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.
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.
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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A 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.
Porches 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.
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.
I 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.
One 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.
- 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
Some homes have amazing entry areas while others have spectacular architectural features in spite of a rather uninspiring entry. This is a case of “when you’ve got it, flaunt it!” An impressive entry should always be photographed with care. As a general rule, I take a large formal entry from several angles because sometimes I find that something I didn’t think would work so well surprises me into being a winning shot.