I grew up here in Southern Utah and recently moved back after spending 7 years in Vermont. I got into photography after being a stay at home mom for 10 years. I had no Idea I would have such a passion for it, but now I just can’t get enough! I love the summer weather, cliff jumping, anything crafty, spending time with my 4 kids and making the most out of every moment. My dad always told me the best way to make money in life is to find something you love doing that others will pay you for. I absolutely love the challenge of shooting the homes here in St George. Every home and client is different making every shoot an adventure and artistic challenge.
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There is something incredible about the desert!
Here in Southern Utah we are known for our red rocks and the beauty they have. If you have ever watched the red rocks as the sun sets you will know that they change all these wonderful different colors and glow as the sun is setting. This happens in a matter of minutes. When you have a fine home like this one that has such an amazing view out its windows you have to plan your time wisely making sure you know what areas you want to shoot at what times. I knew getting the view out all of the north facing windows including the living room, while it was still light out, was important, so I did those while I waited for the sun to set. I then went to the back yard to grab some beautiful sunset landscape photos. Knowing what angles and what to and not include make all the difference in creating these works of art!
After I finished up the back yard there was one of my favorite photos I was waiting for. I really love being able to catch enough of the outside from the inside while it is dark, yet sill showcasing the inside nicely lit up. This is something you need to wait for. If it is to light or dark out you will not be able to grasp the effect of the pretty night sky. The Other trick to photographing the architecture with such large beautiful windows while grabbing the outside is to make sure you have the right angle so you can stand in areas with your camera and flash and they will not show up in the window. If it is not possible there are clearly other tricks I use as a professional real estate photographer. I love how my photos turned out and the inside lights reflect in the window, while still being able to make up the pool and red rocks in the back yard.
Night time photography is generally done in HDR (High Dynamic Range). If you use HDR during the day on the inside of a home it will make your photos flat and lack the clean crisp look that using flash provides. However using HRD at night in a home creates this amazing sparkly twinkling glow that is just beautiful! Knowing what settings to have your camera in will make all the difference. Now night time twilight photography on the exterior of the home can be done in all different ways. Having experience with what your photos will look like depending on how dark it is is very important to achieving that awesome twilight and lets me call myself a professional.
Here in Southern Utah I shoot homes on a weekly basis in Hurricane. This particular fine home had been very well taking care of. Making this an easy shoot for me. Walking through the home I noticed the homeowner had staged the home very well. It was done in a way that you knew some one lived in the home, but it was not done in a way that the average home owner could’t picture themselves living in the home. Often times I will have to get creative in showcasing the home at its best and hiding the homeowners stuff. For this home is was not a problem. I was simply able to shoot the angles I wanted with out compromising anything.
One of my favorite features this home had was the window out the laundry room. This is not something I see often. However given that it was the laundry room the space was small and I needed to be strategic with where I placed the camera and triggered my flash in order to avoid having my figure be a huge reflection. I wanted to make sure you have a great view of the exterior while also noticing the interior of the laundry room. Not that having a window in the laundry room is on every home buyers list, but it is definitely one of those little extras that will make a buyer fall in love.
While walking through the home I noticed that the walls were more a peachy yellow color that I knew would end up ruining the final image if I didn’t light the spaces properly. This can be particularly difficult when trying to capture an outside view as well as lighting the interior. Knowing how to use your lighting and the settings on your camera to your best advantage is something this is extremely helpful and has a great impact on your final image. Given the location of this fine home in Hurricane I knew capturing the slight outline of the mountains out the windows would help the agent sell the home. Everyone wants a view!
Photographing a large property is something that brings both a challenge and a sense of accomplishment. When I got called to photograph a bed and breakfast just outside of St George Utah, I didn’t know how big this property was going to be. Walking into the home I knew that there were several key features that needed to be showcased. The entryway being the first. I was blown away entering the bed and breakfast. I knew capturing the architecture and magnificence you would be greeted with was a must.
Over the summer I had a chance to photograph a home that I knew would be difficult as it was not the average St George Utah home. It was an old New England home that had tiny rooms and a tiny kitchen. Now I have photographed tiny homes and tiny kitchens, however Never had I photographed a home so large, but so small. More than half of the homes in New England are weird or not without their individual charm. Being able to showcase the home in its best light without deterring future home buyers was the challenge.
I photographed this beautiful home here in St George last week for a for sale by owner. Knowing that one of the best things to help you sell your home is good photos for online is key. I have spoken to many potential home buyers and the number one thing they all say is if there isn’t good photos we won’t even consider pursuing the home.
I shot this fine home in Mesquite Nevada while down there this week on my normal Tuesday Mesquite day. The agent really wanted me to focus on the views and capture both the inside and the outside all at once. This is one of those skills I am proud to have as not every real estate photographer can do this. This is also that element of my job that I love as it challenges me to become better at what I do.
This fine home located in Mesquite Nevada was a really fun shoot. It entailed all the things I love about architectural photography. Great color choices, a challenge, and beautiful views. Let’s start with the coloring. Whoever decorated this home had a real eye for bright pops of color and how to use them! Before I even got into the home I was already seeing those blue crystals that I knew I wanted to showcase. Even in the courtyard, normally I would probably skip a courtyard that is this size because they don’t generally showcase well. However this one was just a continuation of the front yard leading to the home and so I wanted to capture that.
When I first started photographing homes in St George Utah. Most of the homes I did were vacant. Slowly I started to photograph homes that had stuff in them and a realtor and home owners. Learning to have a great conversation while still taking beautiful photos and keeping on time was definitely a task I have come to master. I love the fact that I am not in an office all day and that I get to meet all kinds of people.