We had a chance to sit down and chat with Bryan Parker of Bryan Parker Photography. Bryan has been in the professional photography business for many years and is a wealth of knowledge in the industry!
Prosper Properties: Thank you Bryan for taking the time to explain why using a professional photographer, such as yourself, makes such a difference when listing your home. Can you give us your specific reasons why?
Bryan Parker: Your listings will get more showings online than you will ever see in-person. The quality of your photos will do more to attract, and hold, the attention of prospective buyers, and their agents, than most anything else you can offer when listing a home.
PP: Can you provide us with some statistics to back this up?
BP: Buyers spend 60% of their time looking at listing photos, and only 20% each on the listing description and agent description. (The Wall Street Journal.
- Homes with high-quality photos receive 47% higher asking price per square foot. (cbsnews.com)
- Homes with professional photos get 61% more views. (REDFIN)
- Listings with professional photos receive 118% more online views.
- Homes with professionally photographed pictures can sell for up to $19,000 more. (marketleader.com)
PP: Wow those are some solid facts! So how long have you been in the photography business? What inspired you to become a photographer?
BP: I have been shooting real estate photography for almost 10 years. I have been in multimedia for 20 years and when we sold our last home the "professional" photos the agent used were not very good. The agent agreed that the photos I took were better and I started shooting their listings. We started offering real estate photography and home staging after that.
PP: What an interesting way to get started in the business. What are some of the methods you use to make a home look the best it possibly can?
BP: I try to make every home look as bright and big as possible. Turning on all the lights and opening all the blinds helps as well as a lot of shots from the corners of rooms that show the entire room instead of just one wall. I also try to capture anything that makes a home unique. The camera and lens used also make a big difference in capturing the whole room.
PP: These are good methods and really people can do the same thing on their own if for some reason they can't work with a professional. You mentioned that you have been in multimedia. What is some of the other photography you do?
BP: Coming from a multimedia background, I am able to offer many different services to agents. In addition to photography I also shoot video, create interactive floor plans, property websites, property videos and aerial photography. I have shot everything from an 800 sq. foot home up to a 24,000 sq foot home and also an 8,000 sq. ft lot up to a 125 acre property.
PP: Great! That's a wide variety of services! Could you tell us what the average prices are?
BP: Most houses fall under the $125 price range. That includes unlimited photos and virtual tour.
PP: Well that's affordable compared to what people would make back on the sale of their homes! It truly is an investment. Do you have a website?
BP: Yes, it is www.studio12austin.com and you can contact me there, or give me a call at 512-947-2792.
PP: Wonderful! Well thank you for sitting down with us today Bryan. It was a pleasure speaking with you!
BP: Likewise! Thank you!
Below are some samples of Bryan's work