Photographing the Luxury Home

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Photographing the Luxury Home

10 Tips to Make Them Great!

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All homes being placed on the market deserve great photography. For the luxury real estate market, there are a few additional things to consider when preparing for those important pictures. It's the little things that truly do make a difference.


  1. Most luxury homes have larger rooms and many with higher ceilings. It will be important to use the proper lens and lighting to capture these features adequately.
  2. Try using different angles to capture unique features. Sometimes just changing the angle for a picture will show something in a better light.
  3. Incorporate night photos for a stunning effect.
  4. Using a drone inside can provide the viewer a completely different perspective of the interior of the home as well as the outside.
  5. Look at each room with a discriminating eye prior to taking the pictures. Hide electric cords, move any item that might detract, and most importantly make sure each room is clutter-free.
  6. Show a room with French doors with one opened as if to invite you in.
  7. Use subtle touches such as a throw, decorative pillow or fresh flowers to make the room pop.
  8. Turn on EVERY light and lamp!
  9. Determine the time of day that the lighting is best and schedule your shots accordingly.
  10. Make sure your photographer is familiar with the property in order to capture all of the features you want to stand out.

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Beautiful photography does make a difference. Spending a little more time and budget will show your luxury home in the best possible way. 


CHEVAUX Group, PLLC is ready and able to market your luxury home. We take pride in what we do and our clients are our most important assets! Call us today to allow us to assist you with your next real estate need.


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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Paula, I have to laugh a little bit - I could just envision a drone bouncing off the walls!  But it is a great idea for a photographer who actually knows how to use one!  In fact, this is all good advice.  And for any luxury homes, we should be using professional photographers.

Sep 19, 2016 08:47 AM #2
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

So true Patricia Kennedy! That indeed would be a bad thing. 

Sep 19, 2016 09:17 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Paula - Great suggestions. I've been very impressed with the effectiveness of indoor drone photography on larger homes - we'll probably give that a try next time we list the right home for it.

Sep 19, 2016 09:18 AM #4
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thanks Dick Greenberg it really is a cool feature if done correctly.

Sep 19, 2016 09:19 AM #5
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hey Jeff Dowler the quality of the photographer is truly the key.

Sep 19, 2016 09:20 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your advice.

There is no excuse for poor photographs.

Sep 19, 2016 09:46 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Those are 10 great suggestions on how to photograph any home Paula McDonald ...

Sep 19, 2016 10:27 AM #8
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thanks Roy Kelley and you would now because YOU are the master photographer. Love your work!

Sep 19, 2016 10:28 AM #9
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Hey Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington . Hope you are doing well!

Sep 19, 2016 10:30 AM #10
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Great photos are a must for a listing, both my luxury and non-luxury market listings all get professional photography.

Sep 19, 2016 11:30 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Paula- great tips for photographing a luxury home.  Years ago I saw a drone used to photograph a large luxury home.  It was used wisely and enhanced the view of the home. 

Sep 19, 2016 12:56 PM #12
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

These are great tips for capturing the essence of any home.

Sep 20, 2016 12:55 AM #13
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

This is a great read and a fantastic post. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 20, 2016 02:30 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                             Thanks Paula McDonald 

Sep 24, 2016 11:43 AM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Paula McDonald ,

I'm so glad I caught your post on Kathy Streib's "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! You offered great tips for photographing a luxury home. I strongly believe in using a professional photographer for all my listings and can see adding the drone for certain listings wold be worth the time and money.

Sep 24, 2016 10:02 PM #16
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Hi Paula. My shortcut is to hire a professional. Great tips to consider! Enjoy your day!

Sep 24, 2016 10:24 PM #17
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Paula, these are all great tips. Pictures make a great difference, I rely on a professional whether luxury or otherwise.

Sep 25, 2016 10:49 AM #18
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent photography tips, but I would imagine that the smartest way to go with a luxury home would be hiring a professional.

Sep 26, 2016 12:21 AM #19
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Night and twilight photos can really add a lot of excellence to a listing.

Sep 26, 2016 09:41 AM #20
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paula McDonald, I use the professional photographer for my listings. However, for a luxury home, these are the tips - and we should definitely go with a drone.

Sep 27, 2016 03:32 PM #21
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