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Property photos are the vital first impression that can make or break a commercial real estate deal. Especially Aerial Photography. Aerial marketing images will give your potential clients an idea for the property as a whole and show the surroundings of the property as well.
Great photography will engage more people who will potentially view and share a property listing. This, in turn, can lead to more inquiries for agents.
It’s important to present reliable, accurate images that provide a complete overview of the property while accentuating its best assets – and playing down possible drawbacks.
Before the photographer arrives, the property needs to be tidy and free of clutter.
Depending on the size of the space and the nature of the business, this could take a lot of organization so plan ahead.
Make a list of all the photos needed to match the features that will be included in the listing.
Prospective occupiers are interested in kitchens, common areas, and end-of-trip facilities, so even bathrooms and utility areas such as bicycle storage will need to be photographed.
Styling can make a big difference. If the interior is looking dated or the premises are vacant, consider renting furniture, artwork or accessories to give it a boost.
If exterior shots are important to market the property, windows should be clean and outdoor lighting should be checked.
Garden and indoor plant maintenance should be up to date.
If there is illuminated signage on the building, ensure it is working.
Every building is different. At what time of day does the property look its best?
Before sunrise and after sunset are good times to photograph a building exterior because of the low light and color in the sky – especially if the building’s own lighting can be used as well.
To show off natural light, photos should be taken in the middle of the day when the sun is at the best angle.
However, a modern high-rise building may also look striking against a bold blue sky with bright sunlight in the middle of the day.
Including people in the photo can add personality and movement to an otherwise corporate image.
Aspects of the property will also determine the best conditions for photos. A roof terrace or a lake view will not look as inviting under grey clouds and drizzle.
Be prepared to arrange more than one photo shoot for a single property or reschedule if the weather does not cooperate.
There’s no substitute for finding a professional to photograph your property – especially if they have real estate experience.
While high-end equipment and software are widely accessible to amateur photographers nowadays, skill and technical knowledge will always be needed to take a great photo.
Michael Brown has been a Photographer for over 40 years. Michael has your best interest at heart and pours his passion into every project no matter the size.