221 Union Street: Real Estate Photography

Sunday, 26 August 2012

For a totally different change of pace, I accepted a request from Danielle Hrasko, a realtor out of White Rock (whiterocklife.ca) to photograph one of her listings, a gorgeous penthouse suite on Union Street in Chinatown with incredible views of downtown Vancouver. As a wedding photographer, location photography is one of the many skills we need to have, so it was actually a lot of fun to be able to slow down, compose the shot, add lights as needed, and stage the rooms exactly as required. It really shows that photography and lighting skills and rules always apply, no matter what the subject is.

The session was shot tethered to my MacBook, so we were able to evaluate every shot on a large screen before moving on to the next one. I used the Nikon D3x for this, which allowed incredible exposure latitude to capture the interiors and exteriors without resorting to HDR tricks, and was able to deliver the finished pictures the same afternoon.

For me, the key is finding visually interesting angles, achieving realism in terms of accurately representing the property’s colours and layout, and highlighting the key features of each room. In this case, making sure the incredible view was available, the polished concrete floors visible, and everything is bright and airy feeling. Ultimately, you want to entice the viewer into picturing themselves living in that space.

Here are a few shots from the location. If you ever need a realtor, definitely give Danielle a call; I’ve rarely seen anybody work as hard as she does for her clients!

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