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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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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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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Steephollow Drive – Real Estate Photography – White Lake, MI

We recently had a real estate shoot of a ranch on Steephollow Dr. in White Lake, Michigan. The best part is the 180 degree view that you have of Tull Lake. Yes, the house is right on the lake! It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,500 square feet of space, making it the largest property in the subdivision. The home has had many new improvements, including a roof and siding, fresh paint job inside and outside, two new furnaces, and new front landscaping. The quaint home comes with an over-sized garage, perfect for extra storage or holding a boat. Inside the house, the walls are painted a comfortable cream, and a stone fireplace stands in the middle of the open floor plan. The house was undergoing some work when we came to shoot, so excuse the tape and plastic coverings. Now, let’s check it out!

The exterior of the ranch.

The view of the lake.

The fireplace that breaks up the open floor plan. Excuse the tape and plastic covering…the house was having a makeover!

The kitchen has a nice contrast between the wood floors, stainless steel appliances, and the white cabinetry.

From this angle you can see the kitchen, the division the fireplace creates, and the sliding glass door to go out back to the lake.

One of the bathrooms with his and her sinks and mirrors.

A carpeted bedroom with direct access to a cement patio, the backyard, and the lake.

A shot of the master bathroom. Looks pristine!

The back exterior of the house with two sliding glass doors leading to the backyard.

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Tournament Drive – Real Estate Photography – Northville, MI

We recently had a real estate shoot for a house on Tournament Drive in Northville, Michigan. We had no idea when we got there how beautiful and breathtaking it would be! The sandy-toned stone house appears castle-like when you pull up to it. With five bedrooms, four bathrooms and almost 4,300 square feet, we had a lot of great content to shoot. Take a look at the high ceilings, spa-like bathroom, open-floor layout, and exceptional backyard. Did we mention the shoe closet?! Let’s take a look inside…

The exterior of the front of the house.

The connection of the living room and kitchen, with plenty of natural light.

Check out this kitchen! From the cabinets to the back splash to the island – we are in love.

A different angle to show the connection of the kitchen and the living room.

This bathroom leaves us speechless – the glass shower, jacuzzi tub, two sinks, and tons of counter space for getting ready,

The master bedroom.

The first thing you see when you walk through the front door.

Shoe closet anyone?!

The tiled basement with doors leading into the backyard.

The back exterior of the house. Notice the large patio, great for relaxing or gathering for get togethers.

Looking out from the patio you can see the golf course just beyond the backyard.

Driving to the house you pass the stone waterfall welcoming you to the golf course.

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Kernway Street Real Estate Photography – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

We had the pleasure of shooting a classic colonial home for sale on Kernway in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The house has four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a finished basement. The rest of the house has hardwood floors, and most of the walls are painted an array of grays that gives off a home-y, comfortable feel. The white borders and accents around the house are a stark contrast from the gray but gives the home a classic vibe. If you walk through the sliding glass door to the backyard, you will find a brick patio and extra privacy thanks to the surrounding trees. This house is ready to be a home, all it needs is you!

Exterior of the colonial house.

Inside one of the bathrooms.

An open living room with a natural fireplace.

The floor to ceiling window really opens up the room.

The kitchen with black cabinets and contrasting white countertops, tiling, and walls.

Finished basement with so much space!

A shot of the exterior of the house from behind.

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N. Main Street Real Estate Photography – Milford, Michigan

We had quite a busy summer! We were asked by Realtor Heather Stevens, who works for Keller Williams, to shoot a quaint property in Milford, MI. A little blue house with white trimming and a detached garage sits right on N. Main Street. The landscaping in the backyard makes for a cute and quaint hideaway with a wooden patio, slanted green hills with stones decorating most open spaces, and plenty of room for shrubbery or flowers. There’s also a large yard that’s perfect for family events, children, or pets! Inside the house are wood floors, an open living room and kitchen, and a recently renovated bathroom (take a look below – wow!). The kitchen cabinetry, tiled backsplash, and stainless steel appliances are in good condition and give the kitchen a modern yet home-y feel. On the exterior of the house is a little door that leads to extra storage space, which is always a plus!

The exterior of the house.

The detached garage.

The cozy patio.

The exterior of the side of the house – so much space for decorating!

A bedroom with adjoined bathroom.

Look at that shower!

The open living room.

The open kitchen with plenty of space for added tables, islands, etc.

Cabinets, appliances, and backsplash in great condition!

Hidden extra storage in the crawl space.

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Preserve Circle West Slideshow Real Estate Video – Canton, Michigan

I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful condo in South Canton for Jason Borregard from Clients First Realtors and used the shots to put together this informative slideshow video. The exterior of the condo is a combination of brick and stone, giving it a home-y, welcoming vibe. As soon as you walk in, you’re met with grand ceilingsĀ and natural light from the large window above the front door. The kitchen has been updated with modern stainless appliances and dark mahogany cabinetry. This condo has two bedrooms (one of which has a fireplace!), two bathrooms, two half bathrooms (the dream!), and a finished basement! Don’t just read about it, though. Check out this video to see for yourself what a charming place it is!

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Etowah Avenue – Real Estate Photography – Royal Oak, MI

We did a shoot for a home on Etowah Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan. It was a beautiful home with wood floors on the main floor, a carpeted second floor, and spacious basement. The master bedroom not only had a gorgeous bathroom (jetted tub, glass shower, granite vanity) but a good size walk-out balcony, as well. We love the aesthetics of this home – very warm tones, stone accents, and white trimming. We hope you enjoy checking out the photos from the shoot as much as we enjoyed shooting!

We love the large window facing the front yard and the beautiful double doors.

What a beautiful room – the wood floors, twin windows on either side of the fireplace, and the fireplace itself! Gorgeous!

The opposite view in the front room is the chocolate brown staircase and front door.

The half bath on the first floor.

This kitchen is to-die-for with it’s chocolate brown cabinetry, abundance of counter space, and island with bar stools.

The master bedroom with a walk-out balcony.

The master bedroom. Who knew a bathroom could be beautiful?!

Check out this balcony!

One of the bedrooms with tons of natural lighting!

The only thing better than a walk-out balcony is a walk-in closet.

The super spacious basement…it even has a bathroom!

Peak at the basement half bath.

The home has a finished two car garage.

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