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Custom Homes Are Amazing to Photograph

Nothing beats photographing an amazing new construction or remodeled home!  We recently had the opportunity to photograph a new home for one of our favorite builders in the Wasilla and Palmer area:  Gillespie Custom Homes

I grew up in the Mountain West of the United States so this style of home has a special place in my heart.  It reminds me of a ski resort in Northern Utah or maybe a home in Jackson Hole Wyoming.  It makes me feel at home.

 

If you are like me and you feel at home in a house like this:  I would highly recommend checking out Gillespie Custom Homes.

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One of my favorite projects to work on each year is Alaska's Best Kitchens Magazine.  Each year I get to photograph about 20 of the best Kitchens in Alaska for a design contest.  It is so amazing to see all the beautiful kitchen designs and to be involved in such a neat event.

Here is a the most recent design contest winner:

To view the entire article visit Alaska's Best Kitchens website here: http://www.alaskasbestkitchens.com/recent-winners/2017/fallwinter-grand-prize-winner














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Okay, so this is MY FAVORITE way to show off a home!  We had such an amazing time working with the homeowners and the listing agent on producing this lifestyle video. This is a gorgeous home for sale down Eagle River road in Eagle River Alaska!  If you are a Ferrari lover - check out this car!!

Thanks so much to the Team at Real Estate Exchange Network for putting together this video shoot and for listing such an incredible home!

If you want to see more of this home - check out the listing here: 

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So it's that time of year for the Fall Edition of Alaska's Best Kitchens Magazine to come out.  We recently were hired to photograph all the kitchens and we wanted to share some of them with you here.  When the magazine comes out, we will post what place they got.  Here are the contestants for this edition.







All of these homes are in the Anchorage and Wasilla areas with kitchen designs from multiple different designers in the area.  Stay tuned for the results and to see the finished product!

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I must admit - I am not a coffee guy, but this place sure did smell good!  We got to spend several days doing video shots of this local Coffee Roaster in Palmer, Alaska!  Here is a video promo we did for them.

The video is used to market the business and land for sale!  Do you know anybody looking to be a Coffee Roaster??

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The expansion of mobile technology has affected every area of our lives – our business, the way we communicate, and how we gather information about the world around us. Well, the pervasiveness of smartphones and the internet has also changed the way buyers search for homes and look at real estate listings, and you can see it in just two statistics:

  • 64% of American adults own a smartphone
  • 44% of those owners have used their phone to look up real estate listings.

This means that homebuyers are looking at listings, scrolling through real estate photos, and mapping out potential houses 24/7. They have this information at their fingertips when they are walking or riding through a neighborhood looking for homes. They have it at work. While running errands. At home.

In short, everywhere.

The ease and availability of searching through listings means that they can look at more homes than they can remember – and many do! Because of this, it is more important than ever to make your listings stand out.

How? As you set up your website and market your business, keep smartphones and other mobile technologies in mind. Ask yourself the following questions to make sure your business is smartphone-ready:

How Does Your Website Look On a Phone?

Not all webpages look the same on both desktops and mobile devices. Look up your business on a smartphone to make sure your site is still organized, easy to navigate, and simple to read. Many hosting sites will allow you to optimize your website for a wide variety of platforms – if yours doesn’t, find a new hosting site. Yes, it’s that important.

Worried that optimizing for multiple platforms will be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive? Don’t. There are a variety of ways to handle this issue, some of which require little more than a few button clicks. And even if you decide to opt for a more extensive, intensive course, it is worth it to make your web site look professional to clients and homebuyers. 

Is All of My Information Updated?

If smartphone owners can’t quickly find your listings on the internet, they will just move on to the next house and the next realtor. Same goes for your business. So how do people search for real estate online? What can you do to make sure your business and listings show up?

Put your business on as many directory sites as possible (Yelp, YP.com, Google Businesses, etc.), and make sure that the information is all correct, up-to-date, and optimized for search. In other words, people are going to be searching specific areas for homes, so make sure to mention states, cities, neighborhoods, and other information of local importance in your description. Getting your listings noticed works similarly, except that you are going to want to add them to mainstream realty sites such as Realtor.com, Redfin, Zillow, and so on.

Would My Business Benefit from Having Its Own App?

In addition to having your own site, adding your business to directory sites, and adding your listings to realty sites, you may want to consider creating a smartphone app for your business as well.

A well-constructed app will help homebuyers and your clients find information easily while allowing them to bypass the World Wide Web entirely. Moreover, having an app will serve as a way to passively market your business to users since they’ll see it every time they use their phone. An app can really help you to stand out from other realtors around the area.

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Denny became curious about making photography his full-time job while he was in college, but it took nearly 18 years to turn that dream into a reality. He’s been working as a professional photographer for 4 years, with experience shooting weddings, family portraits, and all kinds of real estate.

Since 2014, Denny has been producing images for DMD – and currently stands as one of our top-rated photographers. During his time here, he has been instrumental in helping our team to grow and develop due to his exacting personal standards and amazing work ethic.

Denny doesn’t let anything slide. He is a key player in making sure that our photography is always professional and only of the highest quality, continually pushing everyone around him to not only meet the high standards they set for themselves, but exceed them.

His work doesn’t end with the photoshoot either. Denny often reviews images from our editors to make sure every photo we produce is the best that it can be.

Denny says the best part of his job is getting paid to do something he loves. When he shoots a house, he says that his goal is to use his photography skills to tell the house’s story. Whether it is a vacant house or a home that has been lived in for generations, he enjoys the immediacy of real estate photography and how it can help people fall in love with the property.




Some of his favorite and most memorable shoots include:

  • Homes with views stretching from Denali to the Kenai peninsula
  • Shooting twilight shots at 2 AM in June
  • Photographing anything that allows him to overcome a challenge

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Denny is that, as a stay-at-home father with two daughters (ages 7 and 5) and a son (age 2), he somehow manages to do all of his work on nights and weekends. He also makes his work a bit of a family business, occasionally allowing his daughters to volunteer as flash-holding assistants.

When Denny isn’t shooting or chauffeuring his kids around, he and his wife Lisa enjoy traveling with the family, outdoor activities, and reading.

One more fun fact about Denny: he is a singer who regularly performs in the chorus with the Anchorage Opera. This fall you will find him on stage in the chorus of “Rigoleto.”



Denny and the rest of the DMD work hard to produce some of the best real estate photos on the market today. Give us a call today, and be sure to give a warm greeting to Denny if he arrives to photograph your house!

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I love photographing kitchens for local designers!  They are always amazing and are so much fun to photograph.  Each kitchen is different and each come with their unique obstacles to get the lighting and composition just right.

I recently had the chance to photograph this amazing traditional style kitchen on the Anchorage Hillside for Danielle Bohn of Creative Kitchen Design, Inc.

Something I always try and do while on a kitchen photoshoot with a designer is to ask them what are some of the special features, or things the homeowner loves about their kitchen.  This particular kitchen had some cool drawer ideas as well as some special cabinets the homeowner wanted to showcase her dishes.

In addition to capturing the designer's and homeowner's favorite features, I always make sure to get a couple of mine.

I really like the farm style sink and had to get a few shots of that!

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Here is a recent listing we photographed in South Anchorage.  


























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Look around your house. Would you buy it the way that it is right now?

Keeping your home clean and organized will send the right message to buyers. Without a clean home, buyers may wonder how well the plumbing, air conditioning, and other inner workings of the house have been taken care of. A clean home will put more potential buyers at ease and allow them to enjoy looking at and walking through the space.

You’ve already hired a professional real estate photographer… and that is a solid investment. But you won’t be able to make the most of your investment unless you clean up and arrange the furniture properly.

Use these six tips to get your house in order before you have a professional photographer immortalize for all of your potential buyers.

Ding dong! When potential buyers arrive for a tour, the first thing that they are going to see when they open the front door is the view from that door. Moreover, this is also a prime spot for photographers to shoot.

As you rearrange your furniture, consider what can be seen while someone stands there at the doorway looking in. You want the space to feel lived-in, but also spacious and open and attractive.

Leave the pets with a friend. If possible, about a week before your shoot, get any four-legged friends (or slithering or flying ones) out of the house. You don’t want your pictures to include any pet hair or stains that they might have left behind, getting them out helps in two ways.

First, it makes it easier for you to clean. Second, having your pets around the house may undo all the hard work you put into cleaning up after them.

Hire the best. A deep clean of your home is an investment. It will produce better pictures and show clients that you are professional, organized, and someone worth working with.

Consider hiring professional cleaners or landscapers to get your home in the best shape.

Put it in storage. Get a head start on packing while you clear the clutter from your home. Potential home buyers will get the most out of a simply furnished home with a small amount of personal items – this way, they can see the potential of the home, but also picture themselves living in it.

Utilize all the storage space in your home by putting away unnecessary items: electronic cords, small appliances, personal decorations, and so on.

Consult home buying magazines. To give your home model status, check out real estate magazines or home décor catalogues. Pay attention to the way the beds are made, pillows are placed, and furniture is arranged. Arrange your home after these pictures and make it look like it was set up by a professional. Or even better, use a home staging company to handle this process for you.

For more tips on how to best present your home to potential buyers, contact DMD Real Estate Photography today.

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