The case for getting up at 5am

Golden light photography for real estate and architectural properties

I’ve recently been lucky enough to be dragged out of bed at 5am several days in a week for work.

Now, ordinarily that would be a special kind of torture for me, but on each of these occasions I can assure you it was well and truly worth it. I’ve discovered the magical joy that is golden hour photography for real estate listings. Let me tell you, it is a game changer.

There’s something about the warm, golden tones that just make any property look absolutely enchanting. Whether it’s a sprawling mansion like the one I photographed a few weeks ago in Otaihanga (presented by the wondrous Hayden & Georgie Real Estate of Voyle&Co), or a simple, cozy bungalow, golden hour brings out the very best in every nook and cranny.
I’ve found that photos taken during golden hour are another level when it comes to showcasing a home. I mean, who doesn’t want to imagine themselves sipping coffee on a beautiful deck, bathed in warm sunlight and surrounded by a picturesque backdrop? Mmmm…I certainly felt like moving in when taking some of these shots at 2 Otaihanga Road!!

Much like with twilight shots (also magical but on the bluey/purple colour spectrum), there is a bit of a struggle behind capturing those perfect golden hour shots. Getting your timing just right can be a challenge, and you never know what the weather Gods might decide on the day. But with a bit of planning, a bit of luck, and a good, stiff, double-bagged cup of sleep tea at 7pm the night before, it is achievable and you will not regret it.

For those real estate agents out there, I highly recommend thinking about adding golden hour shots into your offerings to compliment the rest of your collection! And for homeowners looking at selling – get golden hour and twilight shots done!

Get in touch and let me know if you’re in need of a golden light photographer – I have a stash of sleep tea ready to go.