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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Michelle Drewry
Realtor - Find Arcadia Ca Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Arcadia, CA

Thanks for posting this Michelle.  I still remember your advice for getting my own photos from before and after staging I had done in my own home and the home of a friend.  The only way to help kick start your portfolio before actually getting hired.  Great advice!

January 22, 2012 07:29 PM
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Michelle- this is absolutely excellent advice and every stager new or old should have this at hand.  We can't always obtain the photos we want, especially if so much of what we do are occupied homes.  And to illustrate our point in a post, you've given excellent solutions!

January 22, 2012 07:46 PM
Rainer
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Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design ~ www.homestagingdesign.ca

Great way to illustrate creative ways to add a variety of interesting photographs to a new staging website. I hope aspiring stagers take notes and follow your advice to make their websites interesting and all their own! 

January 22, 2012 10:32 PM
Rainer
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Chris Twing
Twing Staging & Redesign
As a new stager I did just whY you said. I took before and after photos in my own home. I wanted to add more photos so I decided to do a little research on how to take the photos. I found a great book and after going to three bookstores got my hands on it last night. It was terrific and so helpful. I can't remember the title but when get it and share later.
January 23, 2012 09:42 AM
Rainmaker
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Teresa Meyer
Home Staging Cincinnati-OH.
Stage a Star Staging & Consulting Services

Excellent advice Michelle!  I LOVE your photos- you've inspired me to take some of my own and get better at taking photos esp. the close ups!

January 23, 2012 09:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Atlanta Home Staging
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA

great advice, Michelle.  I agree with maureen it should be required reading and a required activity!  and, like Teresa, you have inspired me to take a few more vignettes on a regulare basis!  Thx!

January 23, 2012 10:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Sharon Lord
Argent Décor - AZ Vacation Home Furnishing Service
Argent Décor

Michelle - GREAT tips!  It took me seemingly forever to learn to take MULTIPLE angled shots on the "before" as well as the "after"!  Still haven't read my super-fancy camera manual, though!  ;)

January 23, 2012 01:51 PM
Rainer
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Tori Toth
888.667.6643 NYC, HSR, SAR, RESA, IADIE, LIBOR
Stylish Stagers, Inc.

i love these ideas for building your portfolio newbies always ask how to get photos and you've just spelled it out for them and reminded me I need to do some more vignette photos!!

January 23, 2012 04:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
EXIT STAGE RIGHT

Michelle - These are super tips.  There are many seasoned stagers who don't think to take close up shots, and yet these types of "vignette" photos really carry huge appeal.  I'm with Tori - a great reminder to focus on the minutia and take more vignette shots.

January 24, 2012 12:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I don't know why, but I wasn't notified of any of the comments after my last comment. I hope this info has been helpful. I'm going to add some more vignette shots to my website because I think it breaks things up and adds interest. Its not the same-old-same-old that you see time and again on staging websites.

January 24, 2012 02:25 PM
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Renée Burrows
Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com
Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate

Great tips Michelle!  This one definitely needs to be bookmarked!

January 24, 2012 07:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynda Eisenmann
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
Preferred Home Brokers

Hi Michelle,

Oh my gosh, sooooo very many good things in this post. Many of which I would have never even thought out, like taking photos of vignettes.  I try to use as many photos as allowed in my listings and this would help showcase some of the smaller details.

Thanks!

January 24, 2012 11:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager
http://atlantahomestaging.net

While this post does not contain before and after pictures, it's nonetheless a very insightful post on how to get before and after pictures for your website.

Michelle - thanks for sharing such great information.

Kathy

January 25, 2012 07:11 AM
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
Rooms With Style

Great tips for the newbies! I remember how difficult it was when I was just starting out and not having enough pictures.

January 27, 2012 11:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Minch
Home Staging Los Angeles & Pasadena, CA
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Thank you, Renee!

Lynda, using vignettes and close ups of details will make your listings stand out. It helps tell the story of all the home has to offer.

Kathy N. You are most welcome!

Shar: It is difficult when you are first starting out. Also, our portfolios and websites can get stale, so its always nice to add some new photos. Thanks!

January 27, 2012 11:53 PM
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
108,884
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
Rainmaker
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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
Rainmaker
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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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