My last post featured a mix of my recent real estate work, here in Delaware. I’ve decided to follow that up with work from specific listings. Most of my work is done right here in Kent County, DE, but I do also shoot in Sussex and New Castle Counties. This amazing home is a waterfront property sitting right on the shore of Silver Lake and is listed by Andrew Bryan of the Bryan Realty Group.
My first post on my latest passion – real estate photography! I still photograph people, but I’ve discovered two things. First, there is a great need for high-quality real estate photography in Delaware. Second, I enjoy it and I think I’m pretty good at it.Maybe that is three things. 🙂
Think about how people are looking for their next home. They begin by looking online, and start the search on their own – even though they are probably already working with a realtor. This is when you need to get and keep their attention. You need to make them want to get off of the computer or phone, and go see that house…your house! I’m not a realtor and won’t claim to know the business as they do. I can tell you that multiple studies have shown that homes marketed with professional photography get more showings and therefore the property sells faster and for more.
I also want to say that I am in no way trying to diminish the efforts of realtors not currently having a professional photograph their listings. I’ve presented my work to a number of them and in general, they had no idea that the images could be dramatically better. Now, it’s my mission to educate them, and help them sell your house quickly. It’s a win-win-win!
Simply put, I’m very fortunate to work with some genuinely nice people. Becca and Garrett were not two of them…I’m totally kidding! They were awesome and, not to give away how late I am in posting these images from their wedding, I’ve since photographed them with their newborn family member – Teagen. I absolutely love it when I can continue my relationship with my wedding clients as they build their families. But, first things first – here are the highlights from their wedding day. Their ceremony was held at the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware followed by a reception at the awesome Dover Downs Casino and Hotel.
Well, it’s the usual story for me and my blogging. Lots of thoughts converge (most of them negative), every time my computer reminds me that it’s time to post to my blog. Is anyone actually going to read my comments? What if I say something funny, but the reader interprets my meaning other than intended…and thinks I’m a jerk? *For new readers – I AM funny, so always factor that into all comments. 🙂 Then, there is the way that one is supposed to blog that will gain the most traction for internet searches. Something I’m learning more and more about, but never enough to where I’m ready to just rapid-fire out the blog posts. So, with all that in my head, I really have no choice but to postpone, procrastinate, and do other…mostly unproductive things instead.
Enough already! This post is the best example of how pointless and counterproductive all of that other stuff is. This lovely bride is my very own daughter. She was married nearly 8 months ago! Shame on me. I know it’s taken a while (since the wedding, and since I started this post!) – time to get to it.
Now, I may be “Father of the Bride”, but I am also a dude, and I’m not going to sit here and talk about how beautiful the dress was, or comment on her hair and makeup. I’ll just sum it up and tell you she was beautiful…extra beautiful. I did the photography at our home, while my friend/photographer Darryl Sigmon photographed the boys, the ceremony, and pretty much everything else. I did take the bride and groom portraits at the church, The Church of the Holy Cross, and on the Legislative Green in Dover, Delaware. I thought I’d keep at it during the reception, as I really dislike dancing. Turns out, I put the camera down early on and never looked back. No, my status as a dancer didn’t change – I just enjoyed the time with family and friends and I knew we were in good hands with Darryl.
I’ve photographed more than a few weddings, but viewing it as “Father of the Bride” was definitely a new perspective. So much goes into a wedding day and it all goes by so fast. People tell me all the time, “I don’t even remember you taking that shot”, or, “I didn’t even know that happened”. It makes a great case for how important it is to choose your wedding photographer…but I’m not posting to sell myself this time (but feel free to use the “Contact Lance” link at the top if you’d like to chat). 🙂 In fact, I do feel I’m much more useful to my wedding clients now, because I have experience from both sides of the fence.
Walking my daughter down the aisle, seeing our “baby” stand before God and exchange vows with a man who loves her completely, wowing our friends and family with our Dad & daughter dance, my amazing toast – the high point of which was making sure everyone acknowledged how awesome I looked in my tux…the list goes on. I should also mention that the dance credit mostly goes to Barbara of Barbara’s Dance Academy, also in Dover, DE. She was very patient with our 4 left feet. Also, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the reception venue – The Modern Maturity Center. Great food, great service – we couldn’t have been happier.
One down, two to go…but no need to rush things. 🙂