Property Photography - Top Tips for getting the best images

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
Wedding Photography - details of the day
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Wedding Photography - details of the day

Wedding photography is my greatest passion when it comes to my job, and I am so lucky to be involved in so many lovely happy days!

My style is very natural and informal and whilst I am happy to capture group shots, I never let them take over the day. I spend time with each couple getting lovely artistic yet natural shots of them, and I also allow time to capture the informal candid moments. It is also important to get shots of the lovely details of each day, so the couple can remember the little touches that made their day unique forever.

Bridal preps start with set up shots of the dress, shoes, flowers, jewellery etc, and I think this is a perfect way to start the day. Then I move on the groom and his party, and capture button holes, cuff links, shoes etc. Throughout the day I am always looking out for those special details, such as signs, pillar boxes, table decorations, favours, bunting ...

Details of the day are what makes each wedding unique and make sure I capture as many as I can on each lovely wedding day.

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Property Photography and Floor Plans
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Property Photography and Floor Plans

Much of my work in recent years is property photography. I work for various local estate agents in York, as well as owners of guest houses and b and bs. Professional property photography is so important to showcase each place at it's best. Hopefully each property will be nice and tidy when I arrive (it's not always, but usually!) It's important to declutter as much as possible, and little things like putting away towels, toilet rolls, pet bowls and bins, really do help.

I use a wide angle lens, 10mm - 20mm and a monopod, which I love! I used to use a tripod, but the camera I currently use is brilliant with low light, so I don't need to use a really slow stutter speed, hence a monopod is enough, and it allows me to get in to tight corners, as well as capture high up exterior shots.

In most property shoots, I also provide a fully measured and detailed floor plan. This is recent skill that I have taught myself, and something I really enjoy doing. The biggest floor plan I have ever done was a 20 bedroom hotel, showing all rooms, fixtures, fittings and communal areas - which was a challenge!

I love doing property photography and think it a really important thing for anyone selling, letting or advertising a property.

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Top tips when choosing your wedding photographer

When booking the photographer for your wedding it is imperative you get it right. The photographer is someone who will be with you for a long time on your big day, and the photos are one of the few things you will keep after the wedding. There are so many photographers out there, where do you start? I have put together a few tips that may help you when you start looking ...

  1. Personal recommendation if possible. Do you know anyone who has recently got married? Who was their photographer and were they happy? If someone you know can recommend a photographer personally that is a good start. Do you know anyone in the industry?
  2. Look at different photographer’s websites to compare styles and packages. Are they more traditional or contemporary in the way they work? Not all will have their prices on their website, so contact 5 or 6 to get an idea of cost.
  3. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option. In fact, often there is a reason if someone is much cheaper than others. This could be a very good photographer just starting out who cannot charge established prices. But do make sure you know first.
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