Summer is the time of the year when working as a wedding photographer is busiest. Spring/summer also happens to be the time of the year when many people list their houses for sale. This summer, in between doing wedding photography jobs, I have also been doing some real estate photography work for my friend Geordie Romer for his Leavenworth real estate business. The Leavenworth area, with its sunny climate and abundance of outdoor sports opportunities, is a popular tourist and recreation destination as well as a desirable location for vacation home buyers. I am a resident of Ellensburg, where we share the same pleasant and sunny climate, but I am also drawn to Leavenworth for the outdoor recreation.
Although I have a wide range of photographic skills and interests, shooting these properties has been a great new challenge for me to really hone my skills in this area. It is very rewarding to finish one of these shoots and to see how the photos can highlight the features of a given property. Of course, I am also very fortunate to have been able to photograph some amazing properties. I am happy to say that the first property I shot (which had been on the market for two years previously with another agent) had an offer within 11 days of listing. With a prime location on Camas Meadows and a view from the deck like this, who would not want to live there?this home on Icicle Road, which had multiple offers in just over a month. The house sold for the full asking price ($799,000) and was the second highest selling property to date in Leavenworth in 2011.
While I cannot take all of the credit, Geordie works very hard and is good at what he does, the importance of compelling images is clear because good images, even of a less spectacular properties, will draw more interest from potential clients and will result in more showings and more potential buyers for a home. My most recent work included two more amazing homes, one on highway 2 near Lake Wenatchee and Stevens Pass and another home on Icicle Road with prime riverfront property on Icicle Creek. If I had the money I would buy both. The Stevens Pass timber frame home for its land, waterfall views and close proximity to skiing at Stevens Pass
and the Icicle Road property for the river setting and close proximity to hiking in the Enchantments and rock climbing in the Icicle Canyon. Which one would you buy?
Ironically, one of the more challenging homes to photograph was this nice little cabin in the Ponderosa Estates neighborhood.
Smaller spaces and the lack of majestic architecture don’t make my job easier. However, I was really proud of the results because I feel like I was able to capture the simple functionality and charm of a smaller cabin. Full listings for the properties can be seen by following the above links. A random assortment of some of my other favorites may be found below.