As a Norfolk architectural photographer based in Norwich the most common questions that I get asked are:-
- “When is the best time to take photographs of my property?
- Can you come back at different times of the day to take my property looking at it’s best?
- Can you come back at different time of the year to photograph my property”?
The time of the year is most important. If you are selling a property then the market is most buoyant in Spring and Autumn. There is often a dip in late summer during the school summer break and again over Christmas and New year period. You need to plan and get your images in good time to hit the market. This will greatly improve your chances of getting a higher sale.
For holiday lets the timing of getting your photographs is more difficult. The holiday season starts around Easter and finishes late October. When the rooms are filled you clearly cannot get any inside shots. Decoration and major repairs to a holiday let take place November to Easter. The best time to get holiday let images is just before the season starts in Easter when the leaves are on the trees and the daylight is good. Alternatively Autumn is another ideal time when you are more likely to have a few vacant few days.
Most other property photography assignments take place between March and November.
So when is the best time of the day to take exterior property images? It depends on the final images that you require. Properties for sale are best photographed mid morning or mid afternoon on a bright sunny day with blue sky and clouds like in the image below.
Your property may look stunning when the cherry trees or wisteria are in flower. It may be best in the Autumn when the Virginia Creeper has turned red in the Autumn like in the image below. For this reason you may require your property to be photographed several times over the seasons.
The time to photograph interiors does not really matter provided there is some daylight. With the techniques that I use your rooms will look good photographed at any time of the day. There is no need to come back at different times of the day to get interior shots. This of course this saves you from incurring unnecessary costs.
Some property projects need photographing in certain conditions to show them at their very best. The cladding on Lowestoft College in the image below changes with the angle of the sunlight. It can look green from one angle and brown when you step a few yards forward. I took this image on a sunny day in November and had to wait about 3 weeks to get conditions that were suitable.
Many buildings look great lit up at night. After the sun had gone down on Lowestoft College you can see in the image below that at night the building is transformed with the use of coloured lighting.
The image below of the Assembly House, Norwich was taken early in the New Year when the Christmas lights were still on the building. This was an opportunity not to be missed but it does demonstrate that there are opportunities to photograph properties all year.