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Best Real Estate Photographers
2022

The Best Real Estate Photographers
Here Are The Top Real Estate Photographers
Prestige Real Estate Images

Prestige Real Estate Images

Prestige Real Estate Images in Chicago, Illinois, provides professional real estate photography for customers in the Chicagoland area. With 100 percent of its focus on real estate, this business offers high-quality images by Zillow-certified photographers using virtual and other tools to capture each property in its optimal light. Services include still images, video tours, and drone overviews of properties. The company also offers digital staging and sky and grass replacement to virtually touch-up photos.

Chicago, IL 60641

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Bobbi Rose Photography

Bobbi Rose Photography

Bobbi Rose Photography, located inside Shelley's Bridal in West Dundee, Illinois, has been providing wedding photography services for Rockford and the greater Chicago metropolitan area for over five years. She also operates Kangaroo Photography for family and children's portraits and Rock Star Foto for concerts and other events. She uses a signature photojournalistic style to tell a story as it naturally unfolds and captures the raw emotion of each special event in a personalized and artistic manner. Bobbi provides complete portrait retouching services, lab prints, custom framing and album making, and a customized online gallery for each client. Prom services are also available, as well as Empower sessions, dedicated to female empowerment. Customers praise Bobbi's creative talent, dedication, and competitive pricing.

Pingree Grove, IL 60140

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Miller + Miller Fine Real Estate

Miller + Miller Fine Real Estate

Miller + Miller Real Estate is the husband-wife team of Ryan & Sarah Miller who specializes in photographing the luxury home markets of Naperville, Hinsdale, Barrington, St. Charles, Chicago, the North Shore, and more. Miler + Miller holds a FAA Part 107 licensed UAS drone operator certificate. Unique, elaborate & showcase properties need to receive enhanced real estate marketing attention. Experienced formerly as Realtors of Illinois, Miller + Miller offers quality architectural photography that can increase the desirability and marketing power of residential listings.

Naperville, IL 60565

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Rick Walter Photography

Rick Walter Photography

Rick Walter Photography is a studio in La Grange that offers a wide variety of photography services. Rick Walter captures sports action, landscapes, and real estate photos. He also takes wedding, portrait, and senior pictures. Rick Walter Photography’s partnership with HeartsApart.org aims to provide soon to be deployed women and servicemen with pictures of their families at no cost.

La Grange, IL 60525

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Larry Malvin Photography

Larry Malvin Photography

Larry Malvin Photography, a studio based in Northbrook, offers quality real estate photography services. Services include real estate home, photos, and stock images as well as aerial compare and drone photography. Larry Malvin’s incredible work has been published numerous times in publications such as Coldwell Banker’s “View,” Fall 2016, the Browntrout Chicago Wall Calendar, Modern Luxury Magazine, and Rotor Drone Magazine.

Northbrook, IL 60062

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ThreeSixtyChicago

ThreeSixtyChicago

Based in Chicago, ThreeSixtyChicago offers the ideal solution for clients to market their properties through high-resolution real estate and architectural photography. The studio offers immersive 360-degree virtual tours, commercial and business photography, and 2D and 3D Matterport scanning. ThreeSixtyChicago has been featured on Domu.com.

Chicago, IL 60605

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Robert Weber Photography, Inc.

Robert Weber Photography, Inc.

Robert Weber Photography, Inc. is a studio based in Rolling Meadows that offers location and in-studio photography services. The company's photographers capture consumer and industrial products, portraits, groups, editorial, and lifestyle images. The state-of-the-art studio also specializes in commercial and industrial photography, including location assignment, aerial, and commercial and residential architecture.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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Modern Photography & Video Studio

Modern Photography & Video Studio

Based in Chicago, Modern Photography & Video Studio has provided high-quality photography services in the area since 1989. The studio captures weddings, sports, baby photos, portraits, and special events. Modern Photography & Video Studio also specializes in commercial photography and offers photo and video editing services.

Chicago, IL 60622

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Matt Mansueto Photography

Matt Mansueto Photography

Based in Chicago, Matt Mansueto Photography offers professional photography services to real estate agents, interior designers, and architects. Matt Mansueto, a talented architectural photographer, has a passion for taking high-quality photos of commercial and residential spaces. He also specializes in landscape and garden photography. Mansueto captures stunning images of indoor and outdoor spaces with his preferred method of utilizing both artificial and natural light.

Chicago, IL 60618

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XL Visions

XL Visions

Tom Worek at XL Visions is based in Chicago and has been offering photography services for more than 15 years. He specializes in architectural, real estate, and hospitality photography. He also produces videos, creates virtual property walkthroughs along with 2D and 3D floor plans, and provides virtual staging services. Tom Worek has worked with a number of clients, including RE/MAX, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and Choice Hotels.

Chicago, IL 60657

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Expert Answers To Common Questions:

  1. Introduction
  2. Why use professional photography for real estate?
  3. What equipment is needed for real estate photography?
  4. Is it necessary to be licensed to be a real estate photographer?
  5. Do sellers or real estate agents pay for real estate photography?
  6. How do real estate photographers charge?
  7. What are specialty services that a real estate photographer would offer?
  8. How long will a real estate photography session last?
  9. What is a reasonable timeline to receive final images from the photographer?
  10. What is a blue sky guarantee?
  11. Is it better to have the home furnished or unfurnished in professional photographs?
  12. What are some tips to prepare a home to be photographed?
  13. Will the photographer stage the home to be photographed?
Q: Introduction
A:
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.

Q: Why use professional photography for real estate?
A:
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.

Q: What equipment is needed for real estate photography?
A:
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.
Q: Is it necessary to be licensed to be a real estate photographer?
A:
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.
Q: Do sellers or real estate agents pay for real estate photography?
A:
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.
Q: How do real estate photographers charge?
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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
Q: What are specialty services that a real estate photographer would offer?
A:
  • 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.
Q: How long will a real estate photography session last?
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A real estate photo shoot can take anywhere from one to four hours, depending on the size of the home. The average is around two hours. Photographers charge premiums for twilight photo shoots because they can only do one per day.
Q: What is a reasonable timeline to receive final images from the photographer?
A:
Most real estate photographers promise delivery of photos within 24 hours of the photo shoot but may send them sooner, even the next morning. Rush delivery is considered a premium charge and may not be feasible, depending on the photographer's prior commitments.
Q: What is a blue sky guarantee?
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A blue sky guarantee is that at least half of the sky will be blue for exterior shots of the home regardless of the actual color of the sky when the photos are taken. This enhancement isn’t recommended for weather conditions where it would look unnatural to have a blue sky.
Q: Is it better to have the home furnished or unfurnished in professional photographs?
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Staging, whether virtual or physical, is an important part of helping prospective buyers envision themselves living in the home, provided that the decor compliments the space. For a photographer that offers virtual staging, you want the home unfurnished with no artwork or drapes, so everything coordinates.
Q: What are some tips to prepare a home to be photographed?
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Be sure to clean all surfaces and floors, especially mirrors, so they're pristine and spotless. Mow, landscape, and sweep the outside, and also clean the pool. For physical staging, remove any large items that make the room seem crowded. Open all window coverings to let in natural light.
Q: Will the photographer stage the home to be photographed?
A:
The real estate agent prepares the home to be photographed, which includes staging. However, photographers may include virtual staging in their services. There's usually an additional charge for virtual staging, and it isn't typically part of a basic package.