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Best Real Estate Photographers
2022

The Best Real Estate Photographers
Here Are The Top Real Estate Photographers
Klikarts Photography and Aerial Photography Video

Klikarts Photography and Aerial Photography Video

Founded by Erick Amirkhanian, Klikarts Photography Drone Aerial Video is a professional Los Angeles real estate photography studio specializing in drone aerial video and photography. For over 15 years, Erick’s photographic style focuses on telling the story of each building while simultaneously showcasing the talents of the contractors, developers, and architects of each structure. Erick offers architectural photography, interior photography, professional photo retouching artistry, and drone video and photography. He also provides services that include video slide show tours, web design, portrait photography, and real estate photography. Erick is a FAA certified drone pilot and a member of the International Association of Architectural Photographers and the Real Estate Photographers. Clients speak highly of Erick’s great attitude, high-quality pictures, and quality help with marketing services.

Los Angeles, CA 91206

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G’d Up Photo

G’d Up Photo

A Los Angeles-based photography company, G’d Up Photo focuses on capturing the distinctive aspects of each project, from real estate photography to weddings. The company offers photography services that include real estate, portrait, special events, Quinceanera and Sweet 16, and weddings. Clients speak highly of their communication skills, presence through every step of the session, excellent customer service, quick turnaround, hard work ethic, knowledgeable photographers, and high-quality pictures.

Bellflower, CA 90706

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LA LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

LA LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

LA Light Photography, located in Santa Monica, California, provides real estate photography services to real estate professionals in and around the Greater Los Angeles metro area. In business for more than four years, the company specializes in filling the photography needs of REALTORS, architects, designers and developers. Its service list includes exterior and interior photos, aerial photography, and twilight photography for still photos and videos for property websites, video tours, and virtual staging.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

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Dana Thompson Photography

Dana Thompson Photography

A real estate and interior photographer, Dana Thompson Photography serves the beach cities of Los Angeles such as Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo. Founded in 2012, the company offers services that include home prep, ad and flyer design, property sites, interior and exterior photography, sessions for different times of the day, and more. Dana Thompson Photography has won the Best of Houzz Award in 2015-2017.

Torrance, CA 90505

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Aerial Canvas

Aerial Canvas

Aerial Canvas has a team of real estate marketing specialists that serve agents and brokers in the Los Angeles area. They offer next-day turnaround for multiple services such as professional photography, drone videography, 3D Matterport tours, and cinematic video tours. In addition, the professionals create custom listing websites that aim to help agents generate leads, gain exposure, and establish their brand. With over 10 years of industry experience, Aerial Canvas also serves builders, stagers, architects, and designers.

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Pro Digital Real Estate

Pro Digital Real Estate

Pro Digital Real Estate is a real estate photography firm servicing the Los Angeles metro. The firm was founded by photographer Spencer Harris, who studied broadcast journalism and uses his knowledge of the area to design creative representations of real estate properties in the area. Aside from photoshoots, the firm also provides videography services, Matterport 3D scans, aerial content, social media management, agent profiles, site-specific content creation, and laser-measured floorplans.

Studio City, CA 91602

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The Luxury Level

The Luxury Level

The Luxury Level is a U.S. veteran-owned marketing agency that offers real estate photography and videography services to clients from Los Angeles as well as the Orange and Ventura Counties. The company has several angle and lighting shots for showcasing properties, including interior, exterior, pre-twilight, and twilight snapshots. Its film team also has capturing arrangements for architectural style, full property, and aerial photos. Mainly a real estate marketing company, The Luxury Level also provides other marketing services like floorplans, virtual rendering (VR) services, description copies for properties, and drone-captured content.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Susan Pickering Photography

Susan Pickering Photography

Susan Pickering provides real estate and architectural photography in Los Angeles, California, and the Pasadena area. Established in 2014, Ms. Pickering uses her background in interior and graphic design to create high-quality images that portray properties in a flattering light. Her services include the use of professional-grade equipment and edited photos delivered the business day following the photoshoot. Additional services include aerial photography and videography. Videos come with royalty-free music.

Altadena, CA 91001

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Real Media Services

Real Media Services

Real Media Services is a photography business serving clients throughout the Los Angeles metro area, and it focuses largely on real estate-related work. It typically provides complete coverage of interior environments and exterior spaces to give potential buyers well-rounded perspectives of the properties being marketed. This studio does twilight photography as well, which shows how properties appear at night. 360 virtual walkthrough and 3D tour services are also available for properties.

Los Angeles, CA 90005

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Dylan Patrick Photography

Dylan Patrick Photography

Originally founded in 2009 in New York City, Dylan Patrick Photography relocated to Los Angeles in 2014. Dylan focuses on environmental portraits, landscapes, and headshots but also offers real estate, architectural, and hotel photography services for commercial clients across the United States. Clients speak highly of Dylan’s high-quality images, excellent headshots, fun manner during photo shoots, and value of the professional pictures he provides.

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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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?
A:
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?
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  • 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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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.