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Property Photography

Most of my week is spent doing property photography for estate agents. 

This was a lovely property I did the other week. I love it when I walk in to a house and it is neat, tidy, and beautifully decorated. This one did not disappoint, it was like a show home! The vendors had obviously done a lot of work to it over the years, and the price it is on the market for reflects that. It has gorgeous views looking over open fields. As well as overall shots of each room I also get nice feature details, and there were plenty at this one. 

This particular property just required a floor plan and photography, although these days I also offer the option of a 360 tour, which some agents like. 

These days I have to work very safely, so I always wear PPE - a mask and gloves. I touch as little as possible when I am in the property, and I hope vendors are put at ease with the safety measures I take. The way I work has had to change due to Covid, and I get through so much hand gel each day I should buy shares in it! But it is better to be safe than sorry. I have to say, I find in more difficult to communicate with people when wearing a mask, and gone are the days when I gladly accept a cuppa if offered. But I am still my usual friendly chatty self, even if I am a bit more muffled than usual!

This particular property was a real pleasure to photograph - I am sure it will look great online and I have no doubt it will sell quickly. 

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Property Photography

Most of my week is spent doing property photography for estate agents. 

This was a lovely property I did the other day. The vendors booked me directly because they are using an estate agent who isn't local to York, therefore it was more difficult to get photos from them. I do a lot of property photography for vendors directly, as they often sell with online agents and get professional images done separately. 

This house was particularly nice and so easy to photograph. It makes a huge difference when people put stuff away, even little things like toilet roll and bins! I always take  as many angles of each room as I can, plus lovely feature details to set the scene. Blue skies are added afterwards if needed. 

Professional property photography is so important when selling or renting. It showcases each property at it's best and really encourages potential buyers through the door.  Read More

Afternoon tea photography

Most of my work is wedding photography, portrait photography and property photography, and I love each aspect equally. However, I do like it when I get asked to do something different!

This was a fab shoot for Ursula's Kitchen, a catering business who specialise in afternoon teas, cakes and grazing platters for weddings and events. I was asked to photograph the afternoon tea in my studio against a white backdrop, and do some overall shots and close ups, showing not only the food, but also the beautiful crockery and tea sets which are available for rent. It was a really enjoyable shoot, as it allowed me to use my creative side, placing the food in different ways, and using various lovely pieces to show it on. The colours were amazing (as were the smells!) and I was really pleased with the vibrancy of the images. I love the way the details are shown, with a suggestion of more things fading out behind the main image.

So while product photography and food photography are not my usual line of work, I love to do to it, and this job was really enjoyable. Especially as I got to eat the food afterwards!

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Virtual Exhibition - York In Lockdown

York is my home town and I love it with a passion. I have always lived here and am very privileged to do so. I often go in to town to work, and also for pleasure at weekends (obviously before lockdown) and every time I go I find myself acting like a tourist and walking about, looking around me and up high, just taking in the amazing buildings and streets. I have missed my usual trips in to town over the last few weeks, so the other day, I took my daily walk around deserted York. It was humbling and very eerie. Streets were empty of the usual hustle and bustle, no workers, shoppers or tourists. Shops, cafes and tourists spots were all closed, and it was a very emotional feeling walking around. I thought of the past in York, thousands of years ago, hundreds of years ago and decades ago, and what life must have been like then. And I thought of the future, when this will be probably be the biggest part of York's history for many many years to come.

I usually use my trusty Nikon D700 for work, however, I have recently purchased a Panasonic G9. This was going to be my second camera for weddings but I am finding I am using it more and more as my main camera! I love it! It is so lightweight and quiet, and it's ability to shoot in low light, and produce pin sharp images is amazing. So this is what I used for the images in this exhibition, and a wide angle lens.

I have decided to create a Virtual Exhibition of Lockdown York. I have done all the images in black and white, partly because I love black and white and also because I think it captures the mood of this ancient, beautiful and empty city perfectly. I wanted to capture a time in the history of majestic York that will, hopefully, never be repeated again.

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Property Photography - Top Tips for getting the best images

Much of my work is property photography. I work for estate agents in York, as well as directly for vendors selling with online agencies. I also do one off jobs for Air B and B's, guest houses and hotels. And I provide detailed floor plans.
My top tips for getting the best photographic images of your property to sell or rent:

  • Always have the camera on a tripod or monopod
  • Shoot in landscape format
  • Show all angles possible of each room from the corners
  • Show unique details of each property
  • Use a wide angle lens for the overall shots
  • Shoot from shoulder height (approx 5 feet)
  • Keep the verticals of the walls straight
  • Use flash bounced off the ceiling or a wall
  • Use an aperture of around f/11 to get a good depth of field
  • Use a monopod to get a high up exterior shot
  • Where possible, get an exterior shot when the sun is shining on to the property
  • Lights on or off? This is a tricky one... different photographers prefer one or the other and there are pros and cons for both. Personally, I prefer lights off, as when they are on it creates burnt out light patches on the ceiling and walls that can be distracting to the eye. If there is good natural light I would always leave lights off. Some would argue lights on give a warmer feel to the images....

And here are my top tips for vendors to get their property ready for photography to sell or rent:

  • Declutter as much as possible
  • Hide items away in cupboards
  • Kitchen surfaces cleared
  • Dress the property - fresh flowers are perfect
  • Personal photos away
  • Cars off the driveway
  • Toilet roll, towels and bath stuff away
  • Bins out of sight
  • Generally have the property looking it's absolute best for the shoot