tjvphoto, inc. | ABOUT US

ABOUT tjvphoto, inc.


My name is Tim Vrieling, I am a Real Estate Photographer. Real Estate Photography is my profession and the core of my business. I work with many Brokers and Agents in many communities and found that real estate professionals and their businesses are as varied and diverse as the houses they sell and I photograph.

At tjvphoto, inc. we take great pride in bringing high quality real estate photography to your business in a way that supports your business's needs and goals. It is not just about providing a great end product, and we do, it is how we get to that end product that matters most.

Professional photography can help take your business to the next level. The idea that professional photography drives interest in properties is well established and professional photography can and will set you apart from your competition at your next listing appointment.

Clients always want to know what you are going to do for them. High quality images in marketing are essential to grabbing attention and differentiating companies and products from their competition.

Will professional photography guarantee you a faster sale or close the deal on your next listing?

If only business where so easy and predictable. Experience tells us that there are many variables involved in selling a home.
There are some very interesting statistics that make a strong case for hiring a professional photographer. Explore these links: - In Real Estate, A Picture Is Worth $1,000 or More

Redfin - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Dollars. True or False?

Chicago Tribune - Quality photos make all the difference in marketing your home - Get a Picture-Perfect Home Sale - Attract Home Buyers Easily With Great Photography


tjvphoto, inc. Image license Agreement for Real Estate photography

Downloading images from this site is confirmation that you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions listed below. Please read.

By hiring tjvphoto, inc. and Timothy J. Vrieling (“PHOTOGRAPHER,” herein) for your photography needs, you hereby agree to abide by the following terms and conditions regarding copyrights and licensing and hereby declare that you understand that no further written terms will be provided unless explicitly requested:

Real Estate Photography Licensing and Terms

Photographer retains copyright for all photographs. All photos produced for the agent are licensed to that agent ONLY for all marketing associated with the sale of the property in accordance with local MLS rules. No license is granted to any other party for commercial or marketing purposes. Any usage of the photo by a third party, including but not limited to, another agent, architects, builders, stagers, designers, sellers, or buyers is prohibited unless approved in writing by the photographer. Photographer will not license the images to any competing real estate agent.

Photographer retains the right to use the photos for photography marketing and advertising purposes.

Photographer grants this license for a one year term beginning on the date the images are shot. Following the expiration of the term, photographer retains all rights to the images.

By request, photographer can provide a license for the personal, private use of our photos by the seller or buyer. This license is not granted by default, but can be provided along with a copy of the photos by request for a nominal fee.

Images, including neighborhoods, building exteriors, amenities & common areas are not to be included in a company or personal database of images for use in subsequent listings, rentals, or otherwise shared with anyone, including Homeowners, for any reason without prior written consent of tjvphoto, inc.

All invoices are sent with terms of NET 15. As long as payment is received on time, the license described above is granted without condition. However, should the invoice go unpaid beyond 15 days after the date of the invoice, all license is revoked and all images must be removed from MLS, websites, magazines, flyers, and any other marketing material until the invoice is paid in full and license is restored by the photographer. If payment is not received and arrangements have not been made with the photographer following the due date, tjvphoto, inc. reserves the right to send Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices to the local MLS as well as any websites hosting the photographs.

All images are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.



Prepare Your Home For A Photo Shoot


Congratulations you have hired a real estate professional that is incorporating professional photography into the marketing of your property. Statistics show that over 90% of home buyers shop on-line first. Consumers are used to seeing crisp, detailed attractive photographs when they shop and that is our goal for your property. It is the images we create that will be the introduction of your property to these buyers. For the very best showing of your home it will take a team effort and you are part of the team. Your agent is well versed and experienced in the proper staging of your home. Their guidance and referring to the helpful points below will ensure the best possible photographs of your property.



"Staging" could be described as the opposite of "decorating"!  Decorating and interior design is all about personalizing a space, staging a home for sale is all about de-personalizing the space to allow the potential buyer to imagine it for themselves. If you are able think of it as "not my home anymore" this will make it easier to remove those personal photographs and objects.


Edit 50% of household belongings.  Packing up off-season clothes will make closets look more spacious.  Same concept applies to books on bookshelves, toys in the children’s rooms, kitchen items, etc. 


Clean well and De-clutter

  •  De-clutter rooms which may be excessively furnished as they do not photograph well. 
  •  Throw rugs and runners in entryways, kitchens and bathrooms should be removed. 
  •  De-clutter fireplace mantel.
  •  Gas fire places look great lit in photos. If yours can be done safely be prepared to lite it when the photographer arrives.


The Living & Family Room 

  •  Remove piles of newspaper and magazines.
  •  Hide all TV/Stereo remotes.
  •  If you can, turn on your TV’s to a channel that displays art or photographs.
  •  Conceal all exposed cables as best possible.
  •  Remove clutter, personal photos, etc. from bookshelves, tables and cabinets.
  •  Tuck trash cans out of view in a closet, cupboard or the garage.


The Bedrooms 

  •  Make all beds and tidy bedrooms. 
  •  Clothes hung, or folded and put away. 
  •  Remove items from bedside tables – books, magazines, pictures, clock radios, etc.


The Kitchen 

  •  Clear off counter tops and remove any appliances; i.e., toasters, coffee pots, knife blocks. 
  •  Remove photos, notes, magnets and papers from the refrigerator.
  •  Clean the major appliances – refrigerator, oven, range hood, and wipe down all countertops. 
  •  Conceal garbage containers.
  •  Hide away floor mats.


The Dining Room 

  •  Set the table with your best China and dinnerware. 
  •  Add a colorful centerpiece such as candles or flowers. 
  •  Conceal any exposed electrical cords. 


The Bathrooms 

  •  Clear off the countertops – toothbrushes, shavers, soap dishes, tissue and lotion dispensers, makeup mirrors, etc. should all be cleared away. 
  •  Remove shampoo and other products from the shower/tub area. They can be set down in the bath tub to be hidden.
  •  All toilet seats should be down and lid closed. 
  •  Mirrors should be clean.
  •  Burning candles look really nice in bathroom photos.


The Home Exterior 

  •  Remove all vehicles from driveways and do not park directly in front of the house. 
  •  Move garbage cans out of sight. 
  •  Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers.
  •  Remove all children’s toys, bikes, etc. 
  •  If you have a pool, remove the pool sweep, pool cleaning equipment and any pool toys. 
  •  Turn on all pool and fountain features.
  •  Mow and rake yard. 
  •  Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios. 
  •  Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions
  •  Uncover barbecues, pools, and spas


When the Photographer Arrives

Our professional photographer will arrive and begin work as soon as he or she enters your home. They will be photographing both the inside and outside including most major rooms. The photographer is not allowed to move or arrange furniture or personal items, so it is very important that this is all done before his arrival.

  •  Turn on all lights, including table lamps, under the counter lights, and exterior lights.
  •  Turn on all pool and fountain features.
  •  The photographer may adjust blinds and shutters based on what is happening with light and view outside your windows. Please let photographer know if there are any issues with broken or damaged blinds he/she should be careful of.


The Final Touches 

  •  Contain pets in the garage or out of sight.
  •  Remove/Replace/Repaint anything that is too "taste-specific"
  •  Valuables and Medications out of sight or locked up.
  •  Hide away daily personal items in bathrooms.
  •  Keep in mind the photographer has other appointments so his time is limited. For the best results be sure that all the details are taken care of before his arrival.