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Hello and Welcome!
My name is Les Hein, and I’m your local real estate photographer. I am based in Wesley Chapel, FL, and travel to neighboring locations. I’m inspired by various subjects, scenes, and moments of real estate photography. Allow me to share your vision, and showcase the details of your real estate listing that are important to you. My focus and objective are to capture the big picture, the details, and everything in between!
More About Ybor City
Ybor City (/ˈiːbɔːr/ EE-bor) is a historic neighborhood just northeast of downtown Tampa, Florida, United States. It was founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers and populated by thousands of immigrants, mainly from Cuba, Spain, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City’s cigar factories rolled hundreds of millions of cigars annually.
Ybor City was unique in the American South as a successful town almost entirely populated and owned by immigrants. The neighborhood had features unusual among contemporary communities in the south, most notably its multiethnic and multiracial population and their many mutual aid societies. The cigar industry employed thousands of well-paid workers, helping Tampa grow from an economically depressed village to a bustling city in about 20 years and giving it the nickname “Cigar City”.
Ybor City grew and flourished from the 1890s until the Great Depression of the 1930s, when a drop in demand for fine cigars reduced the number of cigar factories and mechanization in the cigar industry greatly reduced employment opportunities in the neighborhood. This process accelerated after World War II, and a steady exodus of residents and businesses continued until large areas of the formerly vibrant neighborhood were virtually abandoned by the late 1970s. Attempts at redevelopment failed until the 1980s, when an influx of artists began a slow process of gentrification. In the 1990s and early 2000s, a portion of the original neighborhood around 7th Avenue developed into a nightclub and entertainment district, and many old buildings were renovated for new uses. Since then, the area’s economy has diversified with more offices and residences, and the population has shown notable growth for the first time in over half a century.
Ybor City has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, Ybor City’s main commercial thoroughfare, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. In 2010 Columbia Restaurant was named a “Top 50 All-American icon” by Nation’s Restaurant News magazine.
5 Reasons Why Your Photographer Needs to Specialize in Real Estate
1. Specialized Expertise: Photographers who exclusively shoot real estate possess specialized expertise in capturing properties in the most appealing way. They understand the unique challenges and nuances of photographing different architectural styles, layouts, and lighting conditions commonly found in real estate. Their experience allows them to bring out the best features of a property, showcasing it in its most attractive light.
2. Composition and Staging Knowledge: Real estate photographers have a keen eye for composition and staging. They know how to arrange furniture, utilize props, and create visual flow within a space to make it look inviting and desirable. Their understanding of how to frame shots and create a sense of scale adds value to the property, making it more appealing to potential buyers.
3. Equipment and Technical Skills: Photographing real estate requires specific equipment and technical skills. Professional real estate photographers have the necessary gear, such as wide-angle lenses, tripods, and lighting equipment, to capture expansive interiors and highlight key architectural details. They are skilled in adjusting camera settings, utilizing proper exposure, and capturing sharp images that accurately represent the property.
4. Post-Processing Expertise: Post-processing is a crucial aspect of real estate photography. Skilled real estate photographers excel in editing techniques that enhance the images while maintaining a natural and realistic look. They possess the knowledge to adjust colors, remove distractions, correct perspective distortions, and blend multiple exposures to create visually stunning photographs that accurately represent the property.
5. Marketing and Online Presence: Real estate photographers who specialize in their field often have a deep understanding of the industry's marketing needs and online platforms. They can optimize the images for online listings, ensuring they are visually appealing and engaging to potential buyers. They may also offer additional services like virtual tours, aerial photography, or cinematic videography, providing realtors with a comprehensive marketing package that sets their listings apart from the competition.
In summary, hiring a photographer who exclusively shoots real estate provides realtors with specialized expertise, composition and staging knowledge, access to proper equipment, technical skills, post-processing expertise, and a marketing edge. These factors combined contribute to the creation of visually captivating images that attract potential buyers and effectively market the properties, ultimately saving time and adding value for realtors.