now is the time to update those exterior photographs.
A front shot of your listing covered in snow looks a little silly about now(at least in Northeast Ohio). What a great way to show your client you are still actively marketing their property by sending your photographer out for a mini photo shoot of the exterior.
I spent about 2 hours driving around the other day doing just that. I was able to update 7 of my clients' listings. This is usually included in my packages for homes over 4,000SF but this year it was such a beautiful day I did some smaller homes as a courtesy.
If you are not using a professional, there are a few things to keep in mind...
Direction the home is facing - Think about the time of day you will be there, it's very difficult to shoot facing into the sun. I had one home that was a direct East/West facing home and had to make two trips but it was well worth it since it was a beautiful sky.
Cloudy Days - can actually make for a very nice photo since there will be no harsh shadows but you need to learn how to "replace" that dull sky for a nicer one. That doesn't necessarily mean it has be all blue, a few clouds can add interest.
Watch the Yellows - A little adjustment in "Hue/Saturation" to take some of the yellow cast out of grasses and evergreens from the sunlight really helps the photo pop.
Try Something New - Shoot from a different angle or get up on a ladder, a higher vantage point can be pleasing. Try for a twilight shot, remember to turn on the exterior and interior lights, and use a tripod.
Here's a few examples
Here's a little adjustment to correct the yellow cast caused by the morning sun...