No question putting your home on the market is a stressful experience. With everything going on what needs attention can sometimes get lost in the fog. This posting can help set you up for success not just in getting excellent photos, but also create effective showings.

Just a couple good tips and general advice on preparing your home to be photographed.

  1. De-clutter and hide clutter in the garage. The rule is, if there’s an item your not sure should be put off to storage, it should. De-clutter as much as possible! Typically the garage is not photographed so it’s a great place to store most clutter and unnecessary furniture. This will also make the home show better to potential buyers.
  2. Have carpets professionally cleaned. It’s a great idea to have the carpets shampooed just prior to the photo shoot. Having your carpets cleaned is very affordable and goes a long way when marketing your home to potential buyers.

Outside Areas

  • Mow, rake and trim landscaping.
  • Remove all clutter including water hoses.
  • Remove any pool/spa covers.
  • Power wash all driveways, sidewalks, patios and entryway
  • Clear any clutter on patios
  • Uncover any bbq grills
  • Remove any pool toys/equipment

Living Areas

  • Turn off all TVs and hide all remote controllers
  • Remove all toys, floor fans and any other clutter
  • Remove any unnecessary furniture
  • Hide all chords – Unplug devices if necessary
  • Open all blinds and drapes – let in as much light as possible
  • Remove any personal photographs you don’t want online
  • Remove all nick knacks
  • Turn off ceiling fans

Kitchen and Dining Area

  • Clean and remove any dishes
  • Remove all small appliances
  • Remove any objects on fridge (magnets..etc)
  • Wipe down stainless steel appliances
  • Remove all dish cloths
  • Minimize counter top clutter
  • Hide all chords

Bedrooms

  • Make all beds
  • De-clutter toys, books…etc
  • Remove all personal items
  • Ensure all lamps/lights are working
  • Remove any posters
  • Hide all chords
  • Open blinds and drapes
  • Turn off ceilings fans

Bathrooms

  • Clear counter tops of all toiletries
  • Close all toilet lids
  • Ensure toilet roll is not empty
  • Clean all glass and mirrors
  • Remove all soaps from shower
  • Remove any scales and matts

60 Minutes before the shoot

  • De-clutter as much as possible
  • Open all blinds and drapes – let in as much light as possible
  • Turn on all lights (lamps included)Make sure all light bulbs are the same color
  • Turn OFF any ceiling fans
  • Hide all pet bowls/beds and any evidence
  • Hide all toiletries in the bathrooms
  • Remove all personal items
  • Turn off all TVs
  • Remove vehicles from the driveway

For the first time since moving here to East Tennessee I’ve actually had the opportunity to compare my style to another local professional real estate photographer who uses a lot of the same similar techniques as I do. To be honest with you, there were a couple of shots where I actually prefer theirs… Pretty impressed!

Wow! Way late getting this posting done… With Christmas and out of town family visiting I’ve completely gotten behind schedule! None the less – I think it’s important to keep my website updated with my most recent work so new clients have an idea of what to expect when they hire me to photograph their property listings.

Every real estate photographer has their own unique style and approach. Below are a few recent shots I captured during the month of December 2019 here in the greater Knoxville TN area. If you like my work and approach I would love to earn your business! Please feel free to view my packages and pricing here. Also feel free to view more of my recent work from previous months and/or contact me to schedule a shoot.

What an incredible month! Though I’ve only lived here a very short time I’m not sure I’ll ever get over how beautiful East Tennessee is during the month of November!

I want to share some images from some of the real estate shoots I did during the month of November in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Whilst every professional real estate photographer has their own unique style and approach below is a sampling of some of my work so you have an idea of my style.

If you like my work, I would love to earn your business! Please feel free to view my packages and pricing for my real estate packages here.

Maryville Tennessee Real Estate Aerial Photo
Philadelphia Tennessee Real Estate Aerial Photo

With over 11.3 million annual visitors the Smoky Mountains is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. A perfect location to own a vacation rental property. With the advent of AirBnB, VRBO and other popular websites, vacation rentals have become extremely profitable and professional architectural photography plays a critical role.

As The Smokies have become more and more popular the competition in the vacation rental market has become fierce.  Investors in these properties will need to fight for every click, professional photography is no longer a way to get the edge but a necessary minimum requirement.

Whilst there are several local talented professional photographers in the area, few have the skill set required for architectural work. Hiring a photographer who specializes in family photos or landscape photography can be a costly mistake.

Understanding how to correctly market a vacation rental through photography is a specialized skill set. Having the fortune of spending the last decade plus photographing hotels around the country, I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with talented designers and marketing directors who are at the top of their game.

Taking this knowledge and with the benefit of photographing directly for AirBnB in the past, I can bring that specialized skill set required to create beautiful images that generate the “clicks” and interest needed to stay competitive in the vacation rental market here in East Tennessee.

Do you own a vacation rental property in the Smoky Mountains area? I would love to earn your business! Please feel free to view my packages/pricing or give me a call today!

October was a great month for real estate photography here in East TN. The fall leaves around town are stunning! Below are just a few of my most recent real estate images for the month of October 2019. If you like my approach and style to real estate photography I would love to earn your business! Please feel free to check out my packages/pricing here. Also feel free to view more of my recent work here. I offer a 24 hour turn-around on all of my real estate photography packages and can produce high quality images at a low affordable rate. Please feel free to call/text or email me anytime to schedule a shoot.

Madisonville Tennessee Real Estate Photography for October 2019

As a professional real estate photographer, I can deliver high quality real estate pictures for my clients regardless of the weather, season or even time of day! This is an add-on service I offer with all of my packages. For more information about my pricing/features please feel free to view my real estate photography packages here.

There are several benefits to replacing the sky for your real estate photos, and there are several reasons why you might want to consider it. Here are just a few common reasons why/when Realtors should consider utilizing a sky replacement for their listing.

Weather

Let’s face it, here in East Tennessee we don’t always have the luxury to wait around for beautiful blue skies with white puffy clouds. With Sky Replacement we can create an amazing image to market the home with regardless of what the weather is doing.

Generate more interest

Often times, with sky replacement we can create an image with more drama that a blank blue sky just doesn’t offer. Having an “eye catching” sky can compliment your listing and generate more clicks online, and more interest for your clients.

Create a wow factor for your clients

As a Realtor nothing authenticates you as a marketing expert to your clients more than stunning photos. Surprising your seller’s with a dramatic beautiful exterior front shot of their home.

Improve your brand

As a Realtor, homeowners expect a lot out of you. One of the many expectations homeowners have for their real estate agent is that their Realtor is an expert at marketing. What are you selling? Are you creating the right mood? When the public views your listings are they receiving the right message regarding your marketing abilities? Utilizing sky replacement shows you care about showcasing their property at it’s best and give even the smallest details your full attention.

Sky replacement is just one another service I offer to my clients to create stunning images that get results. Please feel free to view all my packages/pricing and add-on services on my real estate photography page here. Also feel free to take a look at my portfolio here. I would love to earn your business! Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a shoot.

Showcase the size and boundaries of your properties! This is an awesome feature for vacant land and larger parcels allowing potential buyers to have an idea of the size and layout of the property boundaries.

Not just for vacant land! Does your listing have a beautiful home with a large amount of land? Showcase that awesome selling point with property border overlays to potential buyers and impress your sellers.

 

By far, this is the coolest AirBnB I’ve photographed in North Carolina. Every kid dreams of an awesome tree house. Now that I’m an adult, this truly is a romantic tree house with all the luxuries of a hotel suite. This place fulfills that childhood fantasy of being in your own clubhouse while offering enough privacy in the thick woods of North Carolina to literally shower outside (the shower is on the outside of the clubhouse).

Matter of fact, the thick woods offer so much privacy, I couldn’t get a decent shot of the backside of the tree house. Though it’s a fairly long walkway before you get to the tree house itself, the pathway is filled with beautiful lighting…

When you finally arrive, the excitement builds as you notice the bridge leading into the tree house. The craftsmanship that went into this project is stunning!

Standing outside the only thought running through your head is… What’s inside???? But walking in makes you feel as though you’ve walked through a portal, the luxury and modern design of the interior is NOT what you would expect.

Walking in you’re immediately rewarded with amazing views of the thick woods this location has to offer mixed with a high definition television and electric fireplace.

By far, this is the most luxurious tree house I’ve personally been in and the subtle artwork and decor perfectly compliments without distracting the eye from where you are.

After taking a quick look around you’ll immediately notice one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in on the road in a very, very long time! In fact, I can honestly say that I slept better in this bed than I did in my luxury suite at Caesar’s Place!

Adjacent to the bed is a wonderful sitting area where you can literally take in the luxury of the interior and the absolute beauty the exterior has to offer.

Relaxing on the couch while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace, the background noise of the television and the breathtaking view was…. heavenly…

Oh! Did I mention there was a kitchen area?

Stepping outside….

The back deck offers privacy, views and the calming sound of nature.

This brings us to the shower, though it’s not winter… the idea of taking a hot shower with snow on the ground in this shower sounds… awesome!

But this small tree house has even more to offer, downstairs….

Below the tree house is an amazing retreat…

If you would like to book this AMAZING experience you can view it on AirBnB’s website here: https://abnb.me/qhbQxPvsD0 This is a “must-do” if you are visiting Asheville NC or the surrounding area.

Below is a few of my favorite shoots from this last month. I like to update my website with my recent work at least once a month so you have an idea of what to expect when you hire me to photograph your property. I always say that as a photographer, your only has good as your last image. Every photographer has their own unique style and approach, if you like my style I would love to earn your business! Please feel free to check out my packages and pricing here. You can also view some of my most recent work here.

Corryton Tennessee Real Estate Aerial Photo
Townsend Real Estate Aerial Photo for September 2019