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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Real Estate Photography – Making A Grand Entrance – Part 1

Home Entry - SmallSome 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.

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Real Estate Photography – Photographing Condos & Coop Common Areas…

1 Franklin - Lobby1-SmallWhen buyers look at a condo or cooperative complex, they are buying more than the unit, they are buying the lifestyle.  How the common areas are presented online and in brochures can really have an impact on overall interest.   Naturally, if your buyer craves a sleek modern look, the ornate detail of an Art Nouveau is going to attract them.  But on the other hand it may win over a buyer who loves pre-war architecture and moldings.  Buyers do tend to purchase a house or condo that feels “right” for them.  Certainly something like the entry, even though it is a common area plays a role in those overall feelings regarding the complex.

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