I am increasingly being asked to photograph houses, flats, apartments and second homes for the purposes of listing them with agencies like Airbnb or Booking.com, and I thought I’d do a short blog post about how it works.
I have been photographing beautiful houses for 20 or so years for magazines, websites, book publishers or just for private records. It doesn’t matter what the space looks like, the principle remains the same for all shoots - presenting it in its best light - as good as it gets. I style each shot, using the props that I have either brought with me or that are available. The composition is carefully chosen to enhance the room without overdoing it, so no ultra wide angle shots that exaggerate the size for instance - there’s no point in overselling to guests who will turn up and then be disappointed . I’ll tidy up any unsightly mess, and careful post production means that the shots are bright and ‘clean’ with blemishes removed in Photoshop.
I use natural light, the pictures will be warm and inviting, and above all I am very flexible and careful. I am not an ‘estate agent snapper’ and each shoot will take at least half a day to do which is worth it considering it’s your ‘shop window’.
After the shoot, I review the images and take them through post-production so that they work well together and have a cohesive feel. I then send a full set to you so that they can be uploaded to your listings agent, or simply kept for your own records.
Airbnb state that proper ‘professional’ images can increase a listing’s earnings by up to 40 percent, so it pays to use the best! Please contact me with your queries and I can give a quote for your place. Rates take in to account how many shots are required and where in the UK the shoot will be.