February 24, 2016
How to Nail a Home Photo-shoot
How to Successfully Photograph Your Home to Sell
You may choose to hire a professional photographer to help you take the most effective photographs, but it’s also possible to DIY. There are many benefits associated with hiring a property photographer. They will have extensive experience in the industry, and will know how to make the most of your property for the photo shoot. They are also very expensive. Should you choose to embark solo, here are some helpful tips.
An effective, professional photo shoot will start with the right equipment. If you are taking photos yourself, it’s a good idea to use a high-quality camera with a wide-angled lens, because these are commonly used to make rooms look larger. A tripod will also be beneficial, to avoid blurriness caused by shaky hands.
You’ll need to shoot in high resolution, because this will make the photos look far more professional when you put them online. Make a plan of the features that you wish to focus on. This is a good time to consult with your real estate agent, who may have more advanced knowledge of which features in your home should be accentuated.
Some features to focus on could include ensuites, fireplaces, walk-in closets or wardrobes, cellars, terraces and balconies, and spiral staircases. You’ll want to get clear photographs of bot the interior and exterior of your home. Before you take any photographs, remove personal items from the shot and clean and tidy up each area thoroughly. Evidence of pets, vases of dead flowers, or obvious stains should all be covered or removed. Setting the table with attractive dinnerware and wine glasses could invite viewers to imagine themselves throwing dinner parties, for example.
Photography Tips for Individual Rooms
The following are a few tips for photographing each individual room:
- Living Room: Because this is the part of the home where a family spends the majority of their time, be sure to create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. You can stage your home, by moving furniture around or remove it altogether, to create the desired effect. If you aren’t photographing for a while, you can also shop for some decorative items online if you don’t have many accessories to use.
- Bedroom: This is also a very important part of the home. It’s where the owner will begin and end each day, and should be a private and restful sanctuary. As you prepare your bedroom for the photo shoot remove clothes from the floor. Buyers want to see a clean slate, not your private items. Make sure you’ve made the bed neatly and have highlighted any extra perks, such as a stunning view out the window.
- Kitchen and Dining Area: This is usually an area that can benefit from a little bit of extra cleaning before a photo shoot. Remove any detergents or other household cleaning products, and tidy away dirty dishes. Focus on the best features to detract from a small space, if applicable.
- Bathroom: Even a large bathroom can seem quite small in a photograph if shot from the wrong angle. Stand in the corner of the room to get the right angle, and make the room look larger. Take care not to accidentally include a photograph of yourself in the mirror!
As you shoot the exterior of the home, you’ll need to ensure that you have even lighting. Shooting your home at sunset or during twilight can create a beautiful atmosphere, casting a warm and inviting glow. You can even consider shooting your photo at dusk with all of your lights on, which will create a stunning contrast.
The beauty of digital cameras is that you don’t have to worry about the cost of film. You can now take as many photos as you like. It’s best to have as many photos as possible to pick and choose from, to ensure you get the most flattering and unique shots.
Here is an incredible article from a real seller who wanted to tell other sellers how big of a difference photos make. Read the article now at My Photos Helped Sell My Home in 8 Days That Was On The Market for 8 Months.
Also be sure to watch this great video on How to Sell Your Home Using Photos.