Photography For Real Estate

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What to Do When the Front View is Not Photogenic

Posted by larrylohrman on September 24, 2006


The reason you haven’t heard from me for a while is we’ve been  working hard to get our home of 37 years ready to put on the market. We put it on the market today and had a open house. Wow, putting your home on the market is hard work! All agents should do this periodically to understand what sellers go through.

Here are the pointers to the photos and virtual tour. The John L Scott website address is www.johnlscott.com/36341 and the direct pointer to the 360 photos is www.levicannon.com/vr/cannon/porch.htm  and the direct pointer to the buildatour.com tour is www.buildatour.com/tour/buildatour.asp?id=1393.

Our home is a case study of the problem with the front of a home not being very photogenic. This home sits about 10-20 feet below the street so most of what you see is the roof and the driveway. Yuck! Allot of the structure is covered by vegatation. We took 5 or 6 different shots. Daytime shots, twilight shots, close-up shots and shots from the street. We came up with this solution. The shot that has the best feel to it is the close shot of the front entry (the shot above). It communicates very little of the overall feel of the whole setting and architecture. The shot we like second best is the wider shot that shows the front of the home, garage and some of the treed setting shot at twilight. We used this photo as the second photo on the johnlscott.com website and the MLS.

This is a case where a high-angle aerial shot wouldn’t help much because all you’d get it a shot of the roof.

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