How to make good pictures of your property

  1. Make sure you take your photographs on a sunny day. Nobody is waiting to view their future holiday home in bad or dull weather. A bad photograph can make your holiday home unattractive for the potential tenant. If you are not good at taking photographs ask your brother, next door neighbour or even a professional to take them…anything is better than a poor photograph
      
  2. The best time to make photographs is in the early morning or later in the evening when there is a lot of red in the light spectrum; the light then gets a warmer quality. If you photograph in the evening you can achieve a warm appearance by taking the picture at dusk with all the light on in the house (and swimming pool)

  3. Should you have people on the photograph or not? It is important to realise that the visitor is interested in your house and not you as a proud parent with children playing in the foreground. Although it can give a homely feeling to the photograph, it can also give the visitor the feeling that he does not belong in the group. In general, so long as the people on the photograph are anonymous enough, there is no problem, but as soon as it becomes a family snapshot, he/she could feel out of place.

    Be careful with family snapshots and stay out of the Jacuzzi: that is reserved for your guests.
  4. Think about what the focus of your picture is; TV kitchen equipment, your satellite receiver etc. Your car – even though it might be an expensive one - does not belong on the photo. The open fireplace, comfortable chair, hammock or an attractive view from the window is a lot better. It is important you have something on the table, bottle of wine, book or newspaper…. Everything that makes life appealing.
  5. For many visitors, the location of your house can be more important than the house itself; for instance if it is directly on the ski slopes, on the beach, in the woods, vineyards or in the town. Do not forget to show that on your photo. 
  6. Make sure that you show some pictures of the interior of the house as well as exterior photos and of its setting; you have nothing to hide or be ashamed about...
  7. Do not use flash photography unless you know what you are doing. If you need additional lighting, turn the lights on, light candles or  the open fireplace (a burning newspaper gives enough light for a photograph)
  8. For the smaller rooms, use a wide angle lens or if you do not have one, take the picture from a corner. Rooms look larger that way...


  9. Do not take pictures in the winter. Bare trees distort the dream of a sunny holiday. (unless you are in a winter sports area...)

  10. It does no harm to show the best sides of your house. If you are not comfortable with the kitchen, show the pleasant bedroom. Visitors tend to fill in the areas not featured with their own fantasy and very often with what they would like to see.

 

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