ActiveRain Gave Me $29.9 Million Dollars!

Services for Real Estate Pros with

Real Estate Photography by Gregory Storm

I got a call this week from someone looking to have an 11,000+ square foot, $29.9 million dollar mansion photographed for a magazine cover and profile feature story.

They found my work at and and loved what they saw. We discussed their needs, I submitted my bid and I booked the job the next day.

What I was surprised to find out is they weren't a referral. They had been searching high and low for the right photographers for this job and found me on the Internet.

My ActiveRain and Google Maps (read my article on listing your business on Google Maps here) listing helped get me to the top of their search.

I've shot many multi-million dollar homes before, but this spectacular mega-million dollar mansion is now my biggest.

I had a great time shooting it and judging by their response to the final images, I have a new long-term client. Here are a couple photos from the shoot.

Thanks ActiveRain!


Real Estate Photography by Gregory Storm


Real Estate Photography by Gregory Storm


Real Estate Photography by Gregory Storm


Real Estate Photography by Gregory Storm




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Comments (25)

William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post, the information will be helpful and the photographs are awesome.

Sep 20, 2008 11:14 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Congratulations.  The photos are gorgeous and hopefully this will turn into loads of new business for you in the future.

Sep 20, 2008 11:59 AM
Kelly Willey
Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS - Marathon, FL
Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony

Congratulations and very nice qualiy photography

Sep 20, 2008 12:51 PM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Your photos are stunning. I can see why they chose you. And yes, Google loves Active Rain and we love that, dont we?

Sep 20, 2008 03:50 PM
Gregory Storm - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Courtney, Stacey, Fred, Coco, and Williams - Thanks for the nice comments!

Edward - Great suggestion.  Did you have anyone in mind?

Jo-Anne - Photography courses?  I've never thought about that.  Maybe I'll start with some blogging some photography tutorials on ActiveRain.  What do you think?

Loreena - Yup.  Google loves this site.  I just got a Google Alert on this blog post.

Cindy - I hope so too.  The agents said they'll definitely give me referrals.  I've been wanting to jump into the mega-million dollar market and I think this will be a great start. 



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Sep 21, 2008 03:23 AM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Gregory, Your title "got" me but I'm glad it did. Very nice work! I'm referring to your shots as well as getting the contract. I'm now going to read your post on Google Maps.

Bill Roberts

Sep 21, 2008 08:36 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Superb!  Breath taking!  Incredible!  They were extremely fortunate to have found YOU.


Sep 21, 2008 11:28 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


I've subscribed to your blog and I'm going to keep an eye out for those photography tutorials, if you get a chance to write a few of them with your busy schedule.....I know that most members here on AR would love to learn anything they can from you. You're an amazing talent.


Sep 21, 2008 02:51 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX


Do you usually also feature a night photo?

Sep 22, 2008 03:32 AM
Gregory Storm - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Bill - Sweet!  I was hoping the title was an attention grabber.  Did you check out the google maps post?

Brenda - Night or twilight shots are a little bit extra but are great for making your listing stand out.

Jo Anne - A subscriber.  Whoo-hoo!  I'm writing an article called 5 Fast Fixes for Your Listing Photo Faux Pas.  It will address light, position, straightening walls, exteriors, etc. and contain before and after photo examples.

Thanks Kathy.


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Sep 24, 2008 04:15 AM
Greg Gorman
John R Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate


Congratulations and you drive home the point too that blogging works so keep spending the time. Great photos and someone is getting a fabulous house. Greetings from Paradise.

Realtor Greg Gorman & Realtor David Burke Present Naples Florida Real Estate

Sep 24, 2008 09:55 PM
Gregory Storm - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Greg - Thanks.  Yeah, I have to figure out a blogging schedule to make sure to keep it fresh.



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Oct 27, 2008 06:11 AM
Sonja Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Purcellville, VA

Wow...gorgeous shots..what kind of camera are you using? Lenses?  I just bought a Nikon D80 which I'm playing with for my equestrian photography, but am such a newbie...I need some classes.  I love the camera though - it takes great still photos.  Just curious what the pros are using...

Oct 27, 2008 08:14 AM
Kurt Duffeck
ANEW Real Estate Crew at Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
Anew Real Estate Crew - Start Right. Start ANEW.

Awesome photos! Great Story! Congratulations!

 Kurt Duffeck, Tucson, AZ

Oct 27, 2008 09:07 AM
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

Great photos Gregory. I like how your pictures show depth without being distorted.

Oct 27, 2008 09:18 AM
James Engel
Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, CA
KW Beverly Hills

Amazing pictures, you are now in my database to refer out to agents and clients for photoshoots. Great job.

Oct 30, 2008 06:47 AM
Patt M. Judd
First Realty Company - Cookeville, TN
Realtor - Your Cookeville Connection

Very pretty pictures! I really like the one with the night sky and the fountain...

Oct 30, 2008 08:05 AM
Gregory Storm - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Sonja - I'm shooting with a Canon 40D and using the Canon 10-22mm.  I have tripods, stands, and multiple strobe lights.  But I started simple with a Digital Rebel and worked my gear up as needed.  My advice to you would be to get a great Nikkor wide angle lens.  Don't get the cheaper brands when it comes to a wide angle lens because they might bring more distortion and less sharpness.

Most important: just keep shooting.  You start to get a sense of what you like and what works from just being out there and shooting.  Also have a visual goal.  I want all my shots to be Dwell or Architectural Digest magazine level -- whether I accomplish that is another story -- but that is what I'm aiming for everytime I shoot.  It helps to get you focused on the end result.

Good luck!


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Oct 30, 2008 10:26 AM
Mike D
Henderson, NV


These photos are magnificent!  You did a spectacular job!  These are $100 Million photographs for a $30 Million house!  Congratulations on your success, you certainly earned it.

Oct 30, 2008 11:47 AM
Luisa , Orellana
Greater LA Escrow - Los Angeles, CA
Greater LA Escrow

Congrats!! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! Beautiful photography! Your work is fab! :0)

Nov 11, 2008 06:11 AM