Prepare Your Home for Real Estate Photography

WHY PREP FOR PHOTOS?

– The First Impression Counts –

Buyers start their search online.

Most home buyers start their search online. It’s very important to make the first impression a great one! Follow these tips for real estate photos that show your home at it’s best.

OVERALL

– Tips for all areas in the home –

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps on (replace any burned out bulbs)
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all ceiling fans off
  • Turn all TVs off
  • Turn all computer screens off
  • Open blinds/window treatments halfway to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with non personal art/photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring (it makes the room look bigger too!)
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets

FRONT EXTERIOR

Online “curb appeal” – the front exterior is usually the first photo buyers see

 

  • Close garage doors
  • Remove cars from driveway and front of home
  • Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
  • Remove empty planters
  • Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

 

BACK YARD

The back yard should be a welcoming place to relax or play!

  • Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions
  • Patio furniture pillows/cushions should look new, not faded
  • Clear out kid’s toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
  • Clean pool
  • Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose
  • Hide pool cleaning supplies
  • Turn on pool fountains/water features
  • Remove visible water hoses
  • Remove/hide trash cans
  • Organize so that everything looks tidy and in its place

KITCHEN

– Family and friends gather in the kitchen, it deserves attention to detail –

 

  • Clear countertops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.
  • Leave out max of one small appliance (ex. coffee maker)
  • Clear outside of refrigerator of magnets, papers, photos, etc.
  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet
  • Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher, or preferably have all dishes washed and put away

 

DINING ROOM / TABLE

– Invite buyers to imagine a nice family meal –

  • Clear table, dust and polish the table top
  • Use decorative place setting if available
  • Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers
  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly
  • Remove child seats/booster chairs

LIVING / FAMILY ROOM

– The room to enjoy conversation and spend quality time with family –

 

  • Clear stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.
  • De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth (no more than 3-5 items, including art)
  • Clean fireplace and re-paint if needed
  • Fluff and arrange furniture pillows
  • Remove kid’s toys

BEDROOMS

– Create a sanctuary –

MASTER BEDROOM

  • Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available
  • Press bed linens and bed skirts
  • Clear nightstands of all personal items
  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables
  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers
  • Remove family photos from walls
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

 

KID/GUEST BEDROOM

Don’t forget about guest bedrooms

 

  • Remove personalized names from walls
  • Remove wall stickers/posters
  • Remove diaper genies
  • Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos

BATHROOMS

– To appear spa-like and sanitary, the bathroom must be clear of all personal items –

  • Clear countertops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Close closet doors
  • Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs
  • Remove dirty towels – leave out only new, unused towels
  • Remove floor mats

PETS

– We love our pets, but their presence should be minimized –

 

  • Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet
  • Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet
  • Use lint roller or vaccum on furniture to remove pet hair
  • Contain pets in hidden crate, outside, or off site during showing
  • Clear back yard of pet waste/toys
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Jennifer Rutledge Photography – Model Team

Senior Portraits by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Click here to apply for the 2018-2019 Model Team.

Many of you know about Senior Reps for local photographers.  A few kids take some basic portraits

and in return they hand out some “rep cards” tell their friends to go see Photographer X.

This year, for the first time, Jennifer Rutledge Photography is expanding the Model Team to include the Class of 2018 & 2019!

Why wait to start the fun? As younger members of the Model Team, you will get to enjoy almost two years of photo opportunities. Think of the first year as practice. You will be included in planned shoots and marketing materials.  Not only does this give you a chance to perfect your style and pose, but it also is a great way to get a head of the rush when your senior year arrives!

The Senior Portrait Model Team at Jennifer Rutledge Photography are NOT Senior Reps.

jennifer rutledge photographyAt Jennifer Rutledge Photography, the Senior Portrait Model Team shatters that outdated tradition and delivers a senior portrait experience that feels more like an episode of Top Model (without the drama!). We don’t limit our photo shoots to the Shelton or Olympia, WA area, although we do love the beauty of Mason County! The Senior Portrait Model Team participates in on-location shoots as close as Olympia, and as far away as our dreams (and pocketbooks) can carry us! From the forest, to the beach, with cities and scenery in between, our models finish the year with not only an amazing senior portrait, but an entire portfolio of artwork starring them! Some of our senior portrait models have even been featured in nationally published magazines. Do you still think your average senior portrait session is all you want?

Being a Model is Glamorous, but Not Necessarily Easy.

I won’t sugar coat it, being a High School Senior Portrait Model Team member is not an easy job. You must get involved early – we are talking sophomore or junior year – and you must have the desire to rock the stylized photo shoots. These shoots are optional, but highly encouraged; and so much fun! We do several photo shoots throughout the year with themes such as Bohemian, Vintage Glamour, and Extreme Sports.  It can be cold, it can be hot, and it can be a long day. Shooting outside of Shelton, WA means time in the car. There can be hot rods, water, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! But if you are having as much fun as I do on these shoots, you won’t even notice. Trust me, your senior portraits will be worth it.

jennifer rutledge photographyHigh School Senior Portrait Model Team is NOT Just For Girls!

Although the High School Senior Portrait Model experience may seem geared towards the girls, guys are encouraged to join as well. First of all, you will get to hang out with beautiful girls all day long, and secondly, you get your own magazine style photos to add to your portfolio. Win – win, if you ask me.

Are You Ready to Join Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team?

What’s the catch? Joining the Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team is by invitation only. Being a member of the team is not a free ride. I spend many hours scouting locations, planning shoots, and collecting wardrobes in order to create a unique and fully stylized senior portrait photo shoot. I collaborate with wardrobe stylists, hair & makeup artists and photo assistants to make sure, as a model, that you look your best and feel like the star that you are.  High School Senior Portrait Model Team members are required to invest in the program, otherwise we could not enjoy the professional entourage that we provide for you!  However, the perks you receive as a team member are almost triple the initial investment. If you love creative photography, and want a unique and varied senior portrait experience, you will want to be part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Senior Portrait Model Team.

jennifer rutledge photographyDo as much, or as little, as you’d like.

I expect a lot from my team members, but I could care less if you “rep” for me. You don’t have to hand out cards, even though you’ll get some.  You don’t have to tell your friends to book me, even though they will want to after they see your senior portraits.  All you have to do is show up and be the stylish senior model you know you are.  However, if you would like to do some rep work, I will give you plenty of chances to earn extra photo bucks so you can have every portrait you love hanging on your walls!

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to comment, share, and like the occasional post in order to keep seeing more in your feed. We are looking for models in Shelton, Olympia, Belfair, Tumwater, Lacey, and beyond. The model search begins soon. Are you ready?
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Jennifer Rutledge Photography Spokes Model Perks Pt2

As part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Class of 2017 Spokes Model Team, the spoke models get first dibs on portfolio shoots during their high school senior year. Rikki kept her cool despite the 90+ degree heat. I tried my best to get some angry looks out of this girl, but she is just too good at sweet and smiley!

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Prom Night – Jennifer Rutledge Photography Spokesmodel Perks

This year the Spokesmodel Team received a complimentary prom photo shoot as one of the “perks” of the Class of 2017 Spokesmodel Team. Only one of our spokesmodels was able to take advantage of the offer, But that meant we had extra time to take extra AMAZING prom portraits! So, without further ado, let me present Caleb “aka 007”, and Adrianna “aka Murial Wright”.

All images @jenniferrutledgephotography2016

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Family, Friendship and Memories

Franke Tobey Jones is a long term client of mine, who also happens to be one of my favorite to photograph! The retirement community is not only in a beautiful location with beautiful buildings,  it is also filled with people who know how to have a good time. It is heartwarming to see the love between the staff and the residents, and I admire the way they are able to bring together both family and community to share each others company. Every time I visit, I am reminded how important it is to be in photographs with our loved ones. These moments will exist for future generations to enjoy and I am honored to be able to create tangible memories for everyone involved. It’s also pretty cool that my commercial photography is riding around on their vans!

Frankey Tobey Jones Commercial Photography by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Frankey Tobey Jones Commercial Photography by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Frankey Tobey Jones Commercial Photography by Jennifer Rutledge Photography

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Jennifer Rutledge Photography – Class of 2017 Model Team

Thank you for your interest in Jennifer Rutledge Photography & Class of 2017 Model Team.

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As a Class of 2017 Model, you will have the opportunity to be part of exclusive photo sessions throughout the year in addition to receiving:

• Discounts on your personalized senior portrait session
• Facebook photos, and online galleries to share
• Promotional materials…starring YOU!
• Opportunities to earn $$$, and more!

Models will be chosen based on demographics (where you live), gender, participation in school activities and attention to the application. We accept applications from all over the Puget Sound, with the most convenient locations being Shelton, Mason County, Olympia, and Thurston County. We are not looking for the most popular, or the prettiest, or the Captain of the football team or cheerleading squad, ALTHOUGH those are admirable—we are looking for kind, thoughtful young people with vision and morals who dream big and know what they want for their lives. That represents our brand and will represent what we stand for out in the community!

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The Ultimate 12th Fan Seahawks Wedding Dress

Big Game Day – Superbowl 50

The Seahawks may not have made it to the Big Game this year, but at Jennifer Rutledge Photography, we know the 12th men & women will continue to rock the blue & green! Even though I don’t care much who wins today (Go Broncos), I’ll be wearing my Seahawks attire while scarfing down the indulgent game day snacks. In honor of Seattle’s die-hard fans, today’s blog celebrates the Hawks in full color.

Seattle Seahawks Inspired Bridal Portraits

My favorite seamstress, located in the small town of Shelton, WA, continues to churn out unique designs for today’s original brides.  Lonita and Dotty at Sew Now Studio, in Shelton, Washington, offer brides custom alterations and designs to create the perfect, one-of-a-kind, gown for a legendary wedding day!

Their latest creation pays homage to Superbowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks.   This dress is perfect for the football-loving 12th Man & Wife!  We shot this, on location in Shelton, WA on a typical Northwest day, cloudy with the occasional downpour!  The images are featured in the current edition of South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine.

Photography by Jennifer Rutledge

Hair & Makeup by Chandra Blankenship

Dress, Hairpiece and Shoes by Sew Now Studio

Model: Desirae Klokkevold.

 

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What the Heck is a High School Senior Portrait Model Team?

Jennifer Rutledge Photography

Many of you know about Senior Reps for local photographers.  A few kids take some basic portraits

and in return they hand out some “rep cards” tell their friends to go see Photographer X.

The Senior Portrait Model Team at Jennifer Rutledge Photography are NOT Senior Reps.

jennifer rutledge photographyAt Jennifer Rutledge Photography, the Senior Portrait Model Team shatters that outdated tradition and delivers a senior portrait experience that feels more like an episode of Top Model (without the drama!). We don’t limit our photo shoots to the Shelton or Olympia, WA area, although we do love the beauty of Mason County! The Senior Portrait Model Team participates in on-location shoots as close as Olympia, and as far away as our dreams (and pocketbooks) can carry us! From the forest, to the beach, with cities and scenery in between, our models finish the year with not only an amazing senior portrait, but an entire portfolio of artwork starring them! Some of our senior portrait models have even been featured in nationally published magazines. Do you still think your average senior portrait session is all you want?

 

Being a Model is Glamorous, but Not Necessarily Easy.

I won’t sugar coat it, being a High School Senior Portrait Model Team member is not an easy job. You must get involved early – we are talking junior year – and you must have the desire to rock the stylized photo shoots. These shoots are optional, but highly encouraged; and so much fun! We do several photo shoots throughout the year with themes such as Bohemian, Vintage Glamour, and Extreme Sports.  It can be cold, it can be hot, and it can be a long day. Shooting outside of Shelton, WA means time in the car. There can be hot rods, water, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! But if you are having as much fun as I do on these shoots, you won’t even notice. Trust me, your senior portraits will be worth it.

jennifer rutledge photographyHigh School Senior Portrait Model Team is NOT Just For Girls!

Although the High School Senior Portrait Model experience may seem geared towards the girls, guys are encouraged to join as well. First of all, you will get to hang out with beautiful girls all day long, and secondly, you get your own magazine style photos to add to your portfolio. Win – win, if you ask me.

Are You Ready to Join Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team?

What’s the catch? Joining the Jennifer Rutledge Senior Portrait Model Team is by invitation only. Being a member of the team is not a free ride. I spend many hours scouting locations, planning shoots, and collecting wardrobes in order to create a unique and fully stylized senior portrait photo shoot. I collaborate with wardrobe stylists, hair & makeup artists and photo assistants to make sure, as a model, that you look your best and feel like the star that you are.  High School Senior Portrait Model Team members are required to invest in the program, otherwise we could not enjoy the professional entourage that we provide for you!  However, the perks you receive as a team member are almost triple the initial investment. If you love creative photography, and want a unique and varied senior portrait experience, you will want to be part of the Jennifer Rutledge Photography Senior Portrait Model Team.

jennifer rutledge photographyDo as much, or as little, as you’d like.

I expect a lot from my team members, but I could care less if you “rep” for me. You don’t have to hand out cards, even though you’ll get some.  You don’t have to tell your friends to book me, even though they will want to after they see your senior portraits.  All you have to do is show up and be the stylish senior model you know you are.  However, if you would like to do some rep work, I will give you plenty of chances to earn extra photo bucks so you can have every portrait you love hanging on your walls!

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to comment, share, and like the occasional post in order to keep seeing more in your feed. We are looking for models in Shelton, Olympia, Belfair, Tumwater, Lacey, and beyond. The model search begins soon. Are you ready?

 

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10 Makeup Tips to Help You Look Camera Ready

Jennifer Rutledge Photography

I love it when clients sign up for professional hair & make up for the senior portraits with Jennifer Rutledge Photography. Not only is it FUN, but it creates a polished look that really makes senior portraits beautiful. But not everyone wants the pomp & circumstance of a full style session.  For the more minimalist senior portrait client, who wants to do their own makeup, here are some helpful tips to follow:

1. LIGHTEN UP. Avoid going too dark in your foundation shade. Have your shade professionally matched to your skin tone as close to the day of your shoot as possible. This really matters!

2. MATTE IS A MUST. Especially for your cheeks, stay away from shimmery powder, no exceptions. For eyelids, keep shimmer strictly to the lids.

3. PRIMARY FOCUS. Primer is essential for keeping makeup intact! It’s like the base coat of a nail manicure. Oil-free versions are best and also sensitive skin-friendly.

4. SAY NO TO SPF. Primer and foundation should be SPF-free. Formulas containing sunscreen cast a ghostlike glow with the camera flash or reflector.

5. LINE UP. When lining eyelids, start in the center and work your way to the outer edge. Lining the entire lid will cause the eyes to appear smaller. Use a slanted brush with a dark (but not black) shadow to line the  lower lids brush with a dark (but not black) shadow to line the lower lids.

6. MORE IS MORE. Camera lighting will wash out colors, no matter what. Don’t be scared off by a dramatic finished look. It won’t photograph that way. Trust us on this. Your makeup should be darker than your every-day look.

7. BLEND, BLEND, BLEND. When it comes to concealer, cheek contouring and eye shadow, a quality set of brushes is key. The camera will highlight and pick up on unblended edges, creating a clown-like look. Unblended concealer will highlight fine lines.

8. MELLOW YELLOW. To set makeup, choose a yellow based powder rather than a translucent powder. Much like SPF formulas, translucent powders cast a white glow when photographed.

9. PRACTICE RUN. Don’t let the day of your photo shoot be the first time to try new products. Consultations and trial runs are essential to creating the perfect final look.

10. AU NATURALE. Always have makeup applied in a natural light. This will be the best indicator of how it will look when photographed.

 

*Big thanks to Teri Fode and her makeup artist for compiling and sharing their favorite tips!

 

 

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5 Things You Need to Know About High School Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits by Jennifer Rutledge

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You start high school feeling young and inexperienced, with four long years ahead of you; and then BAM!  Suddenly you’re a junior and you are bombarded with a Senior Year To-Do List that seems both never ending and crazy expensive. Some things are easy: Cap & Gown, check!  Some things are not so easy: Senior portraits are due when?!?

Every year, while booking high school senior portraits at Jennifer Rutledge Photography, I see countless seniors and parents who don’t realize how quickly the yearbook deadline arrives, and how hard it is to schedule photo shoots once the super busy senior year has begun. So today, I’m sharing 1 Don’t and 4 Do’s to help you conquer your Senior Portrait Experience.

→ DON’T Wait Until Fall to Book Your Photographer.

Summertime is for lazy days and photo shoots! Those precious twelve weeks of summer break are often the only time a busy high school student is free to prepare and participate in a portrait session.  As soon as school is back in session, days are quickly filled up with classes, sports, and jobs, not to mention the fading daylight.  If you’ve waited until September to book a photographer, you will be fighting for the last available session times, along with every other senior who waited too long to book!

Scheduling your session during summer break gives you time to choose clothes and locations that result in a senior portrait that reflects your personality, rather than a cookie-cutter picture with no real connection to you. If money is tight, booking early allows you to make payment plans, if that is something your photographer offers.  Knock on wood that it never happens to you, but; should you hate every single portrait taken, summer sessions allow time for a future  re-shoot, should you need one.

→ DO Get a Special Outfit, or Two!

Senior year is a huge milestone, and it might be your first professional photo shoot. It’s one of the few occasions, besides marriage and (hopefully) the occasional family portrait, to capture an image you love that will stand the test of time.  You made it through twelve years of school. That is something to dress up for!  Even if you can’t give up your trusty jeans and flannel,  get some new ones. Wearing clothes that are fresh and fit nicely will give you confidence, which absolutely shows in your portraits.

→ DO Think About the Style of Senior Portrait Photography You Want.

When you hire Jennifer Rutledge Photography for your high school senior portraits, I strive to create portraits that are YOU!  I’ve never met anyone who likes to lean against a brick wall for fun, so I’d rather not photograph you there. I’m all about environmental portraiture.  Look! It’s an elusive high school senior in their natural habitat!  Are you Woodsy? Beachy? City kid? Easy going? Serious? Playful? Contradictory? Pictures are worth a thousand words, what will your senior portrait say?

→ DO Start Saving Now.

Your senior year is full of expenses, if you and your parents save up during your junior year, and get photographed early, it will hurt the pocketbook much less. Trust me on this one.

Not gonna lie here: Professional portraits are expensive.  Unless you are a photographer, it’s difficult to understand all of the time and money that go into creating a quality senior portrait. Your session may take only a few hours, but your senior portraits actually take years of experience to create. And, hey, it’s less expensive than a 45 minute root canal or 2 hour surgery, and a lot more fun!

Let’s talk print quality.  Sure, you can buy a canvas print at the local five-and-dime for $59; but after twenty five years, is it going to look as good as the one created by a professional? My professional lab cannot touch the prices offered by consumer level printers, but I challenge you to appreciate the cheaper version when compared to the high-quality version.  Don’t let your portraits fade as fast as your childhood memories, because someday it might be all you have left!

Don’t you dare think digital files count as senior portraits.  Digital technology becomes obsolete very quickly.  A professionally printed portrait survives.

→ DO Leave It to the Professionals.

Did you know that your hometown museum has every yearbook on a shelf, just waiting for future generations to laugh at? Don’t be that high school senior. You know, the one with the TERRIBLE portrait.  Let’s face it, your clothes and hair will be enough to laugh at; at least make sure your high school senior portrait is a quality representation of your fabulous eighteen-year-old self. Professional senior portrait photographers can help you with details, like clothing and makeup – so you look your absolute best in your senior portraits!

Take pity on your high school Yearbook Adviser!  This poor adviser spends countless hours working on a yearbook to commemorate your senior year. When you submit an image that is not properly proportioned, cropped, or resized, you create: at the least, exacerbation; and at most, a horribly warped and nearly unrecognizable image that becomes your high school legacy.  The professionals know how to prep your portrait for perfect yearbook display.

You will, hopefully, be leaving the nest soon. Give your parents a loving portrait for them to remember you by! Hang your mug on their wall, so when you bring your new boyfriend/girlfriend home, they can coo over your adorable, yet charmingly nerdy, senior portrait. Finally, should you be lucky enough to someday have great-great-great-grandchildren, they will know you through your professional senior portrait, which, I think, is very cool.

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