of you to be placed however you please! Don't you love modern technology?

Photographers Will Put You at Ease

Being nervous is totally normal during a headshot session. A great photographer will try to put you at ease. They will usually get to know you first with a consultation, so that you don’t feel that weird sense of stranger danger. It’s best to read reviews and meet them ahead of time to get a feel for them to put you at ease and make sure that they are the right photographer for you. Sometimes a simple conversation on the phone will work too.

Bottom Line

Whenever professional is your goal, make sure you get a seasoned photographer that is experienced with head shots. Survey their work and get recommendations. Don’t settle for taking photos with your phone. The person who you are submitting them to, whether it be a director or potential customer, will be able to tell the difference and sometimes that will make them choose your competition over YOU.

In need of headshots to give you that professional edge?

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8 Reasons Why Professional Pictures Help Sell a House

House hunting can be fun, especially when you can get a sneak peek into what the house actually looks like. Nothing will turn potential home buyers away faster than a picture that has low resolution, does not show enough, or is out of focus. Your house could be a diamond, but it’s stuck in the rough without great photography. Here we have some reasons why it’s best to just hire a professional photographer to take pictures of your house.

1. We are used to the polished look.

You know, that magazine look where everything is perfect. The general US population loves it and wants more of it! We might say we don’t, but when it comes to looking for your dream home, it’s true. Even if the property costs less, professional photos can give the house a polished look that will still impress.

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2. Professional photos look better online.

Today, most real estate listings are viewed online. When uploading a picture, whether it be on a website or social media outlet, there will be guidelines. If these are not followed you could end up with pictures that have low resolution, have abnormalities, etc. It’s extremely important that you find out what grade photos will look best. A professional photographer will know these guidelines and have the equipment and software necessary to make it look perfect.

3. Photographers know angles and lighting.

They have the knowledge of what to use and how to use it. Sometimes it is about the equipment. Knowing how to use your settings along with adding proper lighting takes practice and isn't as easy as you may think.

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4. Photographers notice details.

You might not notice the clutter in the corner or that reflection in the mirror, but they will. Professional photographers will take images at specific angles to showcase the room in the best way possible.

5. Mechanics matter.

In a match of freehand vs tripod, the tripod wins every time. If an iPhone went up against professional photography equipment, you’ll also get the expected result. The outcome is most noticeable in darker rooms where the small sensor of a phone or tablet just cannot compete.

6. They can fix what is wrong.

Sometimes there is a patch on a wall that will be painted the next day or an empty room that needs to be shown with furniture, but there is no budget for staging. Photographers can virtually stage a space to make an otherwise empty room look furnished!

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7. Professionals will go the extra mile.

While you are communicating with the seller or doing tasks not on site, photographers can be at the property capturing the marketing data necessary to help sell your listing. Whether you need HD photos, drone images, video, or 3D interactive tours, a talented photographer can have it covered and delivered in your inbox in no time. The options are more robust and will make the difference!

8. You will need help.

It’s alright to admit that you can’t make updates to your home, answer the abundance of calls, decide how much to list it for, and market the house all at the same time. You will need help! Professional photographers are a great extension of your marketing team! Communication and availability are key when it comes to real estate. Photographers will understand this.

Bottom Line
Selling your home is tough work. Delegate some of it to the professionals. It will pay off and reduce the stress you will have. You will also have a smaller window of time to deal with it because your house will sell much faster with professionally taken photos.

Need a photographer for your listing? Call Krista at Cincy Photo Pro! She’s been shooting real estate since 2018 and has been in business since 2011. Krista and her team know how to make your property look amazing! We have a turnaround time of 24 hours for most media and 48-36 hours for videos or virtual tours, depending on size of the property.

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Being available along with quick correspondence is something we take pride in at Cincy Photo Pro. We also understand that every property is different. We’ll take the time to learn what specific needs and requirements you have and implement them. Krista is constantly upgrading what we offer to help our customers stand out from their competition. Tag us on your listings on social media and we will be sure to share and promote it as well.

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The Importance of Family Holiday Photos

How many times have you had a holiday come and go by and wished you had taken more pictures, or any at all? It’s hard when there’s so much to do and when trying to live in the moment. We have some helpful tips when it comes to taking family pictures during the holidays.

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It seems like a chore to stop everything to take even one picture. Think of future gatherings though, and how looking back on memories can bring us closer together, especially during a time when it’s difficult to be near each other. Pick out one or a few creative members of the family that are not bogged down. Ask them to take some candid shots and a few group ones during a holiday gathering.

This will ensure that someone is responsible and will remember to capture the time, hopefully. It could also be a good task for someone craving involvement. Aside from an adult, ask a kid to take some pictures. You’ll be amazed at how much people warm up to getting their picture taken when a kid is behind the camera!

Taking the Pictures

Candid Shots
Whoever takes the pictures should know how to take candid photos. These are photos that are not posed. It’s simply capturing the moment unfolding. Make sure to get plenty of children being children. There’s always something exciting going on among the young ones that make for a fun picture.

Group Shots
Group shots can be tricky, especially when it’s a large group. Try a place where the sun is behind and use a fill flash or white Styrofoam to help reflect the sun for better lighting. Or, find a good shady area. Choose a background that is simple and not too busy. Outside near foliage is perfect as long as the sun is cooperating. Clouds are your friends. If shadows are a problem find shade. Practice with one person to find the perfect spot before you bring the entire group out so no one gets tired of waiting.

Tips and Tricks
• Take multiple shots! How many times have you taken a shot and someone had their eyes closed? Don’t risk it. Take a few to get one good one!
• Don’t forget about settings for shutter delay and time lapse, where everyone can be in the photo! No need for one person to miss out on the fun. Set the device down and join in!
• Style the photos with color and effects! Using Snapchat might not be ideal depending, but some of the filters are just funny. Do some black and white shots or sepia shots! Get creative!
• If someone is shy, don’t be pushy. There are those that don’t like their pictures taken. That is okay. Perhaps you can capture a candid of them!
• Take flattering pictures. No matter how much you want to pester your cousin or sibling, taking an unflattering picture can start a war. Don’t use a picture that someone is not okay with seeing. A lot of us are self-conscious of all kinds of things. Be courteous!

Gift Ideas

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for taking pictures! That way, you will have time to develop them into Christmas presents! Who wouldn’t want a mug with Grandma on it or an ornament with the whole family? Personalized types of gifts are the best ones to give and receive. There’s a 100% guarantee that they will not be re-gifted or thrown away. These gifts will be treasured and passed down for years to come! My Dad asks for updates every couple years! And has all the mugs on display.

Some great ideas I love to use and my clients do too!

• Coasters with the family picture or each of the grand kids
• Framed or canvas print
• Picture mugs
• Blankets
• Key chains or luggage tags
• Albums
• Necklace with a photo as a charm
• GIFT CARD for a photo shoot in the spring!

Bottom Line

Pictures have a very important way in transporting us to a better time. We all could use that right now. The holidays can be hard for some. This year has been rough, to say the least. If you aren’t able to see the ones you love for the holidays, use old photos from the past to bring cheer. Make presents and share them frequently! Remind those you love that they are still in your thoughts!

In need of capturing special moments? Cincy Photo Pro would love to help! From newborn photos to family pictures or even your company team photos! We strive to make your memories last. Contact us today.