Downtown Vegas Hotel Room Photos, Fremont Street, Las Vegas

El Cortez

Creating downtown Vegas hotel room photos is a lot of fun for Rick at RCRdigital. Many of these hotels have stayed true to their vintage heritage through property updates over the years. The same styling you would expect in the post modern are visible alongside modern amenities such as gyms, coffee bars, and flat screen TVs. There is strong following to these older hotels and casinos in downtown Las Vegas. While the attractions on the Las Vegas strip attract millions of visitors a year, there are those that yearn for the classic days of Las Vegas.

Living History

While many of the drive-up hotels of years past have given way to the super resorts, the El Cortez has stood strong. The El Cortez has stayed true to its roots throughout its long history. Built in 1941 on the fabled Fremont Street in Las Vegas, it was Vegas’ biggest resort at the time. The entire resort was built for $245,000. The hotel was designed by Marion Hicks, an architect from Los Angeles, and was styled in a distinct Spanish motif. The property has gone through several renovations, additions and updates through its life, but has never swayed from the original roots of being a pioneer in classic Las Vegas.

Commercial Hotel Photography

RCRdigital is a full service residential and commercial photography firm that assists real estate agents, property managers, and marketers with marketing their real estate listings and property offerings. Lead photographer, Rick Rowland, has 7 years of experience as a professional real estate photographer exclusively. RCRdigital offers a wide variety of services that serve both residential real estate and commercial real estate. Services include: 3D Matterport virtual tours, aerial photography, property websites, and graphic design services. Contact RCRdigital today for a free consultation.

Professional Hotel Room Photos in Las Vegas, Nevada

Paris Las Vegas

Hotel companies need professional hotel room photos. Rick answered the call when a marketer working with Caesars Entertainment called. Here are some photos that he took of various room in Paris Las Vegas. This marketing was very specific and needed photos for a niche audience, people with disabilities.  Rick jumped at the chance to help out with this project. He learned that in the travel industry, even though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed decades ago, disabled patrons are often overlooked when it comes to marketing. There are many types of disabilities and these disabilities need specific accessibility features to accommodate different disabled persons.

Need for Detailed Information on ADA Rooms

Many who work in the hotel industry are not disabled. The person who answers the phone at the reservation desk may not understand the subtle differences between different ADA rooms. A roll shower with a lip at the entrance may hinder some in a wheel chair, but not others. If the details of the room are not available when the room is booked the person staying in the room might not be able to access the shower during the stay, even though the room meets ADA codes. It is beneficial for these people to have detailed information about the rooms prior to booking.

There’s a Growing Market for the Disabled

The marketing company that Rick worked with to capture these photos of Paris Las Vegas is trying to fill the void between conventional marketing and marketing to disabled persons. Their goal is become the Trip Advisor for the disabled community. They will eventually collect data on every ADA hotel room in the USA and beyond to create an online hub where people with disabilities can refer to when booking a hotel room. They will see data alongside Rick’s beautiful photos to ensure they make the right choice when booking a room. RCRdigital and Rick are very excited to be part of this very important project.

How to Prepare a Home for Professional Real Estate Photos

Professional Real Estate Photos Help Agents Prosper

Experts predict that the real estate market is showing signs of cooling off in the coming year. Hiring a professional real estate photographer is a no-brainer for agents that want to prosper through the market downturn. Professional photos will increase interest from buyers when displayed alongside listings with DIY photos on listing sites such as Zillow. Real estate listings with professional photos will also attract sellers. However, there’s more to the presentation of a real estate listing than calling a professional photographer. Listing presentation is key to a successful transaction. The home must be in tip-top shape for the professional photos to be completely effective. Ideally, the home should be ready the day before picture day. This ensures that all the time that the real estate photographer set aside to photograph the home is spent on taking photos. Being ready will mean the photographer has more time to take more photos. The photographer will be able to capture more angles and deliver higher quality photos.

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If the home is not ready when the real estate photographer arrives this could compromise the shoot. Professional real estate photos are high resolution HDR photos that will detail everything within the frame of the photograph. That rumpled bedspread on the king size bed in the gorgeous Master Bedroom will be a distraction in the photos. The broken blinds in the living room will scream “repairs needed!” in the listing. Yes, the photographer can angle the camera away from debris or infractions, but this will make the space appear to be smaller. In some instances, it will be obvious that something is amiss within the photo and look like a “cover up”.

Avoid Reasons for Buyers to Not Look at a Home

Professional real estate agents strive not to give buyers a reason to not look at their listings. Proper home preparation for photos and market only gives buyers reason to look at their home. Agents market homes to attract as many buyers as possible to the home. It’s real estate 101—the more interest in a home, the higher price that home will achieve when offers start to roll in. Every agent knows this. However, looking through any listing site and there are continually homes presented in subpar fashion. As the market cools and inventories rise this means fewer buyers and more homes for sale. Buyers will have choices and which homes will they choose first? Right, the ones with professional photos and that are prepared for sale. Good agents understand that they are not selling their clients’ old home, they are selling the buyers new home.

Move-in Ready

Most buyers in today’s market are looking for move-in ready homes. Home buyers have busy lives and families to look after. They’re like everyone else and live on a budget. They don’t have the luxury of living in their current home while their new home is being renovated. Usually there is just a 4 to 6 week window between selling their home and buying a new one. They have a million things on their to-do list and fixing up a home isn’t on their list. If they see things in the photos such as a moldy shower, deep purple walls in a dining room, or a broken drawer in the kitchen they will keep scrolling. Other “keep scrolling” triggers may be a cluttered kitchen counter, a pile of dirty laundry in the Master Bedroom, or a cat tree in the living room. If the sellers don’t take the effort to remove or fix these for the photos, what else didn’t they bother to maintain while living there?  

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Coach the Homeowners

Homeowners know how to live in their homes and enjoy their homes, but very few know how to sell their homes. This is why they hire a professional real estate agent to sell their home in hopes of getting top dollar. What they often don’t realize is that it takes more effort to sell their home than only hiring a real estate agent. The trusted real estate agent has the duty to be a partner in the home selling process. The agent can market, network, show, and do everything else in their power to sell the home, but if the home is not prepped it’s not going to command the expected interest or price. Here are a couple of checklists for real estate agents to help guide their clients through the home preparation process. One list requires a budget and the other requires little to no budget. Keep in mind that it’s the cosmetic items that will matter most in the photos. This article is not addressing mechanical or structural issues that may arise during inspection.

Cost Required Improvements

  • Neutralize the color scheme throughout the home
    • Paint walls and trim a neutral gray or subtle beige
  • Have home professionally cleaned
  • Replace outdated flooring—If not needed, have carpets professionally cleaned
  • Update kitchen
  • Update bathrooms
  • Replace windows—If not needed, have windows professionally cleaned
  • Fix all sliding glass doors and screens
  • Fix all window screens
  • Rent a POD and declutter
  • Install professional landscaping for curb appeal
  • Paint exterior if needed

The preceding items will require an investment from the homeowner. If the homeowner has the means to make some of these improvements a professional real estate agent can guide them with advice on which improvements will give the seller a return on their investment.

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Low Cost or No Cost Improvements

              Interiors

  • Have home professionally cleaned
    • If this isn’t in the budget then make sure home is spic and span on photo day
  • Declutter, declutter, declutter
    • Utilize the garage and closets to empty home to bare minimum
    • Photos will look much better if the viewer can see from floor to wall to ceiling unobstructed in several areas of large spaces and at least one area of small spaces
    • It is ideal to have nothing in front of sliding glass doors
  • Make sure all window treatments are working properly and can open
    • If not, remove them for the photos—Let the sunshine in!
  • Make sure ALL lights are in working order and replaced with bright white light bulbs
    • The secret to good photos is good lighting
  • Clean all windows and mirrors
  • Clear kitchen counters and vanities in bathrooms
  • Clear all magnets, notes, etc. from refrigerator
  • Clear entryway of shoes, door mats, jackets, etc.
  • If using the space under a bed for storage be sure that bedding reaches floor
    • Only place items on the floor behind bed in secondary bedrooms, if they are not visible from door. Don’t place items on floor next to bed in Master Bedroom
    • Utilize walk-in closet for storage. It’s ok if walk-in closet is not photographed versus a cluttered Master Bedroom that looks small and dingy in the photos
  • Remove all signs of pets—Pets can be a red flag for buyers
  • Remove seasonal décor
  • Remove all family photos—Depersonalize the home. Buyers want to feel as if they are in their home
  • Remove religious symbols

Exteriors

  • Remove vehicles from driveway
  • Close garage door all of the way
  • Remove garden hoses
  • Spruce up yard—Mow where needed, sweep and trim
  • Remove all debris—Toys, pet belongings, pet waste, garden trimmings
    • Utilize small side yard if needed
  • Remove flags—Flags will be distracting and can look blurry in HDR photos
  • Clean and tidy up outdoor living areas/furniture
  • Clean pool – remove leaves, toys and vacuum hose
  • Turn on waterfalls and fountains

To do all of the tasks mentioned above will take a lot of hard work. Agents can ensure their clients that putting in the extra effort will pay off. The home will look better than competing homes and this will increase interest and showings. There are only so many buyers in any given market at any given time. Smart agents want to cast a wide net to attract as many buyers as possible. Savvy agents will also roll up their sleeves and pitch in where needed to get home prepped for photos.

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Vacant Homes

An agent that is selling a vacant home is not off the hook when it comes to preparations for real estate photos. A vacant home is generally clean and devoid of clutter, but there are a few tasks that should be completed before photos.

  • Have home professionally cleaned
    • If not in budget then make sure home is broom swept at the very least
  • Remove all window treatments and make sure blinds are in working order
    • An experienced real estate photographer will shy away from opening blinds because it is very common for these to fall off of their mounts when attempting to open
    • If blinds are damaged or in poor shape remove them
  • Be sure wood floors are dust free
    • Shoe prints may show in photos if floors are not at least swept with a Swiffer
    • Do not try to enhance floors with a clear coat or sheen—This will degrade photos and floors will look flawed and in need of resurfacing
  • Replace carpets
    • If not in budget, then have them professionally cleaned
    • Don’t fret over stains that cannot be removed—Experienced real estate photographers will not remove these in the photos as this is a misrepresentation of the home
    • If stains are present it is still best to have them cleaned—The carpets will look better and this signals the buyers that home sellers did what they could to prepare the home
  • Have windows cleaned
    • Windows will become the main focal point in an empty room. It’s best to have them looking their best
  • Make sure all lights are working and change all light bulbs to white lights
    • Non-working lights will create uneven lighting. Old yellow light bulbs will make rooms look dingy and dirty. It is best to replace all lights with bright white lights to make the photos pop
  • Complete minor repairs
    • Make sure missing trim, broken drawers, or missing tiles are replaced. These items, albeit small, will give the impression that a major renovation needs to be done in the photos
  • Remove odd furniture pieces
    • Place these in the garage
  • Remove debris left behind
    • If physically removing from property isn’t an option try to place all left behind debris in side yard or garage. You want the front and back yard empty, same as the interior
  • Fix or remove broken screens and shutters
  • Have pool cleaned the day before photos
    • If property has a pool, often times it is neglected in a vacant home. Make sure it’s blue and sparkles on picture day
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It’s Photo Day!

All the things above have been done as of the evening before the scheduled real estate photo shoot. What needs to be done on photo day? There’s still work. Prior to the professional real estate photographer arriving these last-minute things need to be done. To best utilize the photographer’s time, make sure she or he can start taking photos the minute they arrive.

  • Real estate agent present
    • If the home is occupied it is best for the agent to be present to make sure all items are complete. Agent should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the shoot in order to complete any missed tasks
  • Homeowners are gone
    • Ideally it is best that only the agent and photographer are present at the photo shoot. An agent can direct the photographer to get the angles they feel is the best. Both photographer and agent can exchange ideas on what looks best and what should probably be looked over without interference from home owner. If homeowner insists on being present it is best that only one homeowner is present. There should only be three people in the home at a maximum during the photo shoot
  • Pets are removed from property
    • This is a good opportunity to clear the home of both pets and occupants. Having pets in the home can be a distraction even if they are contained. A barking dog behind a closed door can distract the photographer. The photo shoot can be a dry run for showings and open houses for homeowners to vacate for short periods of time
  • All Lights on all ceiling fans off
  • Window blinds open
  • Toilet seats down
  • Cell phones and chargers are put away—These are the most commonly overlooked items
  • Televisions are off or paused on an appealing scene

No One Said it Was Easy

If it were easy then anyone could sell a home. This is why real estate agents are needed. It is tried and true that the most successful agents also have the best prepared homes. Market fluctuations happen all the time. Some experts are predicting a slowing in most real estate markets across the country. At the time of publishing this article, inventories are up, days on market are increasing, and price reductions are becoming common across the board. If there is a downturn, agents will have to do everything they can in their power to make their real estate listings stand head and shoulders above the crowd. This will mean having professional photos and well prepped homes on all their real estate listings. Good listing presentations will attract both buyers and sellers.

It’s not a perfect world and having a seller do all the things above is not realistic in most cases. Successful agents will approach their listings with a grading scale. If the home is 90% or above prepped that is an A. 80% or above is a B and that’s enough to earn them a place on the honor roll. Anything below a B is average and should not be accepted.

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Today’s Featured Home

The home featured today is an example of a well-prepped home. Normally we don’t like to post all the photos from a shoot, just the highlights, but this home is an exception. We wanted our readers to see what a well-prepped home can do for their listing.

 This home at the time of the photo shoot was occupied by 3 adults, 2 children and several pets (homeowner was a veterinarian). Home was neutralized, decluttered, depersonalized (not 100%, but acceptable) and free of pets at time of shoot. There was a turtle and guinea pig in the children’s bedrooms, but ok in this case. It is most notable that there were small children living in this home, yet bedrooms and yard well neat and tidy.

We would also like to mention the real estate agent listing this home is a very successful agent in Las Vegas and has had Rick shoot several of his listings over the past year. He is present at every shoot and 95% of his homes look like this or are very close.

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Property Photography- Serving Clark County, Nevada

Premium property photography on real estate listings is becoming a requirement in Clark County. The real estate market is more competitive now than ever before. Home sellers are demanding real estate agents have HDR real estate photography in their MLS listings. High quality realtor photos will attract more home sellers, as sellers look at old listings online. The market is expected to cool off and this will bring a lot of competition among real estate agents as listings become harder to obtain. Property photography is the first impression a realtor makes on potential home sellers.

Today’s Featured Home- A Split Level Home in South Las Vegas

This home is located in a quiet neighborhood in South Las Vegas. The home sits on a unique partial corner lot and has an RV pad. The exterior home is made of stucco and has been recently painted. The beautiful entryway is through double front doors. The entryway is on a landing in between the main floor and lower level. The entryway features an open staircase and powder room.

The Main Living Areas

The open staircase leads up the to the main living area. The living room is spacious and features a fireplace. The fireplace is framed with marble tiling and has an upper shelf. The top of the fireplace has four small windows for extra light. Next to then fireplace is a built-in enclave for a large screen TV. The living also has a ceiling fan with light. The large dining room has a stylish light fixture and is located next to the kitchen. The sliding glass doors in the dining provide access to the large balcony. The updated kitchen features new cabinets and fresh paint. The kitchen has marble counters with matching backsplashes. The living room and dining room has new carpeting. The kitchen has a new ceramic tile floor.

Master Bedroom and Bathroom

The master bedroom is large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed and bedroom furnishings. The master bedroom has a ceiling fan with a lamp. The master bedroom features an arched doorway to the master bath. The master bathroom has a dual sink vanity with granite countertop. The master bathroom features a walk-in shower with amenities such as, multiple water jets, rainfall shower head, bench, and glass door. The master bathroom also has a walk-in closet and separate toilet room.

Backyard Putting Green and Pool

The backyard has a putting green and covered patio. The pool is in a sunny spot and is kidney bean shaped. There are two entrances to the pool. The pool has a deep end and shallow end. The backyard also features mature trees and landscaping. The large covered patio can be used for BBQ grill and patio furniture.

Property Photography

RCRdigital is the premiere property photography provider in the Las Vegas Valley. RCRdigital offers a same day delivery* of their real estate photos. Other real estate photography services provided by RCRdigital are as follows: Matterport tours, real estate drone photography, and services such as virtual tours and brochure design. There is a convenient reservation page online for real estate agents to reserve a photo shoot. Here is more information on 3D Matterport tours.

*Same Day Photo Deliver Guarantee

A proof of the finished photos will be delivered within twelve hours of photo shoot. An invoice from PayPal will be sent to the listing agent at the same time the proofs are delivered. If the photos on the proof sheet are approved by the client they are instructed to pay the invoice.  PayPal will send RCRdigital a confirmation that invoice has been paid in full. They will send the client the download links for the photos.

Real Estate Photos- Serving the Las Vegas Valley

The real estate market in the Las Vegas Valley is becoming more competitive as the market heats up. Having quality real estate photos is important to make real estate listings stand out. Homeowners will expect that professional real estate photography is used in the marketing of their homes. Realtor photos are scrutinized online by demanding home sellers. Home owners will view photos from past listings. A realtor that has high quality real estate photos on every listing will make them stand out to potential home sellers.

Today’s Featured Home- Central Las Vegas Home

This home is located in a gated community in central Las Vegas. The front exterior of the home features professional landscaping and small patio area. The home is on a large corner lot. The landscaping is low maintenance. The entryway to the home is through a custom solid wood front door that has two glass panels. The glass panels have steel inlaid rods for additional security. The entryway has a stylish hanging light feature. The entryway has marble tiling. The marble tiling is found throughout the living areas.

Formal Living Room and Dining Room

The formal living room is located just inside the entryway. The formal living room is elegant and features large front facing windows. The living room is large enough to accommodate small to medium sized get-togethers. The formal dining room is attached to the living room. The formal dining room is large enough to easily fit an eight-seat dining table. The dining room has enough room for a large China hutch as well. The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen.

Large Updated Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

The large kitchen is updated with upgraded appliances and modern tilework. The countertops are marble. The custom cabinetry provides a lot of storage. The kitchen features an oversized center island. The center island has seating on two sides and has storage cabinets. The center island is topped with a marble countertop. The breakfast nook is located in a jutted enclave. The breakfast nook features multiple windows that overlook rear patio area.

Spacious Family Room

The spacious family room features a fireplace. The fireplace is surrounded by beautiful stonework. The family room has vaulted ceilings and stylish ceiling fan. The space is centrally located and has access to the kitchen, breakfast nook and entryway. The family room is decorated in modern décor.

Gorgeous Master Suite

The master bedroom is a large retreat and features a sliding glass door that has access to rear patio. The bedroom has beautiful wood laminate flooring. There are two walk-in closets. The master bathroom has a large corner vanity with two sinks. The vanity has a granite countertop and wood cabinetry. The master bathroom features an oversized walk-in shower with rainfall shower head. The walk-in shower has a bench and beautiful tilework, as well.

Covered Patios and Low Maintenance Backyard

The rear of home has a large covered patio, smaller covered patio and low maintenance backyard. The large covered patio can be used for large gatherings. The small covered patio can be used for BBQ grill and other outdoor cooking appliances. The large backyard is covered with patio blocks. The backyard features professional landscaping with mature palm trees.

Real Estate Photos

RCRdigital is a real estate photography business in Las Vegas, Nevada. RCRdigital provides real estate photos for MLS listings through Clark County, Nevada. Real estate photography services that RCRdigital provides are: property photography, real estate drone photography, 3D real estate photography, and single property listing websites. Real estate photography is delivered the same day as the shoot twelve hours*. Contact RCRdigital today for more information.

*Same Day Photo Deliver Guarantee

A proof of the finished photos will be delivered within twelve hours of photo shoot. An invoice from PayPal will be sent to the listing agent at the same time the proofs are delivered. If the photos on the proof sheet are approved by the client they are instructed to pay the invoice.  PayPal will send RCRdigital a confirmation that invoice has been paid in full. They will send the client the download links for the photos.