The little things count: Looking for Details when Photographing Real Estate

rob paine chair detail

One of the genres of photography I have had the opportunity to shoot over the years is homes and real estate. Whether I am photographing a house, a wedding or a news event, it is always important to include the small details when telling a story with my camera. Please click here to to see additional photo and text.

web light detail

The photo above was taken at a  new luxury  apartment complex in Woodbridge, Va. This  was one of the best furnished community rooms I have been in. Every detail had been attended to including the design of the pillows on the  chairs. The pattern on the furniture seems to match the shadows on the floor, talk about consistency.

The photograph at left was taken in a bedroom of a model apartment in Southeast Washington D.C.

What drew me to this still life was its clean, uncluttered look. The large clock and lamp had really been artfully arranged on the nightstand, giving it a strong yet clean graphic appeal.

One of the most effective things you can do when you are trying to sell your home or condo is to reduce clutter.

Viewing a property that is congested and packed with stuff can be overwhelming not to mention it makes the house seem much smaller. Open space, like that used in a well designed
magazine or Web site, gives the viewer a place to breath and give him/her a much better chancing of really appreciating the space.

The more I photograph model homes and apartments the more respect I have for stagers, the professional design experts who make a model house feel like a home.
Stagers do the same for real estate photographers as stylists do for food photographers. They create a welcoming and beautiful look. It is the photographer’s job to keep in sync with the feel of home and and then pay close attention to light (both natural and artificial) and composition to translate that design into a still or video image.

web cottage bathroom

This final photo was taken in a bathroom in a mountain cottage in the Deep Creek Lake Area. This room was filled with details. The trick here was to compose the photo in such a way
that you could appreciate the layout and light in the bathroom but still feature the small details (every bear trinket you can imagine).

Using a wide angle lens I tried to key off of the bear designs on the doors of the medicine cabinet to lead the viewer into the small yet stylish bathroom.

Incorporating detail work into your house photos can even bring alive historical homes as show in this photo I shot of a weathered wrought iron gate in front of the Mosby Museum in Warrenton, Va.

Details can go a long way to underscore the distinctive style of one home from another. Please stay tuned to future posts in which I will share some more of my real estate photos and tips.
Thanks so much for visiting my site today.


    1. Thank you for your kind words. Whenever I start to take a photo, one of the first things I do is look for patterns that would help make for an interesting image. Thanks for visiting my site. I really
      enjoy your blog as well. It is very well written and provocative.


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