Entries in St. Petersburg Real Estate Photography (6)
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.
On assignment for Crown Group Realty this morning to photograph a very nice house in the Kenwood neighborhood that had recently been renovated by the owners themselves. I am always impressed by people's real world skills like home improvement. They say kitchens sell homes and this kitchen opened up to the dining room and backyard. I made a 9-exposore HDR image in order to pull out the details in the kitchen (no window) and in the dining room (windows on either side).
Often when looking at homes, both old and new, it is hard to set them up assuming you want a good viewing angle of your television. Therefore, I chose to photograph this living room highlighting the great opportunity to setup a home theater due to its layout. The sofa also faces the front door, which is something else I like in a home.
The backyard was also updated, which I thought made for a nice flow from kitchen, to dining room to backyard. Even though it is very hot in Florida in the summer, it is still nice to have your own outside space to enjoy.
I like a picket fence in a front yard. I feel it adds a nice framing to a home and if you have a dog it creates another safe outdoor area. If you wish to buy this home or know someone who might be interested in it, please contact Amy at Crown Group Realty.
I got another St. Petersburg real estate photography assignment from Haike of Crown Group Realty last week to photograph a very charming Old Northeast home with lots of character. The great room features a high ceiling with exposed beams, a fireplace, hardwood floors and a rounded archway into the dining room.
I wanted to include as many of the unique features of the rooms as possible in each shot. Setting up in the dining room this shot shows the formal living room and in the back the Florida (sunroom) room that is right at the front of the house.
The kitchen is at the back of the house and connects to several nooks, one for a small office and another for a built-in bench table. The owner keeps boxes of crackers in his oven, which reminds me of my grandparents who did the same!
I really enjoyed photographing this house and talking with the owner and his two lady friends. I believe upon selling the house he plans to move to Rome "for the rest of his life" as he puts it. Sounds like a great adventure.