“What Made You Become A Real Estate Photographer…”
Is a question I receive daily
To answer this question, I need to start by telling my photographic journey. It starts back in 2012 after I left my job as an E-learning Designer for a mining company. The decision to leave was mine as I desperately wanted a change. I had spent the previous 11-12 years working in online education, website design and marketing, which I loved, but I really wanted something of my own.
I decided to enroll in a photography and design course, which I began around the time I fell pregnant with my first child. Although I flew through that course with distinctions on every assessment, I still had no idea what I wanted to do photographic wise. So, I signed myself up to a Steve Parish workshop.
For those not familiar with the name Steve Parish, there is no doubt that you have come across his work, i.e. in magazines and newspapers, photos, paintings, books etc.
I approached Steve Parish at the end and introduced myself. I told him that I was looking for a career in photography that didn’t involve photographing Weddings or Babies – he shook my hand and asked what it was I wanted to do. I said ‘Seascapes”; he said “OK, what story are you trying to tell?”; I said…. “I have no idea!!”
A week later, Steve called me so we could continue the conversation. After chatting for over an hour, I learned that photography is about story telling. You can take the world’s most amazing photos, but those images become more powerful when you tell the stories behind them.
I went in search of a subject that I would enjoy photographing, but also talking about. Out went the seascapes! After mulling over this for months, the answer literally hit me like a ton of bricks … house bricks to be precise. I love architecture! I actually wanted to be an architect when I was a little girl. So, I began by asking friends and family members if I could photograph their homes. It didn’t take long for me to realise that I absolutely loved this style of photography! The science behind composition and light is both challenging and rewarding when you get it perfect! It’s addictive.
So the reason I became an architectural and real estate photographer is because I found a subject that I enjoyed talking about. It’s not just about photographing beautiful homes, it’s about seeing right into a home and its potential, and then translating that visually.
A room with a fireplace is just a room with a fireplace. Throw down a rug, move in a chair, and add some books and you suddenly have a beautiful reading nook. Focusing in on that tells the story of that room, which is something potential buyers can connect with, emotionally. This is what fuels me in this industry. I love it!
Being a business owner can be stressful, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m in control of my business, I work hard to keep my clients happy and am always willing to go that extra mile. The hours can be long because you’ve got to take care of everything (photographing, editing, marketing, finance), but at least I know what’s going on with my business and my clients know what to expect of me.
I’m always happy to chat to anyone interested in me or my business. You can generally find me most mornings grabbing a quick coffee from the main street in Victor Harbor, so if you want to say hello and have a chat over a coffee, message me on 0407 440 675.
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