Photography Portfolio

Real Estate - portfolio of sample properties night lit house.Below you will find several sample properties. Each property shows how it was shot with stills, how those stills were converted for use into Photo Web Albums that will resize themselves in any device and are expected to be viewed over the web but can also be used for viewing in the office straight from your computer.

These stills then also form the basis for a Web Video with titles, transitions, music and voice overs.

Click on the video button below the photo to view the available samples of photo coverages:-

> An Ojai East End Estate on 2.5 Acres:

East End Estate
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This East End Ojai Valley estate is a delight to photograph since it is lovely to look at, oozes charm and warmth and has lovely landscape even in the middle of winter and is tastefully furnished. However, previous photographers were apparently unable to capture that. With a north facing house whose frontage never really receives the sun, that is not surprising.

Take a look at the suite of still photographs and videos we used to sell the house in steps.

> An Ojai Hillside "Green" energy efficient house on the edge of town:

Signal Street House
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Ultra modern in architectural design and cutting edge in its energy efficiency, this two story house sits on a hillside overlooking the town of Ojai. Its enormous canted roof serves both to provide shade and collect energy from the sun. The latest technologies have been used to minimize energy use for lighting, heating and cooling, as well as energy loss in the structure itself.
Photographically its most interesting details are the "ribs" of the roof rafters, the brilliant red iron girders and the two toned cluster of main and sub sections that comprise the building itself. This design is echoed in a smaller way with the three car garage and guest house.

Our problem was with the constant shade of the energy efficient roof, it was very hard to obtain an interesting photo of the building that would catch anyone's attention plus the interesting effect of the roof "ribs" was completely lost. I knew that a twilight shot would be dramatic but the outside lighting was so energy efficient you could not see anything. This called for added lighting to bring out the important features and especially the roof beams. I had to add 12 photo high intensity photo floods and 20 screw in flood lights to the existing outdoor lights to obtain the best exposure balance as well as adding photo lights indoors so that there would be lighting shining out of the windows and patio doors. This makes an attention getting shot that also tells the story about the structure.

Then so that we could have another strong, descriptive shot, I came back just before sunrise the next morning when the sun would shine under the overhang and skim the roof "ribs" but also illuminate the red metal beams. Both times I photographed the interior family rooms since they show up differently in the early morning and the late afternoon. The assignment was to cover certain specific shots, not the whole house.

> An Ojai Converted Farm House in a 10 acre orange grove:

Introduction to real estate photography
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This valley floor house started life as a rustic farm house set in the middle of a large orange grove. In recent years, it was bought and remodeled inside and out. Additions made, new bathrooms and kitchen. It is surrounded by acres of orange trees and fronted by one of the old field stone walls that are about 10 feet thick that root the property firmly into the valley history.

The charm is hard to capture in photographs so by using a full series of photos for a WebAlbum or Web Video from stills helps a prospective buyer to get a better idea of the house and the property that surrounds it. The views from the upper balcony is one of the major selling points since is shows the rising sun as it floods the valley with light all the way to the famous Pink Moment sunset.

> Exteriors of Italian style hillside Villa :

Hillside Tuscan Villa
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In this case, the requirement was simply to photograph the down hill facing part of the house for a vertical cover of the local Ojai Valley Visitors Guide magazine. The magazine is, of course, a vertical format, whereas the house presents best as a horizontal.

Part of the problem is that like so many of the valley houses, it is on a steep hill side with no room to move back and shoot the house and the pool that fronts it since the trees and bushes hide the house when the camera is far enough back to capture the full house width. In addition, there is no place to secure a tall ladder and no way to bring in a "cherry picker" or other raised platform.

So a side view was the only option. When I moved far enough away to include the down hill face of the house, the pool became very small. It was possible to use a very wide angle lens, but then the pool became more important than the house. So compromise became the order of the day. The vertical shot showed a lot more sky and grass that is normally desired in a straight shot, however, magazine covers always have their name at the top and other text on the bottom, so they actually need some clear space to place all this information thus providing us a visual frame helping us out.

> A Hillside Ranch remodeled and updated but still a country dwelling with 40 acres:

Hillside Ranch property
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Some properties present unique difficulties in presenting them photographically. Hill side houses always are difficult to shoot since, by their very nature, the photographer is either shooting up hill or down hill. The down hill vies can be interesting in that you can see the view that lies on the down hill side as well as seeing the house itself. However, the up hill shots inevitably run into the problem of bushes, trees, walls and other obstacles to actually being able to see the down hill face of the building.

This low and sprawling ranch house lay across the hillside, with parts hidden by beautiful, spreading oak trees, bushes and shrubs as well as local rock walls. Fortunately, there had been some terracing work done on the down hill side, so I was able to erect a tall ladder which helped to obtain some uphill shots that showed more of the house and less of the hill side. But to provide a potential buyer of this property a valid and complete coverage of the house and property, no one photograph can succeed. Instead, it requires a series of photographs to give a range of views of the house both inside and out to tell the full story. While this is true of all houses, some are more demanding of this treatment than others.
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