What should I do to prepare my clients and house for photography?
A home photographs best when it is clean and uncluttered. Dishes washed, mirrors cleaned, floors swept, etc. While a few personal items add a "homey" touch, removing most of these items allows the prospective buyer to envision their own belongings in the space. Small rooms will feel larger by removing excess furniture which can be stored along with moving boxes in a closet or garage. A quick paint touch-up can also do wonders to freshen up a room!
What about the exterior?
The exterior and landscaping will also photograph best when it is well-manicured and tidy. Hoses should be wound up or removed and garbage cans and garden tools placed in the garage or shed. Walkways and decks should be clean of debris.
You say you do staging, what does that mean?
If a piece of furniture would play best in a different location and I can move it by myself, I will! I work with what's available and move decor around if necessary so that each room is showcased in the best possible manner; working the camera angles to highlight the very best aspects and flow of the home. However, I do not clean! A thorough cleaning will always help a home photograph best.
What about lighting?
I use a combination of natural lighting, flash and the home's fixtures to light each room. If possible, all of the lightbulbs should match in each room; I.E. all incandescents, LED's or CFL's, but not a mix.
How long does a photoshoot take?
Depending on the size of the home and details captured, anywhere from 1.5-3 hours to photograph the interior and exterior.
When will I get the photos?
Your photos will be delivered electronically to you within 24-48 hours of the shoot. Usually within 24 hours.
What if I have more questions?
No worries! Just ask! Plus, I'll supply you with more details before your shoot.