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Have your real estate in Paris photographed by a professional photographer!
Place des Vosges Treasure one bedroom, in a historical 400-year-old building, with a modern kitchen, beautiful furnishings, air-conditioning, and even a Jacuzzi whirlpool in its over-sized bathtub.
I’ve been photographing apartments for “Vacation in Paris”, an agency in New Jersey since 2005, during which time I have shot at least 230 properties. With all the experience and practice I’ve had I make these photos look better and better, above all in the last six years. Regardez cette page en français…
Agencies represent several or even dozens of photographers and it shows in fact that the image galleries on their web sites are rather mixed and go in all kinds of directions. Looking at the examples of their work one has no idea which photographer in their “team” took which photo. By working with me you are sure to receive pictures of the same quality, taken in the same spirit and with the same ambiance as seen in the images displayed below. There are only pleasant surprises at the end of the shoot, thus saving you time.
Typically I take about thirty pictures in two or three hours, including eight photographs of the main room (typically the living room with perhaps an adjoining kitchen), and three pictures each of the dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, balconies, terraces, dressing room, library, laundry, office, garage, closet, pantry, living room, toilets, vestibule, entrance, etc.
I have a Nikon D600 reflex which takes very sharp pictures at 24 megapixels, two electronic flashes, a tripod and a 12–24mm wide angle zoom lens which has a 122-degree horizontal angle of view on my camera’s full-frame sensor.
Stylish Marais three-bedroom apartment on rue Quincampoix, just minutes from the Pompidou Center and place du Châtelet on a narrow street is spotted with small off-beat galleries.
I retouch the images with Photoshop, to balance out the exposure and light, correcting distortion and removing imperfections, which is to say possible cracks, spots, dirt, dust and reflections on windows, resulting in the equivalent of custom color prints.
These images have enough resolution for high-quality printing at 16x20 inches (40x60 cm), and certainly far more than enough resolution for display on web pages. When I’ve finished the post-treatment on the pictures, I compress them all in to a .Zip file, put this file on a server, and send you the address so you can download the photographs at your leisure.
Interior lighting, or even the weather, is not important; in my experience I am able to light up even the largest of rooms. In any case I always turn on all the lamps, though this doesn’t help much for the lighting, at least it gives some atmosphere to the images.
One can write dozens and dozens of sentences singing the praises of an apartment, though only photographs of irreproachable quality can show how nice the place is right away, and what it’s like to stay there. With a collection of professional pictures of your apartment you will have a much easier time renting your apartment while you are not in Paris. Evocative photographs showing off your home are so helpful in building trust and communicating with potential clients.
Beyond that, reading text on web pages is very tiring, while beautiful images will always be appreciated. The more pictures there are on an advertisement the longer people will stay there looking at the announcement.
A high-end apartment on rue Marbeuf next to l’avenue des Champs-Élysées.
Lighting, or even the weather, isn’t that important, in my experience I’m able to light up even the largest rooms. In any case I always turn on all the lamps, though that doesn’t help for lighting, at least they give a bit of ambiance to images.
The pictures I take often show entire rooms, without noticeable distortion. I balance out the brightness in the highlights and shadows to keep all areas of the rooms pleasantly visible, including what’s seen outside through the windows, resulting in image quality rivaling the best photographs seen in interior decorating magazines.
With a collection of charming photographs visually explaining your home, you will have an easier time finding a buyer for your property, or rent it when you are not in Paris. I’m ready to photograph your apartment anywhere in Paris or in its inner suburbs!
Pay on-line by bank card for a photography session of an apartment in Paris.
Nine of the photographs taken of M. Slomka’s apartment in Asnières-sur-Seine.
I can also put together a web site for your apartment with responsive design, created such that all the pages display well whether viewed on a telephone or on a 30-inch desktop computer screen, with direct links to web sites such as AirBnB and Booking.com where visitors can reserve, in English, French, or whatever other language you wish. You can see a site I designed for Palacio de los Sueños, an agency that offers accommodations for visitors and tourists in Málaga and Granada in Spain. I can fill out and overhaul an already-existing site or create a web site from scratch, hosted on your own server.
I contacted apartment photographer David Henry January 29th 2013 for a photography session of my home I wanted to sell in Asnières-sur-Seine, a suburb north of Paris. We made the appointment for the next day and I allotted one hour for the session because I didn’t need many pictures; it sufficed to take a few pictures of the living room, kitchen and the bathroom, then one photograph each in the bedrooms. David delivered the photographs the next day, and a few days after that I put them in the advertisements I posted on the web sites seloger.com, leboncoin.fr and pap.fr.
Literally 24 hours after having posted these announcements I had sold my apartment! All of which to say, quality photos are so much more evocative than any kind of text one might write for an ad…
This is my concept of how a “virtual visit” of an apartment should be prepared and displayed on a web page, allowing visitors to navigate clockwise and counter-clockwise in the main room with the left and right arrows on their keyboard, and see how the entire space is organized. I figure this is the best way to provide an interactive experience without creating a presentation that is visually distracting. This set of eight photographs is a classic example of how I photograph an apartment: I take one picture straight in to each of the four flat walls, as well as one photo in to each of the four corners; this way I am sure all the angles have been covered.
David Henry photographing an apartment on avenue Junot in Montmartre, with the self-timer, the camera on a tripod and the flash off-camera with a diffusing hood.
A typically Haussmannian apartment, with high ceilings, wood floor, fireplace, close to the Champs-Élysées, you can walk to Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Grand Palais etc.
Champs-Élysées deluxe two bedroom—Very handsome large two bedroom near l’avenue des Champs-Élysées.
Louvre-Les Halles One Bedroom: A very central spacious one bedroom apartment, easy walk to the Louvre, Les Halles, the famed Saint-Eustache Church, and the hip pedestrian-only rue Montorgueil market street.
Île de la Cité Luxury: an extremely bright and quiet duplex, located on the third and fourth floors on place Dauphine.
Parc Monceau Extraordinaire Luxury Two Bedroom: Looking out over the green and lush Parc Monceau with its private terrace and garden of 120 sq ft, it is only a few steps away from l’Arc de Triomphe.
Rue de Buci: a luxury one bedroom apartment accommodating up to four adults in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.
All images are © 2017, David Henry, all rights reserved. Written permission is required for any use.