I’ve always wanted to do a before and after blog post of an empty unit vs a staged unit but 90% of the time, the unit is already staged or fixed up when we’re called since the client doesn’t want to have to pay twice for photos. Recently, i was fortunate enough to be able to do this and i’m glad i am able to visually show you the difference. There are so many units for sale in Vancouver that as a photographer, our job is to best represent the unit to prospective buyers. Unfortunately not everyone is gifted in seeing an empty unit and being able to visualize it as a livable home. This is where a stager comes in handy to help future buyers visualize if the unit is a good match for themselves. They’re also there to show you possible scenarios on how the unit’s space can be maximized whether it’s using all 3 bedrooms as bedrooms or converting one of them to a office/personal space/exercise room/children’s playroom/storage. As you scroll down the photos, you can judge for yourself whether the staging was an added value or not.
Unit for sale: 101 22nd street, West Vancouver
Realtor: Franco Diligenti and Sarah Cabianca
Home stager: Sharon Biro of SmartSell Staging
BEFORE: MASTER’S BEDROOM
AFTER: MASTER’S BEDROOM
AFTER: SECONDARY BEDROOM
The listings that i get excited about are the ones that seem like they were taken out of Pinterest or interior design magazines, and I am happy to share that this is what i exactly photographed last week for LivingSpaceImaging. Prior to meeting the owner, I had a small chat with the realtor (Chris Burns) who reiterated that he wanted to have as many photos of the unit as much as possible to properly represent it. It is a 1 bedroom apartment and typically around 10 photos will suffice to capture the entire space but he wanted double the amount and at the back of my mind, I was about to push that maybe 10 would be enough already or else he’ll just be receiving double images of the same angle of the apartment.
Once we stepped into the apartment, that initial thought disappeared because this little space had so much character that i could have probably stayed for another hour, just appreciating the amount of work and detail that was put into this living space. What’s also surprising is that the owner of the unit who has lived in it for 3 years is not a professional interior designer. I was able to chat with her a bit and she explained that she designed the unit in such a way because “she loves to entertain and have guests over”. This was also her testing ground if there was money for her to earn in flipping apartments or houses. I have no doubt that this unit will sell quickly and that she can make this hobby of hers a career. Oh and aside from the wonderful interiors of the unit, this apartment is located in 1189 Melville which even makes it more appealing since it’s situated in the Coal Harbour area of Downtown Vancouver.
Client: Chris Burns
Just wrapped up a Business Management course i took at Langara College and our final assignment was to recreate a commercial advertisement. Here’s a short description of the advertisement that i chose to recreate.
Crime stoppers Creative: One in a series of ads and posters where the face of the subject would be partially obscured but the covering (in this case Hoodie) has become semi transparent to reveal the face and identity of the person. The images are very deep and moody with detail, monochromatic in gray tones . Lighting is crucial to the mood of the image. Photoshop work needs to be seamless and invisible. Background is out of focus. Talent is in late twenties/ early 30s Male and should look like he has something to hide. Character look OK but needs to look realistic. Boxer or fighter
A big THANK YOU to my model – Iain Marshall. 🙂
Here’s the sketch or visual of the ad
Here’s my take on recreating the ad
It’s TED fever in Vancouver this week and although I do not follow the conference like other people do, I do try to keep myself updated with any art installation that they showcase in the city especially if it’s done outdoors. Having said this, I learned about Janet Echelman’s artwork when it was announced months ago that she will be installing her latest work – Skies painted with unnumbered sparks, during the Vancouver TED conference which runs from March 17-21, 2014.
After researching more about her background and artwork, I was intrigued and told myself that I just had to make time to see this in person. Aside from that I wanted to see if all the hype would live up to the finished product. There were 2 things that intrigued me the most. 1) Its size – it’s 745 ft wide and suspended on air – particularly for this one, it is sandwiched in between the Vancouver Convention Centre and Fairmont Hotel. 2) Supposedly there was an interactive component to it wherein viewers can control the light being projected through their smart phones. And so i went with a friend, and braved the cold weather. The photos i took pretty much speaks for what I saw and experienced so to all my Vancouver friends, if you have the time, do try and check her artwork within the week since they take it down on March 22, 2014.
For more information about Janet Echelman and her artwork, you can read all about it on her website – http://www.echelman.com/
And of course, we couldn’t help ourselves – we just had to have a selfie with it.
Another throwback post to one of my work + play moments back in 2013. This occurred around the 2nd quarter of 2013 during my Australasia vacation and while I was in Manila I was hired to do a photo + video of 3 units being sold in the Raffles Residences Makati.
It was also my first time to step foot at the residential hotel since prior to 2013, the hotel wasn’t built yet. If you search the company website, words such as “luxury living” will constantly pop out. What will probably stand out for me from this hotel (aside from the impressive facilities) would be their friendliness and service. I would probably put them at par with the Shangri-la Resorts. I remember being asked 4 – 5 times if i needed help carrying my camera bag. I refused each time just because it would just be easier for me to carry my gear around since I am more efficient that way.
Location. Location. Location. Despite not having a balcony which i’ve started to become accustomed to ever since moving to Vancouver. One of the prime selling points of the Raffles Residences Makati would be its location and the convenience that comes with it. It’s similar to the Oakwood where the mall and all your daily necessities (and even more) can be found within a block’s radius. And since the units are fully furnished, all any buyer, guest or tenant would have to do is transfer their clothes and personal items – they won’t even have to transfer any kitchen equipment because these come with the unit. Lastly, the unit was furnished to reflect the Raffles lifestyle so expect a contemporary, modern yet homey feel.
For Sale: Unit 1711 Raffles Residences and Unit 1916 & 1917 Raffles Residences
Client: Vince Garcia / email@example.com