A Modern Classic
If you drive South on I-75/I-85 through downtown Atlanta, you can’t miss it: The Residences at W Downtown. If you drive South on I-75/I-85 through downtown Atlanta at night, you’re in for a special treat:
And if you happen to live at The Residences at W Downtown, you’re in for a more special treat:
As an Atlanta real estate photographer, I see all levels of properties, and one of the perks is that I get to experience, document, and be creative with some of the finest properties in Atlanta.
Decatur real estate photography
Here’s a real estate listing that I recently photographed in Decatur. There are a lot of reasons to love Decatur, and my favorite is the stylish homes that seem to line every street. Here’ s a perfect example that blends traditional and contemporary styles seamlessly.
One thing that I liked in particular about this property, is that it had a nice mix of usable front yard and street-front privacy. Two medium-sized trees provided a touch of privacy from the street, while a nice sized and well-kept lawn sat beyond the trees. For the listing, I wanted a clear view of the front of the house, so I came up into the yard for the front elevation shot.
Front room and dining
This is what I mean when I talk about blending traditional and contemporary. Here we have the front room with what I assume is the original fireplace, which brings a sense of history to the room, and then we have the contemporary decor that suggests a casual sophistication. I chose this composition for several reasons. The fireplace is the focal point, however the viewer’s eye then moves to the hall and master bedroom, which communicates layout, then moves along the bench and wall art, which communicates size, then moves to the reflection of the window in the art work, which communicates the natural light, and finally lands back on the fireplace, where the flow begins again.
Similarly, the dining room balances a line of old and new, then and now, and it does it beautifully. Again, the viewer’s eyes move from window to window, to the kitchen, and we’re communicating layout, and natural light.
The kitchen, meanwhile, provides all of the modern comforts and expectations, and does so with a soft touch. The white cabinets, butcher block counters, horizontal beam back splash and stainless appliances all work together for that casual sophistication that we saw in the front room.
Finally the master bedroom, where the beautiful wood floors continue, has plenty of space and lots of natural light.
Decatur is a stylish part of Atlanta, and as such it’s important that Decatur real estate photography capture those stylish elements and cues, which we’ve done well in this collection. To see the rest of the set, check out the Decatur real estate virtual tour linked here.
If you’ve ever been to Duluth, GA, you know that it’s a desirable area nestled up next to Johns Creek. Here’s a set of Duluth real estate listing photos that I shot recently. One thing that I loved about this neighborhood, and this house in particular, was the great layout of the lots. Here we see a nice large, level, yard in front of this brick house.
It gets even better as we come inside. Here we see the dining room, how it’s adjacent to the foyer and that the foyer is open to the second story, and we see that there’s another front room beyond the foyer.
And better still as we continue to the kitchen of this Duluth real estate listing.
And the backyard is a balanced combination of a large private swimming pool and level grassy lawn.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are all impressive in their own right, so check them out in the virtual tour link at the end of the post. I want to focus here however on the finished basement that leads out to the under deck patio and pool. Often it’s not the best idea to ask one photo to do everything. The saying is, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Here however, with careful selection of viewing angle and lighting, I’ve done a great job of showing off this finished basement. In this one photo, we see that there’s plenty of natural light with the windows and door, we see that there’s a sitting area here and another room beyond the sofa, as well as the bathroom and workout areas at the other end. It’s tough to ask a single image to do so much, and this one could have easily lost focus if not done properly, but with the right balance it turned out great.
This neighborhood is conveniently just across Bunten Rd from Bunten Rd Park. The park features a soccer field, baseball complex, tennis courts, and more. When I was there to photograph, there was a large renovation project under way, which prevented me from photographing most of these areas.
Fortunately, in addition to the sign, I was able to compose a shot of the soccer field where the tree was blocking the view of a few workers and their equipment.
Powder Springs real estate photos, in Cobb County, GA
High quality real estate photos are as important in Powder Springs, GA as they are anywhere. The best Powder Springs real estate photos will do several things:
- Get eyes on the listing
- Highlight features
- Communicate the space
- Tell a story
Get eyes on the listing
The photo of the front exterior of a real estate listing is one of the most important, and arguably the most important real estate photo. The reason it’s so important is because it is what gets eyes on the listing. It’s common for an MLS to require the main image be of the front exterior. When home buyers and buyer’s agents are searching listings, the seller and seller’s agent wants their listing to stand out from the rest. In this Powder Springs real estate photo, we’re showing a clear, full view of the front exterior and we have it framed nicely within the surrounding foliage and yard. Getting eyes on the listing is important because it’s the first step toward getting buyers through the door.
Once the front exterior photo has drawn eyes to the listing, the remaining photos should follow-through with highlighting features, communicating the space, and telling a story. Some photos will do all, some will do a couple, and some will only do one. Sometimes, multiple photos of a space will do the best job of achieving these tasks for a single space. In these Powder Springs real estate photos, we’ll start with highlighting features.
Most buyers are going to like having natural light in some parts of their home. This listing had great bay windows on each side of the front door, in the front room and dining room, so I made sure to show these features in the two photos of these rooms.
This photo of the living room highlights the natural light of the space, while also highlighting the fireplace and built-in shelves. The reverse angle would have communicated that the room is adjacent to the breakfast nook, but here the most important concept is to highlight the features.
Communicate the space
Communicating a space could mean anything from showing how rooms are connected, by looking directly from one room to another, to giving hints about room flow, to camera position and choice of viewing angle, etc. In the front exterior above, I used camera positioning to communicate that it has a front yard that is both sizable and usable, and that there is ample space between neighbors. In the following two photos, I’m communicating first that the kitchen is spacious, with lots of counter space and storage, and that it’s adjacent to the dining room, and second, by showing the hint of the kitchen counter, that the breakfast nook is adjacent to the kitchen.
These next two photos of the master bedroom work together to communicate both the size of the master bedroom in the first image, and the bonus room off of the master bedroom. Notice that we see just enough of the glass-pane door to communicate that it can be closed off for privacy or left open as shown.
Tell a story
Telling the story of a space is somewhat similar to communicating the space, but perhaps a little more creative. When we’re telling a story, it’s creating more of a connection between the viewer and the image. To demonstrate this with these Powder Springs real estate photos, let’s first look at an image that communicates the space. This image shows that there’s a back deck, a good sized yard, and room for a play set.
In this last image, we’re showing the fire pit, but instead of just taking a picture of it and everything around it, we’re telling a story by focusing in on the fire pit, the paved patio, the path leading up to it, the stockpile of firewood, and the chairs around the pit. A more focused image like this can tell a story of who might sit around the fire pit, and allow the viewer to imagine their own family filling the chairs and creating memories.
Here’s the link to the full virtual tour of these Powder Springs real estate photos.