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Best Real Estate Photographers in San Francisco, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Real Estate Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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Hayward, CA 94545

Why choose this provider?

3D WALKINTOUR is an innovative real estate photography company with state-of-the-art tools to help realtors throughout the state show and sell properties. The company uses the latest technology to create a 3D walk-through experience, allowing potential buyers to explore homes, commercial buildings, and retail properties in full color and detail. The company also offers clients a single property website, designed to let realtors add information and change the website's color scheme for a truly customized experience.

San Francisco, CA Rating

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4.6 (27)
3.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Tru Place is a full-service photography company that caters to real estate clients in San Francisco. The company offers to highlight vivid colors within images of the property and enhance the shade of plants or pools. It also offers aerial photos to capture different angles of the house through elevated platforms or drones. Its photographers use "high dynamic range" to create brighter and more colorful shots. It also offers to track photos online and analyze their web traffic.

Belmont, CA 94002 Rating

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5.0 (5)

Why choose this provider?

Burleigh Photo has earned a reputation as a premier photography studio, offering a range of services for personal and commercial projects and events. The company provides professional real estate, architectural, and commercial photography, highlighting properties and products with expert lighting and techniques. Photography service is available for weddings and special events like awards ceremonies, fundraisers, and corporate functions, as well as portraits and headshots. The company also sells a range of stock and historical photographs. Customers can call or email the company to request information and price quotes.

1050 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710 Rating

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4.1 (17)
4.0 (10)

Why choose this provider?

Founded in 1998, DeNoise Studios is a photo, video, and audio production facility located in the San Francisco metro area. Its in-house team is fully insured and provides a wide range of services, including real estate photography and videography. The creative staff has experience with all aspects of production, including scripting, recording, shooting, captioning, editing, digitizing, duplicating, and on-demand distributing. It also handles talent access, such as musicians, actors, models, and makeup artists.

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Why choose this provider?

The owner of Marilyn Cunningham Photography is a licensed real estate broker who understands the value of professional images when selling properties. The company provides expert real estate photography services to brokers, architects, contractors, and interior designers, helping customers sell services and products with top-quality images. The least expensive real estate photography package is for properties up to 3,000 square feet and the more expensive package covers properties up to 5,000 square feet. The company also offers portrait and event photography. Customers can call or email the company for price quotes.

Mill Valley, CA 94941 Rating

Why choose this provider?

Jacob Elliott: Photography & Multimedia has been providing luxury commercial photography, video, and web design services for more than 15 years. Company owner Jacob Elliot is a former world-class inline skater and used that experience to learn a range of professional techniques to promote products and services. The company provides artistic architectural and real estate photography for brokers, architects, and designers, crafting editorial-quality images designed to attract buyers in a competitive market. Customers can call or email the company to schedule a consultation.

Burlingame, CA 94010 Rating

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4.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Dennis Mayer - Photography for Real Estate provides professional, award-winning service to give real estate brokers an edge in a competitive market. The company's photographer captures bold, colorful, editorial-quality images of interiors, exteriors, and landscaping, giving customers a range of images to help attract potential buyers and highlight architecture and design features. The company also serves contractors, interior designers, and remodeling companies, providing top-quality images designed to sell services and promote products. Customers can call, text, or email to request information and pricing details.

Kensington, CA 94707 Rating

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5.0 (12)
5.0 (3)

Why choose this provider?

Circle Visions is an innovative commercial photography and video company that offers state-of-the-art services designed to help real estate brokers promote properties and attract buyers. The company's skilled photographers and production specialists create immersive 3D walkthroughs, complete with narration and music, allowing potential property buyers explore homes and commercial building from the comfort of their home or office. The company also creates architectural animations, giving buyers a digital tour of spaces and properties. Additional services include aerial still photography, aerial video, website design, and Google analytics.

1431 Pacific Hwy #200, San Diego, CA 92101 Rating

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5.0 (107)
5.0 (75)
5.0 (73)

Why choose this provider?

Aerial Canvas is a professional and full-service real estate photography service provider that works with clients in San Francisco, San Jose, and nearby cities for over 10 years. It offers a suite of real estate photography services ranging from hi-resolution photography and videography services, 3D virtual tours, and aerial drone footage services. Aerial Canvas utilizes the latest photography and videography equipment operated by a team of professional photographers and videographers. The company has worked with established real estate companies such as Sotheby's, Zillow, and Compass Inc.

Compare our Top Real Estate Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Hayward, CA 94545
San Francisco, CA
Burleigh Photo
Belmont, CA 94002
DeNoise Studios
1050 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Marilyn Cunningham Photography
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Jacob Elliott: Photography & Multimedia
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Dennis Mayer - Photography for Real Estate
Burlingame, CA 94010
Circle Visions
Kensington, CA 94707
Aerial Canvas
1431 Pacific Hwy #200, San Diego, CA 92101


  • Introduction

    With the advancement of smartphone cameras, you may be tempted to forego hiring a real estate photographer in favor of taking images of the property yourself. It seems simple enough, and you can look at other professional photographs to get an idea of what angles to use.

    However, this approach might eventually end up costing you more than you would save. Especially since amateur smartphone photos aren't going to compete with professional photos in real estate listings. A professional photographer has the right training, experience, and equipment to take the best possible photos of the property you're attempting to sell.

  • Why use professional photography for real estate?

    Properties listed with professional photos are known to sell faster and for more money. All effective professional marketing utilizes high-quality, professional photos, and this conditions buyers' responses to attractive, premium images.

  • What equipment is needed for real estate photography?

    An experienced real estate photographer has the following equipment to take first-rate photos to sell your property fast:

    • High-quality digital camera
    • Wide-angle lens
    • Tripod
    • External flash units
    • Lens filters
    • Light meter
    • Photo editing software
    Also, an extension pole or drone can aid in taking elevated shots.

  • Is it necessary to be licensed to be a real estate photographer?

    Photography isn't regulated by the federal government, so it doesn't require a license. Many real estate photographers have anywhere from a certificate in photography to a bachelor's degree. Experience and a portfolio of high-quality photos is generally enough to qualify for the job.

  • Do sellers or real estate agents pay for real estate photography?

    The real estate agents pay for the photos. The seller acquires the services of a real estate agent to advertise and promote the sale of the property. The agent then compiles an accurate representation of the property in advertisements and promotions through images.

  • How do real estate photographers charge?

    Some photographers base their prices on square footage, and others charge a flat rate and tack on extra for the following:

    • Larger than average properties
    • Number of photos needed
    • Amount of post-processing editing requested
    • Extras, such as twilight shoots, areal photography, and video

  • What are specialty services that a real estate photographer would offer?

    • Virtual staging: Virtual staging is the practice of adding furnishings and decor to empty rooms digitally through photo-editing software programs during post-processing.
    • 3-D tours: A 3-D tour allows a prospective buyer to do a virtual walkthrough of the property while controlling which room they're in and the direction they're looking.
    • 2-D floor plan creation: Some real estate photographers can use software to create a 2-D floor plan for your property.
    • Aerial drone services: Some real estate photographers offer aerial drone photos or video, although, this is typically an additional charge.
    • Real estate videos: A real estate video is a video walkthrough of the home, with or without aerial drone footage.
    • Twilight photos/virtual twilight photos: Twilight, known as the golden hour, blue hour, or magic hour in film and image photography, gives the best lighting for images and videos, mainly because there are no stark shadows. A twilight sky can also be added or enhanced digitally.
    • Marketing flyers: Marketing flyers are color brochures used to promote a listing.
    • Property websites: A property website is dedicated to one listing.