After spending a good deal of time staging a vacant house, you’ll want your pictures to reflect your good work. In this condo, the owner stayed and watched me stage her place, moving from one chair to another.
I don’t mind if the owner stays, but she wanted to engage in conversation, which then interrupted my “train of thought.” And when taking photos afterward, I knew I didn’t capture the full effect. Even though the photos were adequate, they feel austere.
A week after staging, I needed to go back and fix a minor item. I then had the opportunity to take the photos I wanted in the first place. See what a difference photos make when you want to ensure an emotional connection.
Notice how this photo is more warm and inviting than the first one. It feels better.
This photo shows the whole effect of the living space. The sofa is soft and luxurious to the touch; the pillows coordinate with the color scheme of the dining chairs and paint color above the fireplace.
The dining area is located within the great room, just off the kitchen. But again, it seems lifeless in this photo.
By zooming in on the table, you feel yourself sitting here, waiting for a delicious meal and conversation. It evokes an emotional connection.
The master bedroom was difficult to photograph because of the size. I needed to take two photos to capture it best. This vignette in the master bedroom corner imagines one cozying up in the chair while reading next to the window.
Bathrooms are hard to photograph because of the large mirror. You need to kneel down to avoid being seen.
An example of showing the whole bathroom by using the reflection in the mirror. Fluffy colorful towels make the room more playful and less serious.
Professional photography is recommended for listing photos. I take photos for my Premiere Home Stagers portfolio and to see over the years differences in accessories and furniture groupings. Make sure you take photos from all directions both before and after staging. The best advice I can impart is to learn how to use your camera. Call Premiere Home Stagers at 608-345-9396