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Royce Kemp, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA

Any local agents using a real estate photographer? How much do you typically pay? Does it include video? Can you recommend a local photographer?

Asked by Royce Kemp, San Diego, CA Wed Nov 21, 2012

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Hi Royce,

I'm sure some agents do use a professional photographer. Most don't, but some definitely should! If you don't take the best photos, borrow someones auto focus camera if you can, a good one. Take MANY shots of each photo you want. Knowing how to use a photo program to edit the photos is a must. You usually need to crop the photos to get the composition you want, and often need to lighten photos. Many agents go crazy with color saturation, as you see in those listings where the grass is REALLY green, or the red tile roof is REALLY red. It looks odd, but adding some saturation is sometimes good.

Also, if you use a virtual tour, you can sometimes pull great still shots from that.

And, it depends on the property. If it's a higher end listing, and you're not sure of your skills, try taking photos yourself and use a photographer. I'd recommend one, but I don't use them.

Also, go online and search how to take good listing photos. You'll find a ton of hints, like, don't photograph yourself in the bathroom mirror! Really, I've seen some dreadful photos and flyers from agents with big name brokers. You asked an important question.

Warm Regards,

Cory La Scala, REALTOR
Independence Realty
619-825-6421
Lic # 01443391
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 21, 2012
You will never be disappointed with Brent Haywood Photography. Check out what he did for me here

http://noviproperty.com/listing/4621-rancho-laguna-bend-2/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
Thanks Jason, those are great pics!
Flag Thu Jan 17, 2013
We use great equipment and take our own photos. We might consider using a professional photographer for super high end listings. Photos are important, for sure. I have seen photographer advertise for $100 per home, up to 25 photos.
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Professional photos for our team is a MUST! We work with a few different photographers, and pay anywhere from $100+
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 18, 2013
I've been very happy with preview first - http://www.previewfirst.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 21, 2012
619-922-5638 Eddie, great photographer, you should tell him you are referred by real estate agent Tetyana Newbegin, he works by referral.
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A very talented photographer and reasonably priced - Shannon Johnston
805-748-9421
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