Thanksgiving gathering? Maybe not this year.

Do Real Estate Photographers Get Overtime Pay?? They Should

I’m a huge fan of backlit home photos like the one above.

What’s more inviting or dramatic than a character-filled home — perhaps framed by snow — with all its lights blazing at dusk?

While it’s purely anecdotal, at least in the Twin Cities, such photos seem more common on MLS around the holidays and the dark(er) winter months than in the Summer.

I can think of two reasons for that:

One. The interior light is evocative of seasonal family gatherings like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which appeal to Buyers’ emotions (never mind that Covid-19 is likely to put a major crimp in such get togethers this year — or cancel them completely).

Two. Dusk photos are more convenient to take during winter.

In June in the Twin Cities, the photographer (and listing agent, who’s invariably helping to prep🙂) would have to show up at the home around 9 p.m. to get the shot above.


About 4:45 p.m.

P.S.: Of course, an increasing number of photographers now offer to create the effect digitally . . .

See also, “Great Idea for Fall Listings: “Virtual Twilight”; and “And That’s It (Until Next June) For 8-9 p.m. Showings.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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