Photos For Your Home Staging Website

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Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Here's some tips for creating photos for  a home staging portfolio for new stagers - or freshening your established home staging website.

Because we build websites for home stagers, we are very aware that some stagers don't have a lot of photos, or photos they like for their website and home staging portfolio.

Using stock photos or "stealing" photos is not the answer!

What are new stagers to do if they haven't gotten any staging jobs and, therefore, don't have any photographs to put in their portfolio? What about an established stager who wants to focus on a new style of staging or just wants to "freshen" their website?

A while back Anthea Click's wrote a post While You Were Out I Decided To Have A Little Fun. While Anthea is an experienced home stager with lots of photos of staging jobs in her portfolio, I thought her post was a great demonstration of a way Newbie home stagers could build a portfolio. In her post she describes how she rearranged her sister-in-law's living room. She took before and after pictures which clearly demonstrated her ability to stage a room (in this case it was "staging to live", not sell). She could easily use these photos in her portfolio or on her website.

Here are some suggestions to build your portfolio of your home staging photos:

  • Stage a room in your own house using furniture and accessories you have in your home
  • Stage a room for a family member using their furniture and accessories or things you have in your home
  • Stage a room for a friend using their furniture and accessories or things you have in your home
  • Offer to stage a room for your hair dresser, dentist or your child's pre-school teacher
  • Offer to stage a room for a charity, non-profit or nursing home
  • Arrange a few attractive objects on a nice table top. Create some vignette photos (see below)
  • Arrange a few attractive accessories on your kitchen counter. Shoot close ups of these vignettes (see below)

Home staging portfolio photos

 

Home staging portfolio photos

*These are all photos I took at my home and in my warehouse. There is no reason you cannot set up vignettes like this up in your own home*

Here are some tips for taking photos for your portfolio:

  • Digital photos are free (until you print them out) Take many photos of each room and arrangement from different angles, heights, exposures, etc. I may photograph a room 20 or 30 times just to make sure I get a shot I like. Its not uncommon that I shoot 200 photos when I stage a home to ensure I get 10 or 20 photos that are fabulous.
  • Your photos don't have to show the whole room. You can just capture a chair, side table & lamp if that is all you have to work with. 
  • Invest some time to read your camera's owners manual and learn how to use it. Learn what your camera is capable of. That investment will pay you back 1000 fold with more attractive pictures.
  • Take your before and after pictures from the same angles. Take photos from multiple angles to be sure you have this covered.When shooting a home before staging, I snap a photo from each corner of the room.
  • Turn on every light in the room, and every light in adjacent rooms. This makes rooms much more inviting and you're less likely to see a black hole through a door into another room. 

 

If you'd like to see my home staging portfolio please visit my Los Angeles home staging website.

 This post is revised from a similar post I wrote on AR in 2009.


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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agents and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles.

Moving Mountains Design provides vacant home staging, occupied home staging, color consultations, corporate and executive relocations, move organization, redesign, and interior design. We also stage model homes, REOs,foreclosures and auction properties for real estate investors and asset managers.

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Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

Great tips for new stagers, and reminders for veterans. We have the same art with those birds. They seem to work well in so many places! Have fun in Vegas!!!

January 30, 2012 06:49 PM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

David: We missed you at the RESA Conference!

February 03, 2012 10:28 PM
Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging

I missed you too! Will definitely be there next year!

February 05, 2012 01:08 PM
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Andre R. Aragon
Real Estate Photographer
Greater Tampa Photo - Real Estate Photography

Hi Michelle- Don't know how I missed this post. This is true for photographers too - building a portfolio is tough - you have to work all of your resources, friends family and contacts.

I like detail shots for staging photos also. You can use the power of pretty pieces and vignettes to express your style and supplement over-all views.

April 13, 2012 06:37 AM
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Michelle Minch
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Thank you, Andre. Detail shots also work well for architects, interior designers and landscape architects. Often it is a detail shot that will first capture our attention and make us want to see more.

April 13, 2012 07:41 AM
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