Photographing Properties in Texas!
(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.