DAY GROUND LEVEL SHOOT, DAY AERIAL SHOOT, TWILIGHT SHOOT -
Day shoots are scheduled for 10:30am and 12:30noon. The best time is when the sun is on on the most important area of the property, typically the pool. DAY shoots are actually the most difficult because indoor light (light bulbs) are a different color temperature than the exterior (sunlight), which is much much brighter. This is why almost ALL other photographer many photographs (from other photographers) have a nice exposure for inside but the windows (outdoors) are white/over-exposed. I shoot High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) in an effort to correct this dilemma. Most prefer to see the property in the daylight, therefore DAY shoots are most popular.
A TWILIGHT shoot starts 15 to 30 minutes after technical sunset. It must be dark enough for the pool and landscape lights to show but not so dark the sky is black. There is a 30 minute window once we start shooting in order to shoot at TWILIGHT and the amount of images are limited due to the need for very long exposures. TWILIGHT images are usually shot outdoors to show a mountain or pool view (towards the mountains or the house). The three elements that make for a strong twilight shoot are pool, mountains and landscape lighting. If you have all three this is the best, however I wouldn't suggest a twilight shoot unless you have at least two of the three. In my opinion, twilight images are "sexy" however we are in the desert and I don't believe they sell a property any quicker.
A DAY shoot usually takes one to two hours, depending upon the size of the property and how much “stuff” needs to be moved around. Yes, it could probably be shot in 45 minutes if staged properly, however that’s rarely the case - a “lived-in” home is much different than a “staged home.” My preference is always to create the best possible images to help you sell the property quickly. You only have one chance to impress the potential buyer - I believe you should make it your best.
Keep in mind what looks good to your eye may not look good in the camera, a much smaller, much compressed, field of view.
I shoot, you’ll receive, 20 to 45 images for each property - depending upon the size of the property. In most cases, 65% will be indoors and 35% will be outdoors.
It’s always best, but I understand not always possible, to schedule the shoot the day after the gardener, pool person and house cleaner.
The Digital Darkroom - I shoot high quality, realistic HDRI. While the camera is on a tripod I shoot nine exposures of the same scene. Each image is a different exposure which provides me with a wide range of lighting. This is so I can capture the outdoors and indoors, dark corners, etc., which are different brightnesses, in one image. Once I have the nine images on my computer, I will spend 60 to 90 minutes to blend three to four (one exposed for outdoors, one exposed for indoors, etc.) into one HDR image
I am a photographer, NOT a Photo Editor/Graphics Artist. Therefore, to achieve high quality images we have independent Photo Editors to correct color, tone, straighten, contrast and brightness for each image. Our objective is a natural look. My Photo Editor will spend four to six hours on each property and their objective is a clean natural realistic look... not over saturated and unrealistic. For additional fees, we can also remove electrical cords, digitally green grass, blue the pool and clean up most debris. All in an effort to create professional beautiful images that will help help you sell the property. I do not suggest the removal of telephone lines or other permanent objects.
Images are delivered to you with three versions of a Photo Tour and a link to download the images, usually 24 to 48 hours after the shoot (not including weekend hours).