How to Take Pictures of Your House to Sell

How to Take Pictures of Your House to Sell

Newport Beach is between the rhythmic waves of the Pacific and the golden hills of Southern California. It's no wonder so many are drawn to make Newport Beach their home.

But in a paradise where every home seems to beckon with its own unique allure, how do you make yours stand out to potential buyers? Drawing from my years of experience in the real estate industry, I've realized the crucial role of presentation. Photographing your home isn't just about capturing its essence but more about weaving a story that resonates with its beholders.

In this blog, we'll journey through the art of presenting your home in its finest light. The images of your home should narrate its unique charm. Let's make your home's story an irresistible one!

How to photograph your home so it will sell

Capturing the essence of your home in photographs is akin to painting a picture that speaks a thousand words. When potential buyers skim through listings, the images first catch their eye and spark their interest. Here's a guide to ensuring that your home is presented in the most flattering and authentic manner.

1. Declutter the home

A clean space is an inviting space. Before you even think about photographing, declutter each room. Remove personal items, excess furniture, and anything that doesn't enhance the room's overall appeal. Think of it as giving your home a 'beach cleanup'—making it pristine and welcoming for anyone stepping in.

2. Stage the home

Staging doesn't mean turning your home into something it isn't. Rather, it's about accentuating its best features. Add fresh flowers, tastefully arrange furniture, and perhaps infuse a touch of Newport Beach decor to bring warmth and character.

3. Hire a professional photographer

Investing in a professional photographer can make a world of difference. They possess the skills, equipment, and eye to capture your home in the best light possible.

4. Or buy a high-quality camera

If hiring isn't an option, consider investing in a high-quality camera. While smartphones have come a long way, a dedicated camera often offers more flexibility in capturing detailed and well-lit images.

5. Use natural lighting from windows

Just as the California sun bathes everything in a golden glow, natural light can breathe life into your photographs. Shoot during the daytime, ideally when sunlight is indirect, to avoid harsh shadows. Open those curtains and let the sun illuminate your home's beauty!

6. Highlight the best parts of your home

Every home has its standout features. It could be a cozy fireplace, an expansive backyard, or a gourmet kitchen. Focus on these areas and let them shine like a spotlight; your home is center stage.

7. Find the right angles

Photography is an art. Sometimes, moving just a few steps to the left or lowering your camera angle slightly can make all the difference. Explore various perspectives to showcase each room in its utmost splendor.

8. Only use the best photos

Be selective. Only choose images that truly represent your home's essence. It's better to have a few outstanding photos than many mediocre ones.

9. Use RAW picture format

If you're using a high-quality camera, consider shooting in RAW format. This retains more information from the shot, allowing for better post-processing flexibility. It's like having all the ingredients to cook the perfect feast for entertaining friends — you can adjust flavors to perfection!

What colors work best for real estate photography

Color plays an integral role in evoking emotions, especially in photography. For real estate, you want to invoke feelings of warmth, comfort, and spaciousness. Remember, while colors can enhance, they shouldn't overpower. The focus is on the home's features, with colors bringing out the best in each room.

Neutral tones

Shades of beige, gray, and off-white are universally appealing in real estate as they provide a blank canvas.
These colors are unobtrusive and allow potential buyers to visualize their own decor and furnishings in the space.

Soft pastels

Light blues and soft greens evoke feelings of serenity and calmness, ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Vibrant accents (in moderation)

Just as a luau is incomplete without vibrant flowers and garlands, adding strategic pops of brighter colors like reds, oranges, or yellows can bring attention to certain key features without overwhelming the eye.

Natural greens and blues

If you have a garden or ocean view, highlight the natural blues and greens. They resonate with tranquility
and a connection to nature, reminding the homeowner of the serene beach and lush landscapes that
come with the home.

Post-production tips: Perfecting your home's story

Just as a film requires editing to resonate with its audience, your real estate photographs can benefit immensely from post-production enhancements. While capturing the right shot is foundational, refining it in post-production can accentuate its appeal, ensuring your Newport Beach home is showcased in its brilliance. Here, we'll explore two tools commonly used in the industry: Adobe Lightroom and Box Brownie.

Adobe Lightroom: The photographer's essential toolkit

A product of Adobe's suite, Lightroom is renowned for its intuitive design and powerful photo editing capabilities. If you're using high-quality cameras and shooting in RAW format, Lightroom becomes even more potent.


Lightroom offers a range of ready-to-use presets. For real estate, presets that brighten and add vibrancy can be especially useful, capturing the sun-kissed vibe of Newport Beach.

Adjustment brushes

Need to highlight that elegant kitchen island or the custom woodwork on the fireplace? Use adjustment brushes to selectively enhance brightness, clarity, or saturation.

Perspective corrections

Given their size, homes can sometimes fall prey to lens distortions. Lightroom lets you make perspective corrections, ensuring vertical and horizon-level walls.

Sky enhancements

Newport Beach boasts some gorgeous skies. If the sky wasn't at its best on the day of your shoot, use Lightroom's gradient tool to enhance or even replace the sky, ensuring the backdrop to your property is nothing short of breathtaking.

Box Brownie: Real estate's virtual staging marvel

Box Brownie stands out for its specialized real estate solutions. While it offers photo editing, it shines brightest with its virtual staging capabilities.

Virtual staging

Imagine showcasing your property with coastal, contemporary, or urban-centric styles. Box Brownie lets you virtually furnish vacant rooms, helping potential buyers visualize the space's potential.

Image enhancement

Beyond staging, you can enhance your photos by adjusting lighting, replacing skies, or even adding virtual twilight – making it appear as if your home was shot during the magical golden hour.

Floor plan redraws

Newport Beach homes often come with intricate layouts. Box Brownie can redraw and enhance existing floor plans, making them more appealing and easier to understand.

Connect with the Stephanie Young Group

Your home for sale in Newport Beach deserves more than just a listing; it deserves a story. The Stephanie Young Group brings experience, passion, and a deep understanding of the local market to craft that perfect narrative. Dive into this exciting journey with us, and together, let's make your home the next dream destination for a lucky buyer.

Registration will begin April 3rd. All potential buyers will need to submit some documents, along with a CalHFA pre-approval letter from a lender as part of CalHFA's registration requirements.

Registration will close on April 29th. Shortly after, they will begin issuing vouchers in a lottery style to the winners. Each voucher lasts for 90 days so buyers who receive one will need to move quickly on their purchases.


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