There’s no mistaking a Charleston sunset. We like to call it golden hour around here – and more and more often we’re seeing twilight photography take center stage in the world of real estate. If your expert Realtor recommends twilight imagery for your home, there are a few things to consider when preparing your property for an evening shoot. Follow along for our guide to stunning twilight photography that will showcase your home in the best light.
Overall, we recommend twilight photography for properties situated on the water with incredible vistas as well as homes that have great landscape lighting packages. Home showings are typically scheduled during the day, or immediately after working hours, so it is not often that potential buyers will see your home in the evening light. Twilight photography gives clients a taste of what they can expect if they decide that your home is the one for them – evenings spent on the dock overlooking the water or nighttime gatherings on the screened-in porch and patio with friends and family.
It is likely that your photographer will arrive well before the actual sunset to get set up, so preparing your home in advance is key. Twilight photography appointments are after regular business hours and since photographers operate on a tight schedule, it’s imperative that your home is ready ahead of your appointment time. The sunset won’t wait for you after all! Just like during your daytime shoot, all vehicles should be removed from the driveway and stored in the garage or away from the house. Landscaping should be pristine as even though the sun is setting, any yard toys or garbage cans will be an eye sore in the final images. Freshly cut grass and pruned bushes and trees show best in both daytime and twilight photos.
As far as lighting goes, we’re not just depending on the pink and purple sky to steal the show. While you may already know that exterior lighting should be turned on, your photographer will also need all interior lights to be turned on as well. This will give your home the ultimate glow and really capture the best images possible to showcase your home. If you have pool or landscape lighting, be sure this is activated as well as many systems are set to turn on at a certain time of day.
Most home buyers start their search online and twilight photography will be sure to make your home stand out among the rest. If you’re considering putting your home on the market and wish to discuss the best photography package for your property, connect with a William Means agent to guide you in the right direction.