We all know the saying a picture is worth a thousand words, which we would all agree to be true. Seeing a single picture can evoke strong emotions or take you somewhere else entirely- and that’s powerful! So, knowing this to be the case; let’s talk about real estate photography.
You may have the most creative and top-notch marketing strategies. You may have a monthly budget that far exceeds other agents in your area and may have the upper hand on ad placement. However, if the pictures are low quality- it can deter buyers quickly.
Think of the pictures of the home as the initial draw. It’s the first thing people see and will create a strong first impression. If buyers see blurry, dark or cluttered photographs - they are far less likely to look any further into the home. But, imagine what a single, strong eye-catching photo can do! You’ve probably experienced walking down the street or in a grocery store and something grabs your attention out of the corner of your eye. And what you see is a magazine with a bold front cover featuring an interesting subject or bold colors.
Now, imagine a buyer browsing multiple real estate websites and seeing home after home. Suddenly, they are drawn to a striking picture of your listing, so they click on it to view more because you’ve peaked their interest! This, now fully engaged, audience is interested in seeing what else this home has to offer. And you’ve succeeded in creating a great first impression.
So, the dilemma arises: you’re not a professional photographer. We understand. But, there ARE ways to capture great images of your listing! If you’re not at all interested in taking your own pictures, there are a few options:
1. Hire a Professional. If you’re willing to pay a little extra in order to save you the time and energy of doing this yourself, then we encourage you to do so! You will get great photos and if you agree to use the same photographer on a regular basis; they may be willing to work out a deal with you!
2. Hire a Student. Photography students are more than eager to gain experience in their field! If you live close to a university or even a community college, post an ad for a photographer on Craigslist or a school job board or website. You’re almost guaranteed to get plenty of responses!
Some students may be willing to shoot for free if they’re working on a project or just want to build their portfolio. But, even if you do pay them, their services will be far less expensive than a professional photographer. They will love the flexible schedule and will put their heart into giving you the best pictures possible. Since they’re immersed in their photography classes; their eye for detail and editing skills will be sharp. Be sure to request to see a portfolio before choosing which student you want to use. This will ensure you like their style and that you’re getting the best photographer for your listings. (P.S. Need an updated self portrait or team photo? They will most likely jump at the chance for this project too!)
While these may be the best options for getting dynamic, quality images of your listing; you may not want to bother with the extra costs or coordinating schedules to find a time to shoot. If this sounds like you, read on. You want that strong first impression of the home, but perhaps you aren’t too sure how to achieve your desired results. Don’t worry. We’re here to help!
In the coming weeks, we’ll be going over the various aspects of photography that translate into a compelling photo. From lighting, color and sizing, to tips on creating an appealing room scene and photo composition. We’ll cover all the bases in a simple way! Join us on this journey of developing a strong first impression of your listing without having to say a word!
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