Blue Sky, Naturally

London certainly has it's share of dreariness. I see so many photos hanging out front of estate offices and (for the most part), the sky is in a sunny, yet very blue way. Certainly that is not usually the case and most photographers like ourselves have spent plenty of time replacing those gray London skies with a bright, paradise-like sky. 

Naturally, it would be great for every day to look like this shot below, where the sky was not replaced in this shot, but sometimes you've only got one shot at shooting a property and if you can't make it - fake it. But if you don't have to? Mate, that's like winning the lotto.

Photos vs Reality

I'm a big fan of Reddit and particularly the discussions about photography. One thread caught my eye recently about the debate of a photo's authenticity and when does compositing and retouching something take away the reality of the photo's subject. 

A great deal of estate agents that I have dealt with have asked me to make their listings look "big" and I always yield to what my client wants but there's a point where you can push things too far that a potential buyer or letter will enter the space and become flushed with disappointment. It's a bit of a push and pull.

We do a lot of editing here on our photos but it's only to flatter the best qualities of the spaces we shoot and try to improve the others. There's an adage that clutter is a sign of life but naturally you want your listing to look clean because you only have a buyer's attention for a split-second before they move onto another listing.

There's an image below from a shoot last week where there was a children's room in the flat. Naturally, there was WAY too much clutter to move but it still needed to look clean so the owner and I took out a good amount of toys and kept the floor open to add some space to the room. I just looked for anything that distracted the eye too much and took away from the space and the beautiful natural light. I think we did a pretty good job but perhaps we could've taken it further.


Paying It Forward

Though our goal with this site is to clearly advertise our photography and marketing services to those in need, some may stumble on this site for inspiration for shooting their own interiors, or perhaps beginning a hobby/profession in shooting interiors, which I wholeheartedly encourage!

In fact, I taught a class a little while ago for SkillShare on how to shoot interiors. It's a super rudimentary course but (I hope) it's enough to get anyone who is interested started and maybe inspire them to continue shooting interiors.

An Online Skillshare Class by Alex Staniloff

Hello London!

This is Alex, founder of London Property Photos, excited to write the first post in our blog! I'll be contributing some projects of past and new, inspirations, a guest blog here or there, and anything else that I'd love to share!

I'll kick off the blog with a cool project that I shot for a fabulous architecture and design team. Though it was quite a large flat (3 bedrooms), I decided to pick my top shots from the shoot. Enjoy!