As a real estate photographer with a passion for landscapes I find myself often in the position of having to shoot a backyard or garden which at first sight doesn’t convey a very inviting look. Photographing a house for the MLS includes not only the indoor living space but should also present an attractive picture of the surrounding external area.
So what do you do with a backyard that looks more like a jungle or construction site than an environment for your leisure time? Well, first of all I try to find out how to turn a disadvantage into an advantage by looking for the best angle, a special feature (if there is one – there usually is, you just have to be open to new ideas) or some nice plant, tree or bush. If I am lucky, the property does have a swimming pool and I will try to make that the focus. Sometimes I use a colorful bush and try to incorporate it in one corner of a photograph to bring a little excitement to an otherwise maybe boring view. In case of a really run-down backyard, there is always the possibility to bring some pruning scissors and a broom and take matters into your own hand (of course only if that intervention doesn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time). Isn’t it amazing what a motivated photographer will do to get a decent shot for the client? Just don’t underestimate the power of outdoor photographs, they help to complete the impression of a property, and sometimes, especially when I am dealing with modest interior features, a colorful picture of a garden could just make or break the deal.