Dave in Perth, Australia sent me this article on Avoiding Real Estate Photo Blunders. He said:
The paragraph entitled "Unnecessary Shots” piqued my interest. The paragraph is as follows:
A close-up of the water heater, a snapshot of a ceiling fan, or a picture of the garage corner...photos like these are typically wasteful and won’t do much to entice buyers. And that antique lamp and vase full of flowers look beautiful on your end table, but if they don’t come with the house, there’s no sense in highlighting them.
I agree but wonder what other real estate photographers think?
This subject reminds me of the online marketing for the home I live in now when my wife and I bought it in 2006. The distinctive feature of the home was the stunning millwork. The listing agents marketed it with many photos like the one above that were close-up shots of the millwork rather than wider room shots that showed both the space layout and the millwork. It came across online very badly. So bad, that I didn't even want to go look at it. My wife finally convinced me to walk through it and soon as I walked in the front door I was blown away. This is a case where, for me, all the detail shots were an unnecessary distraction and in my view, made a mess of the marketing. Sure, we ended up buying it but for me, the marketing didn't work to get me into the home. It was my wife that got me into the home; not the marketing.
What do you think?