Photography Contest - main photo before and after

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

For Dick Greenberg's contest, The ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest, here is my entry for Real Estate Main Listing Photo.  


For this one, I'm doing a before and after.  

When I first visited the property to take the photos, the sun was setting, the seller's dogs were running around and I was trying to hurry because the seller had another appointment.  This first picture is what happens when I feel rushed and couldn't get more photos.  Emphasizing the garage was not my intention!

So I went out again, and re-shot the house, and I think this is far more of a "money shot" than my first photo.  If I had taken the time to reposition myself on the first appointment, I wouldn't have had to go back out.

It's always my rule to take multiple photos from different angles, and this lesson couldn't be more true in this case.



Before front photo



After main photo



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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Francine - That was certainly worth a second effort, with a much more appealing result - a few feet can make a big difference. Thanks for your contest entry!

Nov 15, 2016 03:55 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Francine

The second photo makes a huge difference and make the home look larger as well. There aren't too many people who want to see exterior photo of garages! It's a good less in not rushing, bit also taking multiple photos from different angles to get it right when you are your own photographer!


Nov 15, 2016 04:28 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Francine Viola ! It really helps to show the before and after. I took over a listing that the main pick did not show the 3 car garage ....anywhere in any picture!  So I made sure it was visible.  Your pic shows the garden, color, and better lighting.  It makes a difference!

Nov 15, 2016 04:58 AM #4
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That is a huge difference....a perfect example of the power of presentation! Too many agents list photos like the "before" and much worse, without even giving it a second thought. Nicely done!

Nov 15, 2016 06:11 AM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I heard a professional real estate photographer say to never shoot the house from the garage side. Your photos prove that the garage should not be the focus.

Nov 15, 2016 06:43 AM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

It's not a bad garage, as garages go, the fence in the first photo was more not to my liking, but the second one gives you the ability to think curb appeal and the fence fades away.

Nov 15, 2016 11:47 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

This is a super lesson for all to see. Trying not to focus on the side of the house with the garage is always a plus. 

Nov 15, 2016 08:33 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Francine- you were smart to return because the After photo highlights the house!

Nov 27, 2016 07:54 PM #9
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That second shot is much better. I also take multiple photos of the same part of the house. For room shots I stand in each corner of the room and also at the entrance. 

Dec 01, 2016 04:46 PM #10
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