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Claire Westwood
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This really is the perfect base to explore from, it was a real pleasure to stay in this beautiful home with all the comforts you could ask for!
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The BDS compact Biomass wood pellet tanker adorned with balloons at the Westmorland County Agricultural Show 2015.
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7 Reasons You Need Professional Photography to Sell Your House

Most estate agents have great cameras these days, and will tell you they can get just as good shots as a pro photographer.  After all, cameras have come on in huge leaps and bounds, and yesterday’s pro camera costing thousands is today’s amateur camera, costing less than a couple of hundred. 

Meanwhile, Sam (me) tells you that you must have professional images to sell your house effectively and that an amateur’s efforts just won’t cut it.

So who’s right?

Me of course!

Here are seven reasons why you need a pro on the job:

1. A pro will see what an amateur won’t. When he has a tripod set up, he can evaluate the shot in a considered way, and move out of the way anything that might sabotage it: a cat bowl, a rubbish bin, even a colourful hairbrush. Anything that may distract a viewer from looking at the main features of a room.

2. A pro can deal with light levels. How often do you look at a photograph of a house interior on Rightmove, where the windows are just white boxes? This is what a pro calls ‘blown out’ and it is because an amateur doesn’t have the expertise to cope with dark corners and light streaming through the window, at the same time.

3. A pro sees shots everywhere. Unlike an amateur, who will generally just get one wide-angled shot of every room, a pro will see a creative shot in the turn of a banister, or across a garden feature towards the sunshine.  He is trained to look for the shots where they occur, not snap what’s there.

4. A pro will add ambience. He knows when to turn lamps on, and when to rely on the sun coming through the window instead. He is adept at capturing atmosphere like a roaring fire or flickering candle.

5. A pro takes his time. He has allocated a certain amount of time for the shoot, often several hours, and will walk round the property and plan the shoot carefully in his head. He takes account of where the light falls, and its path over the course of the shoot.

6. A pro has professional integrity. He needs to get the very best shots possible of your home – that’s his job. Whereas for an agent, the photography is just part of a very complex, demanding job, a pro photographer can instead dedicate himself to the job of getting those perfect images, no matter what it takes.

7. A pro will deliver an exceptional finished result. It can easily take almost as long to edit a shoot as it does to take the photographs in the first place. In fact my sister, the fab wedding photographer Kathy Ashdown, http://www.katherineashdown.co.uk/  takes 40 hours to edit a wedding that took her perhaps 12 hours to shoot. White balance, levels, saturation, sharpness, and lots more all have to be accounted for and enhanced so that the finished image is practically a work of art.

Convinced yet? Let me know! sam@home-truths.co.uk

What to read next: My Top Ten Tips for Staging Your Living Room http://www.home-truths.co.uk/top-ten-tips-staging-living-room/

What to do next: Do you get my Supertips? They’re jam-packed full of great tips and marketing strategies, and best still – they’re free! Get yours here ->www.samashdown.co.uk/supertips

Speak to Sam: If you’d like to have a chat about how you can do it differently, drop me a line at sam@home-truths.co.uk- I’d love to hear from you.

Pin it for later: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/226868899955853879/ #sellinghouses #sellingsecrets
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Some of the beautiful Water Lillies at Catch 23 Restaurant at Borwick Fishery, Lancashire
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It really was great Yorkshire day out!
Fabulous time at the Great Yorkshire Show, #Harrogate   #Yorkshire   #summer  Any one else visited this year?
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PHFA Kentmere Gallery Ambleside, Lake District presents two new viewing rooms following winter 2015 refurbishment work. Please call in to see new original work by Peter Hill and where you can view up to 20 large extra paintings on display
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These deli platters really are yummy!
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Try one of our fabulous deli sharing platters, perfect with a glass of house chilled Sauvignon!
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