Author Archives: Rich

I Have Returned!

I have returned from my New Mexico trip to visit an old high school buddy.  I had a great time and might even throw a few images here for you to view a little later.  In the mean time, I’m ready for more houses and condos to photograph for you!  Let me know what you have and I’ll get them on the schedule ASAP.  

2924 Syracuse Ave – Another Older House That Needs Some TLC

Here’s another house that’s been fixed up with new paint and somewhat refinished flooring that will make it easier to sell.  However, as you can see in the photos, there’s a lot more remodeling TLC that needs to be applied to bring it up to more modern standards.  

Not All Properties We Photograph Are “Showcase” Homes

Not every house we photograph is one of those you see on the front page of various real estate, vacation, travel, or architectural magazines.  Regardless, we still need to do our best to photograph those houses and present them in the best way possible for the prospective buyers.  They need to see the true condition of the property but they don’t necessarily need to see all of its “warts”.  No matter what we do in the photographing or editing process, we absolutely cannot remove anything unpleasant.  As most of you are aware, that is construed as mis-representing the property which is a big no-no.  We often have to strike a balance between making the property look “too good” versus showing reality in all of its “splendor”.   

310 Alexander Drive is one of those houses that are not magazine ready.  

Extended Absence

This short note is a heads up about a trip I’m planning.  I’ll be loading up my motorcycle and pull behind trailer soon for a trip to visit some friends in New Mexico.  I plan on doing a lot of photography on the way out there and back.  No interstates for me; I want to drive the back roads and visit a lot of the out of the way places on this trip.  I even hope to get some extended driving time on the infamous Route 66 when I can!  Right now I’m considering the last two weeks in April and possibly extending into the first week in May.  Keep that in mind when you’re planning your photographic needs.  Thanks for your understanding!

New Listing – 5420 Nicole Blvd

This is a new listing for one of my favorite agents!  Her father builds houses and this is just the latest one which is ready to be sold.  As you can see it is unfurnished but very clean and modern looking.  If you are interested and need the agent’s contact information, let me know!  Thanks for viewing…

Latest On Hurricane Irma

Irma was downgraded to a Tropical Storm around 7am this morning and we’re now feeling the effects from Irma here in Bay County.  I’ve been seeing reports (I really need to get a descent weather station of my own) of winds steady around 20mph with gusts up to 36mph or so.  Rain started around 6 hours ago (I was sleeping so I’m not really sure when it started) and so far at my rain gage on the east side of Callaway, I’ve received nearly 1″ so far.  All in all, the effects from Irma should be minimal.  One thing I’ve really been enjoying though is the cooler temperature.  It’s 66 degrees outside now and I turned off my A/C yesterday and opened up the windows to let the cool air inside!  It was perfect sleeping weather last night!

Right now they’re forecasting good weather tomorrow so as long as the winds didn’t mess up anyone’s landscaping we can make plans to continue photographing real estate for sale or rent!  The forecast for the rest of the week shows a possible 50% chance of rain Thursday and Friday.  

Hurricane Irma Update

As of this morning, the latest forecast track is bringing Irma up the west coast of Florida beginning as a Cat 5 storm.  It’s track has been drifting farther westward for a few days now.  If it gets out over the Gulf as it tracks northward along the coast, it will remain a very strong storm and might begin to have a serious impact on our area here in the panhandle.  As of now we’re expecting some tropical storm force winds and showers from the outer rain bands.  I suspect we’ll be dealing with this storm through Tuesday at least so you might want to consider this as you make your photography plans.  Please everyone; stay safe out there and please be considerate of all the evacuees from south Florida staying in our area for the next few days.  

Major Hurricane Irma

In case you haven’t noticed, but I’m sure you have, there is a major hurricane bearing down on Florida right now.  Hurricane Irma is a strong Cat 5 hurricane headed toward the Florida Straits.  Current forecast shows it making a right turn and heading up toward Ft Myers on the west coast of the state which means we’ll probably feel some of it’s outer rain bands as it makes its way northward.  But if it keeps angling west, we could get much worse weather including, possibly, a direct hit.  

Plan ahead both for your photography needs and for your personal safety.  If any of your properties need outside views, especially the condos, I probably won’t be able to get to many of your units through the middle of next week, possibly through the end of next week as we wait for the weather to clear out.  Other properties will depend on the safety of getting around town.  

If you haven’t already, you might think of using your own camera or cell phone and taking photos or videos of each room in your house to document your possessions for insurance purposes.  It’s easy and takes only a few moments.  You never know when that information will be needed.  

Be safe out there and hopefully I’ll be able to chat with all of you on the flip side!

New Condo Exterior Photo

I was just out at the Regency Towers condo photographing a unit out there for an agent and noticed that they have finally replaced the old fountain display in front of the building with something newer and a little more modern.  So I had to get a new photo that shows the front of the building.  This photo will be located in the amenity photos gallery for purchase by anyone wanting photos of the complex to use in their marketing.  The exterior photos are always included with unit photos taken for rental or selling purposes.  

Latest Project

As you can no doubt tell, this rental property is a little rough around the edges.  It had a lot of dark wood in the kitchen, dark floors, and somewhat neutral but dark colors in the other rooms.  Lighting was on the dark side as well.  Using the proper photo techniques and very little flash to avoid that “flashed” look, it’s possible to showcase these homes with good photographic techniques.  It’s a challenge to strike a balance between making the property look “too good” versus making it look so bad nobody would even want to show up to see it in person.