I know selling your home can be a stressful time. There are so many things to consider before you can really even think about listing. I also know that photographing your home might not even cross your mind, especially if it's your first time. I'm here to at least make that part easy. Here's what you can expect from a typical photo shoot with me.
before the shoot
There are several things you can do before the shoot to ensure your home is photo ready.
Let me know if there are any features of the home you want me to spend some extra time on. Things like the cool water feature in the backyard, the updated master bathroom, or the amazing fireplace in the living area.
Let me know about the neighborhood's amenities. If there's a community pool, clubhouse or nice park I like to include these in your photo package. However if these areas are super busy at the time of our shoot I may not be able to photograph them.
Review and follow the Photo Ready Checklist. It's a helpful guide to get your home ready for our session (and for future showings). Just remember, your home doesn't have to be perfect.
Declutter. We want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living in your home.
Typically I will go online to take a peek at your home before our session to acclimate myself with your neighborhood and see if there are previous photos of your home. If you have any questions about the prepping process, don't hesitate to ask!
during the shoot
This is when things will really start to come together and when we make your home shine. I have a specific order I like to follow for daylight shoots to ensure I don't miss anything. For twilights the process is a bit different.
First things first I'll take a look around. Feel free to guide me through your home and point out features you feel are important to focus on. During these first few minutes I'll turn on lights and make sure fans are turned off, make a few adjustments here and there and see if anything needs to be moved.
Next we get to start shooting. I'll start with the front exteriors, then move onto the entryway, formal dining and living areas or front office areas. Next it's onto the den, kitchen and breakfast areas. Then master bedroom and bath followed by game and media rooms, secondary bedrooms and baths. After that it's time for the backyard. If there are amenities that need to be shot I'll usually grab those on my way out.
I don't typically shoot closets or garages, but if you feel that these need to be included please let me know.
Before I leave we'll review the images on camera so we can make sure I didn't miss anything. Now's your chance to get a sneak peak. If you think I missed a shot, or don't like a certain angle or there's something in a shot that shouldn't be there, let me know. I want to make sure you love the images I'm creating for you.
Please make sure you let me know of any special things you want me to focus on before the shoot begins. Twilight shoots will typically start about an hour before sundown and end about 30 minutes after the sun has set. Rooms like closets, garages and media rooms can be shot at any time, but others that have windows need to be photographed before sunset so the windows don't go black. So if there's a certain place to stand in that makes your living room look beautiful or if you want a shot from upstairs looking down into the main areas please let me know before we begin.
I will almost always do a front and rear exterior daylight shot at the beginning of the shoot, depending on the location of the sun.
There is a lot of running back and forth racing against time during twilight shoots. I will usually do all windowless rooms first, while I'm waiting for the sun to be a little lower in the sky. I'll follow that with secondary bedrooms, media rooms and game rooms and areas of the home that face east.
This is usually followed by the master bedroom and bathroom.
The last interior areas are the main living area, kitchen, dining and front entryway. I will go back and forth between all of these to make sure the light coming through the windows is just right.
Last, I will do all of the exteriors. Depending on the amount of trees and cloud cover, this usually begins about 10 minutes after sundown.
These include community pools, neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and sometimes the neighborhood entryway.
If these areas are crowded, they can not be photographed (i.e. in summer when the pool is full). I'll do what I can to shoot around people, but sometimes it's not possible.
If the pool is closed for the year, or locked I will do my best to get a decent shot through the fence. If it requires a key, please feel free to come with me to unlock it.
For twilights, please let me know a couple of hours before if you need images of the amenities. I'll arrive early to photograph these before arriving at our shoot.
after the shoot
Ok, we're done. What next?
Relax. Your home looked beautiful for the photographs, so take a break, you earned it.
Next, I begin processing your images. I correct for color and brightness and contrast and a whole list of other things to make sure your photos are perfect. Due to MLS guidelines there are certain things I cannot fix.
Processing times are usually 24 hours. I know how important it is to get your photos quickly, so in a lot of cases processing is done in less than 24 hours.
When the photos are ready you will receive an email with links to branded and unbranded slideshows, a gallery and a download link.
And your home is now ready to be listed. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask!