So you got the listing and now you need to have it photographed (professionally!! because you know better ;-)
Here are some tips on how to get the photos you want :
1. See the photographer's work. Every professional photographer has a portfolio to show. Make sure you see examples of real estate photography. A wedding photographer may take stunning wedding photos but may not have the equipment or experience to photograph real estate. I have been asked many times by friends and family to shoot a wedding and I always caution them and recommend hiring a professional wedding photographer.
2. Set realistic expectations.
Discuss with your photographer your expectations. Hopefully you select a photographer with a portfolio that meets your expectations, but it is still a good idea to talk about certain things before hand. For example, do you prefer the lights on or off? Do you like wide angle shots or closer detail shots? Most of my clients leave that decision to me, but I prefer that we are both on the same page creatively. Once you have found the photographer who meets you expectations you are bound to develop a long term professional relationship where you work together as a team.
3. Prepare your clients and their home.
Besides selecting a professional photographer this is probably the single most important thing you can do for your client. Once the photographer arrives the home should be ready to shoot. The photographer will concentrate on lighting the home and proper composition to show the flow of the home. For example, if things are being moved around from one room to another while I shoot, my ability to capture the flow of the room may suffer and you will be disappointed. Of course I will move a (light ;-) chair or trash can if they get in the way of my composition. A stager is a great option to ensure the home is ready. I have a PREP list that can be send to the homeowners ahead of time.
I hope these 3 simple tips will help you showcase your listing that you worked so hard on getting.
Take a look at my always improving portfolio and see if you would like to work with me. Call me at 404.416.9432.