Frequently Asked Questions

What is the turnover time for real estate photos? How are they sent to me?

A.Real estate photos are delivered within 24 hours. Same day delivery may be possible with advance arrangement and for an additional fee.

The images are delivered via an online download link with clear, concise instructions (it's pretty simple).

My property has a sweeping view through the windowsof mountains / lake / city. Will you be able to capture this in your photos?

A.Yes, definitely. For homes with spectacular views, we will need to carefully choose the best time of day to photograph the home. If the view faces east, for instance, we would want to wait until afternoon, so the sun is not shining into the camera and obscuring the view. See my Gallery page for examples of view home photos.

Do you use a wide angle lens to capture all of the room?

A.I do use wide-angle lenses as well as specialty lenses designed for architectural work. However, it's not really possible to capture "all" of a room in a normal photo. Going too wide-angle creates a lot of distortion in an image and curves the walls and furniture. An example is when you see photos of a small bedroom that looks to be the size of a ballroom. Some people, however, prefer this type of photography regardless of the distortion. Please look at my portfolio to make sure that what I offer is what you need.

Do you provide drone photos? Are you licensed by the FAA?

A.Yes to both. Drone photos are an additional fee. Please inquire.

Why is there a different fee structure for real estate photos vs. photos for architects and designers?

A.The usage of real estate photos is intended to be for the time of the listing, usually a few weeks. The usage for higher-end marketing photos (for architects, interior designers, etc.), are considered long term, possibly years.

Most real estate shoots are done in an hour or so and the result is 25-40 final images. For architecture and design clients, we may spend hours on site just capturing a handful of images.

Drone photos: Are there limitations?

A.Anyone using a drone for commercial purposes must be licensed by the FAA (which I am).
The FAA has strict limitations as to where drones can be used. The address of the home being photographed will need to be checked in advance to make sure it's OK to use a drone in that area.

Drone photos can not be taken in the rain or on very windy days.

What is your service area?

A.My standard area is the greater Seattle metropolitan area, including Bellevue, Maple Valley, Bothell, Issaquah, Federal Way, and Sammamish. I've done shoots as far south as Vancouver, WA, and as far north as Bellingham. Beyond the Seattle-Eastside metropolitan area may be subject to additional fees based on distance, ferry, etc.

My home is much more modest than many that are in your photo gallery. Would you still be willing to photograph my home?

A.Yes, of course. Naturally, I want to showcase the more eye-catching properties I've shot. But I also do a lot of "regular" homes, too. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Is this the only type of photography you do?

A.Unlike a lot of photographers, I specialize in architectural and real estate photography. While I dabble in portraiture and other types of work, photographing buildings is what I do full-time. I also do a lot of art photography, which you can occasionally see in venues around Seattle. You can find out more about me on the Contact page.

How many listing photos do I receive to put on the MLS?

A.The NWMLS limit is 40 images. If you request the larger package as shown on my Real Estate page, you will receive at least 40 photos. Since not all homes will warrant 40 images, the smaller package of 25-30 images is something you may want to consider.

How long does a real estate shoot take?

A.Allow at least an hour for the average size home. The time required is based on the size of the home, the amount of existing light, if there is a sweeping view, etc. Getting professional-quality real estate photos requires more than just running through and pushing the button on the camera (see Before/After for examples).

Once I know the size and scope of your home I can give you an estimate of the time required.

Do you provide home staging?

A.I do not offer home staging. If needed, I can put you in touch with a professional home stager. It's important that your home be as "photo ready" as possible when I arrive. While I may suggest moving an item - a chair, for instance - to create a better shot, I'm not able to help de-clutter and decorate a home after I have arrived for a scheduled shoot.

Do you offer 3D Matterport tours?

A.My colleague, Jeff Crump, offers 3D Matterport services through http://seattle3d.com

Can I give these images to the builder / stager / anyone?

A.No. Property images are licensed for the purpose of marketing and listing the property for sale. Per US copyright law, photographers retain the copyright for all photographs produced. Additional licensing options are available. Please inquire.

How should I prepare my home for being photographed for selling?

A.The home should be neat and clean. Extraneous items (pet food dishes, laundry, unnecessary clutter) should be removed to make the home look as inviting as possible.

Hiring a professional home stager can be very helpful. If that's not an option, do your best at making the house as "show room" like as possible. Perhaps set the dining room table and put flowers in a couple rooms (these can be moved around for various shots). See more details on the home staging page.

Can you Photoshop furniture / people / stuff in or out of a photograph?

A.It's best to have everything as you want it for the final image prior to my arrival. While it's technically possible to Photoshop almost anything in or out of an image, this can be much more complex and time consuming than many people think. Extreme Photoshop requests may incur additional fees. Minor adjustments, such as removing a spot on the carpet, are done at no charge.

Is a bright, sunny day the best for taking interior photos?

A.Bright, sunny days are beautiful. But contrary to what many believe, they days can sometimes be the worst type of lighting for interior photography. The lighting tends to be harsh and contrasty.

The ideal weather for real estate interior photography is a day when it's lightly cloudy, when the sun is much more diffuse.

What is HDR photography?

A.A popular trend with real estate and property photographers is toward HDR (high dynamic range) photos, where numerous exposures are combined together to create a final image. Taken to extremes - as is often the case - these photos are often eye-catching but can also be strangely surreal and cartoon-ish looking.

While I do use advanced photography blending methods, my goal is to provide photos of your home that look real and not overly processed like many HDR real estate photographs. For more detailed information about HDR, see the HDR page under Other Info.

Do you provide MLS (multiple listing service) quality photos?

A.For real estate listings, two sets of digital images will be provided; one, MLS-ready; the other, high-resolution for use with brochures, flyers, or other printed material.

Do you practice social distancing during Covid-19?

A.I am fully vaccinated, but attempt as much as possible to adhere to current social distancing guidelines. Ideally, I prefer to be in the home alone during a shoot, but I understand that is not always practical. If it’s necessary that we be in the home together, working in separate rooms is the best option. I always bring a mask and will wear it when necessary (it fogs up the camera lens, so it can be a challenge).