Fotos On The Fly – Sights of the season – Cardinal in the Christmas Tree…

Cardinal B&W-smallThis is the 3rd installment of my “Sights Of The Season” series.  You can see the first two installments by clicking the links:  A cozy corner by the fire  and Holiday lights.

This was taken at H Carlson’s Florist a couple of weeks ago.  They decorate their trees like nobody’s business and its truly amazing how their creativity just makes shop so very unique.  Whatever the holiday or special occasion, you will always find something different at Carlson’s.

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Fotos On The Fly – Sights of the season – By the fireside…

By the fire....

I went to a wonderful party on Sunday afternoon.  The home had a large number of happy people celebrating the holiday season.  As the party wound down, I became aware of the cutest cat that I’ve seen in a long time.  Apparently, she had been keeping a low profile while so many people had invaded her home.  But as the celebrations quieted down, she came out of hiding and made a beeline  for the warmth and comfort of the fireplace.

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Fotos On The Fly – Sights of the season – Christmas lights

White Plains NY homeHappy Holidays Everyone!

For the next couple of weeks,  I will be trying to post a photo every day from that depicts the sites of the season.  They won’t necessarily be all about Christmas or any of the other holidays.  They will just be symbolic of this special time of year.

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Happy Halloween! Carlson’s of White Plains at Halloween

H Carlson Florist - White Plains NY


These days, with so much on the internet, local businesses benefit from the use of professional photography.  As much as local businesses have relied on word of mouth over the years, many shoppers go to the internet first.  If they like what they see, they may actually put the business on their list of stops.

H Carlson Florist is a wonderful example of a local business that has thrived over the years because they are truly unique.  Nancy Schellhas has  a way of creating arrangements and offering quality goods for the home and hearth so that it leaves your local Pottery Barn in the dust.   Outside, seasonal plantings dominate.  During the fall season there are the traditional mums along with a healthy dose of pumpkins, gourds and corn.  It is a natural place to come for the most famous holiday in the Hudson Valley, Halloween.  Located a bit off the beaten track on Dobbs Ferry Road right off the Sprain Brook Parkway in White Plains NY.

Enjoy the Halloween special slide show below…and for the complete album of photos, visit the album on my FB business page.

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Fotos On The Fly – Stormy Weather…The Hudson River during a tornado watch…

Tornado Watch - Tarrytown NY - Hudson RiverA little over a week ago Westchester was having one of its “climate change moments.  I was on the road playing fast and loose with a tornado watch as a line of storms approached  from the west.   I kept an eye on the weather but thought I had a bit of time before the worst of the front moved through.  So I decided to go down to the RiverWalk in Tarrytown and see the progress on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Fotos On The Fly: The view from the front porch…

Porch - Gedney Farms White Plains NY 10605Porches can help sell homes.  This year I had several homes with impressive porches to photograph.  I see a lot of agents attempting to photograph porches and they almost always try to capture the porch from the street level as part of the money shot of the house, with perhaps a close-up closer to the front door.  And that’s great as far as it goes.  And its very important to photograph that porch so that buyers can see the full potential of this amenity.

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Fotos On The Fly – real Estate Photography – slide shows & video – less is more…

I’m sure that every agent worth their license has been hearing that good photography helps to sell a home.  This, I know to be true as someone who was a real estate agent before morphing into a photographer.   Buyers pour over photographs and will reject a perfectly suited home sight unseen if the photography is not up to snuff.  I have had to drag people kicking and screaming  to listings that I knew were perfect for them because they were turned off by poor photography.

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Fotos On The Fly – Photographing outdoor spaces in NYC

Upper West Side - New York CityI was in NYC meeting a friend that had just moved back from Europe.  She was renting an apartment on the upper west side and was just in fact moving in.  The unit that she moved into actually had outdoor space.  Granted you had to go out through a low hanging window, but who cares about that? Outdoor space in Manhattan is as rare as hens teeth and if space is at a premium in Manhattan, outdoor space is like finding a room made out of solid gold.

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Fotos On The Fly – Making A Grand Entrance – Part 2

19 Tyler - Entry3 - SmallOne of the best ways to photograph an entry way is portrait style through the front door. Of course this will only work if the entry is in the proper configuration to stand out from in its best light from the entry. But it is generally one of the first shots that I try.

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For Sale – Highlands Neighborhood – White Plains NY – 379 South Lexington Ave.

Home in Highlands White Plains NY FrontThe Bullet:

  • 2 BR/1 BA home in the Highlands
  • Square Footage: 1138 sf
  • Lot Size:  0.11 acres

The Price & Affordability:

  • Offered At: $425,000
  • Property Taxes:  $7091 w/o STAR 

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