Carina Woolrich, Advantage Chatuge Realty

Featured Listings

Hiwassee River Front Lot 262674

0 Bdrm, 0.00 Bath
Lot 6 Riverbend Trail
Hayesville, North Carolina 28904

Golf Course Lot in The Ridges 264322

0 Bdrm, 0.00 Bath
Lot 71 A Licklog Ridge
Hayesville, NC 28904

Lake Chatuge View Lot MLS 293611

0 Bdrm, 0.00 Bath
Lot 80 Eagles View Summit
Hayesville, NC 28904

Fires Creek Front Home 296361

3 Bdrm, 4.50 Bath
247 Barlow Fields Drive
Hayesville, North Carolina 28904

Craftsman Home on 14 Acres

3 Bdrm, 4.00 Bath
236 Spruce Cove Road
Hayesville, North Carolina 28904

Hayesville Duplex 298305

4 Bdrm, 4.00 Bath
1164 Matheson Cove Road
Hayesville, North Carolina 28904

About Us

EMAIL  Carina

706-994-6626 Direct 
828-389-4466 Office

Carina Woolrich, Realtor

Hi, I'm Carina Woolrich. I live in Hayesville, NC because I love the area and the people; the mountains and the water. I'm here to help you with all of your real estate needs, whether it's finding your dream home or selling the one you already have. I look forward to assisting you and helping you discover the treasures of the North Georgia and Western North Carolina Mountains!

Please email me or call me with any questions, any time.

Like us on Facebook

Licenced as a Broker in N.C. Associate Broker in GA.

Leatherwood Falls, Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area, Hayesville, NC
Leatherwood falls, Fires Creek, Hayesville, NC

Historic Courthouse on the Hayesville Square
Historic Courthouse on the square in Hayesville, NC

Hiwassee River Sunset
Hiwassee River Sunset

Lake Chatuge, Hayesville NC and Hiawassee GA
Lake Chatuge, Hayesville NC

Bald Eagle on the Hiwassee River
Bald Eagle, Hiwassee River

Hiwassee River Hayesville NC Winter
Hiwassee River, Hayesville NC

Winter 2011. Hayesville NC
Winter 2011, Hayesville NC


Carina Woolrich
Advantage Chatuge Realty
706-994-6626 Cell
828-389-4466 Office

NC Lic. 262250
GA Lic. 339775

Firm License:
NC: C-12810
GA: H-45490

Photographing North Facing Homes, Photography Tips and Tricks

March 9, 2011, 4:03 pm


North facing house, no retouching
Straight from the camera

North facing house with minor photo editing
Contrast, brightness, color adjusted

Front of house, digitally enhanced
This photo has been digitally enhanced


Photo Tip # 1: Photographing those nasty north facing houses

This is my first installment of photo tips to try and help you improve your listings. I'm starting a series of tips and tricks from a virtual tour photographer and Realtor. Most will be real estate photography and virtual tour related, but I'll throw in some just plain real estate information as I come across issues that I feel is worth sharing! Of course I'd love for you to see the benefit of hiring a professional to photograph your properties for you, but I'm also interested in seeing better photos on the MLS. I'll try not to get too technical.

Exterior photographs seem to be the easiest to do simply because you can't light them. You think it's kind of a "what you see is what you get" situation. Unfortunately this isn't really the case. Your eyes see a whole lot more than the camera does as far as highlights and shadows are concerned (and the digital cameras we're using today see a whole lot more than the film did.) The best thing you can do is shoot at the right time of day. You want the sun behind you lighting as much of the house as possible. If the house faces east, it's a morning shot; if it faces west, an afternoon shot; if it faces south you pretty much have it made, especially in the winter when the sun is low. Now I do realize you generally need to shoot from both sides of the house and for this you have 2 options: come back at the correct time to get the other side or don't worry about it and just be sure the front looks great.

The real problem is north facing houses. The light never hits the front. When I was doing commercial photography I often had the luxury of waiting for the right time of year (June, when the sun is furthest north) and I would be there all day so I could shoot at just the right time. We don't have that option in Real Estate. We've all seen those photos that show the backround but the house itself is a sillouette. It simply won't do.

There are, however, ways to deal with it. One easy one is to shoot the house on a cloudy day. The clouds work as a giant diffuser for the light, opening up the shadows and darkening the highlights.You won't have those beautiful blue skies or vibrant green lawns, but at least you'll see the house. Another option is to shoot at dusk or dawn, right before sunrise or after sunset. The light is far less severe and it may give you a nice photo. Be sure to turn on the lights inside and out for that lovely warm glow. You may need a tripod for this since the light levels will be low and it's too hard to keep the camera still enough. Another option is to shoot just the dark part of the house, avoiding the part the sun is hitting, and let the backround blow out.

The photos above illustrate my way of dealing with the problem since I prefer working when the sun's out! You can click on the photos to enlarge then if you like. They're all the same shot, done with my digital SLR. The first one is how it came straight out of the camera. You'll notice the front is too dark and the side is too light. The sky and lawn look pretty good, but we're selling the house! The second photo has been retouched, adjusting color, contrast and brightness. You can do this on any photo editing program. I lightened it and added contrast (lowering the contrast just makes them gray). I then added some cyan and some green to lose the red tint. The contrast and brightness need to be messed with to see the shadow detail, but be careful the photo doesn't look washed out. I this photo, the side of the house is too light, as is the sky, but the front looks good and I find this an acceptable listing photo.

The third photo is digitally enhanced. It's a far more complicated process which requires a very steady tripod so I'm not going to get into it. This is what I'm hoping you might hire me to do! The front of the house is perfectly exposed; the right side isn't blown out so you can see the color of the siding; the grass and the sky are vibrant. I use this process on most outdoor shots now (even views) as well as many indoor photos. It just seems to open everything up and really does an amazing job of balancing the lighting. Here are a few more photos to illustrate the concept.


Straight from Camera, no retouching
No retouching

Color, contrast and brightness adjusted

This photo has been digitally enhanced
Digitally enhanced

Hope this has helped. My next installment will address camera angle.

Carina Woolrich
Advantage Chatuge Realty

Tips and Tricks from a Virtual Tour Photographer and Realtor in Hayesville, NC and Hiawassee, GA

Posted by Carina Woolrich at 4:03 pm


March 11, 2015 12:50pm
Bob Watkins

Good Afternoon Carina,

Great tips on photography. I am a Realtor in Dallas Texas. I googled "taking photo's of North facing homes" and clicked on your link.
Both humorous and educational. My experience is trial and retrial. No error. Just reshoot if natural light is compromised. Morning shots on East facing homes and Afternoon for West facing in attempt to minimize shadows.
North facing homes have been a challenge. - Thank you for the tip on shooting on a cloudy day.
If you know of anyone moving to or from North Texas, I appreciate your referral and pay referral fees.
I hope you have a great day!
Bob Watkins - Keller Williams Realty