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.
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!!
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!
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??
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
Preparing to stage a home for open houses and photoshoots with real estate photographers may be the most important step in selling a home quickly at the price you and your sellers feel is appropriate.
The right staging can make a home look clean, new, and appealing to buyers. Want to sell fast and get a great price? Use these 8 home staging tips!
Spruce up the outside of the house. As potential buyers drive past a home, the first thing they will see after an “Open House” or “For Sale” sign is the exterior and front lawn. Grab their attention with a good first impression. Before a house goes on the market, be sure to power wash the sidewalks, sweep and clean the porch, and add flowers or décor in the front yard. A clean exterior will start buyers off on a positive note and create high hopes for the interior.
Invest in professional cleaning. The easiest way to set a home staging up for success? Simple – clean the house. Clear away clutter, pay attention to pet odors, and examine each carpet and wall for potential stains. If a house has been lived in for a while, a professional cleaning will be a worthy investment.
Set the tables. Adding décor to make a house look lived-in goes a long way because it gives buyers an idea of its potential. For example, a long dining room table takes up a lot of space, and leaving it plain looks awkward. But add plates and silverware and potential buyers will wish they could sit down and eat. Want some life in the living room or den? Set up a game of chess. Add new lawn chairs and uncover the grill in the backyard to show a house’s entertainment value.
These little details will encourage buyers to “play house” while they are visiting… and really give them the feeling that they could make this home their own. A word of caution though. While a bit of “color” can be great, too much often feels messy or overwhelming. Moderation is key.
Consider the season. A brightly lit home is an inviting home. Consider out-of-town buyers. They might not know the extremes in sunlight Anchorage experiences throughout the year. So open the curtains during the daylight, and choose brightly colored curtains and lighter wall colors to light up rooms during the dark winter months.
Finish any repairs. Replace any light bulbs that have burnt out, fill in any holes in the walls, and fix any appliances that are broken. Even a small issue can give potential buyers the idea that other problems lie within a house.
Show the potential in every corner. New technologies in 3D and virtual tours allow potential homebuyers to have access to every nook and cranny of your houses, even if they are looking from online. You can’t make every corner of every house look spacious, but you can make them look useful. Turn awkward areas into cozy reading nooks, a lounge for pets, or the perfect place for extra storage.
Use gender-neutral colors for the master suite. The quality of the master bedroom and bathroom are usually high on the list of both men and women’s priorities. Using gender-neutral colors, beddings, and décor will appeal to both sexes.
Fast staging, fast selling. If you start staging sooner rather than later, you can quickly schedule high quality real estate photos of your homes to properly show off their potential. Consider the above staging tricks before contacting a professional real estate photographer and putting the pictures online. With great images and smart presentation, your homes will be sold before you know it.
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