Los Angeles Real Estate Photographers

Pictures are the #1 marketing tool for selling listings (although in the future I expect videos to supplant pictures). The trend is clear, all buyers start their search for a new home online. The most important factor for buyers when they are considering which of the listings they view online to see in person, is the photos. Great photos will get you more showings. More showings means more offers. More offers mean a higher sales price. When I am determining a marketing budget for a listing I never scrimp on the photographs.

High End Real Estate Photographers

 The amount you can spend on a listing depends on the commission. For high end properties of $10M+ there is a lot more elbow room to spend money to market. With these properties, you can do multi-day photoshoots, to catch every room of these sprawling mansions at the golden hour. And have the cities top photographer’s come in with an assistant or two and a lot of equipment to capture the perfect magazine cover shot. Prices on photoshoots from these photographers starts at $1,500 and up.

Berlyn Photography
www.berlynphotography.com
310-489-9666

 

Nick Springett
www.nickspringett.com
310-493-5166

$850-$1500

Everett Fenton Gidley
www.efgidley3.wordpress.com
310-990-0106

Everett Frenton Gidley has been an architectural photographer in Los Angeles for X years. He has shot many of the most important architectural homes in the city, including some commercial buildings. There is no real estate photographer in town with more experience.

Michael McNamara
www.michaelandrewmcnamara.com
424-273-1300

Michael McNamara is a very prolific photographer. He started his business as a high end photographer, but in recent years created a new brand: www.shootingla.com that focuses more on the middle of the market.

Proficient Real Estate Photographers

Real Estate Photography is usually more about getting the job done than making art. You are taking photo’s to sell the listing, remember? Most agents want the photo shoot scheduled within a few days of signing a new listing, and when a photographer comes to shoot, they want it done in 2-3 hours (real estate agents are notorious for being impatient). Proficient Real Estate Photographers do 2 -3 shoots a day, 5 to 6 days a week, sometimes 7 if they are hungry. They don’t charge as much as the high end photographers, but make up for it in volume. Prices range from $400-$600 for a shoot, and they usually offer to add a website for an extra $200. They will take 20 to 30 photos, and then edit them. I hope for a 1-2 day turnaround on delivery of pictures once they are taken, after three days it starts getting late. 

Shooting LA
www.shootingla.com
424-273-1300
manager@shootingla.com

Virtually Here Studios
www.virtuallyherestudios.com
310-910-7355

Clients: Altman Brothers, Joe Babijian, lots of rodeo realty

Alex Zarour is an Entrepreneur. He owned his own insurance company but wasn’t happy. He wanted to be creative. So he sold that business and bought a camera in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Alex is a young buck, and does very professional work.  

Adam Latham – Bel Air Photography
www.belairphotography.com
310-525-0100
adam@BelAirPhotography.com

Clients: Jason Oppenheim

I have shot with Adam a few times, he is just awesome. He lives in Beverly Glen or Benedict Canyon in a cool modern house (which he has shot from every angle) this is where he goes to relax, because he is shooting 24/7. I was shooting a house with a tenant and the tenant was very upset, Adam was very professional and handled the situation calmly. He has a tri-pod technique where he raises it above his head to get a pseudo drone shot. For one shoot, Adam climbed up on the counter tops of the kitchen to get a tight angel( it was a condo). He has a really good eye for angles.

Sky Photography
www.skyphotographyla.com
310-595-0822
skyphotographyla@gmail.com

I love Rani Sikolski! Rani is Israeli. He is the most friendly and bubbly person, it’s hard not to get along with him! Skyphotography are the best/most ballsy drone photographers/pilots in Los Angeles handsdown/period. In addition to photos, they do great videos as well. They are one of the top real estate video makers in the city as well. Everybody around town uses them for at least something. Great company to have in your rolladex.

Val Riolo
www.valriolo.com
310-497-5609
val@valriolo.com

Val is very professional and takes pictures. His set up is a trip pod and he does HDR. I have worked with Val on several occasions and found his prices competitive and his services reliable. 

Charmaine David
www.charmainedavid.net
626-641-2592
me@charmainedavid.net

Clients: Courtney + Kurt, Rob Kallick, Urban Hillside RE

Charmaine is #1 Photographer on the Eastside, she lives DT. Her websites and photos a great. She has expanded in recent years and has added another photographer- David Jo. Probably the best Bungalow photographer in the whole city, but she shoots everything. Her interiors are stark white which is the taste on the eastside and she is not afraid to shoot vertical shots which I like also.

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LA Light Photo
www.lalightphoto.com
310-994-3050

Clients: Dennis Chernov, Harma Hartouni

Erik Grammer
www.propertylistingspro.com
323-928-2241
info@egpimaging.com

Unlimited Styles Real Estate
www.unlimitedstylerealestate.com
310-280-6049
info@unlimitedstylerealestate.com

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SAE Photography
www.saephotography.com
805-501-8867
scott@saephotography.com

Swift Pictures
www.swiftpictures.com
323-899-1819
swift@swiftpictures.com

Marco Franchina
www.photographyforrealtors.com
818-429-1422
marcofranchina@sbcglobal.net

Lee Manning
www.leemanning.biz
818-621-4111
lee@leemanningphoto.com

Clients: David Offer, Kurt Rappaport, Carl Gambinio, Ernie Carswell (Former)

Lee has been a photographer for 20 years, which means he use to shoot with film! Before he picked up a camera he was a recording engineer and producer in the music industry (He’s got some interesting music stories! He has produced film music, rock and roll, reggae and pop). Lee’s wife worked in the ads department for the LA TIMES and Lee kind of stumbled into Photography because his wife needed photos for her ads. He was a staff photographer for many years at dream homes magazine. Lee is a stickler about no camera tilting which distorts pictures. He likes straight lines, and to shoot rooms wide to make them look larger. He also believes in not over processing pictures in post, which can make photos seem a little cartooney.  Lee currently lives in Ventura with his family and shoots on the Westside + Valley.

Luke Gibson Photography
www.lukegibsonphotography.com
310-980-9020
luke@lukegibsonphotography.com


DNA Image – Darwin Nercesian
www.dna-image.com
310.701.8970
dn@dna-image.com  

Darwin is actually an amazing street photographer. He is a sole practitioner, and sometimes his dad helps him out on shoots. He is very passionate about photography, and has his own style – which is very close up, dark, and heavy.

Pierre Galant
www.pierregalantphotography.com
424-245-5257
info@pierregalantphotography.com

In a prior life, Pierre was a real estate agent. He was frustrated by the poor quality of real estate pictures and decided to switch to photography. He is a photographer who thinks like an agent. His style is all about natural light, he hates artificial light, so when he shoots he turns off all the lights- which might seem weird, but it gives him more control over the light. This gives his photos a very light and authentic quality. Pierre is obsessed with shooting tight and straight shots. He shoots angles, but his favorite photos are straight on shots. He doesn’t believe in shooting a hundred pictures of a property from every angle. He likes a little mystery. For him, he wants fewer shots, but all the shots to be really great. He uses a view finder to line up his shots, I’ve never seen a photographer so good at framing shots.

Post Rain – Jeff Ong
www.postrain4.com
626-487-7794
Jeff.ong@postrain.com

One of the original pro real estate photographers in LA along with Planomatic. Jeff has shot over 11,000 properties and still counting! He doesn’t take new clients anymore because his existing clients keep him very busy. But it never hurts to try and see if you can book him. He has set the standard for professional photos in Los Angeles. In addition, he has kept up with new technology, like drone photos and 3D modeling.

Planomatic
www.planomatic.com
866-599-7526

Aaron Rose created a huge company, now nationwide, they have a staff of 15 people and 2 dogs. They still shoot in their back yard, good ole’ LA.

Rancho Photos
www.ranchophotos.com
office@ranchophotos.com
1-800-575-8203

Rancho is a San Diego company that has expanded to LA. I have seen a lot of valley agent’s use them- for the price they provide astounding quality. I expect to see more of this company around LA in future.

Mark Singer
www.go.marksinger.com
310-844-7797

LA Home Photo
www.lahomephoto.com
323-683-5991
joe@lahomephoto.com

Dream Home Photo – Jeff Elson
www.dreamhomephoto.com
818-601-5954
jeffelson@gmail.com

Avenue Eye
www.avenueeye.com
310-943-6476
admin@avenueeye.com

Tom Hunter
www.tomhunterphoto.com 
626-825-2694
tom@tomhunterphoto.com

Tom lives in Sierra Madre and was trained by Lee Manning. He shoots all over town but is based on the Eastside. 

Cristopher Nolasco
www.nolascostudios.com
310-920-7466
cris@nolascostudios.com

Clients: Peter Lorimer 

Open House Foto – Narek “Nick” Avetisovich
www.openhousefoto.com
626-290-4664
nick@openhousefoto.com

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