I am very excited to see the pictures from this beautiful property in use. The house is sold and there is a new homeowner enjoying the views from his new deck!
With all the fresh snow falling from the sky these days, we were finally able to set our plan into a motion. All we needed was little bit of sun and blue skies to capture Le Chamois in its winter beauty.
Another photo shoot for Whistler Premier property management company. This time I was asked to photograph the beautiful Horstman House in the Upper village. It is located at the foot of Blackcomb mountain and close to Lost Lake, Chateau Whistler golf course, and the village.
The only exterior picture I have seen online had a full view of the lodge photographed from accross the road and it was done years ago. Today you won’t see the property because it is hidden behind trees growing all around it which made the assigment more challenging. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the whole building but I did find two angles that show you it’s beauty and gives you an idea of what a wonderful place it is.
I am fairly new to real estate photography and I have to say I really enjoy it. It is very different from majority of my photo shoots which include people in my photos. Whistler Premier approached me if I could take exterior pictures of their newest property to manage – LeChamois. When photographing a property and rooms for rent I focus on wider shots to show as much surroundings as I can. Traveling myself, I come accross photos of units or properties that don’t give you a scale how big the room is or what the location is. In these photos – beside the property itself I tried to show the views and proximity to ski lifts and Blackcomb and Whistler mountains as well.
It’s been a pleasure to work with David Nagel,The Wolf of Whistler, a new real estate agent in town. With over 130 realtors in Whistler, it is really hard to stand out. And being new to town kicks that difficulty factor up a notch. If you ask me how many real estate agents I could name I probably would come up with 5 people at most. To break in and get noticed, David had to stand out. His branding and marketing strategy gained him massive brand awareness in the Sea to Sky corridor. What I admire about David is his bold approach. He is not afraid to take a risk or try something new. What he has done in a few months some agents haven’t done in years. When I received an email from Dave about photographing a luxury property for him I was intrigued to meet him in person. I was also surprised to meet a down to earth, levelheaded, and humble guy.
Even though I informed him that I had never photographed luxury real estate before, he insisted on hiring me for the job based on my work and our meeting. Photographing luxury real estate is challenging and rewarding at the same time. In the month leading up to the photo shoot, I was studying architectural and luxury real estate photography as well as learning new techniques behind the camera and in post production. I feel it is a huge responsibility when someone puts there trust in you to deliver their vision and I take it very seriously. I also take it as a chance to push my limits and learn new techniques along the way. All of this being why I enjoyed this shoot as much as I did. David was very pleased with the photos and I can’t wait to work on future projects together.
Two phone calls in two weeks for real estate photography. With the majority of my shoots involving people as the subject, I found myself in empty houses with nobody to “direct”. Photographing two houses, one for sale and the other for rent, suddenly brought a nice change into my shooting schedule. It’s something different and I ended up enjoying the whole process so much that I even booked an online course on real estate and architectural photography to bring it to another level. There is lots to learn and I am already using some of the techniques in my outdoor photography.
When shooting real estate, it is essential to recognize what is important to the client and what the images are to be used for. If it is for a real estate agent, I focus on selling features of the house – windows, fireplace, ensuite bathrooms, views, etc. Then, I try to incorporate those features in the photos. For a rental property – beside the features of the house – I am also focusing on the furniture, bedding, interior design, and overall feel of the place for long or short term visitors. The visitors are not choosing only a property to book but they are looking for a certain feel to the place as well. It’s these little details that make the difference at the end.
The photos below show a beautiful house for sale in Pemberton. I focused on capturing those selling features as mentioned above: fireplace, views, ensuite bathrooms.
When photographing a Montebello vacation house for Whistler property management company Whistler Premier, I also focused on amenities like the TV, king size bed, and beddings as those are equally important in this case. The people who are renting a property are looking for amenities and as well as the feel of the place and not just house features.
It’s been a few years since I photographed properties so when I got the call I was pretty excited about the opportunity to take photos of this beautiful place. I’ve been always interested in interior design and when you get to photograph the house like this it always feels like a treat. What a nice change.