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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

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. 

Beautiful Real Estate in Los Altos Hills

Doing real estate photography in the San Francisco Bay Area takes me to all sorts of beautiful places.  This property in Los altos Hills is no exception. Tucked away in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains this home had spectacular views. I do a lot or real estate photography in Santa Clara County and this is the reason why. This home had everything from breathtaking views, to a sparkling pool, gourmet kitchen, ceiling to floor windows, and beautiful woodwork. These are the kind of homes that make being a real estate photographer a lot of fun! Check out my website for more info on my real estate photography services: Bay Area Real Estate Photographer

How Many Real Estate Photos do I need for My Listing?

One less thing you, as a real estate agent, needs to worry about is what type of real estate photography package to purchase for your real estate photos. I’ve listed the basic requirements of an average sized house- 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Here is how it would measure up: Continue reading

Brand New Remodel in Noe Valley, San Francisco

I’ve been getting a lot of work in San Francisco this year and I love it! Photographing real estate in San Francisco presents its own challenges that I normally don’t see in San Mateo County. Things are a little tighter and taller in the city! However, when I walk into a home like this, I know I made the right choice in accepting more shoots in SF! 

Stylish Sunset District Home in San Francisco

Although I’m based on the Peninsula and do most of my business in San Mateo County, I really enjoy changing things up and taking jobs in the city. This San Francisco home in the Sunset District had some of the most beautiful hardwood floors I had ever seen. Coupled with the rich woodwork was a stunning staging. I love to photograph great staging! 

San Mateo Home with Sparkling Pool

I really enjoy photographing homes with pools in the backyards. Especially homes like this where I can catch the sparkling blue of the blue through the windows. It really makes the photos pop and makes the home stand out.  I did a 3D tour of this home and will post it in a later blog post. Be sure to check it out!


Preparing an Occupied Home for Photos

As a real estate photographer, I am always asked in an occupied house how a room should look during a shoot. I am not an interior designer and don’t claim to be. I do have opinions, but my opinions are just that, opinions. However, I do have some tips and observations that I can share from a photographer’s perspective to make the photos of an occupied home stand out. These are not design tips, but tips to make the home shine in the listing photographs.

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1,300 sqft Home in San Mateo Packs A Lot of Punch!

This was a home I photographed a while back and revisited the photos today. I really like homes like this where every inch of livable space is utilized. This house was photographed on a rainy day, but it still didn’t lose its sunny charm!

Commercial Real Estate Twilights

Much of what I do in residential real estate translate well into the commercial real estate arena. Here are a couple of twilight photos I took of a commercial property in Burlingame. 


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