Photography Discussion – Inspiration and Favorite Photos

Get to know the in-house team that photographs each of our listings and how they stay inspired.

Photography is a powerful tool. A good photo can tell a story in a single frame, evoking emotion and capturing a moment of humanity forever frozen in time. This is not an easy task – photography is a delicate art form of balancing composition, angles, light and shadow while engaging both the viewer’s eye as well as their emotions. So much more goes into the creation of a photograph than simply the photographer behind the lens as they point their camera and press the shutter. 

We like to think of ourselves as ‘visual storytellers’, engaging our viewers and drawing them into the history of your home. It’s incredibly intimate – after all, your home is where you live and the story of your home is something we want to tell with authenticity and beauty. Excellent photography is key in marketing the power of ‘home’, and the process of doing so is as personal as the photographer behind the lens.

Here at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, we are incredibly fortunate to have curated an in-house team of talented photographers who are entirely dedicated to their craft. We use their images daily as a valuable tool to market the homes we list, but rarely hear about the backstory that goes into their creation. We wanted to dive into the minds of our photographers and understand their creative process. We asked them what their favorite image was, real estate or otherwise, and requested they tell us a little bit about why they chose that photo and the background on how they shot and edited it. Their images and words are below.

By Jon Johnston

Jon Johnston: I have always loved dilapidated buildings and scenes, I even used to go to abandoned buildings and areas to find awesome pictures. But five years ago I got the opportunity to focus on the beautiful and breathtaking instead of the broken and abandoned. So when I came across this scene it took me back to a time when I was alone in these places, alone in my thoughts and I felt like I was the only person left in the world. There is something about being completely alone to reflect on life, something I know I have sorely been missing in these busy times. When I came across this scene, I just had to take this photo to remember times gone by. 

You don’t find these types of scenes; they find you and as photographers it is our calling to seize those opportunities. This moment made me think of all that goes into creating amazing architectural photography, the taking of the picture is only one part of many. We are one part of a larger team and it’s important that as photographers we always keep that in mind. A very humbling and reflective moment. 

This is my favorite image of the last 5 years. “A forgotten past”

By Tim Boone

Tim Boone: Background: This shot is one of my all-time favorites. When I launched my career in photography, I wanted to photograph cars. I have always loved cars, so naturally I wanted to photograph them. I started building a portfolio of interesting cars and their drivers. Every car tells a story and I set out to reflect that in my work.

This particular car was a restored 68 Chevy Nova. The owner completely restored everything by himself. Approach: I like to shoot cars at unique angles to make them more interesting and stand out which is why I chose to shoot low and wide. I wanted this shot to have an old school feel to it, so I faded the shadows and adjusted the colors to best tell the story. I took it in harsh lighting conditions because I wanted to make it feel like a raw muscle car.

By: Alex Apavaloaie

Alex Apavaloaie: This particular property sparked some extra fizz into me. I knew as I walked in, I’ll have to give my absolute best, not necessarily for my job, but because it’s a duty I take very seriously day in, day out. After the initial walk  through, I knew I had to start with this incredible staircase which spanned over three levels of the home. Took a couple angles, but this specific image is as close as possible to my vision I had in that split second. The goal is to have my photos speak for themselves and make people wonder and ask for more.