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San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Photography & Marketing

Real Estate Listing Photos in Los Altos Hills

Los Altos real estate provides a lot of opportunities to produce awesome listing photos. This home is a prime example of the kind of expansive views one would find in the real estate market in Los Altos Hills of Santa Clara County.  The bay views from the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains or exceptional. The cathedral ceilings and high window transoms perfectly accentuated the views of the San Francisco Bay and the mountains beyond. The exposed ceilings didn’t hinder my ability to shoot bright and crisp photos because they were expertly painted white. In main living areas I was able to capture the beautifuls views from almost every angle I positioned my camera. This was a great shoot in a great home! To reserve a real estate photo shoot please fill out my convenient reservation  form here: Reservations  I’ll be in touch within 24 hours!

San Francisco Views

It gets nothing better than a clear day where the views of San Francisco unfold from a home’s deck, picture window, or backyard. Real estate photography is very dependant on the weather. Sure, I can do real estate listing photos on a cloudy day, but as we all know it’s so much when that blue sky is present and the views are wide open. This home in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco offered a lot of character for me to photograph. It also had a surprise very spacious in-law unit on the lower level. One would have never guessed this house packed so much living space from viewing it from the curb. I really like homes like that. The ones that are an adventure to shoot because you never know what’s behind that closed door or down those carpeted stairs. Yes, this was a good day to be a real estate photographer in San Francisco! Check out more of my real estate marketing services on my website: http://www.rcrphoto.com/


San Francisco Skyline

We’ve had a lot of clear skies in San Francisco as of late. When I was asked to do the real estate listing photos for this South of Market condo I was very pleased when I arrived to see sunny skies in San Francisco. Sunny skies make my job as a real estate photographer a snap. I love seeing the blue sky pulled in from the windows on the interior photos. The house interiors are much more vibrant on sunny days and photograph much easier. The exterior photos on a sunny day are a given. Exterior photos really pop beneath blue skies.  The white interiors coupled with the sunny blue skies really made this condo look amazing on this shoot. When the real estate agent took me to the rooftop deck I was really impressed with the views. The San Francisco skyline just beckoned to be photographed. I don’t know if there could be a more perfect day to shoot this condo in SOMA. To see more of my real estate photography please visit my website here: San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Photographer     To see the listing for this condo click here: 920 Harrison St. Unit #8, San Francisco

Real Estate Photography in San Mateo County

Being a real estate photographer in San Mateo County means I have to cover a lot of ground.  San Mateo County extends as far south as Menlo Park and goes all the way to Daly City in the north. San Mateo County also covers a wide swath of the Peninsula Coast as well. The home featured today was photographed in one of my favorite San Mateo County cities- Pacifica. One a clear day Pacifica can offer some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire Peninsula. Most of the time I travel to Pacifica to doa real estate listing shoot I think of the Pacific Coast as a backdrop for my photos. However, all of Pacifica’s beauty doesn’t lie on the coast alone.  This home, in the Linda Mar area of Pacifica, had spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and Sweeney Ridge.  The agent and I picked a perfect time to shoot this home that was facing to the southwest. The sun was high enough to cast light on both front and back yards and also low enough to cast a beautiful glow on the surrounding ridges. The extremely wet spring also helped to maintain the green color on the mountains to give it a colorful look that you wouldn’t find later in the season. We can’t always control the weather, the sun, and time of the shoot, but sometimes everything comes together perfectly aligned like this one.  For more information on my real estate photography services please see my website here: http://www.rcrphoto.com/

3D Virtual Tours in San Francisco

3D virtual tours powered by Matterport are really catching on in the San Francisco Bay Area. I enjoy very much providing these immersive and interactive virtual tours for my clients. Having a 3D virtual tour will give potential buyers a unique experience by showing them a virtual walk-through on virtually any device. These 3D virtual tours are compatible on iPads, Android tablets, PCs & MACS, and iPhones and Android powered phones. For a completely immersive experience these 3D tours are also easily converted into a virtual reality experience when paired with Google Daydream & Cardboard or Samsung Gear. Having one of these 3D virtual tours in your real estate listing presentation will also impress potential clients. They will know you go the extra mile to sell their house. I provide some of the best rates in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on my 3D virtual tour services please see my website for more samples and pricing: 3D Virtual Tours by Rick Rowland Photography

Real Estate Flyers- Residential Duplex

My real estate flyer service keeps me pretty busy. Most of the flyers I produce are for single family homes. However, I have done a few for multi-family real estate listings as well. Here is an example of a duplex that recently went into contract, as of the writing of this post, in Redwood City, CA. I did all the real estate photos of the interiors of the 4 bedroom unit and exterior photos for this listing. The interior photos of the 4 bedroom unit was featured in the flyer. For a 4 bedroom condo this unit was very large. You can see that the photos I used in the flyer captures just how big the space really is. Real estate flyers are a great way to showcase any property and almost every listing will have a flyer on hand at the listing. However, professionally designed and commercially printed flyers will put any agent’s presentation heads and shoulders above the crowd. I custom design my flyers from scratch with input from my clients. You have total control over the look of the flyer! All my flyers are printed by a local commercial printer that produces photographic quality  prints. They are printed on 20lb glossy cover stock to give them a quality feel when put in the hands of potential buyers and potential clients. Professional printing means that they are printed from edge to edge minus a white border that you see on unprofessional printers such as a copy shop or a home printer. I also hand deliver them in San Mateo County and San Francisco within 24 hours of the flyer being approved. There is no other service like this! Please check out my website for more info on my flyer services: Real Estate Flyer Services   You can view the listing for this property here: 315-317 Orchard Rd, Redwood City

real estate flyers for open houses


real estate flyers for open houses

San Francisco Real Estate Photography

Some homes will produce a beautiful photo no matter where I point my camera. This home is one of those. As a real estate photographer in San Francisco I meet a lot of challenging conditions. The only challenge with a home like this is to decide where to point my camera next. Being a Victorian Bungalow in Ingleside Terrace already gives this home a lot of character. Don’t let the descriptor “Bungalow” fool you. This place was huge! With over 2,800 sqft of living space this home offered many photo opportunities. See the bonus room with the high ceilings and window transoms! However, the homeowners took lovely care of this home and updated throughout the years. The expert agent prepared the home for it’s presentation to the market flawlessly. When it was my turn to capture the home through my lens and produce high quality real estate listing photos, my job was a snap. Check out the sky replacement on the front photo! To see more about my real estate photography services and all my other services I provide in the San Francisco Bay Area please check out my website here: Rick Rowland Photography  Also, be on the lookout for the 3D virtual tour I did for this property. Will be posting it soon! To view the listing for this home see the real estate listing ( it was in contract at the time of this blog post) for this home click here: 60 Urbano Dr., San Francisco

San Francisco Real Estate- Tight Spaces

Most of the real estate photos I produce in the San Francisco real estate market are apartment homes in converted buildings. Many of these buildings were built at the turn of the century and offer a lot of character making for some great photos. These smaller spaces offer challenges and as a real estate photographer I take them head on. I try not to distort the rooms, but I also want to cover the entire room as I would in a spacious Hillsborough Estate. This where my wide angle lens performs best. I am able shoot wall-to-walk and ceiling-to-floor. I also try to best capture the layout of the home. Telling the home’s story of how the kitchen is connected to the dining room and the dining room is connected to the living room, etc… really helps buyers understand the potential of the home just from the photos.  During my post shooting process I then use my HDR skills to blend and really open up the shadows in the photos. This where the magic happens. Having the brightest and widest possible photos makes the rooms pop. This shows potential buyers the home interiors at it’s best as they shop for homes on the internet. My clients’ photos always stand out in a very crowded market! Check out this owner occupied home in the Hayes Valley neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco. 

San Francisco Real Estate- Photos of a Noe Valley Home

Doing real estate photography in San Francisco is a lot of fun. I get to see a lot of cool homes and this Noe Valley home with modern updates was no exception. This home has spacious rooms and an open floor plan on the main living level. The lighting was great with all ample windows and having a bright and clear sunny morning didn’t hurt either. The homeowners worked hard to prepare this home for the photos and that hard work really paid off. It made my job a lot easier to just come in and shoot photos

Real Estate Photography- Natural Wood Surfaces

Real estate photography in the Bay Area is challenging because almost every home is different.  This is why I love being a real estate photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I get to see many different types of homes. Real estate is a lot like people- some homes are more photogenic then others. With people, you turn to a professional photographer to capture your “best” side. Same goes with real estate. Smart real estate agents turn to a professional photographer when they need their real estate listing photographed with it’s “best” side showing. Continue reading

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