Taikoo

Set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, Taikoo is a luxurious holiday home. Produced for the owners, this short video shows the property’s wonderful features and its unique setting tucked away beneath the tors above Belstone.

If you are interested in producing a short video for your luxury vacation property or having it professionally photographed, please call or email me and we’ll arrange to photograph your property, with stunning results.

5 reasons why you should have your luxury vacation rental property professionally photographed

Luxury Vacation Property Photography - Jon Kempner Photography

Luxury Vacation Property Photography – Jon Kempner Photography

The luxury vacation rental market is highly competitive and you really need to grab a potential client’s attention as they choose from recommendations, specialist agents and online listings. It’s crucial that your property’s photos stand out. Here are 5 key benefits that show you why professional photos from a specialist property photographer can help you increase your bookings.

1. Professional photos = increased bookings
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Occupancy rates are the critical element of the success of your property. Professional photos draw more attention to your listing, resulting in more interest from potential clients – and more bookings. Whilst the cost to professionally photograph your property is a consideration, it can mean the difference between bumping up occupancy rates and continuity of bookings across the high and mid season. Whilst it’s essential to properly market your property, whether it’s through a specialist agent or one of the luxury online listings websites, it’s worth investing in professional photos to boost your properties profile and to create a stream of eager clients. On average luxury vacation rental listings with professional photographs attain up to 40% higher occupancy rates.


2. Professional photos show your luxury property in its best light.
As professional, specialist photographers, we capture high-quality interior and exterior shots of your luxury property that are of the same quality as those we produce for luxury hotels around the world. Whilst using phone camera photos or old photos can seem tempting, it can end up costing you. Poor quality photos with bad lighting degrade your property and make it unappealing. Our many years of experience using lighting, colour and composition will make your property look fresh, stylish, appealing and welcoming.

3. Professionals know the techniques for creating the best property photos
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Photos that capture the key aspects of your property require an understanding of design, style, lighting and composition. We will make your property look clean and inviting. create the right ambience that matches the lifestyle of your potential clients. Our experience of styling and staging luxury properties of all sizes enables us to help you make your property appear as attractive as possible, creating greater demand and enquiries (and higher rental yields!).


4. Professional photos attract high quality clients
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The luxury vacation property market has grown considerable over the past few years. It is far more competitive than ever and clients are far more savvy. The quality of photos of your property will inevitably attract higher quality clients who are used to spending in this marketplace.


5. Professional photos are a good investment
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Alongside the fact that, as a marketing expense, professional photos are, in most cases, considered a tax deductible expense, they will also last you quite a while (providing you don’t change anything significant in your luxury vacation property). Professional photography his no longer an extravagance these days, it’s a necessity, with research suggesting that professionally photographed vacation properties receive far greater levels of enquires, achieving higher occupancy rates and greater returns than those properties that are not.


If you are interested in having your luxury vacation property professionally photographed, please speak to us or email us and we’ll arrange to photograph your property, with stunning results.

Thomas Cook

Delighted to collaborate with Thomas Cook with a few tips on photographing food on your travels.

Here’s their blog post:

Jon Kempner is a commercial photographer. He is passionate about food and specialises in food and hospitality photography, shooting campaigns for corporate clients in the UK and across Europe. “Whilst I love the control of light that we have in the studio,” explains Jon, “Nothing makes me happier than being out and about photographing local foods, produce, markets and the people behind it. It really allows you to capture the culture and styles of a location.”

Here are Jon’s top food photo travel tips:

Keep it soft.
Natural, soft light is the key to great food photos. Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid harsh shadows. Restaurant tables by the window are best for natural light.

Get close.
Get close, then closer still!! Getting those little details in always lifts your photos from OK to “great shot!” and make them so much more Instagrammable.

Find an angle.
Move around your subject to get the most natural looking angle. Watch for the direction of light.

Always ask.
Most people selling food, especially in markets, are more than happy to have you take photos, but a little politeness goes a long way and often leads to a much better shot.

Make a shot.
Buy a few local items of produce and find a quiet corner to set up a little still-life shot with anything from some driftwood, a napkin or a tiled floor as the background.

Embrace the seasons.
Whether it’s stunning spring produce, bright summer colours or the warm glow of autumn, giving your photos a seasonal look will help you create a theme to some of your images.

Edit for the best results.
If you’re using a phone to take photos, edit your images with some of the great editing apps around. For camera users, try just one lens (my go to is a 50mm) and then edit in Lightroom or Photoshop.

Fresh Summer Recipes

Recent Work - Fresh Summer Recipes

A few wonderful fresh summer recipes from a recent shoot with some delicious early summer produce.