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I’m so excited to share our interview with our second realtor of the week, Jody Zink! Awhile back, Kathy and I started a new segment on the Photography By K social media called “Realtor of the Week”, where we ask a realtor we work with frequently a few questions and share them with you on our blog and Facebook! While it’s been a bit slow-going, due to some changes in the business, which you can read about here, we here at Photography By K are getting into the new groove.

So with that out of the way, let’s focus on Jody! Below are her answers to our questions. We hope you enjoy our second edition of realtor of the week!

Q: How long have you been in the real estate business?

A: 13 years.

Q: What did you do prior to real estate?

A: I was a television news reporter for WTOL.

Q: Where is your primary market area (Sylvania, Maumee, Bedford, Perrysburg, etc.)?

A: I work in Sylvania, Maumee, Perrysburg, West Toledo, South Toledo, and Bedford.

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: Getting clients happily to the finish line with my amazing staff!

Q: What is one tip for sellers when listing their home for sale?

A: MINIMIZE. Remember, less is more.

Now here are some of our fun questions we asked Jody!

Q: What is your all-time guilty pleasure movie?

A: Dirty Dancing

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: I love Spouse like a House at Handel’s (Open year-round by the way)!

Q: What is your spirit animal?

A: I would say a pony.

Q: Are you a dog or cat person?

A: Cat — they’re lower maintenance.

Q: If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be (superhero, a character from your favorite movie/television show, Santa, etc.)?

A: Jack Bauer! (He’s the protagonist of Fox’s television series 24.)

Here are some other fun facts about Jody!

Jody grew up on a hog farm.

Jody often carries a Scooby Doo lunchbox.

Jody has a figurine of Steve Jobs on her desk.

Jody ran the New York City marathon with P-Diddy in 2003.
How cool are all of those things?! Thanks for sharing, Jody!!
We really hope you enjoyed learning more about Jody! Here’s her information, if you’d like to contact her about selling your house, or if you just want to learn more fun facts about her. She has many!
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Phone Number: 419-938-4184

Hi, and welcome back to Photography By K’s blog. As you can tell, it’s been fairly deserted yesterday. Lots of changes have been happening around the studio, or should I say not at the studio, since it’s only been Roxanne there on her own!  While I’m sure most people check Facebook for all Photography By K news, I wanted to write a short recap of everything that’s been going on at the studio before I continue with normal blogs.

Let’s start with the boss, Kathy. She’s moved to Jacksonville, Florida! Jason accepted a new position with Southeastern Grocers, and the rest is history! Kathy hired Roxanne as our real estate photographer. We aren’t doing portrait photography anymore. However, Roxanne is doing a great job at all the houses she’s been photographing!

Now, I’ve also moved. While I wish I could have moved to Florida with Kathy, I’ve started college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I can’t help Roxanne with taking the photographs anymore, I’m still working with Kathy, especially as she’s getting settled in at her new home. I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, as I’ve been getting settled in my new home and adjusted to college life.

So, now you’re all caught up! I hope your excited as I am as more posts start coming from the Photography By K blog!

 

Here at Photography By K, we do lots of real estate photography. Kathy and I thought it would be fun to start a little segment on our social media called “Realtor of the Week”, where we will ask a realtor we work with frequently a few questions and share them with you on our blog. This week, we are introducing Kevin Warren as our first realtor of the week! Read his answers to our questions below!

 

Q: How long have you been in the real estate business?

A: 10 years.

 

Q: What did you do prior to real estate?

A: I was a carpenter.

 

Q: Where is your primary market area?

A: We work by referral, so we serve all areas including Michigan.

 

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: One of my favorite parts of this job is helping people get what they want.

 

Q: What is one tip for sellers when listing their home for sale?

A: My main tip is don’t rush to market, get your home ready, and use a professional photographer! Image is everything. (Wow, thanks Kevin! I swear he said this out of his own free will!)

 

Not only did we send out real estate related questions, but we sent some fun questions as well. Below are Kevin’s responses for those!

Q: What is your all-time guilty pleasure movie?

A: I like to watch any adult movie, since I watch kids movies 24/7.

 

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: I love cookie dough!

 

Oh this next question is my favorite!

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

A: Hmm, that’s a weird question. I would say a donkey, I mean I get called jack ass a lot. (I know it’s a weird question; Kathy came up with it! What a weirdo, right?)

 

Q: Are you a cat or dog person?

A: I’m definitely a cat person, I was never allowed to have dogs growing up.

 

Q: If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be (superhero, character from your favorite movie/television show, Santa, etc.)?

A: I would really enjoy to have lunch with Kate Beckinsale. She’s a really good actor! 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about Kevin! Here’s his information, especially if you’d like to contact him about selling your house!IMG11524

Website: warrengrouphomes.com

Email: kwarren@danberry.com

Recently, The Warren Group created a new website! After lots of work on their end, a new website is available to us that has so many more features than it did before! Most notably, they have a property search function! It allows you to search for a property by address, ZIP code, or MLS number. However, if you don’t have that information or you’re shopping around to find a house, there are other options too. For example, you can choose from a variety of houses that fit your needs, like location, property type, maximum and minimum price, and maximum and minimum bedrooms and bathrooms. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Here are some screenshots of the cool new features! Feel free to check them out yourself as well here!

 

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Well, here’s my last blog about my journey around Eastern Europe! Budapest was an interesting city. It was definitely the most beautiful, but I felt the least welcomed there. Maybe it’s because I could easily pass as Polish and I could speak a little too, whereas Hungarian is an incredibly difficult language and it was obvious that I was a tourist.

We traveled from Krakow to Budapest by train. While it took a long time with many delays, I was amazed at the thought that I had traveled in four countries in one day! We started in Poland and went through Czech Republic and Slovakia before arriving in Hungary. The first photo on the upper left was somewhere in Slovakia. The geography was so beautiful there, I sat in the train staring out of the window for hours.

 

 

Many of the other photos I took were of the many beautiful castles and architecture in Budapest. I learned that Budapest actually used to be three cities: Buda, Óbud, and Pest, but today most people only separated them based on which side of the river you were on. For example, on the third photo down on the left, Buda is on the left, while Pest is on the right. Buda is a nicer part of town, in my opinion. There were beautiful old places of worship everywhere and I never got tired of looking at them. One day while we were there, we saw six weddings! We went to the highest point of the city where we could see both Buda and Pest; that’s where I took a few of these photos.

Finally, the real reason we were there was to study the Holocaust. You can see a photo of the Israeli flag inside a metal shoe. This was taken at a monument representing the Jewish lives lost in Hungary during World War II. This monument was placed where a group of Jewish people were shot into the river one night. It was strange to see somewhere so nice and peaceful, knowing that something horrible has happened there before. One thing that interested me about World War II and Hungary is that it is still very controversial today. You see, Hungary was on the Axis side for awhile (with Germany). They helped the Germans by invading Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. However, later during the war Hungary went behind Germany’s back and switched sides. This angered Germany, so they invaded Hungary and bombed many bridges, leaving the city in two pieces once again: Buda and Pest.

 

Hungary’s culture is very unique because they’ve been invaded so many times. Some Hungarians say that their culture is a mix of all the countries they’ve been invaded by. The Hungarian people and their culture were delightfully different from Poland’s. While if I visited Eastern Europe again, I would prefer to go back to Poland, Hungary was amazing and definitely a city worth visiting.

Krakow was probably the most powerful city we went to. We visited Auschwitz while there and it was a deeply emotional experience. As you could read in my blog about Warsaw (remember I’m doing a short blog about each city), we went to a Jewish cemetery. It was strange to think that more than five times more people died at Auschwitz than there were graves at the cemetery, but there were no headstones for those killed at Auschwitz. I thought the camp looked so beautiful from a distance and with the architecture that it seemed crazy that so many horrible things happened there. Judge for yourself. Here are some photos from the camp:

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Well, once again, on a brighter note, there were so many fun things to do in Krakow! It was a beautiful city, definite the most welcoming. There were amazing castles and scenery. One of my favorite photos is the first one on the top right. The city was very stormy and rainy while we were there and I loved how the cloud looks above the castle. One of my classmates also bought a skateboard and let me try it out, so I skateboarded through Krakow a few times! Plus, since there was an old castle, much of the city was made to look old. In fact, they had a specific place in the city called old town, where there were horse drawn carriages. I got to pet one. Doesn’t he look so cute in his little viking helmet?!

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Stay tuned for my blog about Budapest!!

Well, I’m back! I had an amazing experience of a lifetime in Poland that I can’t wait to share with all of you! I went to three main cities, Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest. I figured the best way to break this down was to describe each city and my experiences there. So, let’s get started!

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In Warsaw, we went to three main places: a holocaust museum, a Jewish cemetery, and the biggest public park (it actually used to be the king’s hunting grounds!). The Holocaust museum we went to was somewhat of a blur: we went to it the same day we got in and all of us were incredibly tired from the plane ride. However, I did take a few photos of the museum. My favorite was the one I took of the Star of David. Next, we went walked through the park on our way to the cemetery. It was really interesting to me that it’s so common in Europe for parks to have been the king’s hunting grounds in the past! Finally, at the Jewish cemetery, I felt very disappointed. Walking around the massive cemetery, I saw overgrowth and cracked tombstones as far as I could see. With the rest of my class, we discussed how it could be this way. Our teacher explained that there are many families that were entirely wiped out, so no one could come to take care of their ancestors that died before the Holocaust. Going to the cemetery felt very real and left me with many emotions about the Holocaust.

On a brighter note, in the top center photo, I am posting with the largest building in Warsaw! It was built by a Soviet architect in 1955 and dedicated to Stalin. However, after the Soviet Union fell, the dedication to him was revoked. The palace is controversial to Poles; some see it as an inevitable part of their history, while others see it as a remembrance of their time in the Soviet Union, and therefore do not like it. This controversy and its history are what intrigued me, along with the fact that it is the tallest building in Poland, seventh tallest in the European Union, and in the top twenty for tallest buildings in all of Europe.

Well, this blog was a bit longer than I intended. I will write a little about Krakow and Budapest in separate blogs that will come out in the next day or two!

Last Saturday was my senior prom. It was so exciting to spend a night with my friends dancing to music! Kathy agreed to take some photos of my friends at the park, but the weather wasn’t great, so we instead went to the studio. Here are some of the photos that Kathy took of my friends!

Here’s a photo of all the couples and our eleventh wheel, Thomas. The one that isn’t wearing a tuxedo is Sam. He wanted all of us to dress up as different superheroes, but everyone backed out, except him. Oh well, Sam.

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Oh, and speaking of Sam, Kathy and I thought it would be funny to give him a superpower in Photoshop since he was Batman. What do you think?

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Here’s a photo of Jacob and Thomas. They didn’t go as a date, but we joke that they’re a couple.

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Here are photos of all the girls and guys (silly and smiling). Chris wore crazy striped socks, so the guys were making fun of him for that:

 

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And finally, here’s the whole gang, including our bachelor, Thomas, as the star of the photo.

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Prom was amazing and so much fun. I’m really glad Kathy could get these cool shots of us for our final prom altogether as friends! I hope you enjoyed my atypical blog post today. I promise I will get back on track soon with a new segment, but I have a surprise for you all next week. Come check it out next Friday! 😉

I hope you’ve had fun these last two weeks playing with VSCO! It’s one of my favorite apps for editing photos on my iPhone. This week, we are switching gears a little bit. Instead of showing you how I generally edit my photo’s exposure, contrast, etc., like I do on VSCO, this week I’ll show you the “micro-editing” I do on Snapseed.

Snapseed has many of the same features that VSCO does, but I prefer to use VSCO for main editing and Snapseed for the “micro edits”, like small touch ups, getting rid of distracting parts of the photo, or to change a specific part of the photo. Let me show you.

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So here is a photo of me with my friend’s horse, Orion. Now, prior to importing the photo into Snapseed, I edited it in VSCO. The photo on the left is post-VSCO processing, but pre-Snapseed processing. See any differences? First, I used Snapseed’s “healing” feature that removes impurities. If you can’t tell, I used this feature to get rid of the white on my sweatshirt and the lead and stains on the floor. This feature took me awhile to get used to, but now that I have it down, it’s great! My advice when you try the healing tool: use small strokes. If you circle a large area, the photo doesn’t get edited well, it just gets messed up. Instead, I repeatedly tap the imperfection that I want to go away.

Next, do you notice any other differences? No, you’re not imagining that my face is brighter and the barn rafters are less yellow in the second photo, I edited it that way. Snapseed also has a cool feature where I can change one aspect of the photo. In this case, I wanted my face to be more exposed, but I didn’t like how yellow the rafters were, so I placed two dots: one near my face and the other near the rafters. In Snapseed, you can only edit one dot at a time though.

Now, let me tell you how these magical dots work. After opening your photo, press “selective”. Then tap where you want the dot to go. In my case, I placed the dot on my face. Once you place it, a white “B” will appear, which is outlined in blue. This means you are adjusting the brightness. You can also edit the contrast and saturation of a certain area as well. In order to change between these three, slide you thumb vertically. The third photo below shows what it should look like when you move your thumbs vertically. Now, once you are on the setting you wish to be on, slide your thumb horizontally. Sliding it to the left will take out whatever the setting you are in. Sliding left will make it darker, have less contrast, or desaturated. Sliding to the right will do the opposite; it will make your photo brighter, more contrasted, or more saturated.

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So, there’s how I use Snapseed! There are other features on Snapseed as well, such as different filters and settings you can play around with, but I prefer to do most of my editing on VSCO. These are the only two photo editing applications I use to edit my photos. However, there is one more app that I use that relates to iPhone photography that I’ll introduce next week! See you then!

Have you ever wanted to take a photo of say, a beautiful sunset, only for the landscape to be too big to fit into one photo? Maybe you get frustrated, wondering how you could fully reveal the magic of a bright, colorful sunset. Well, stress no more! There’s a camera mode on your iPhone that can do that!

I found this camera mode through my thorough exploration of the iPhone’s camera and I’m hoping that you have enjoyed this little journey I have taken you on. However, today is a bittersweet day, as we are on the last camera mode on the iPhone. Don’t fear though because I plan on writing a few more blogs about the post-processing that you can do on your photos using apps found on the App Store. Anyway, that’s my plan for the next few weeks. In the meantime, let’s figure out how to use the final mode on your iPhone!

Now, let me first explain how panoramas work. Really all the camera is doing when you take a panorama is stitching the photos together. This means it is important to keep a steady hand and follow the cameras directions when taking the photo. I’ll explain more later.

In order to take a panorama, we need to open the camera on your iPhone.  After opening the camera, swipe to the left twice. This will put the camera into ‘pano’ mode, which should be in yellow at the bottom of the screen. In the middle of the screen there should be a yellow horizontal line with an arrow pointing to the right, like I show below. While right is the default, if you tap on the arrow with your finger you can take the photos from right to left, where the arrow is pointing left. This is another way to know you’re in ‘pano’ mode as well.

 

Now, press the shutter button. After this, you will need to slowly  move the camera across the landscape you wish to photograph. While taking the photo, you will have to follow the instructions on the screen. It will most likely tell you to slow down, move the camera up, or move the camera down. It is important to follow these directions. If you don’t, your photo will look wonky, like I show below.  Try to keep the arrow on the line when taking the photo. This way it won’t look as strange and having black boxes in the photo where the image was not taken. Also, if you go too fast, sometimes you will get what jagged lines. Look at the photo I have below. Look at the computer. See how it’s not a smooth edge? I either went too fast or moved the camera a way I wasn’t supposed to.

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And that’s it! Panoramas can be difficult to get down, but they are amazing once you’ve figured them out. Now go share your beautiful sunset photos with your friends and family! Here is my completed panorama of the studio from my desk.

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