real estate photography

17,000 Sq Feet of home!

Yesterday I drove out to Bakersfield to photograph for new client Vartan Kebabjiam. Vartan is part of SPK Realty. Vartan asked me to come out and photograph and shoot virtual tours of his client's house.

Housing cost in Bakersfield is significantly lower than in most parts Los Angeles. So I was very curious to see what 4 million dollars would get you....the answer is a mansion! Gor-geous home right on the Kern River. Not kidding. The lawn rolls right out to the edge of the river. Three levels of lawn and garden from the house to the river. Lots of little nooks and crannies for seating. That's just the back yard!

Walking into the front yard was like walking up to the white house. Huge collumns and huge pool-size fountain. Grand is the best way to describe it really.

Walking into the house is rich woods and textiles. Museum quality prints and antiques mix in with warm cozy seating. If there ever was a way to make a home feel grand and yet welcoming and inviting...they did it.

Now, as you can imagine, it took me quite a few hours to photograph this place. It's gonna take me quite a few to edit these images! I'll post some photos as I get through them. I just wanted to tell you about this house. One of the biggest homes I've photographed yet! I wouldn't know where to start with 17,000 sq feet!

Real Estate Photos and Virtual Tours for 2169 Lorain Rd in San Marino

Recently, I got to work in a section of Pasadena that I have never been to before...San Marino. Eileen Garrison called me to photograph a home for her in San Marino. The beautiful homes and manicured lawns won me over immediately. Of course the house Eileen was listing was gorgeous also!

The highest quality in design and materials has been used in the remodeling and enlargement of this character Spanish style home, completed in 2001.

Now approximately 2,500 sq feet of living space, this elegant home features high ceilings throughout: Three fireplaces: Family Room/Great Room with built-in

Entertainment center: New custom kitchen with granite counters and top-of-the-line built-ins: Elegant formal dining room: Breakfast room: Master suite with Spa tub: Custom made window treatments throughout including Plantation shutters: Limestone floors: Security system: Professionally landscaped yard with automatic sprinklers: Central air and heating. This home has lots of sunshine and natural light throughout with many French doors opening out to various patio areas and yard.

Take a look at the Real Estate Photos and Virtual Tour!

Real Estate Photography and 360 degree Virtual Tours for 3860 Fountain Street, Camarillo

I had the opportunity to work with Santa Barbara realtor Mary Adams a little while back. While she works mostly out of Santa Barbara, she is helping to sell a friend's house in Camarillo. I love working in beautiful Camarillo, so I was happy to get her call. Not too far from old town Camarillo was a great neighborhood that this house was in...

Highly Upgraded Pristine 2005 Single Story 3
Bedroom, 2 Bathroom plus Den/Office. This beautiful
home features an open airy kitchen with granite
counter tops and stainless steel appliances all flowing
into the spacious family room with cozy fireplace. High
ceilings, plantation shutters, crown molding, ceiling
fans, and recessed lighting all contribute to this home's
appeal. Manicured backyard includes a covered
stamped concrete patio, perfect for entertaining. All
this and more... Must see.

Take a look at the photos and 360 degree Virtual Tour!

827 N. Sierra Bonita Ave.

Monday I worked with another new client Jeff Giordano from Keller Williams. He was wonderful, fun to work with and just let me loose on the house. It was a great house. Beautifully staged by Kelly Rollings at KLA Home Staging & Redesign. The house was ready to shoot...and perfectly ready for me to move in. I love this house. For more information take a look at the property

In the mean time take a look at the virtual tour and photos...

I love it...

I love it when a client calls to let me know that I single handedly sold a house for them. While I was photographing his own home that he was listing, Lior Kane told me that I had sold this house for him. I laughed when he said this. However, he said he wasn't kidding. The virtual tour that I had taken of the house had caught the eye of a couple in Los Angeles. Pasadena wasn't even an area that they had considered looking. Then they saw my virtual tour and immediately called. They were at the house for a viewing the next day and made an offer.

I have to admit I'm pretty happy. I know virtual tours are a really great tool, but that is such a great example of how they can work for you.

Now the real question...where's my commission Lior?

Rancho Dr., Ojai

I love when Vivienne Moody from Coldwell Banker calls me for photo shoots. She always has great houses to photograph. Of course she's in Ojai and it's always beautiful in Ojai! This house was at the top of a hill with wonderful views all around. One thing I have learned working with Vivienne...always wear tennis shoes. She loves her views and wants them photographed. However, she always is there with me hiking around trying to get the right shot. She's just one of those truly nice and caring people and I always love working with her. Take a look at the new property she's working on...

Pet Photography Anyone?

I think I should start taking photos of peoples pets. I love animals and I just can't resist taking a photo of them. I had a real estate virtual tour and photo shoot this weekend. While they were still readying the rooms, I was off photographing the exteriors and pets. Take a look at this pup. She was so sweet. This home had a sweet dog, a very very loving cat and a bunch of crazy chickens. It was pretty fun. Take a look...

Busy Busy Busy

I have been slacking on my blog updates, however this means only one thing...I'm busy! I have tons of cabins and some houses to blog about.

I will start with a beautiful home I photographed a few weeks back in Ojai. One of my favorite agents in Ojai, Vivienne Moody, gave me a call to come out and photograph a property for her. She never disappoints! 821 El Toro Road in Ojai has 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and is on a huge piece of land. I really loved it. The house is on a beautiful tree lined road with a huge backyard. I would have been happy to move into the basement apartment. It's a split level house and the basement apartment opens out to the huge backyard. Enough talking take a look at the photos and virtual tour...

Practice Practice Practice

I love that we never finish learning new things. However, I think we sometimes forget that we need to practice and relearn some of the things we have already been taught. I decided today will be a quieter day for me(although my phone already seems to be ringing like crazy), so today is a practice day. It's a day to make sure I'm headed in the correct direction with my photography.

There are so many opportunities to learn new things in photography. One of the most important lessons I've learned is, the better you photograph the subject in the first place, the less work you have later. I photograph buildings, houses, businesses, etc. I could very easily use the same technique for all situations, but I would be compromising quality, not utilizing the uniqueness of each situation, and also creating more work in Photoshop. Photoshop can enhance, correct and save photographs, but it's the initial work you put out in place that is going to determine the end result.

Today I'll work on my capturing the image, reminding myself of all that information I learned in school and put that degree to good use!

AMLI on the Boulevard

Last week I photographed an apartment complex for the third it wasn't a reshoot and they weren't unhappy. It was for different different owners or publications over the last 5 years. The apartment complex is called AMLI on the Boulevard. I used to live in the area so I would drive by this complex all the time. It has such a great feel and look, you can't help look at it when you drive by. And every time I have photographed it, I have really enjoyed it. Take a look at the photography...

Bel Air Rd Property

I got a call from a Argyropoulos Design. The owner had a house he wanted photographs and a virtual tour for. He was also interested in renting the home out for a filming location, so I showed him the property website that I had made for Granada Hills Estate. He loved it and wanted something with a similar feel. I made him a very very simple website with a slideshow that I really like. He was so happy with it and says he plans of bragging about me to some other friends that might be interested in my photography. I say brag away! In the mean time take a look at the's a beautiful house!

Granada Hills Estate

I got a call from a home owner looking for photography, a virtual tour, and a property website earlier last month. He had decided to put his house up for a filming location rental and general rentals. He just let me go wild with the photography and I had a great time. I got to experiment with my slideshow software and also make him a nice little website. Take a look at the Photos and Virtual Tour...

1968 House in Pasadena

I love this house! I realize that if I were to move into this home that I would totally have to change my decor to 60s chic. Hoever, If I lived in this house would totally be alright with that! I was hired to photograph some real estate photos and virtual tours for this house in Pasadena back in April (I'm very behind on my posts!) The exterior of the house was normal if not a little plain and hidden behind big shrubs and hedges. However, the minute the owner opened the front door, I was sold! Right inside the door is the coolest fireplace. Not only that but the dining room has the same dark wood paneling that I grew up with in our 1960s house, and the most perfect dining room table and light fixture that room could have. This house was amazingly preserved! Chuck(the homeowner)took great pride in his hilltop house in Pasadena. The house was built in 1968 and he bought the home from the builder in 1969. I wish him lots of luck selling his house. I hope it's someone who can really appreciate some of it's 60s charm. Take a look at the virtual tour here and that view!

Busy Week!

So I have had a nice, busy week with lots of little shoots. I was in Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Oxnard, Camarillo,and Pasadena shooting real estate photography and virtual tours. All my shoots this week were great, but I think out of all the shoots this week the Sierra Madre shoot was my favorite. It was just a nice simple virtual tour shoot in beautiful Sierra Madre. If you haven't been, you really should. Manicured lawns, beautiful houses, an old town square. It really is a lovely town.

This photo shoot was for Reni Rose at Prudential California Realty. It was really great to work with Reni and her wonderful assistant Joyce. She was really great to speak with. And making my week even better they gave me a great recommendation...

"It was very nice to meet you today and thank you so much for your every efficient service. You showed up on time, were very business like as well as personable and pleasant...and you got the job done very quickly. We are very happy with what you produced for us. The results are just what we wanted. Thank you, again, it was a pleasure and we will certainly call again when we have a need for another virtual tour."

Click here to take a look at their Virtual Tour!

Insight Virtual Tours!

I wanted to introduce another virtual tour photographer friend. Through RealTour Vision, the company that produces the virtual tour technology that I use, I met Lori Nunes from "Insite Virtual Tours". Insite Virtual Tours is located in the coastal area of central California. You can find her running around San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Cayucos, and everywhere in between. Lori is new to the business in the last year but Insite Virtual Tours has absolutely taken off! Let me tell you I have been learning a lot from her. Lori is a networking wiz! If you are located in the San Luis Obispo area and are looking for a great photographer to photograph your business or real estate, give Insite Virtual Tours a call!

All About Virtual Tours!

Besides the fact that I absolutely love my job, I can really be thankful for the friends that I have made while being a virtual tour photographer. One of the first people I met was Dawn Schaffer, Owner of All About Virtual Tours in South Western Washington. She's a wonderful person to talk with. We seem to end up on the phone longer than we ever intend to bouncing tons of ideas back and forth. Not only has she been a great friend and supporter, but she's a fantastic photographer! If you are located in Southern Washington and need virtual tours or photography give her a call. She's a wealth of information and has lots of ideas! Thank you Dawn!