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.
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.
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.
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.
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