architectural Photography by Christy Armstrong
Monday - Friday
First Shoot: 9 am
Last Shoot: 2 pm
*** Early in the morning and late afternoon are when the sun is at a sharp angle in the sky. As I cannot shoot directly into the sun, exterior angles are very limited at those times of the day.
Because the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, homes or buildings facing East will receive more sun in the earlier part of the day and homes facing West receive more in the afternoon. Some buildings won’t receive any direct sun on the front or back depending on whether they face more North or South and the amount can vary based on the time of year. Mid-day is likely best on very sunny days when the sun is highest in the sky to keep harsh shadows to a minimum. I will work with the available light and have photographed properties facing every direction throughout the day and can always find great angles.
Not in my opinion for selling Real Estate. Clouds create soft light which makes it easier to see all of the detail in the house without the harsh shadows created by the sun. Homes surrounded and shaded by large trees often photograph better on a cloudy day. For businesses where this will be the main shots used on your website or Facebook page I would wait and shoot on a minimally cloudy day. Some clouds in the sky are beautiful if you can see a larger portion of blue around them.
No, I do not stage homes or businesses but will generally move small things such as plants, knickknacks, chairs, etc on a room by room basis depending on the angle I’m shooting from to show the room or area in the best way. I am happy to advise although I am not a professional in this area. If furniture needs to be moved, someone will need to be available for that process.
Yes, in my opinion it is best to remove or minimize personal items such as large family photos or names on the walls of children’s rooms if you are trying to sell your home. Buying a home is a very emotional process and these photographs will act as an online Tour of your home. Potential buyers need a feel for layout and room size and where they can place their things. Also remember, these images are on the internet visible to anyone so remove items of value or anything that can be used to identify your children. Selling a home is also a very emotional process and I have been told by many sellers that staging the home helped them detach from the home and make them ready to move on as soon as possible.
Every image goes through a detailed editing process in LightRoom and I make every effort to make the pictures look the very best they can but I must represent the product accurately. I use angles to show the property or project in the best manner excluding anything that will be a detractor. I crop and adjust color temperature and exposure as necessary.
You will receive your pictures within 2 business days after the shoot. If there is a delay for any reason I will contact you.
Yes, for a $15 fee you can receive your images within 24 hours.
Please refer to the Delivery section above for a detailed explanation.
Low Resolution images have smaller file sizes and are generally used for the web. High Resolution images have larger file sizes and are generally used for print such as flyers or magazines. Because of the larger file sizes, the High Resolution images will take longer to download. Time will vary based on the speed of your internet connection.
Your files will be sent in JPEG file format unless otherwise requested. I will automatically send you the full file size.
Yes. If you require your images in TIFF format, please let me know when booking your shoot. There is no extra charge for the file conversion; however, TIFF files are extremely large and will take longer for me to upload and for you to download.
Please refer to the Payment section above for a detailed explanation.
I will send you an email with a link to your online Slideshow.
YouTube Videos take a few hours to process once the slideshow is created. Once it is finished processing the system will automatically upload it to your YouTube account and send you an email notifying you when it's ready to view. To have your video automatically uploaded to your YouTube account you will receive a system generated email requesting that you input your YouTube Username and Password information. You will only need to do this once. I do not receive your Username and Password information. It is stored in the system and used each time a video is uploaded.
All photographs are taken with a tripod using a Canon 5D Mark III body, Canon EF 17-40mm lens and a Canon SpeedLite 600EX-RT flash.
I only shoot architectural photography. It is my passion and my focus.