Q: How long does it take for a shoot?
A: Usually about 1 hour per 1,000 sq. ft.
Q: When does a shoot usually begin?
A: Capturing ideal light on the front of the home usually dictates when the shoot start is scheduled. Clients are asked to provide the street address which is then researched on Google Earth to determine the sun angle.
Q: How important is staging a home before the shoot?
A: Vital! A decluttered and properly staged home presents much more clearly and effectively to prospective buyers. A very successful Agent once told me that they tell homeowners “once you make the commitment to sell your home it is not yours”. In other words, do everything possible to make it easy for a buyer to connect and see themselves in the home.
Q: How important is it to have professional photos in a Listing?
A: If you want to sell your home quicker and for more money then it is imperative. Here is a great article from Redfin Realty using data to prove the benefit. Article. 80 – 90% of buyers preview a home online. If they don’t connect with a property within 5 – 7 photos they often move on.
Q: How quickly do I receive the photos and how do I get them?
A: I provide 2 sets of photos usually within 24 hours of the completion of the shoot. One set sized for MLS, and one set much larger for print and other media. I upload jpeg photos to Dropbox, which can then easily be downloaded to your phone or desktop.
Q: What is the best way to schedule a shoot?
A: Whatever is most convenient for you. You can call, email, or text the street address and requested day. I will research the ideal start time and get back to you with availability asap.
Q: Do I need to be with you the entire shoot?
A: If you would like to be, sure. I am also perfectly comfortable working directly with the homeowner.
Q: How many photos do you take?
A: As many unique, interesting views as the home presents. It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 or 50. Event though MLS only allows a max of 25, the additional photos as follow-up may be valuable in converting buyer interest to action.
Q: What selection of photos comes with a regular home shoot?
A: I take a complete set of interior and exterior shots, plus photos of any community amenities (pool, playground, walking trail, etc.). In addition, I have a large portfolio of Triangle photos (shopping, entertainment, restaurants, recreation, events, etc.) which I offer complimentary to clients to fill out or embellish their Listings.
Q: Do you do staging while shooting?
A: Yes, I will do some light staging (clearing kitchen or bath counters, fluffing pillows, putting shampoos/soaps away in master bath, etc.) during the shoot. I don’t move heavy objects. Ideally the home is staged before I arrive so I can concentrate on the photography. I have developed a “Preparing the home for Photography” checklist for the homeowner to be forwarded in advance of the shoot. A copy of the checklist can be downloaded from the Services Page.
Q: How can the photos be used and what are the copyrights?
A: The photos can be used in all marketing for one-time-use by the hiring client for the specific listing, during the time that agent has exclusive right to list that property. Use by a buyer of the property for the purpose of renting, or by another agent who has picked up the listing is strictly prohibited.