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:
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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!
2015 was a great year!
Here’s to 2016! Call now to book your date!
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!
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Just moving August images into archives and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite images from last month.
That was one hot morning! But the girls were so patient and gracious with their smiles.
What a sweet elopement this was. Were we outside the Faust Park with Carolyn Burke, the Elopement Connoisseur.
Mark is a Senior this year! First time I photographed Mark, it was for his bar mitzvah, he wore his pet snake around his neck!
Cover image for the Clayton Chamber Ensemble program at this year’s Midwest Clinic in Chicago. I can’t wait to see/hear them perform!
I met Sammy when he was 8, 9 or 10, oh, I can’t remember exactly. But I remember he was full of energy and driving his mother crazy. You see it was his brother’s bar mitzvah day and Sammy was having nothing to do with family pictures. In fact I believe his exact words were “NO, NO, NO”. And he meant it. After letting Sammy take a few pics with my “big fancy camera”, he warmed up to me and actually let me make some images of him with the family. He was cutting up and just making me laugh. He simply kept me entertained the whole night. Every time I’d see him after that, I would say to myself…”I love that kid”! So you can imagine how happy I was when his mother ask me to photograph his bar mitzvah, and even happier to have his mom call me for his senior portraits too. And yep, I’m holding out for his wedding (though he need not be in a rush!).
Here are a few pics from Sammy’s Senior session.
Well I am back from my fun filled trip with lots of photographs! Don’t worry, I won’t make you sit through a whole slide show….and yes, I have one; a very long one!
My trip started out in Budapest, Hungary where we had an extra day to look around before getting on our small river boat. We sailed from Budapest to Vukovar in Croatia, then to Donji Milanovac, Serbia, and off to Vidin and Rousse, Bulgaria (my personal favorite) and finally to Bucharest, Romania. Oh yeah and we stayed an extra day and took a day trip to Transylvania. Don’t even ask me about our driver, Stefan (hint; he is crazier than me behind the wheel). What a blast we had. I did not want to come home. Not only did I have fun but I learned a lot too. You know all the things they don’t teach you here, in America.
So enjoy some of my images. (click first image to scroll thru at a larger size)
I first met Marie at a wedding. That’s right, she walked down the aisle just like any other attendant at a wedding. Marie is the bride’s seeing eye dog. I’m not sure what makes a good seeing eye dog, but all I know is Marie is very sweet, social and obedient. So last week I got the chance to photograph her again. She really is good at posing for sure; makes my job so easy.
I don’t know much about Yoga either, but Marie obviously does; she is showing off her skills for me. Well after all, her mommy does teach yoga class and Marie goes with her to every class!
Enjoy the pics of Marie!
I got a call from the PR department at a local hospital. They are in the process of redoing their website, adding new (and not so new) doctors and nurses and they needed a few images right away.
I will tell you, I love being in the hospital. It reminds me of when I worked at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now called Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center…whew that’s a mouth full). I use to love getting lost in the halls on the way to the OR, or meeting all the med students on ‘picture day’, and I also loved when I got the chance to create environmental portraits for some of the most prominent doctors and researchers around.
So when Stephanie called and asked if I could do some headshots of the CEO and a few of their doctors, I was thrilled. I”m hoping to do more for her as she begins revamping the website.
Here are a couple, stay tuned for more.
It was the hottest day of the year, here in STL and I was helping Denise photograph a wedding…OUTSIDE. I think I drank more water and Gatorade in that one day then I did all summer. But it was worth it. The bride and groom did just great and never broke a sweat although I do not know how.
I have been lucky; this year I was able to work with several different photographers to “second shoot” some weddings. I really enjoy helping out because it gives me the chance to see other photogs in action as well as allowing me to focus on the candid and details, which I love so much. Plus I was able to go to several new places such as The New Town Chapel, which was a wonderful place for a wedding. I was introduced to the Old Town Chapel in Florissant MO, where I met one of the most humorous ministers around who had a knack for a beautiful and powerful message about marriage. I also photographed at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church, where we had awesome courtyards with fountains and stain glass, we even beat the rain on that day…but just barely.
Enjoy a few pics from the different weddings. And remember, Kristi Foster Photography books a limited number of weddings each year so make sure you call or email me now to book your 2014 or 2015 date.