Mt. Laurel, NJ Colonial – NJ Real Estate Photographer

It’s been pretty busy lately, and one of the homes we had the pleasure of photographing was a brick-front colonial home in the Spring Valley Estates neighborhood of Mt. Laurel, NJ.  We photographed the home for one of our favorite clients from RE/MAX Connection in Marlton, NJ.  Located on a beautifully-landscaped 1/2 acre lot, this home had terrific views and provided the owners with a great deal of privacy.  The house was rather large, and it had a number of really terrific features, including a completely-remodeled kitchen.

When I arrived, the owners were there to let me in, and we did our typical property walk-through prior to starting shooting.  At the beginning of each of our real estate photography sessions, I like to spend a little time walking through the property with the owners or the agent listing the home.   This helps me to get acquainted with the various spaces, and it affords me the ability to wander around a bit and plan out some of the key shots.  Sure, I’m never going to have the exact images planned out to the very last detail, but it sure helps to have a nice “jumping-off” point.  I’ve found that a 10 minute walk-through at the beginning of a session can really save a great deal of time with the overall session.  It’s nice to utilize this small amount of time for planning out our approach.

The owner was nice enough to show me the key features, and we discussed some of what we should highlight in the images.  Things like this tend to go a long way.  It usually lets the owners know that the guy wandering through their home actually knows what they are doing, and often reflects really well on the listing agent.  The owners are typically comforted that their agent has hired a professional who is going to take a great deal of care in producing high-impact images to market their property, rather than some knucklehead showing up without any plan.  It also lets them know that the key features that they might like to show off aren’t going to be overlooked, or it will at least give them the chance to seek some advice on things they may be concerned about.  The last thing they want is some stranger showing up without a plan, wasting their time, and  producing mediocre-at-best images.

Throughout my years of property photography, I’ve found that the most successful agents don’t just sell homes… they are keen on building a rock-solid brand around their services and surrounding themselves with only the very best team of professionals.  To them, having a strong relationship with a premium photographer is at the very core of their business.

In the end, I enjoyed photographing the features of this home quite a bit.  I really liked some of the spaces, and while I’m not a tremendous fan of wall paper, I thought that the rooms in this home had a great deal of character.  I’m sure this will make a great place to live for the new owners who decide to purchase it.  Here’s a look at a handful of the images from our session.

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Annette – South Jersey Headshot Photographer

Annette is one of those people that was just a real pleasure to meet and have the chance to work with.  A friend of mine is her hairdresser, and she was kind enough to pass our name along to her one day at the salon.  Annette had mentioned needing some new headshots while they were chatting.  My friend also dropped me a line to let us know we would be receiving her call.  Soon after, Annette reached out to us, after having seen our web site and loving our portraits.

When I received her call, I was actually in the hospital with my wife who was giving birth to our second daughter.  I was on my way to grab lunch in the hospital cafeteria, but I was able to take the call.  We had a really nice conversation, and she explained what she was looking for, asking my suggestions about some things.  We booked a session in the coming weeks, and I already knew I would like working with Annette.  She just really seemed like a sweet person with a terrific personality.

Annette choose a more extensive session and added on a review session as well.  Working with her was great, and she was a great conversationalist.  Afterwards, while going through her images in the review session, she was really astonished at how great some of the shots had come out.  We went through the set & picked out a number of images where she really had a radiant, genuine expression, and she was so happy with them that she wound up purchasing several extra images!  Awesome!  It was truly a pleasure to work with her, and I was really happy to get her images that she was elated with.  Here’s some of the shots from our session!

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Turnersville, NJ Home – NJ Real Estate Photographer

Around a month ago, I received a call from an agent from Avalar Atlantic Properties in Sewell, NJ about photographing her home in Turnersville, NJ before she was going to put it up for sale.  She was super nice, and we spoke at length about how she thought it was really important, not just to get professional photos for her own home’s listing, but also for her future listings.  We talked about the different marketing options we had available, everything from a standard photo session to high definition video tours and twilight exterior photography.  She settled on a rather extensive set of options that she felt would best highlight her home & we scheduled a date.

As the date of the session arrived, we had the usual concerns about the weather, but things seemed to clear up towards the evening, and we were able to go through with the session.  In our discussions, I explained to her that it would actually be easier to photograph the interior shots if it was a bit cloudy out, and the only real concern I had for the exterior shots would be if it was just pouring rain out.  Since you truly never can control the weather, we’ve gotten pretty skilled at working in most conditions.  Cloudy days aren’t usually an issue.  Sure, you always prefer golden sunlight coming from a perfect direction, but you rarely get this luxury.  It’s easy to enhance the image and add a natural looking blue sky with some clouds in post processing.  So, for the most part, cloudy days aren’t a big concern.

Another thing I should highlight is the fact that this session is for an agent selling her own home.  I can’t emphasize just how many agents reach out to us when they are selling their own homes.  Even agents we know & are friends with, who don’t spend the money for professional photography for their clients almost always reach out to us for photos when it comes to selling their own house.  If we’re talking numbers, I’d say the numbers are easily in the dozens here.  That really speaks volumes!  These agents know our photos get results, and when it comes to selling their own properties, they are calling us up… guaranteed.  In the case of this particular agent, I’m happy to report that she is looking forward to scheduling a number of sessions with us in the future… a few rental homes she owns and even future listings.  Very cool!

We’re looking forward to working with these folks again, and the house was beautiful and photographed very nicely.  The decor was really cool, and the dominant color throughout the home was green, giving everything a nice, organic feel.  It was very stylish and serene.  I enjoyed the session, and we were even able to get a great twilight image despite the challenging lighting at the end of the session.  Here’s some of the photos from the shoot, and we’re looking forward to working with them again soon!

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Healthcare Executives – New Jersey Headshot Photographer

A while back, the folks at Fox Rehabilitation contacted us about setting up some on-location headshots for their executive team over in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Fox Rehab provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services, and, if I recall correctly, they do a great deal of work with folks from senior living communities.  The administrative assistant who was coordinating the sessions with us corresponded with us about various items, such as general considerations to prepare for the session, and soon we were set to head over & meet the executives to be photographed.

When I arrived, I lugged my gear into the executive suite area through a side entrance, and had the pleasure of meeting everyone before I set up.  They were a cool bunch, each with a great sense of humor.  Amongst the bookshelves of healthcare literature & the whiteboard for brainstorming sessions, the sprawling c-suite had a number of items to help the executives relax & I’m sure work off some of the pressures of the job.  There was a ping pong table, where I jokingly challenged CEO Tim Fox to a game, and I had to move some RC cars out of the way to plug in my lighting.

Every session has it’s own set of challenges, and this one was no exception.  Often, the client can be nervous about being photographed, but in this instance, that wasn’t the case.  These guys were cool & confident from the start and had what you would traditionally refer to as “executive presence.”  As quick & decisive high-level executives, I only had a few moments with each of them to get shots that looked natural, confident, & professional.  Despite any constraints, for me, it’s all about getting something authentic, since anyone can spot a fake smile a mile away.  Overall, I had a good time connecting with each of them, and was able to coax some genuine expressions from them, getting them a set of shots that did them justice!  Here’s some images from the session.

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Cherry Hill Split-Level – NJ Real Estate Photographer

One of our recent real estate photography sessions was for one of our friends from Keller Williams Realty in Cherry Hill, NJ.  The home was a nice split-level located in the Barclay section of Cherry Hill, and it was owned by a young couple who had recently given birth to their second child.  With a newborn at home myself, we had plenty to chat about, but I was sure to be as quiet as possible when the baby was taking a nap.

When I first arrive at a house, I usually do a quick walk-through with the owners or agent to get a feel for the home, scout out the spaces to be photographed, and get a preliminary idea of the different angles I might want to shoot from.  I find that this often saves me time with the overall session, as I already have an idea how I’m going to be approaching things.  It’s really just a good time to get acquainted with the key features of a dwelling, and a time when I can discuss any important particulars with the owner or the agent.

Initially, I was just really impressed with how super-clean the house was, and I liked the tile work in the kitchen backsplash & in the bathrooms.  I thought it looked great, and it really added a pristine, clean-cut quality to the home.  By the time I made my way down to the lower level, I was very impressed with the giant room with the wood-burning fireplace.  My favorite part was the awesome tile flooring, and the space was big!  Here’s some of the shots from the session.

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