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12/9/22 Real Estate Photos of the Week

Welcome to the December 9th, Studio Vos Friday Real Estate Photos of the Week (#StudioVosPOTW)! Is it obvious I like alliteration?


It's another beautiful "winter" day in Houston with a high of 83° and low of 66°. If that doesn't make you jealous then you probably live here. If it does, then I'd wager you're reading from up north (Dallas) somewhere. As always, pics are ranked by a combination of social media likes, reactions, comments, and my personal preference. Don't agree with that last part? Sound off in the comments.


Today's shots all come from the same home in Katy. Just 1 week ago this house was owner occupied and stuffed to the roof with personal artifacts. Since then, it's been completely emptied for sale and professionally staged by Carolyn Knight (find samples and contact information on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram). I'll highlight more unique features in the captions.


#1 Okay, this probably isn't the traditional "home photo" you were expecting, but that's why it stood out to us so much. Nothing says home like an inviting bed set.

nothing says "let's cuddle" like this embroidered pillow
nothing says "let's cuddle" like this embroidered pillow

Image by Studio Vos


#2 Don't you love these resurgent art deco overhead fixtures? The way our photographer captures the entire kitchen + dining space here is chef-kiss perfect.

Awesome art deco overhead fixture and a perfectly captured kitchen + dining space shot
Awesome art deco overhead fixture and a perfectly captured kitchen + dining space shot

Image by Studio Vos


#3 How is this skyline fake...?!?! Computer magic, baby! Nothing makes a traditional home photo "pop" quite like a digital twilight. Expect to see (at least) one of these each week because I just can't stay away.

We digitally replaced the skyline with this sunsetting beauty using computer magic. Nothing makes a traditional home photo "pop" quite like it.
We digitally replaced the skyline with this sunsetting beauty using computer magic. Nothing makes a traditional home photo "pop" quite like it.

Image by Studio Vos


#4 Throw pillows, coffee table books, and wooden(?) tabletop things. Home staging isn't about throwing a few couches and a dining area together -- it's about tying an entire home together. Don't you just want to touch these little spiky bois to see if it stings like a cactus?

Comfy living room accents that tie the whole house together. Don't you just want to touch these little spiky bois to see if it stings like a cactus?
Comfy living room accents that tie the whole house together. Don't you just want to touch these little spiky bois to see if it stings like a cactus?

Image by Studio Vos


#5 THE living room. Why? Can't you just feel yourself sitting down on these plush couches enjoying all that natural light?

A living room with plush couches completely lit by natural light.
A living room with plush couches completely lit by natural light.

Image by Studio Vos


#6 Is this a separate living room? No sir/m'am! It's the artfully staged and captured backside of the above image. I really appreciate how it looks like two different spaces in these shots. Makes you do a double take.

The artfully staged and captured backside of the above image looks like two different spaces in these shots.
The artfully staged and captured backside of the above image looks like two different spaces in these shots.

Image by Studio Vos


#7 Accents, accents, accents! Our photographer (and stager) crushed the details in this photo set. We enjoy all the particulars here like the printed bowls with matching textiles.

Details like the printed bowls with matching textiles tie the house together beautifully.
Details like the printed bowls with matching textiles tie the house together beautifully.

Image by Studio Vos


#8 Finally, your last stop of every night -- the mattress. While the bedding certainly stands out, the special combination of colored roofs and passing clouds is what did it for me. Oh, and the cuddle pillow! If you're anything like me then you're currently (eating pizza) searching for a similar one on Amazon. PS being able to clearly see through interior windows is a hallmark of premium real estate photography.

A special combination of colored roofs and passing clouds through your bedroom window
A special combination of colored roofs and passing clouds through your bedroom window

Image by Studio Vos


Is physical home staging right for you?


In this writer's humble opinion you should seek a professional opinion, *ahem* maybe someone like Carolyn Knight. While I'd love to simply say that our virtual staging services are the penultimate accessory to filling a house, the truth is that your needs depend on budget and what the selling market looks like in your specific area. You could easily spend $500-$1,000 per month on physical staging. Does that fit your pre-closing budget?


To help decide what's best for you, answer some basic questions like, is your dwelling already vacant? Does your current furniture suck (ie ripped up by your loving adoring pets or inherited from your floral pattern obsessed great aunt)? Do you live in an area where comparable homes are undergoing bidding wars?


Perhaps most importantly, how quickly do you want to move out? A recent survey from the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (so maybe take it with a grain of biased salt) showed that staging helped sell 3-30x faster than their non-staged competition. Your agent can help answer some of those but the rest are up to your preference.


What about "Virtual Staging?"


Alternatively, we offer virtually staged photos for $30 an image. This isn't clip art! We have 3D scanned images of real luxury furniture. That's why it looks so authentic. Each image can be customized to include your choice of details such as fresh flowers, framed art, table settings, candles, TV sets, etc. You can let our editing team choose the details with Feng Shui in mind, or draw in your own ideas. I'll do a whole post about our virtual staging another day. Until then, you can always check our Studio Vos Instagram for 100's of others. Here's an example of how we brought a real client's vision to life:


Example of a custom virtually staged photo ($30 an image). It includes your choice of details such as fresh flowers, framed art, table settings, candles, TV sets, etc.
Example of a custom virtually staged photo ($30 an image). It includes your choice of details such as fresh flowers, framed art, table settings, candles, TV sets, etc.

Image by Studio Vos


That's all folx! If you're still fiending for more content then head over to our Facebook page where we like to post behind-the-scenes images. It's also a great place to connect with like-minded real estate photography connoisseurs such as yourself. Enjoy the weekend 🥳


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