Congratulations to the REALTORS® I know who are the 5280 Magazine – 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agents

I want to specifically congratulate all of the Realtors® I have worked with who have been selected as 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agents by 5280 Magazine:

Justin Anderson – Metro Brokers, Andersen Realty • Pam Burke – ERA Herman Group Real Estate • Kati Harken – Keller Williams Realty, DTC • Sandi Hewins – Metro Brokers, Sandi Hewins & Associates • Mary Ann Hinrichsen – RE/MAX Masters • Scott Kirk – Metro Brokers, Kirk & Company • Debra Clem – ERA Herman Group Real Estate • Kyle Kunkle – Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies • Jim Levy – RE/MAX Professionals • Brian Lovett – Metro Brokers, Hetherington Properties • Gary Morton – Metro Brokers, 1st Real Estate Group • Jo Pellegrino-Ellis – RE/MAX Professionals • Bruce Pfabe – Keller Williams Realty, DTC • Nicole Pinette – Pinette Realty Group • Annette Quick – Real Estate of Colorado

I also want to congratulate all the rest of the Realtors® I know who were also selected:

Ted Baer – Metro Brokers, Paramount Properties • Sonda “Sunny” Banka – Sunny Homes & Associates • Tom Barnwell – Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty • Denise Barnwell – Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty • Tina Del Ponte, RE/MAX Professionals • Jeri Evans – RE/MAX Professionals • Cathy Fox – The Realty Fox • Bill Fung – Keller Williams Realty • Vickie Hall – RE/MAX Masters • Renee Helten – Keller Williams Realty, DTC/The Helten Team • Pam Kiker – Keller Williams Realty, DTC • Pie Konchar – BRC Real Estate • Steven Konecny – Metro Brokers, Liberty Associates • Michael Marcus – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage •  Scott Matthias – RE/MAX Professionals • Kirsten Medeiros, Coldwell Banker Devonshire • Kimberly Rachwalski – Keller Williams Realty, DTC/The Helton Team • Marcel Savoie – RE/MAX Southeast • Gary Weimer – RE/MAX Professionals • Kathy Weimer – RE/MAX Professionals • Erin Wilson – Rogliano Real Estate Group

Preparing a home for a photo shoot

In the 7 years I have been photographing homes for sale, I have moved many trash cans, tissue boxes and numerous other items. So, with the suggestion of another photographer across the country, I put together a handout to send to home owners. Once a homeowner has this in hand, the house is usually in photo ready shape for me when I arrive.

Feel free to use my suggestions to create your own handout.

Virtual Tour of an 11,000+ Square Foot Home

Wow, this home was so much fun and a challenge to photograph in the late summer of 2010. I did have to go back the next morning to capture the sun on the front of the home and it was well worth it for the result.

Click on any of the photos to see the tour.

Virtual Tour of a 1620 Square Foot Home

6029 S Windermere Street – Virtual Tour.

It really is great fun to do virtual tours of small houses, especially when they look great. We are just starting to come into Spring, so the outdoor yard colors aren’t great. Luckily the homeowner had some nice photos of the yard in the summer time. The photos were large enough that they remain crisp within the tour.

My goal within my tours is to present the home as one would walk through exploring the home. I want the viewer to see the relationships of the rooms and spaces. This way a viewer can imagine oneself within the home.     Click on the Address to see the tour.

A Tool for Enhancing the Pole Pixie for Your Point & Shoot – The Pixie Click

If you are using a point and shoot camera on your Pole Pixie and want a great way to click off a number of pictures easily. It’s time to check out the Pixie Click

As you may or may not know there are currently no remote radio triggers for point and shoot cameras. So, to use the Pole Pixie one has to set the timer on the camera, click the shutter release and raise the pole up and shot. Each time bringing the camera back down and setting it up again. The advantage of the Pixie Click is that allows you to shoot a whole raft of photos shifting the camera around without bringing the pole down each time. And out of all of those photos usually one will work best for your job.

Though the Pixie Click is not designed for a DSLR, I was initially hoping that I could use this new product with my DSLR, but neither of my cameras fit. And after using this device with a point and shot camera I realized the whole system would be too heavy with a DSLR camera. And it would be especially heavy with a wide angle lens attached.

So, I tried the Pixie Click with my point and shoot Nikon camera. It did take a while to set up the camera within the Pixie Click frame – which the instructions say it will. But, once I got it all set up I had a great time trying it out. The instructions are clear to understand with photos illustrating the setup. It also is definitely easier to set up the second time since all of my settings remained in place and all I had to do was attach the camera and I was ready to go.

Once I was all set up, I had a good time testing it out. Here I shot from the middle of the street. One is an example of a missed shot the other a good shot. During this round I shot about 10 photos in the matter of a minute.

I then decided I needed to go in closer to see how the house would look and again I took around 10 shots in the matter of a minute. Here are two of my results, one not so good and one good.

Then I just tried photographing down the street and this was the result.

So, if you are using your point and shoot camera for some of your exterior shots and already either have or are looking at purchasing the Pole Pixie, I recommend the additional investment in the Pixie Click to give you a full system for shooting those high shots.

Virtual Tours with a New Look

I have just started using a new tour company so that I can now brand the tours for my clients. Still working out some of the bugs and getting used to a new way of doing things. I thought I should post the first three here and as for some feedback on how they look and work for you. The company is working on how the stills pan in and out which I should probably be able to change within the next month. I am still working on the partial panoramics to get them to move the way I want. It’s a learning curve.

Click on the photos below to take you to the tour.

Photo Tip on Choosing a Camera for Real Estate Photography

I discovered a good blog for Real Estate photography that has been around a lot longer than I.

I am not a real techie when it comes to cameras. My Digital SLR Olympus cameras work for me. I can’t, off the top of my head tell you what lenses I use. I am visual and have to look through the lens to know if it is going to work for what I am trying to accomplish. So, if you are in need of a new camera to use for real estate photography, I suggest you go to this page: They also have suggestions for smaller, less expensive cameras and suggested lenses.