Real Estate Photography

If you are looking to sell your house your realtor will probably give you tips on how to get your home ready to list.  That will include staging (read a few ideas here) and getting images made to go on MLS, other online sites and for brochures.  That’s where I come in.

Assuming you have already gotten it stage ready, here are some tips on how to get your house photo ready for it’s glamor session:

  • Turn on all the lights, even your outside porch, deck and patio lights oh, and lamps too.  Make sure all your bulbs are burning.  Want to go one step further? Use daylight bulbs in all your overhead lighting.
  • Open all your blinds.  If you have slat blinds, drop all the way to the window sill, rotate slats completely horizontal (parallel to the floor). All curtains should be open as well.  If you have retention roll blinds, bring those up to run even with the window locks (about middle should do just fine).
  • Hide all recycling bins and trash cans, even ones in the bathroom.  You can usually stash those in the garage.
  • Close all toilet seat lids.
  • Make sure all the debris is picked up from your yard; don’t forget if we can see under your deck, it will show up in the photographs.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you will be guaranteed beautiful images, that will catch buyer’s attention and get your house sold fast!

Welcome to my new real estate clients, I look forward to working with you and getting your listings sold.

Here is a sample from a session I did last week:

 

Do your office mates reduce your stress?

Today I photographed corporate portraits for the staff of  Rhodey Construction.  They needed to update some images for their website.  I walked in and was warmly greeted by Cody; and I immediately felt at home.  Soon after, Alvin came in and once he said ‘hello’ to Cody, he greeted me as well.

There is great research that says having pets at the office reduce stress and increases productivity.  I believe that whole hardly (as I sit and type this, Jackson is laying beside me snoring and dreaming and that makes me happy).  I think the entire crew at Rhodey Construction would agree too; there were a lot of happy, smiling people there in the office today.  What a perfect way to spend the morning… photographing people and their office mates of the four legged kind!

Here is a pic of both Cody and Alvin. Adorable!

Know anyone that needs corporate portraits, including their office pets too? Please share my contact information, I’d love to create beautiful images for them as well!

 

Felicia and Steve got married

My favorite weddings are the small, quaint weddings.  Felicia and Steve had just that kind of wedding.  They invited family and close friends and were married in Bnai Amoona’s chapel (and Chinese food for the reception, yum!).  I have only been in the chapel a few times, but I love the light in there as much as I love the light in the Sanctuary.

I’m so happy they chose me to be a part of their big day!

Mazel Tov, F & S!

I’ll share a few of my favs….Ok more than a few!

Book Your Sessions

It’s time for portraits  and senior sessions!!!

April and May are great months for outside portraits.  Let’s get you booked now!

Contact me and get your dates on the calendar.

Wow, it’s been a long time

This is what happens when you get busy, you get slack and forget to keep up with the blogging.  So many places to share information; where should I chose to spend my time and energy? That is a hard question to answer.  After all, I’m a photographer not a writer (or a marketer, for that matter).

So I’ll just stick to what I know…blogging when I can, always sending out a monthly newsletter, posting pics on Facebook and most importantly of all, taking care of my clients.

In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite images of beautiful people from my trip to Cuba.

If you’d like to see a slideshow of the whole trip; go check it out.

Now back to work I go.

 

A Few of My Favs from 2015

2015 was a great year!

Here’s to 2016! Call now to book your date!

Busy, busy, busy

Whew, I have neglected my blog, mostly because I have been so busy.  It’s a great excuse to have, if you ask me!  But I didn’t want you to miss the bat mitzvah pics from Temple Israel that I have from early in the month.

Meet Jillian, the sweet, funny and very happy bat mitzvah young lady.  I don’t photograph too many of the actual services but for Jillian I did.  And I’m so glad I did.  She was fabulous and the song her dad wrote and sang to her was just perfect.  And when I say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, I am not exaggerating!

So enjoy a few images from Jillian’s bat mitzvah!

Later this month, I will be photographing Maggie’s bat mitzvah, so stay tuned for more pics.

This! What Ben Chrisman says so perfectly!

Guest Tip – Ben Chrisman on the Importance of Print

A few years ago we asked past brides what they ever did with their wedding photographs. We weren’t selling many albums then, but were giving the high-resolution files away. Almost every single bride told us their photos were just sitting on the disc in a drawer because they were just too busy and overwhelmed to even make 4×6 inch prints. At that point, Erin and I decided we needed to change things for the benefit of everyone.

After you get married, life changes fast. You buy a house, you have kids, you move up the ladder at your job. And your wedding day you planned for so long suddenly begins to slowly fade from memory. And the technology used to store those memories becomes undependable or even obsolete. So to help reverse that worry, for them and for their families, we decided to start including an album for every wedding. We didn’t raise our prices, but we took out the high-resolution files.

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

All of a sudden, giving a tangible product made so much more sense. We were providing our clients a lasting memory of their wedding, and also ensuring their children and grandchildren would be able to feel what the wedding day felt like 50 years from now.

And we finally became a full-service business that took care of people start to finish, which has made us extremely proud of what we do.

…we finally became a full service business that took care of people from start to finish.

It also gives justification for our prices because we know what we are doing will have even greater value to our clients than they could ever imagine at the time of booking us.

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

 A few weeks ago, we received the sad news that a groom from last year was losing his mother to cancer.A few weeks ago, we received the sad news that a groom from last year was losing his mother to cancer.

We just couldn’t believe the young, beautiful lady we watched on the dance floor was already being moved into Hospice Care. We had, just a couple months earlier, made both sets of parents their own album, and the bride wrote us to tell us how important that book had become to her mother-in-law. She wrote to us: “She absolutely adores her album and shows it to everyone who has visited, even today in the last days/hours with her, she asked to see the album and your photos. So thank you so much for creating it and for capturing so many moments for us that we’ll cherish more than we ever knew at that time.”

Shannon and Dan's wedding at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and reception at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California.

I now realize that if you don’t give your clients an album, you’re not really doing your job as a wedding photographer. Technology trends come and go faster than ever. But a wedding album is going to last. And so will the photographs you put all your heart into making for the families who choose you as their photographer. As artists, we all want to see our photographs printed. And we all want our photographs to be looked at forever. We have the ability to do both, and everyone will be better off because we took the initiative to make that happen.

So do yourselves a favor, and most importantly, do your clients a favor and give them something they may not fully appreciate now, but definitely will once life kicks into full gear right after the honeymoon ends. There is something magical about looking at a book of photographs. And it’s an honor to make one for every single wedding we are asked to document.

~ Ben Chrisman, Chrisman Studios

Rose and Alfred get married

If you are thinking about having an inmate, elegant wedding, then you’ll like Rose and Alfred’s wedding.  They did just that.  Their wedding was  early evening that went right into the reception.  Their guest list was small and included family and close friends. The atmosphere was cozy and relaxed….the perfect wedding for the sophisticated(but not stuffy) bride and groom.

And if you haven’t picked your venue yet, you might want to consider Miss Aimee B’s in St. Charles.  Rose and Alfred’s  wedding and reception was held there.  Miss Aimee B’s is very cute and quaint and I can tell you first hand, the food is delicious.   They know how to make fantastic chicken, creamed potatoes and fresh green beans.  And the staff was very attentive.  So if you love good food, a romantic ambiance, and convenient location, you might want to check them out.

In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite pics from the wedding!

 

Corporate Portraits

Why is a professional corporate portrait a good investment?

Your professional image:

  • is your first point of contact
  • will help you to be remembered
  • it is like a personal logo 
  • people are able to put a name to a face
  • makes you look more professional
  • will raise your brand significantly

Not convinced? Here is your chance to give it a try….contact me here; leave your name and email address and I will enter you in a drawing for a complimentary on location professional portrait(hurry and enter now, offer ends Friday, September 25 at 12pm).  I will come to your office or favorite location, make great images of you, and provide you a copy.  You can use it on LinkedIn, Facebook or any media page; you can use it for publication too.

You’ll be surprised at how many likes and comments you will receive on your new photograph!

Why? because your image means everything!

Share this blog with your friends, they can enter too!