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Victoria and Sooke Real Estate Photographer: Jason van der Valk

Jason captured the best of my listing at 7760 West Coast Road

One of the many things that I believe sets me apart from other REALTORS® is that I am very concerned with the visual presentation of a property to discerning buyers. With so many properties on the market these days, it is crucial that my listings stand out and are presented in the best way possible to maximize the number of people who want to view the property in person… Read more

Van der Valk Photography: Capturing Lifestyles

Lifestyle Photography by Jason van der Valk

Capturing Lives

Local Sooke photographer Jason van der Valk has broadened his focus and is now accepting clients for intimate lifestyle shoots, in the comfort of your home, or a favourite outdoor location. Many of you may be familiar with Jason’s landscape and scenic work, but it is only recently that he has used his talent to capture beautiful, natural, intimate moments between families in a natural light setting.

Jason has had an eventful year, to say the least, including the birth of his first child. It is from these events that has emerged in him a new appreciation for the special moments a family shares, and how important it is to capture these in a meaningful, natural way.

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Unique Approach

You won’t be in a brightly lit studio or be forced to wear matching plaid for a photo destined for Awkward Family Photos. Instead, Jason prefers to shoot using mostly or all natural light, and in a location you choose – your home, or perhaps a special outdoor location that is meaningful to you. He encourages clients to be natural and does not force poses or clichéd smiles. The results are stunning and beautiful. Jason has put together packages for all occasions and offers real value. Each photo is much more than a photo – it’s a treasured piece of artwork that will be enjoyed for generations. Make sure you check out his video packages also.

Irwin Family Photoshoot

Contest!

Jason is giving away two lifestyle photo shoots, and you can win! Just see the contest page on his site to find out how to enter. He is also offering 15% off photo shoots for a limited time.

Playing in bed.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

Butchart Gardens Christmas Lights Display

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

The Sunken Garden at Butchart

Last night, my wife and I got out and enjoyed the crisp December evening and headed out to world-famous Butchart Gardens on the Saanich Peninsula. Every year they decorate the gardens in thousands of lights, creating a truly magical Christmas experience. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, it was a gorgeous, starlit evening, and the lights were amazing. The gardens are decked out in a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, so along the garden paths there are little vignettes displaying the different parts of the famous song. It was fun to hear everyone reciting or singing “fiiiiiive golden rings” and so on as they approached the various displays along the route.

I brought along my camera, tripod and shutter release to get some long exposure shots of the lights. Lights at night are one of my favourite things to photograph, and I think the results turned out quite well.

A large cedar with lots of presents

A large cedar with lots of presents

There was a brass quartet playing Christmas carols, a carousel, and a skating rink set up for all to enjoy. The admission might seem a little steep at $23.50 for adults (lots less for kids, price list here) but if you buy a yearly pass and go more than twice it pays for itself (many will go once a season, or more if you have guests in from out of town).

I hadn’t been out to Butchart Gardens in about 5 years or more, and I had forgotten how lucky we are to have such a world-class attraction in our back yard. It truly is a top-notch operation and it’s no surprise how popular it remains, after over 100 years in existence.

Enjoy these photos – you can view the rest on my Flickr page.

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Ponds are frozen over at the Gardens

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #302

December 31st, 2008

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Now, it’s nice to see what appears to be a rough-in for an additional bathroom, but I wouldn’t necessarily include it on the listing; it might scare some people off. Maybe as one of 15 or so photos, but there were only 5 or 6 on the listing in this case.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #301

December 30th, 2008

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This is just a boring shot of a corner of a room. It doesn’t add any value to the buyer, and even though listings have been dropping off in the last few months, there’s still a lot of product out there. Your marketing needs to be sharp as a tack, and photos need to give a reason to the buyer to look at your listing instead of one of the many others.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #300

December 29th, 2008

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One day I should go through all the 300 Horrible MLS Photos and see what percentage of them are bad bathroom shots. I’d be willing to bet at least half of them are. They are difficult because they are often the smallest rooms in the house and absolutely require a wide angle lens to shoot them.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #299

December 28th, 2008

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Laundry rooms are almost always too small for even a wide-angle lens, and usually are too messy to photograph anyway. I’d leave it out, especially when the laundry pair and the decor are in need of updating.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #298

December 27th, 2008

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Blurry, crooked and out of context because it’s too zoomed in. If not for the wine rack on top, it would be difficult to tell whether this was the kitchen or the laundry room. Take a few steps back and capture the whole room.

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #297

December 26th, 2008

I hear Future Shop has TVs on sale for Boxing Day!

I hear Future Shop has TVs on sale for Boxing Day!

Shower of Power

Hope everyone had an awesome white Christmas Day yesterday and a tasty Christmas Dinner. Here is a pointless shot of a corner of a room. I really hope the REALTOR® wasn’t trying to emphasize that TV on the wall as being a selling feature!

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #296

December 25th, 2008 – MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Every time you shoot a bathroom without a wide angle lens, somewhere a kitten is killed. Please, think of the kittens! It’s Christmas!

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Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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