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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Greetings


We wanted to take a quick moment to thank you all for your business and support in 2015!

We are incredibly blessed to have such wonderful people to call friends and clients.


  

Terri, Corie and I are looking forward to another productive year in the Kansas City Real Estate Photography industry.  

Blessings, Peace, Love and Chocolate!

Dawn Conners

Monday, May 25, 2015

May Showers Bring June Discounts

The 2015 Kansas City real estate market finds us running in circles to keep up with the business. This is a good problem, I know, but it can also create frustration on both sides.  When a seller calls wanting to put their home on the market TODAY the agent gets frustrated when I can't get them on the schedule for several days, causing me to be frustrated because I don't like it when my clients are frustrated.....just way too much frustration.  

My solution to all of this frustration was to hire another photographer.  A trusted real estate agent heard I was looking to add to the team and sent Corie our way - I'll share more information about her in a later post but know she's been a photographer with an established portrait business for years in the KC area.  She knows her stuff!

Corie has been shadowing me since April and is doing a fantastic job on her test shoots.  She's becoming familiar with the craziness that is real estate and is now ready to be thrown in the deep end, but I'm not sure I want to send her in without a noodle. 

Her floatation device will come by way of offering all agents a discount on her shoots, allowing her to work in all types of homes and situations, affording her the experience while giving you a break in your marketing budget.

Here are the guidelines:
  • $75.00 for homes under 3500 sq ft and no large land properties
  • Access to properties by way of seller, agent, combo or garage
  • All photos are as is with no reshoots (she is instructed to overshoot in order to ensure you receive ample images)
  • Offer only good for the month of June 2015
  • MLS sized images only (additional fee for hi resolution still apply)

Below are some of her test images



So, if you have an upcoming listing that qualifies for this discount, please text me the address, date you'd like it shot and note the Corie special.  I'll get you scheduled ASAP.  

In the meantime, we hope you're cruising through this market with little frustration and lots of success!

Cheers,

Dawn and Terri
(913) 908-5767

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Winter Dilemma

I have a winter dilemma.  I continue to receive calls from clients wanting to cancel or reschedule a shoot due to snow.  I completely understand that overwhelming feeling when the weather just doesn't cooperate with your plans, but snow is not the least of the undesirable conditions.

In all honesty, I think snow is one of the prettiest conditions in which to shoot.  It does come with its own set of technical headaches for those of us manipulating light via camera, but when it's done correctly it is beautiful. 

Every job is unique and is always taken into consideration; however, I want to stress to my real estate agents that your prospective buyers are looking to buy in the winter and will not be turned off by snow in the pictures.

With that said, if your listing is moving out of a season, I highly recommend updating your exterior images.  Buyers will know it has been on the market since the winter, but we don't need to show them as well. 

Every real estate photographer I know will shoot in pretty much all weather except a torrential downpour, and even some not so torrential.  Rain to us is like kryptonite to Superman.  It only takes one drop hitting the wrong place and our equipment goes *PHFT!*.  Oh, and ice!  One bad slip can render us out of commission in more ways than one.  

The only time you'll ever hear a faint hesitation from me in regards to weather is in the heat of the summer.  I will stomp through snow all day, every day, below freezing, but put me in 100+ temperatures and I start to melt from the inside out - I really think I'm going to DIE!  Those are the days when this early bird will cheerfully attempt to schedule your shoot around 5:00-6:00 am so don't be surprised when I try it on you.  

Here are some photos of a town-home I shot after that last dusting of snow.  Okay, so the leaves aren't green, nor the grass, and there are no flowering shrubs or pretty garden boxes giving us a splash of color, but do you know what's under that pretty white stuff ?  Dormant, brown, dead grass and probably other not-so-pretty things.  

  

So, if you've made it this far then you know that there's really no 'Winter Dilemma." Homes come on the market and sell every winter with professional images.  Don't worry about it, just take the listing and let me take care you. 

Happy winter everyone!!

Dawn Conners