Entries in St. Petersburg Real Estate Photography (8)
This was my second time (see first shoot) making a promotional photograph of a new homeowner for Crown Group Realty. I really like these kinds of shoots going out on location and only needing to produce one or two images. Rhonda and her baby daughter were great and the shooting part took less time than it did for me to setup my speedlights!
I intended to make the above shot only, but after seeing how active her daughter wanted to be I took some shots like the first one with her walking on her own. I ended up delivering both to the client as a bonus. I hope they enjoy their new home!
I went to Lakewood Estates yesterday evening in St. Petersburg Florida to make commercial real estate photographs for long-time client Crown Group Realty. I had never been to this area of St. Pete before and found it to have a bit of a northern feel with its forests and even slight, very slight, ground elevations, as seen in the front yard of the home above. There is also a golf course winding through the neighborhood.
A large breakfast bar with a white granite counter top stretches from the kitchen to the edges of the dining room and the living room creating a nice flowing open space.
The backyard had a good sized pool with a view of a golf course. While out making this shot I was a bit startled as there were actually people playing golf at 7pm on a Monday evening and often hitting the trees making unusual sounds I was not expecting! I made a few shots around the pool keeping my ears open for any "fore!" calls.
I normally photograph just homes for sale for Haike of Crown Group Realty, but this time she asked me to photograph some new homeowners in front of their new home in Allendale Terrace. She wanted to give the couple a housewarming gift and I think it is a great idea for real estate agents to present new homeowners with a professional portrait of them in front of their new home.
I used a 2-strobe setup, one in a brolly & the other a shoot through umbrella (I keep forgetting to make a photo of the actual setup!). The brolly was the main light to my left and the shoot through umbrella was behind the couple for backlight. I framed the couple under the curve of the tree branch behind them and included the house number in the composition. I also had to be careful to avoid light reflections in the front window which I did by taking a few steps to my right.
I recently photographed this St. Petersburg area home for Crown Group Realty which had a surprising resort-like backyard. I was not expecting to find something like it when I walked out the backdoor! I chose to make a 7-exposure HDR image to show details in all areas of the yard, sky and home.
The kitchen was recently updated with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, two things it seems everyone wants in a modern kitchen! I shot from my tripod's maximum height to be able to shoot over and at the same time show the bar and countertops.
If you or someone you know might be interested in seeing this house, please contact Crown Group Realty for an appointment. If you are a St. Petersburg or other Tampa Bay area real estate agent and would like to have high quality images of your listings that will definitely generate more traffic to them, my professional real estate photography services are available for homes in all price ranges.
This morning I went to Bayfront Tower in downtown St. Petersburg to photograph an updated condo for sale. I have shot from the open air top floor of the building before, producing a panorama image that has been my best selling fine art print. This time I was on the 13th floor, which I only now realize I should have been afraid of! The condo had recently been updated and the sellers did a very good job of staging their condo.
I used HDR for the top image as the inside of the condo is much darker than the direct sunlight out beyond the window. A 9-exposure HDR image allowed me to show outside the window as well as inside the condo in one evenly exposed image. HDR is not always necessary, as the above shot of the dining room did not have a high dynamic range (it helps that no windows are in the shot) so a single exposure was sufficient for producing a well exposed shot.
When making a shot of a room with an open doorway to another room, I always make sure that the adjoining room is also well lit, so that you can have a peak into the other room. If not, then it would appear as a dark area in the image. In the above shot I opened the blinds in the bedroom so that the light in that room matched the light in the great room.