Micol Drive, Plymouth, Michigan Real Estate Photography

We photographed this totally cute mid-cetury modern farmhouse in Plymouth, Michigan last week. The property is backed to a wooded area that provides privacy to the yard. The interior had plenty of updates including a shiplap accent wall, a sliding barn door, and double sliding glass patio doors that lead to the back patio.

Lovely home located in Plymouth, Michigan

2.5 car garage and rod iron fencing.

Open floor plan, showing kitchen leading to dining room.

Shiplap accent wall in the family room.

Sliding barn door and double sliding glass door leading to the back patio.

Master bathroom

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Why Your Delivered Images Come In Different Sizes

After your shoot with us, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your edited images. You’ll notice that the photos will be cropped and sized differently and you may wonder why. The answer: we do this to make your life easier (I know, can you believe it?!). Different social media platforms request varying dimensions for photos so we work to make sure you have what you need. We shoot our headshot and portrait photos landscape style because this ensures the subject will be completely in the photo and won’t have cut-off shoulders. From there, we deliver the landscape version along with a cropped vertical version and a square. Depending on which platform you’re using your photo on, we can resize it accordingly. You’ll be given three versions of each photo. We can also do custom sizing if you know the dimensions. If you would like us to extract you from your photo and edit you onto another photo, we can do this for an additional fee. Realtors like extracting themselves from their headshot and being placed in front of a house. Take a look at Rick Tabor’s headshots below to see what we’re talking about!

Rick’s original landscape headshot, no crop.

The vertical crop of Rick’s headshot.

The square crop version.

This one was cropped and sized for LinkedIn.

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Six Ways to Get Your House Ready for a Real Estate Shoot

Your house or condo is up for sale and your Realtor suggested you have nice, professional photos taken to entice buyers to check it out. After all, in this day and age people seem to do more research online than anywhere else. Now what? It’s important to attract people with quality photos, but first, your house needs to be made camera-ready. It’s all about the first impression and making it count. Houses that are empty are obviously easier to get ready, but there are some easy ways to make furnished houses shoot-ready. Keep in mind that the photographer and camera are there to capture things as is – we are NOT interior decorators. Here are six simple ways to get your house camera-ready:

1. De-clutter

Say goodbye to the piles of “stuff” around your house. Everything has a place and it needs to be there. The camera will catch even a minimal amount of clutter. That stack of old newspapers needs to be recycled. The empty cans on the kitchen counter need to be thrown away. Let’s not forget about the pile of shoes by the front door. In simple terms: anything that is sitting out, put it away.

Top: gorgeous kitchen all-around, but there are many “every day” items left out that distract from the kitchen itself.
Bottom: a clutter-free kitchen with an open counter. There are things out, but they’re more of decorative feature.

 

2. Clean

This should go without saying, but…here we are. Run a vacuum on the carpets, wash the wood or tile floors, do some dusting. To make your house presentable, you must first make it clean. The camera catches every wrinkle and rumple.

The top photo has a rumpled bed with slouched pillows that look recently used, compared to the bottom photo, which has a smooth comforter and upright pillows. This is a small but noticeable thing, and can be easily fixed!

 

3. Depersonalize

This part can be tough. All of the aspects of your house that make it “yours” need to be taken down and put away for the shoot. Family photos, achievements, awards. A photo of your three children in matching Christmas pajamas is cute, but not for a real estate shoot. We want the buyer to picture themselves in the house and imagine the life they can create there. If your personal photos are visible, it will make it hard for the potential buyer to picture themselves in this house.

Top: an example of a de-personalized room. Bottom: This room is very personalized and potential buyers will struggle to picture the room as their own.

 

4. Yard work

Take a look at your house from the outside. Does your grass need to be cut? Is your roof missing shingles? Are there weeds growing up the side of your house? Whatever needs to be done to make the exterior attractive, add it to your to-do list. If people don’t like the outside, they likely won’t make it inside. This can be tough come winter time when snow is covering your yard and the trees are merely standing sticks. It’s important to keep the weather in mind when scheduling your shoot.

The camera (and potential buyers) loves this impeccable lawn.

 

5. Construction-free

We recommend a construction-free house for shoots. Sometimes homeowners like to have renovations completed before they move in order to add value to the house, but wait to schedule your shoot until after it’s finished. The tarps, equipment, and the overall messy “under construction” vibe doesn’t look great on camera.

This home was undergoing renovations during the shoot. Although this is a beautiful kitchen, the plastic over the cabinetry takes away.

 

6. Stage It

Some people choose to stage their houses to make them look homier, bigger, or brighter. You don’t need to hire someone to do this. Some simple online research can give you tons of ideas on what to add to make your house a home. For example, a vase full of flowers is never a bad idea.

The bright flowers on the table are aesthetically pleasing.

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What To Expect For Your Headshot Session

When preparing for your headshot session, here are some things to keep in mind:

Most importantly, this session is all about you and your needs. The session will be as long or as short as you need to be satisfied with your experience. Although, the majority of sessions are under thirty minutes. You have the option to come to our studio or we can meet you on location for an additional fee.

We recommend getting to the studio ten to fifteen minutes early in case you need to change into your outfit, touch up your make-up, fix your hair, or anything else to make yourself camera ready. We have a changing area and mirrors for your convenience. If you bring multiple outfits, you’ll be able to comfortably change here.

We recommend bringing more than one outfit so you have more options to choose from. Neutrals and darker tones look best and most professional. Steer away from distracting patterns, heavy make-up, and gaudy jewelry.

We will start the session by taking some shots in each of your outfits. Then we will upload them to the computer right then and there, and take a look. You’ll be able to hand pick your favorite photo to be retouched. You also have the option of purchasing additional images – sometimes one just isn’t enough!

Our studio has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Your only job is to sit up straight and smile! We’ll take care of the rest.

Plymouth, Michigan Headshot Photographer

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Pinehurst Street – Real Estate Photography – Detroit, MI

We photographed an older home in Detroit that’s on the market. It was built in the 1930’s and is 1,450 square feet. The single family home has a detached one car garage and a partial basement. The exterior of the home is beautiful with high pointed features and warm brick. The interior of the home has a more modern feel and everything is painted a calming light gray. Let’s take a look inside!

The exterior of the home. We love the contrasting brick detail around the front door.

When you step into the home, you see the older architecture.

We love the features of the fireplace.

The very modern kitchen with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and contrasting black granite counter tops.

A better look at the gray tiled backsplash in the kitchen.

A carpeted bedroom.

The full bathroom.

A look into the partial basement.

The detached one car garage just behind the home.

 

 

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The Learning Tree – West – Google Tour – Livonia, Michigan

Here is a 360-degree panoramic Google Tour for The Learning Tree – West in Livonia, MI. The Learning Tree is child care facility that works with kids from six weeks to thirteen years old. This tour takes you through the learning center’s classroom spaces and outdoor play areas. Having a Google Streetview Trusted tour allows The Learning Tree – West to show off their facility to potential families, and welcomes them to explore the daycare without having to set foot inside.

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Integrity Naturals – Product Photography – Plymouth, MI

Integrity Naturals came out with some new products and labels for their revamped company a few months back, but there are still some stragglers that need to be captured by the camera! Product photography is always essential for any business that wants a successful online presence, but even more so when you undergo a company makeover. New look, new products, new photos. Let’s take a look at these totally natural and 100% good-for-you products!

The cucumber and chamomile trio of facial products for combination skin.

Rosehip and hibiscus facial products for normal to dry skin.

Hemp and aloe vera facial trio for sensitive skin.

Mineral Salt Soak and Aloe Vera hand and body lotion.

Peaceful Lavender hand and body lotion with essential oils. Also comes in happy orange, refreshing peppermint, and natural aloe vera.

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Arco – Commercial Photography – Romulus, MI

We stopped by this large industrial building in Romulus for a shoot. Arco built this warehouse, and it’s currently used to store food for grocery stores. It was quite chilly in there! We were going to shoot aerial shots of the building, as well, but because of its proximity to the airport, we weren’t able to fly our drone to take photos legally. If you’re ever interested in aerial photography know that FAA regulations may prohibit it. Some areas are not safe spaces for drones to fly. Now, let’s check out this warehouse!

The exterior of the building.

This warehouse is massive!

Inside the storage building.

Another look at the interior and some of the equipment stored inside.

Here you can see the shelves being put to use.

Another shot of the commercial building.

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The Practice Zone – Google Tour – Farmington Hills, Michigan

We stopped by The Practice Zone in Farmington Hills for a Google Business View Tour. Not only is the The Practice Zone a place for basketball players to hone their skills, but TPZ also offers a wide variety of sport services like volleyball, pickleball, catchball, jump rope techniques, exercise classes, and more. On staff they have a head coach and assistant head coach to help players with enhancing their skills by going back to the fundamentals of the sport. It seems like a fun place to be, and this GBV tour enhances the experience by making it virtual! Check it out.
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Redberry Court – Real Estate Photography – Whitmore Lake, MI

We stopped by a beautiful walk-out ranch in Whitmore Lake, MI that was For Sale By Owner (FSBO). This brick home has three bedrooms, three baths and sits on just over 11 wooded acres in addition to being 4,700 square feet. The main floor of the home has an open concept feel with an encompassing kitchen, living, dining, and family rooms. There are two fireplaces, a spacious finished basement, a 4.5 car garage, and a jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom. From the main floor, you have access to the deck that overlooks the wooded property, and from the basement, you can walk-out onto a Trex patio. There is also a fire pit in the backyard, which can be used any time of year in Michigan! If you’re selling your house and want professional photography done, don’t be hesitant to reach out!

The front exterior of the home.

The foyer when you walk into the house.

From this angle, you can see the stairwell leading to the basement.

From here you can see the connection of the foyer, kitchen, and living room.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a 6 x 9 foot island!

Another look at the open floor plan. Tons of natural lighting, and check out the fireplace!

As you can see, there are hundreds of different ways you could set up furniture in this floor plan!

A front and center shot of the fireplace in the living room with twin windows on either side. The sliding glass door on the right leads to a deck out back.

A peak at the master bedroom- so spacious with a lot of natural light and a sliding door leading to the deck.

The bathroom is inside the master bedroom. Very convenient!

The shower in the second bath.

A second kitchen area in the basement.

There’s enough space in the basement for a seating area around the fireplace.

There’s also space for games! A round of pool, anyone? The sliding glass doors lead to the walk-out patio.

Another bedroom.

From this back exterior shot, it makes it easier to imagine the deck and walk-out patio.

Here is a closer look at the walk-out patio.

A look at the property from the deck.

 

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