Breckenridge Virtual Tours

Breckenridge virtual tour provider wins Award from International Group. Photography for Real Estate, (PFRE) a world-wide photography group with more than 2,000 members awarded Michael Yearout it’s January 2009 Idol Award for the Best Real Estate Photograph of the Month. Breckenridge, Colorado, January 1, 2009: Larry Loman, the admistrator of the PFRE gourp said, “The voting is in the the new PFRE Idol Contest Winner for January, 2009 is Michael Yearout, of Breckenridge, Colorado, U.S.A. Congratulations Michael! Those of you that frequent the Photography for Real Estate group will recognize this as one of Michael’s distinctive images with the great Rocky Mountain views.” Go to to view my gallery.

Some time ago I thought of offering still images to my clients when I shoot a virtual tour, as a small charge each (I charge $12.50 for each still image) while it doesn’t sound like much, I was already at the home had my lighting equipment already set up and it does not take that much extra time. And it adds anywhere from $75 to $200 to the shoot (depending on how many photos the agent wants). It has become a significant add-on that helps boost my income. While doing a virtual tour of this 12,000 sq.ft. home the agent wanted me to shoot 12 still shots. My award winning shot is one of those 12.

I’ve been a professional real estate photographer (full time) for two years now. Although I started photography, seriously while in college where I received a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1971. I’ve learned that lighting is the most important thing in shooting real estate interiors. Balancing the outdoor light coming in through the windows with the indoor light makes for a beautiful photograph. I use the same lighting set-up for all my virtual tours – it really helps create a tour that stands out.

The award competition goes like this: each month members of PREF may submit one image, the administrator picks 10 images and posts them on the site photographyforrealestate and the full membership votes for what they think is the best image. Voting ends in 15 days and the image that receives the most votes wins that month’s Idol Award. In the two years I have been a provider for Real Tour Vision I have learned a lot about how to make my tours better and better – from Real Tour Vision and Real Estate for Photography.

When asked what I thought of winning the award I said, “I am very proud to have received this award from my peers in the PFRE group. I’ve worked very hard at improving my interior photography and it has paid off. To have my photograph voted the best by some of the best real estate photographers in the world is very gratifying.” To view my winning photograph and read more about me go to: and scroll down the home page a bit. You will find it. I do most of my photography in and around Summit County Colorado. You can see my work in many of the real estate magazines around the county (The Real Estate Book, Mountain Homes Illiustrated and others and in the Summit Daily News. I urge every Real Tour Vision provider to add still photography to their packages. It will increase your bottom line and, who knows, you might take an award-winning photograph.

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MKY Photography
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