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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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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Blanche Street – Real Estate Photography – Flat Rock, Michigan

We took a trip to a Flat Rock home on Blanche Street for a Real Estate Shoot. It was a beautiful colonial with a two car garage, four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and just over 1,800 square feet. The inside of the house has a statement wall made of stone with a round entry way that gives the space an aged feel; it’s a unique feature for a home, but we absolutely love it! The main floor has all wood floors, and the carpeted stairs lead the way to the second floor, which is also carpeted. Behind the house is a large yard and no neighbors from the back. Let’s take a tour!

The front exterior of the colonial.

The beautiful stone wall and winding staircase greet you when you walk in the front door.

 

The white cabinets, appliances, and accents stand out with the contrast of the dark countertop.

Another angle of the kitchen.

The connection of the kitchen to the den.

A closer look at the den and gas fireplace.

One of the four bedrooms.

One of the bathrooms with a glass shower.

A shot of the partially finished basement.

Another bathroom, this one with his and her sinks!

The back exterior of the house. Sliding glass doors lead from the den to the backyard.

Look at that stone patio!

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Yanich Drive – Real Estate Photography – Troy, Michigan

We stopped by a home on Yanich Drive in Troy for a real estate shoot. The colonial is just over 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There’s an attached two car garage, a wood-burning fireplace, and a large yard. The basement is partially finished and in good condition. In the back of the house is a nice wooden deck, great for the warm weather months in Michigan. We included some photos from the shoot to share with you!

The front exterior of the colonial.

The grand entrance.

Sliding glass doors lead to the deck, tons of natural light, and notice the stone fireplace!

A dining room area next to the living room.

The kitchen comes with all major appliances.

The master bedroom.

Check out the master bath!

One of the other bedrooms.

The half bath on the main floor.

The partially finished basement. There are additional rooms for storage down here.

A look at the large wooden patio.

The bushes give the deck some privacy, and check out the size of that yard!

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Addison Avenue – Real Estate Photography – Canton, Michigan

We visited a ranch on Addison Avenue in Canton for a real estate shoot for Realtor, Jerry Cislo. This home has three bedrooms,1.5 baths, and just over 1,300 square feet. The home has a natural stone fireplace, white kitchen cabinetry, and a finished basement. It is move in ready! The ranch sits on the corner of a street, so the yard is mostly on the side of the lot. There is a two car detached garage and a sun room, as well. Now it only needs some love! Let’s take a tour:

The front exterior of the ranch.

The first room you enter when you walk through the front door.

On the left you have the kitchen, and straight through the doors is a carpeted sun room.

A carpeted sun room with tons of natural light! Plus, a door that leads outside.

A better look at the connection/division of the kitchen and living room.

Check out the kitchen! We love the lights on the ceiling, the counter tops, and the white cabinets look pristine!

What would you do with all this space in your basement?

The full bath.

From this angle, you can see the garage in the back (street entrance) and more of the yard.

A look at the exterior of the sun room and some more yard.

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