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6 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Photographer

November 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Photographer

Whether you are a real estate agent, homeowner (FSBO), designer, business owner or builder, it is in your best interest to hire a professional photographer to create images for websites and other forms of marketing. Despite the condition and value of the property, listings with quality photographs generate more interest, average less time on the market and sell for a better price.

 

Here is a list of 6 reasons why you should hire a photographer to market your listings:

       1) Making a great first impression is critical -

Don't just make a good first impression, make a GREAT one! Over 90% of buyers begin searching for their new home online and through MLS listings; therefore quality photographs are essential to effectively marketing your listing. Poor quality photos will make potential buyers question your ability to market and sell properties.

       2) Generate more traffic and buyer interest -

Buyers decide which properties to visit in person based upon what caught their attention online. If homebuyers perusing the Internet are inspired by the photographs, they will continue to click through the listing and explore the agents website. If they don’t, they will click “back” and view a different listing. They simply will not continue to look at a listing that does not catch their eye. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal, listings utilizing professional photography had 61% more views than their peers across all price tiers.

       3) Higher earning potential –

Research from national real estate firm Redfin shows that homes showcased with high quality photography get a 47% higher asking price per square foot. Higher asking prices also translated to higher selling prices. For example, their data revealed that, on average, a $300k listing with professional photographs sold for $3,145 more than a house with non-professional photographs. Redfin also found that professionally photographed homes sell for at least $934 and as much as $18,819 more than homes photographed by an amateur. Of course, a higher selling price means a better commission for you!

       4) Stand out from the competition –

It has been estimated that only 15-20% of listings utilize professional photographs. By hiring a photographer, you will improve your image by presenting yourself as a true professional in your field. The extra money spent to adequately market your listing pays off even after the sale by getting you more listings in the future.

       5) Your client hired a pro and so should you –

Having a camera, even a really good one, does not make you a professional photographer in the same way owning a guitar does not make you Jimi Hendrix. Many agents and homeowners cut corners by shooting the photos themselves. This is a real disservice to homeowners and potential buyers. As an agent, the time you spend taking pictures and processing them interferes with other aspects of your job. Your time is better spent building relationships and drumming up new listings to build your business. You hire contractors to perform renovations on the home, so why not outsource photography services as well?

       6) Expertise of a photographer –

Photographers have spent thousands of hours learning the trade. They will use their eye for composition, sense of design and technical understanding of lighting, camera equipment and imaging software to create beautiful photographs that will literally have buyers lining up at your door.

 

For additional information, here are a couple of great articles outlining the value of real estate photography:

Redfin: Look Sharp: Professional Listing Photos Sell For More Money by Tommy Unger

https://www.redfin.com/research/reports/special-reports/2013/professional-photos-2013.html#.Vj6mp4SJndk

Redfin: A Picture is Worth $1,000. True or False by Tim Ellis

https://www.redfin.com/research/reports/special-reports/2010/a_picture_is_worth_a_thousand_dollars_true_or_false.html#.Vj6naISJndk

Wall Street Journal: In Real Estate a Picture is Worth $1000 or More by Emily Peck

http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2010/10/04/in-real-estate-a-picture-is-worth-1000-or-more/

 

 

 

 


Figurative Art Exhibition

January 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Figurative Art Exhibition

http://www.stchas.edu/artsoncampus/

Exhibition on view February 2 -27, 2015

Free Opening Reception Wednesday, February 4th 6-8PM

SCC Gallery in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the campus of the St. Charles Community College

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. Cottleville, MO 63376

 

Featuring 10 National and Regional Artists:

Jeff Hursey

Michael Albers http://www.albersphotography.com

Lani Kohoutek-Miller http://www.lkmiller.com

Joseph A. Miller

Metra Mitchell http://www.metramitchell.com

Philip Perschbacher

Christopher Ruess http://www.christopherruess.com

John Troy http://www.johntroypainter.com

Jerry B. Walters

Yingxue Zuo http://www.yingxuezuo.com


Painting: Reconsidered, Deconstructed

January 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Painting: Reconsidered, Deconstructed

 

PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed is a juried exhibition featuring 38 artworks by 30 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois.

 

PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed  January 17-February 19, 2015 

FREE opening reception Saturday, January 17, 6-8 p.m.

 

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 Jeff Hursey

 

Graphic design by Kathy DuffinGraphic design by Kathy Duffin

Please join Art Saint Louis for our first exhibition of the new year, PAINTING, Reconsidered, Deconstructed, a juried group exhibit presented in the Art Saint Louis Gallery in downtown St. Louis. Art Saint Louis will host a free opening reception Saturday, January 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Thursday, February 19, 2014.
 

Gallery hours are Mondays 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.* *The cafe closes at noon on Saturdays. Closed Sundays & holidays. Free & open to the public.

For this all media juried exhibition, we asked artists to consider how they use paint as a material as well as an object. Works submitted for our Jurors consideration could address paint in a static, object-based way, or the works could be about the action of painting as well as the documentation of that action. Artworks in other media—such as digital media, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture­—that explore, reconsider or deconstruct painting and/or the idea of painting were welcome for jurying, too. All explorations & interpretations of the theme were invited and all styles and techniques were encouraged.

For the exhibit, artists submitted works in all media and our Jurors selected 38 works by 30 Missouri and Illinois artists for the show. Works selected for this show include paintings printmaking, mixed media, photography, 3-d video, video, and more.


Serving as Jurors for this exhibit were Stefanie Jacobson Kirkland, artist, educator and Director of Exhibitions, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, St. Louis, MO; and B.j. Vogt, artist, independent curator, Board President, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, St. Louis, MO.


PARKING
Not sure where to park when you are visiting Art Saint Louis? Located on Pine Street just West of Tucker, there are parking meters that run Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. There's also paid garage parking in the Park Pacific until 7 p.m. (no entrance after 7 p.m.). For information on nearby parking lots & garages, visit Downtown StL's website here.

 

Works by 30 artists were selected by our Jurors for this exhibition:
 

Bob Ahrens, Edwardsville, IL
Michael Albers, Wildwood, MO
Douglas Angulo, Charleston, IL
Adrian Aquilino, Richmond Heights, MO

Natalie Avondet, Manchester, MO
Anika Britt, St. Peters MO
Shawn Burkard, St. Louis, MO 
Blake Carroll, Imperial, MO 
Samuel J. Cummings, St. Louis, MO 
Maria D’Agrosa-Sweney, University City, MO

  Dennis Doty, Richmond Heights, MO
Wm. Daniel File, Manchester, MO 
Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO 
Sarah Gillespie, Newton, IL    
Tim Hahn, Augusta, MO 
Paige Holzbauer, St. Charles, MO 
Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL
Ruth Kolker, Creve Coeur, MO
Julia López, St. Louis, MO
John Marksbury, St. Louis, MO
 

Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO 
Sonja Petermann, St. Louis, MO
Benji Rowan, St. Louis, MO    
Michael Rudolf, St. Louis, MO
Christopher Ruess, Wentzville, MO 
Naomi Runtz, Creve Coeur, MO 
Nick Schleicher, St. Louis, MO
Zack Smithey, St. Charles, MO
Shawn Wedel, St. Peters, MO
Ken Wood, St. Louis, MO



Photo by Emily AmbergerPhoto by Emily Amberger

FREE EVENTS
COFFEE WITH THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY GALLERY TALKS

Join us in the Gallery on two select Saturdays during January and February when we host free one-hour Gallery talks at 11 a.m. with four of the featured artists from the current exhibit, PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed. Guests may enjoy complimentary coffee tastings courtesy of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters Cafe while learning about the artists and their artworks. Artists may bring in samples of their other work or also present a demo of their media & techniques. Guests will walk with the artists through the Gallery as they talk about their works on view in the exhibition. Seating is very limited.

 

Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m.
Four artists to be announced

 

 

Saturday, February 7, 11 a.m.
Four artists to be announced


JURORS' STATEMENTS

"It is just such a creative surface that confronts the artist-creator – his canvas on which he builds the world of his intuitions and where in a similar way he regulates the flowing forces of colour and painterly energy in a multiplicity of forms, lines and planes.” – Malevich


Good and Evil

September 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

GOOD AND EVIL, juried exhibition at Art Saint Louis

Two of my drawings will be featured along with many other artists in the St. Louis area in this exhibition at the Art Saint Louis Gallery in downtown St. Louis. The opening reception is free and open to the public on September 27 from 6 to 8. The exhibition runs from September 27 to October 30. It would be great to see you there!

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Artist Statement

 

I made several of these drawings to help me cope after being diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013. While doing research on the disease, I was inspired by images of leukemia cells viewed under a microscope. I was intrigued by how something so heavy could appear weightless as if they float across the slide. This played into the concepts of my existing work which look beyond the illusion of ordinary perception and realize the impermanence and emptiness of all things. I made these at a time in my life when I had very limited control so I chose this method because the act of drawing is an intimate experience where the hand is very present and intentional. The loose composition of the drawings echoes my composure through the treatment and recovery process. The drawings further exemplify my outlook through the truthfulness of black, white and grey as well as the  use of positive and negative space. As beautifully stated in ancient Buddhists texts, “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”

 

Jeff Hursey

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Here is a link to an article in the Belleville News Democrat about me and a wonderful organization called 3 Little Birds 4 Life
 
http://www.bnd.com/2014/08/10/3340765_3-little-birds-4-life-leukemia.html?rh=1
 
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What is good? What is evil? Is good the opposite of evil? The absence of evil? Are they mutually exclusive, or do they intersect, overlap, and intertwine? Explore the possibilities as Art Saint Louis presents Good and Evil, a juried exhibition featuring works in all media by 38 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. Works delve into the concepts of good and evil, whether together in contrast or in isolation, including but not limited to controversial, inspirational, shocking and challenging subjects such as politics, drugs, war, power, money, death, life, love, sex, freedom, morality, conscience, religion, and more. Please note that there are adult themes featured in this exhibit and some works might not be considered appropriate for children. Join us in the Art Saint Louis Gallery at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis for this thought-provoking exhibition. 

September 27 - October 30, 2014 • Free opening reception Saturday, September 27, 6-8 p.m. 

Good and Evil includes paintings, photography, drawings, assemblages, sculpture, and much more. Jurors for the exhibition are Tim Eberhardt, nationally exhibited ceramic artist, St. Louis, MO; and Nicole Dutton, artist, Curator, William & Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL. Good and Evil is on display at Art Saint Louis September 27 through October 30, 2014. The gallery is free & open to the public Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays. For more information or sales inquiries, please contact Art Saint Louis: 314/241-4810 or info@artstlouis.org


Jurors' Statements:

 

"What it is to be human is my primary art concern. Good and evil, the two extremes of our duality-embedded life, is a universal dichotomy we all must recognize and decide - or, rather, we should ideally passionately CHOOSE where we stand, and live in that spot acting as we have chosen. How do you define pure good or evil? I - we - can easily recognize evil, and I can unequivocally say that a show of art titled "Good and Evil" is pure good! I thank and say to all the entrants that my choice of what is in or out of the show should be irrelevant to you. I believe that choosing to make art is absolutely good."

— Tim Eberhardt, artist, St. Louis, MO


"I considered works that reflect the theme, both simplistically and at a more complex level. Artworks with black, white and red, or highly gestural, moving works, seemed to be more obvious choices. Works that deal with ambiguous subject matter also found their place in the exhibition. I believe the concept of "evil" is simply the perversion of good, and that good intentions can lead to "evil" results. So for me personally, the terms are grey, not black and white. I believe that "good and evil" is "and," not "or." It was important to me that this concept be reflected in the exhibit. 
It was a privilege to work with the wonderful Art Saint Louis organization, my curatorial confidante Robin Hirsch, and my new art friend and co-Juror Tim Eberhardt. I appreciate what you do for the St. Louis community and the arts!"

— Nicole Dutton, Curator, William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, IL 


 

detail of artwork by Andy Hahndetail of artwork by Andy Hahn

 

The 38 artists whose works are featured in Good and Evil are:
 

Bob Ahrens, Edwardsville, IL

Michael Albers, Wildwood, MO

J'Ann Schoonmaker Allen, St. Louis, MO
John Blair, Webster Groves, MO
Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL

Dennis M. Corcoran, St. Louis, MO
Dara Eskridge, St. Louis, MO
Wm. Daniel File, Manchester, MO

Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO
Hannah K. Freeman, St. Louis, MO
Kathy Gomric, Milstadt, IL
Lynne Green, St. Louis, MO
Andy Hahn, Festus, MO
L. Bennet Hoff, Defiance, MO
Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL
Lani Kohoutek-Miller, Florissant, MO
Connie LaFlam, St. Louis, MO
Philly Johnmeyer, St. Louis, MO
Joy Martin, St. Louis, MO

William Todd May, Belleville, IL
Linda Mueller, St. Louis, MO
Kimberly N., St. Louis, MO
John Nagel, St. Louis, MO
Mary Nichols, Florissant, MO
Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO
Bill Perry, Maplewood, MO
William L. Rogers, St. Louis, MO

Russ Rosener, St. Louis, MO
Michael Rudolf, Clayton, MO
Christopher Ruess, Wentzville, MO
Sydnor Scholer, St. Louis, MO
John Schnellmann, Chesterfield, MO
Dennis Smith, St. Louis, MO
Tim Smith, St. Louis, MO
Leandra Spangler, Columbia, MO
Ron Vivod, Collinsville, IL
Kate Warner, Kirkwood, MO
David M. Yates, Edwardsville, IL

A sampling of the artworks featured in Good and Evil exhibition:

David M. Yates. Quote the Raven. 2012. Oil on Canvas, 49.5”x37.5”. $4,000.David M. Yates. Quote the Raven. 2012. Oil on Canvas, 49.5”x37.5”. $4,000.

Lon Brauer. Happy Day, Happy Thoughts. 2014. Oil on Panel, 30”x18”. $1,250.Lon Brauer. Happy Day, Happy Thoughts. 2014. Oil on Panel, 30”x18”. $1,250.

Linda Mueller. Countless. 2014. Archival Lightjet Photo, 84”x36”. $2,800.Linda Mueller. Countless. 2014. Archival Lightjet Photo, 84”x36”. $2,800.

Dennis M. Corcoran. An Phoblacht (The Republic). 2013. Wood, Painted, Burned, Shot, Strap Steel, 60”x36”.  $1,500.Dennis M. Corcoran. An Phoblacht (The Republic). 2013. Wood, Painted, Burned, Shot, Strap Steel, 60”x36”. $1,500.

Lynne Green. Untitled, 2014. Digital Photograph, 24”x36”. $150. Lynne Green. Untitled, 2014. Digital Photograph, 24”x36”. $150.

Dara Eskridge. Self Talk. 2014. Acrylic on Canvas, 38”x26”. $1,000.Dara Eskridge. Self Talk. 2014. Acrylic on Canvas, 38”x26”. $1,000.

Wm. Daniel File. The Choice is Mine. 2014. Digital Image, Manipulated Archival Print, 23”x28.5”. $400.Wm. Daniel File. The Choice is Mine. 2014. Digital Image, Manipulated Archival Print, 23”x28.5”. $400.

Jeff Hursey. A-1-9 (Leukemia Cells). 2014, Charcoal on Paper, 18”x30”. $350.Jeff Hursey. A-1-9 (Leukemia Cells). 2014, Charcoal on Paper, 18”x30”. $350. Ron Vivod. Time to Go. 2013. Photo Digital Drawing, 23”x29”. $250.Ron Vivod. Time to Go. 2013. Photo Digital Drawing, 23”x29”. $250.
Hannah K. Freeman. Trapped. 2014. Oil on Maple, 48”. $1,800. Hannah K. Freeman. Trapped. 2014. Oil on Maple, 48”. $1,800. Bob Ahrens. Moon Through Building. 2012. Digital Photograph, 20”x26”. $180.Bob Ahrens. Moon Through Building. 2012. Digital Photograph, 20”x26”. $180.

Lani Kohoutek-Miller. Floater. 2014. Oil on Canvas, 36”x46”. $800.Lani Kohoutek-Miller. Floater. 2014. Oil on Canvas, 36”x46”. $800.

Mark Appling Fisher. Pagliaccio Waits… 2014. Photograph, 18”x24”. $275.Mark Appling Fisher. Pagliaccio Waits… 2014. Photograph, 18”x24”. $275.

Philly Johnmeyer. Hideous Heart. 2013. Acrylic, Gloss Gel, Synthetic Gravel, Canvas, 36”x36”. $1,800.Philly Johnmeyer. Hideous Heart. 2013. Acrylic, Gloss Gel, Synthetic Gravel, Canvas, 36”x36”. $1,800.

L. Bennet Hoff. Strangle/Secure. 2014. Acrylic on Stoneware, 12”x7”x12”. Not for Sale.L. Bennet Hoff. Strangle/Secure. 2014. Acrylic on Stoneware, 12”x7”x12”. Not for Sale.

 

 

http://www.artstlouis.org/index.php/exhibition-schedule/up-next-in-the-gallery/good-and-evil

 

 

 

 

 


Silence and Noise

May 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"SIlence & Noise"
April 3*-May 29, 2014
Free opening reception Saturday, April 19, 6-8 p.m.

"Silence and Noise" is an all media juried exhibit featuring 50 artworks that reflect the push/pull of noise or silence. The two concepts of opposites are examined in this exhibit, showing how silence and noise work both as a force against and alongside one another.

*This exhibit actually opened a couple of weeks earlier than scheduled, so it is up & ready for viewing as of April 3. The opening reception is still on April 19, 6-8 p.m. Regular Gallery hours are M 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tu-Fr 7 a .m.-5 p.m. & Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE & open to the public. 

Artworks featured in this exhibit are either comprised of clean, simple lines and are visually silent, or the artworks aremulti-layered, messy and thereby visually noisy. Works that are conceptually silent or noisy are also featured. Artists were encouraged to interpret the theme from their own directions, using the focus of their media to emphasize their own individual styles as it applied to this theme.

See images from the exhibit: 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151986606981962.1073741837.128793611961&type=3

Serving as Jurors for this exhibition are artists Marie Bannerot McInerney, Professor, Fiber Department, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, and Gary Passanise, Professor, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, and Founder and Executive Director, The Santo Foundation, St. Louis, MO. Learn more about Marie: www.mbmcinerney.com Learn more about Gary:www.garypassanise.com

This exhibit features 55 artworks in a variety of media by 49 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois, including: 

Bill Abendroth, Highland, IL

Michael Anderson, Belleville, IL http://michaelandersonstudio.com/

Jim Burwinkel, St. Louis, MO
www.burwinkel-design.com 

Rod Callies, Wildwood, MO

Blake Carroll, Imperial, MO 

Rita Chu, Olivette, MO
www.ritachuphotography.com

Jen Collins, University City, MO

Jennifer Deal, Maplewood, MO

Cheryl Dorris, St. Louis, MO
www.cheryldorris.com 

Larry Duffy, St. Charles, MO 

Dara Eskridge, St. Louis, MO 

Suzy Farren, Webster Groves, MO 

Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO www.christinegiancolaphotography.com 

John M. Goessmann, St. Louis, MO www.johngoessmann.com 

Spring Hansen, Foley, MO
www.springrenee.com 

Kerry Hirth, Columbia, MO
www.kerryhirth.com 

Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL
http://www.jeffhursey.com/

Ruth Kolker, Creve Coeur, MO
www.ruthkolker.com 

Ken Konchel, University City, MO www.kenkonchelphoto.com 

Jean Lopez, St. Louis, MO
www.lopezneedleman.com 

Sarah Maples, Hillsboro, MO

Jocelyn Meyer, University City, MO www.jocelynmarie.com 

Kitty Mollman, Ladue, MO
www.kittymollman.com 

Hal Moran, St. Charles, MO
www.halmoran.com 

Katherine Nelson, Chesterfield, MO www.katherinenelsonart.com 

Tamara Peeples, St. Peters, MO
www.tamaras-studio.com 

Bill Perry, Maplewood, MO

Caroline Philippone, St. Louis, MO www.carolinephilippone.com

Sharron Pollack, St. Louis, MO 

Judith Repke, Bridgeton, MO
www.repkeart.com
http://judy-repkeart.blogspot.com/

Dan Richter, St. Louis, MO www.danrichterphotography.com 

Megan Rieke, Kirkwood, MO www.meganriekeart.com/www.paintinmyhair.wordpress.com

Erin Rivers, St. Louis, MO
http://flickr.com/erinrivers

Russ Rosener, St. Louis, MO
http://photo.net/photos/Rusty''''''''s%20Pics 

Angélica Avendaño Rosso, St. Louis, MO www.angelicarosso.com 

Michael H. Rubin, St. Louis, MO 

Mary Gardner Russe, Clayton, MO 

Marceline Saphian, Chesterfield, MO

Scott Schlapkohl, Godfrey, IL www.scottschlapkohlcreations.com 

Sydnor Scholer, St. Louis, MO www.sydnorscholer.net 

Kurtis Shoemake, Barnhart, MO www.kurtisshoemakephotography.com 

Julie Snidle, Festus, MO 
www.juliesnidle.com 

Valerie Snyder, Creve Coeur, MO

Ryan Strong, Imperial, MO
www.ryanstrong.org 

Bob Sullivan, Jr., Chesterfield, MO

Ron Vivod, Collinsville, IL www.ronvivodart.com/ronvivodart.html 

Janet Frazee Wade, Chesterfield, MO www.janetfrazeewade.weebly.com 

Teresa Wang, Clayton, MO

Kate Warner, Kirkwood, MO
www.kwarnerart.com

FREE EVENT
COFFEE WITH THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY GALLERY TALK
Join us in the Gallery on Saturday, May 3 when we host a free one-hour Gallery talks at 11 a.m. with two of the featured artists from the Silence & Noise exhibit. This is a walk-and-talk presentation and our artists will discuss their artworks in the Gallery (so, what that means is that this is not a seated lecture--although several chairs are available). In addition to discussing their works on exhibit, the aritsts may bring samples of additional works and talk about technique and media.

Guests will also be provided with a complimentary coffee tasting courtesy of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters.

Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.
Kerry Hirth and Jocelyn Meyer


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