Author: Bill Schlosser


When It Comes to Vacation Rental Photography…Size Matters

These days, you can’t just take any photograph of your vacation rental properties and expect things to work out. Just about every distribution channel out there has minimum size requirements for property photographs. Why is that? Because as screens have gotten larger and added more pixels, the resolution of photographs need to keep up or your photos will look blurry. I can practically hear your homeowners screaming if their property didn’t look good on their 65-inch TV.

If your photographs don’t meet the minimum standards shown here for HomeAway, Booking.com, Airbnb, Expedia and TripAdvisor, you will be risking your listing since the quality of your photographs play a key role in the quality and ranking of your listing.

TruPlace clients can rest easy because all of our photographs exceed these minimums. If yours don’t, we’re here to help.


We Proudly Support Patriot Point

TruPlace is a proud supporter of Patriot Point, which provides a relaxing and safe outdoor environment for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and their families. This is a great organization that offers hunting, fishing, boating and other great outdoor activities at their beautiful property on Taylors Island in Maryland.

TruPlace contributed an interactive tour of the property, which you can see HERE. It shows beautiful professional photographs of the grounds, the main lodge and the guest house. As new structures are added, TruPlace will be adding those to the tour as well.

Please check out this fine organization and do what you can to support them.


Keep Your Real Estate Property Photo In Perspective

You might think the top real estate property photo is fine, taken up close with the camera tilted up. But it gives a distorted view of the property, especially when you look at the houses on either side. That just doesn’t look right.

The photo on the bottom was taken a little further away with the camera level – not pointing up or down. This produces a better perspective of the house and keeps everything vertical – a much better representation of the property.

Don’t you think?


When Height is Right

When photographing a room, the height of your camera on the tripod is important. Note the differences in these two photos. In the first one, you can’t see much of the kitchen because the camera is about level with the counter.

In the second photo, the camera has been raised up. You can not only see the counter in the foreground, you can also see the counter and the stove in the background.

This is a much more attractive and informative photograph and will be much more appealing to a renter or buyer.


Clients…Need Help Retrieving Photos of Your Properties Before Harvey and Irma?

Our hearts go out to our vacation rental management clients and their families across Texas, Florida and the Southeast who have suffered and lost so much from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and IRMA. We wish them well as they rebuild and return to some sense of normal. It will take time, but we know they have the strength and courage to see it through.

For those of you in the middle of these catastrophes who have lost properties, you should know that TruPlace photos of your properties can play an important role in your insurance claims. If we can help you locate and retrieve any “before” images, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.