February 3rd, 2015
Last week I got an interesting question from Francesca who is a stager:
I recently staged a house that was supposed to be photographed the day after the staging. On that day I got a frantic call from the seller saying that her photographer “went ballistic” because of two chairs I placed in the family room as well as the bedspread I used in the master bedroom. According to the photographer those items were going to look bad in the photos: the chairs because too bulky and the bedspread because too dark. Note that I used them on purpose to fill a big space and to create some contrast in an otherwise too white space. To make it short, the photographer was able to convince the seller to get rid of the chairs and to replace the (olive green) bedspread with a white one. My question is: do professional photographers do this often? A few months ago I staged a house where the photographer had to move a console table a few feet to fill a negative space and then he put it back to where it originally was, which makes sense and I’m totally fine with. But it never occurred to me to have a photographer that completely changes a staged space because some of the items are not going to work in the photos.
To me, the photographer should not make changes to staging. If an agent has spent the time and money on staging a property it’s not the business of the photographer to “fix” the staging. It might be different if the agent did not hired a stager, but if it’s been professionally staged I say pay attention to the photography and leave the staging alone.
What is your experience shooting staged properties?