Photographing Properties in Texas!

March 31, 2017 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

(Commercial Real Estate Photography) – This past November I traveled to Texas to photograph 20 properties for a client. I drove about 1100 miles in two and a half days driving from Houston to Dallas to San Antonio and back to Houston. The days were long and I slept like a log when I got home, but I actually enjoy doing this kind of work. I’m at the mercy of the weather, but otherwise I have control over the pace and I can usually just keep shooting until I’m certain that I have the shots that I need.  Some properties are easy and don’t take too long and others are more complicated (sun location, people, cars, etc.).  I love not feeling rushed.  And I enjoy the several days of editing that I have to do when I get home.

The week after I arrived home from Texas I headed off in my car with my trusty step-ladder to photograph two properties in LaGrange and Albany, GA and one in Jacksonville, FL.  I returned home two days before Thanksgiving and slept (driving always makes me tired)!

Below are some of my favorite shots (with notes in the captions).  I have now photographed 53 properties in nine states for this particular client!  Hopefully I’ll be adding more states and properties to that count this year!

This Buffalo Wild Wings was on my favorite buildings to photograph on this particular trip. The light that morning was soft and pleasant and lined up nicely with this property. And I love the yellow paint around the entrance to the building – it really makes the photo pop.

I love the light in this shot, too, and the landscaping. The tree on the right is perfect.

This was CarMax was the first property that I photographed on the first day and it went pretty smoothly.

Fast food locations are always a bit tricky due to the constant car and foot traffic. Sometimes I don’t have any choice but to photograph the property with cars in the drive through. I also had to remove a large advertising banner from this shot.

On the other hand, photographing movie theaters during the day is usually really easy!

I wanted to line this shot up just a little differently but there was a large, blue pickup truck right in front of the building that was distracting so I hid it behind the sign in the foreground.

This is the only property that I have ever photographed where the property manager came out and offered to sweep the parking lot so the pictures would look better!

This photo was taken just after sunset…

…and this one was taken 16 minutes later. I love the way the color of the sky changes.

Gwinnett Medical Building

(Medical Facility Photography) – This property was a lot of fun to photograph, especially the lobby and reception areas. Like all of the other medical properties that I have photographed I had to move a bit more quickly in some areas than I would have liked to, but getting in the way of any patients or staff is definitely not an option!  Getting the opportunity to photograph a building that is of some architectural interest is such a treat. There was so much to work with, so many good angles.

Conference Room (obviously). One of the accent lights in the background wasn’t working so I had to use Photoshop to turn it back on. I’ll do a separate blog post later on showing some of the editing that I do for these photos.

Waiting Area for the lab

I edited a lot of distracting stuff out of the lobby for the sake of tidying up this shot! I was lucky that by the time I was photographing this area the building was getting ready to close for the day and the line of people that had been in the lobby when I arrived had dissipated.

One of the many exam rooms.

A reception area with the late afternoon light pouring in…

Another view of the same area.

Photographing Medical Facilities – Part I

September 26, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 1 Comment

Back in late spring a client asked me to photograph several medical facilities in Stockbridge, Snellville and Augusta, GA. I photographed everything from lobbies to waiting rooms, exam rooms, dental exam areas and the above Cyberknife in Augusta. I had to arrive pretty early in the morning to photograph areas where patients are usually treated. Shooting quickly was a must and I didn’t have time to tidy some of the spaces that I was photographing. As a result, the photos that I have included here (and in “Part II” of this post) are mostly of lobbies, hallways and waiting/reception areas. I’m not used to working so fast-paced, but it did help me get in and out of the properties quickly! One of the things that I usually enjoy about architectural photography is the opportunity to take my time and be meticulous.

This post includes photos from Stockbridge (just 2) and Augusta. In Part II I’ll post photos from the properties in Snellville.

Blue Lobby

Blue Lobby II

 

Hallway

Waiting Area

Cyberknife Reception

The reception area outside the Cyberknife.

Cyber Knife

I wish there had been more time to photograph this room – I would have tried to tidy up the the back corner (I already removed some clutter in Photoshop) – but I had several people waiting for me to get the shot and move one.

Hospital Lobby

 

Elevator Lobby and Hallway

Medical Offices Exterior

Reception

Updated Brookhaven Home

March 15, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Photographing this house in Brookhaven, GA just over a week ago was a lot of fun. The house was cleanly and simply staged and ready to go when I arrived. The kitchen had been completely updated and was great to photograph – so many good angles to choose from! There were touches of mid-century modern throughout the house, which was a nice change from the mostly traditional interiors that I usually photograph (no offense to more traditional homes, but there are a lot of them).  Below are some of my favorite photos from this property:

(click on the photo below to see a larger version and then arrow through the rest)

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Byrnwyck Piano Room

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Byrnwyck Kitchen III

Byrnwyck Kitchen II

Byrnwyck Kitchen I

Byrnwyck Living

Byrnwyck Master Bedroom

Byrnwyck Front Exterior

Byrnwyck Patio

Byrnwyck Path

Five Acre Property on the Ocmulgee River

January 28, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed a unique property in Macon, GA a couple of weeks ago. The house itself is large and quite traditional; parts of it almost look like they were designed to mimic a museum. But what makes the property unique is its five acres and location on the Ocmulgee River (have you seen “Fried Green Tomatoes”? The river featured in the movie is the Ocmulgee). Below are some interior and exterior shots of the house and some shots of the acreage and river views. The listing can be seen here on Zillow.

River Trace Distant Approach

The view from the end of the driveway.

River Trace Front Exterior

More than half way down the driveway.

River Trace Formal Dining

Main, formal living and dining areas.

Den

The den or sitting room with a view out to the river and back into the main living and dining area.

River Trace Master Bedroom

The master bedroom with great light coming in from the southeast.

Guest Bedroom

One of the guest bedrooms with a view out to the river.

Guest Bathroom

One of the guest bathrooms.

Back Towards the Road

The view back towards the road.

Towards the Barn

The view towards the two-stable barn and pasture area.

River View

Side yard and Ocmulgee River.

River View from Patio

River view from the patio.

River View from Patio II

Another river view from the patio.

Alive & Kicking!

October 5, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Just a quick update to prove that I’m still alive and kicking.  I’ve been photographing some commercial properties recently (in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) and I have two more to photograph this week (in New York and New Jersey). In the mean time, here are a few new photographs from a home in Smyrna, GA that I photographed in late August.

Bernard Baby's Room

Bernard Kitchen

Bernard Side Yard

Bernard Den

Remodeled Home in Sandy Springs, GA

July 24, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Sandy Springs, GA Real Estate and Interior Photography – Yikes!  It’s been almost four weeks since my last post! But I’ve been busy shooting, so that’s my excuse =)  I photographed this home in Sandy Springs, GA just before the 4th of July and it was a fun property to shoot.  What makes a property “fun” to photograph, you ask?  Large spaces and simple staging.  Large spaces give me a lot of options as far as which angle to shoot from (and I usually get a little carried away) and simple staging allows the spaces the speak for themselves; I don’t have to worry about constantly moving staging items around to make the image look more balanced, I can focus on the architecture.

(click on each image to see a larger version, or just click on the one below and then arrow through the larger versions)

Main entry with fancy-pants doors!

Eaton Main Living Area

Living room with view to front entry and second floor walkway.

Formal living/sitting room with a touch of purple.

Formal Dining Room

Eat-in area, kitchen & double-sided fire place.

Overlook from second floor to main living area.

Master Bedroom with lots of daylight

Master bathroom, soaker tub, TV and double-sided fire place.

Master bathroom vanity and shower

Front exterior

Beautiful Home Near Chastain Park

June 2, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Things got a little busy and mid May turned into early June. But here are the photos of the lovely home near Chastain Park that I was fortunate enough to photograph just over a month ago. There were multiple offers on the house the day it was listed and it is now under contract.  Such a large house with so many open spaces made it hard to choose which angles to photograph; every time I turned around there was another good shot to be had. Each photo, like all of my other real estate photographs, is a combination of 3-6 different exposures that are merged together and then manually edited (I don’t use any auto-toning or presets since every shot is so different from the next; nothing against presets, though, they can be very handy in the right situations).

East Conway Living I

East Conway Living II

East Conway Kitchen I

East Conway Kitchen II

East Conway Bar

East Conway Office

East Conway Formal Living

East Conway Entry

 

East Conway Stairs

East Conway Sitting Area

East Conway Bedroom III

East Conway Basement I

East Conway Exterior Entry

East Conway Twilight Front

East Conway Twilight Back

Potpourri of New Real Estate Photos

May 8, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

This is an selection of some of my favorite shots from a couple of houses (in the same neighborhood) that I photographed recently. And last week I photographed my first $1,000,000+ (!!) listing and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favorite images from that shoot. It is a beautiful home and was a lot of fun to photograph. I want to wait until the listing is live, though, and I have several graduations to photograph over the next week, so the photos from that house probably won’t be up until mid-May.

Clean & Simple Kitchen

Upper Hallway

Master Bathroom

The bathtub and accent tiles in this bathroom were actually forest green, but I though black would look better, so they match the counter top (I don’t make edits like that to the images that I send to clients, unless requested…I just did that for the image posted here).

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I also don’t send real estate agents black and white photos, obviously, but this one was mostly beige and brown and I thought it would make a good black & white image.

Very Yellow Bathroom

This shot didn’t make it into the group of listing photos for the property, but it was my favorite room in the entire house to photograph. I document so many neutral-colored rooms – it was nice to come across some color.

Sunny Living Room

Looking Down the Stairs

Property in Sharpsburg, GA

April 7, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Here are a few of my favorite shots from a home that I photographed in Sharpsburg, GA. The front exterior shot was a little bit difficult since I was shooting right into the sun for the straight-on shot. I found an angle that worked and even got a little bit of nice lens flare out of it.

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Photographs for Kennesaw Homeowner

March 23, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed a home in Kennesaw for a homeowner who was planning to sell the home himself. I love photographing clean, uncluttered spaces like these ones. There was just enough furniture to provide a sense of scale but no excess, distracting staging material. These are a few of my favorite shots.

North Lakeside Entry

North Lakeside Master Bedroom

North Lakeside Master Bath

North Lakeside Living Room

North Lakeside Kitchen

North Lakeside Stairs

House in Stockbridge, GA

These photos are from a home that I photographed in Stockbridge. The home owners were still living in the house while it was on the market so I’ve made sure not to include any images with family photos or diplomas or anything that would identify who they are.

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