Whidbey Island real estate photographer:
Kim Tinuviel, of Tinuviel Creative, has been a professional real estate and architectural photographer since 2007. Most recently she has added custom video productions and has become FAA-certified as a commercial aerial pilot (drone photography and video).
Kim strives to not only provide the best quality imagery for her clients, but to be her clients’ trusted team member as well. Her goal is to deliver exactly what is required, on time, with a smile. Reliability, professionalism and quality.
Where we work:
Kim Tinuviel works across Whidbey Island, from Clinton in the south, all the way through to Oak Harbor in the north. Other areas off the island are also supported, although additional mileage, travel and expense charges may apply.
Our ideal clients:
- Real estate agents and brokers
- Commercial and residential property managers
- Independent vacation rental managers (i.e. VRBO and Airbnb)
- Interior designers
- Hotels/convention centers
Get in Touch with Tinuviel Creative
If you would like to speak to Kim from Tinuviel Creative you can call her on the phone numbers listed below, or fill in the contact form and she will get in touch with you as soon as she can.
Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday By appointment
Sunday By appointment
AddressWhidbey Island, WA
Phone (360) 639-4299
Social Media: Tinuviel Creative
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What areas do we cover: Whidbey Island, Washington
An interview with Kim Tinuviel
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am an all-around creative person. I’ve been self-employed in the arts since my teens. My current business encompasses commercial art and design (photography, graphic design, web design, etc.), fine art (painting and photography), classical music performance, and teaching (music lessons, photography and painting). Most recently, I have earned my FAA certification as a licensed commercial drone pilot. I can now legally provide aerial imaging services to my clients wishing to use a unique aerial perspective to market their services or inventory!
I have two homes (AZ and WA), and often work while traveling. In AZ I work alongside my sister, a professional photographer/videographer, who backs me up when I travel.
How would you describe your photographic style?
My clients appreciate my artistic eye, and clean, realistic style. I do not use heavy-handed post-processing tools, but strive to create imagery that looks welcoming and friendly.
What’s your standard workflow when doing real estate photography, from arrival at the location through to delivery of the images?
Many of my clients need images “yesterday”. I do my best to fit everyone onto my calendar as soon as possible – usually the same week.
I am primarily a natural/ambient light photographer, and do not use lots of lighting equipment. This keeps shoots relatively short. Most take 45-90 minutes, depending on the size of the property.
The most successful shoots are those where the owner and the broker have worked together to prepare and stage the property so that everything is clean and tidy, all light bulbs work (and are the same color temperature), etc.
It also helps to have the broker or assistant at the shoot so we can discuss shots, angles and features of the property that will be highlighted in the marketing remarks.
Once the shoot is over, I guarantee image delivery within 24hrs, unless other arrangements have been made. I put a great deal of effort into assuring that each image is color-corrected and that the images accurately represent the property.
Finally, images are delivered via digital download from my website, ready for upload to the MLS.
How important is Photoshop or digital editing to your process?
I utilize an Adobe software package called Lightroom to catalog and process all of my shoots. I occasionally use Photoshop to correct serious issues in a photograph. I do not alter images in a way that misrepresents the property or its surroundings.
What do you enjoy most about photographing real estate, architecture and the built environment?
I am excited daily by the challenge of capturing the artistic aspects of random living spaces. I love it when an agent comes to me after a shoot and says “your photos sold that house!”
What has been the most memorable photo shoot you’ve ever done?
I’ve shot a lot of very interesting properties, however the best experience was the time I shot a very small mobile home in a tired old trailer court.
After delivering the images to the agent, she shared them with the client and received the following reply: “Please tell the photographer I’m so grateful for these amazing photos … she’s a poet with the camera!”
That one brought tears to my eyes.
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened when you’ve been on a photo shoot?
I’ve had a lot of not-so-funny things happen on shoots (rats, twisted ankles, unclean premises, etc.), but so far nothing really funny.
Although I could imagine being pranked by a seller dressed as a clown and popping out of a closet or something!
What advice would you give to someone in Lake Havasu City who was selling their home?
Hire an experienced agent who will go the extra mile (and expense) to stage your home and get excellent photos and video. Then take the agent’s advice and do everything asked of you.
The agent is your professional guide. You will be rewarded by a higher selling price, multiple offers, rapid sale, and possibly all of the above.
What do you like to do away from work?
I love to travel, make art, and spend time with my family.
Real estate / architectural photography
Video marketing production
Aerial photography / video
Graphic / web design
Kim Tinuviel specializes in helping you create and maintain a strong brand.
For over 25 years, she has created beautiful digital imagery and video, designed successful marketing campaigns, and developed exceptional websites for hundreds of clients. She is fully licensed by the FAA to create aerial (drone) photography and video for commercial purposed, and is fully insured, reducing the risk to her clients.
With Kim and Tinuviel Creative, you are the priority.
Testimonials for Tinuviel Creative:
When we decided to hire Tinuviel Creative, we knew we would get help with all of our advertising and marketing, but it was all the extras that we hadn’t considered. Best business decision we have made in years!TS, VP/partner of small business
We have worked with Kim on both design and photography projects for our business. We were impressed by how well she met or beat deadlines and how easy it was to work through edits and iterations. Kim is very professional and was able to photograph events effortlessly, and was never in the way, while still getting great shots. We will absolutely work with Kim in the future.VN & TN, small business owners
Kim was a delight to work with. She listened closely to what was needed, and came up with a beautiful design on a very tight timeline. I received so many compliments and was very pleased with both the process and the result.TC, non-profit director
Kim’s reputation for passionate enquiry is at the heart of her ability to develop design solutions that target and inspire customer response, building brand loyalty.LE, small business owner
Kim did a great job talking with me about what was needed, paying close attention to my concerns and helping me clarify and improve my marketing message. She has imagination and creativity that really show in what she produces for her clients.CT, small business owner
Kim is calm, efficient and accommodating. Always a pleasure to work with in any capacity. I would and have recommended her professional services.KP, president of non-profit
We have worked with Kim for many years on various projects. Each time she has brought creativity and originality, giving us effective marketing tools that have enabled us to grow our business. She is a clear communicator and punctual performer whom we would highly recommend.RS & VS, small business owners
Kim has helped us over the past decade with both our businesses. She’s right on target from the beginning, asking the right question, easing you into a solid working relationship. Kim has a wide range of expertise and is sensitive to client’s needs. She makes it easy to work through a project and we are always satisfied with quality and creativeness of the final product.DM & BM, small business owners
What a joy, and a relief, it is to work with Kim. She listened to the message that we wanted and created the perfect embodiment. Kim also has the ability to educate good design, refining our logo into the perfect brand. We are very grateful for her work.GL& BA, small business owners
Kim is a kind and polite professional. She promptly delivers crisp, clear photos and precise messaging that help buyers easily understand the value of a property. Everyone in my office appreciates her work.DC, real estate broker
Facebook posts by Tinuviel Creative
Here's my favorite shot from the commercial projects I completed last week: an aerial shot of a small golf course development in Needles, CA. ©2018 Kim Tinuviel, FAA-certified.
Staging a home for real estate photography... http://bestrealestatephotographers.com/staging-home-real-estate-photography/
When you hire a photographer to shoot photos of a property for sale or to list on a vacation rental site such as Airbnb or VRBO, what are you actually buying? This question comes up a lot, and here's the best answer I've seen: There are two basic products/services you have the option to purchase - "licensing" and "work for hire." What's the difference? A license allows you to use the images for a certain amount of time, for a specific use, while the photographer retains the ownership of the images and copyright. Basically, you're renting them. Much like renting a car... you can use it for a specific purpose and length of time, and take it to a specific place, but the photographer still owns the car. With work for hire, you are purchasing the images. You can use them however you like, for whatever purpose, for however long. You own them. The industry standard is that images done as work for hire are typically at least 3-4 times the cost of licensing. Back to the car rental idea... buying a car when you only need it for a week-long vacation doesn't make sense for most people and it's the most expensive option. But if you want to be able to let anyone on the planet drive that car, spray paint it, chop it up for parts, sell any of the pieces to anyone you like, then buying the car makes a lot of sense. A good photographer will do his or her best to make sure the client gets what is needed, without paying for more than is needed. Call me if you have any questions. I'm happy chat about it.