By Jingoes! I was told by several people when we opened (two years ago) that professional photography would be a gamechanger. I made several attempts through the Airbnb service to get it done but it wasn’t offered here. So…I squirrelled money away for it, then blew it on other things to improve the listing, then resaved it and reblew it…(you get the picture)
Finally I called it. Booked someone. It was only AUD250 for Jessica to come for 90mins, edit a provide us a bajillion images and a week later the listing had emotion and pizzazz.
Even I want to book in.
I got her to take the key shots but also abstract ones of plants and small inclusions. I am still not sure about the ordering of the photos. I have featured a key few and then gone back and systematically covered region by region of the property as a bit of a walk through. (How have you chosen to order yours? I would love a look)
I wish I had paid more attention to our 30 views stat. From memory it was 300-400 and is now in the 700s and just changing our cover photo alone (we got that photo back first) had us take 3 bookings a day , everyday for a week (and usually we take one or maybe two bookings per week). Not sure what that was about. Maybe the booking algorithm? Bookings make bookings? It has slowed back down now. I will also watch the booking percentage - but who knows what that actually means. Ours sits at about 1.4% which sounds dismal.
The photos are here if you want a look at what I asked she photograph (and what she herself took initiative to capture). www.retrogrannybnb.com.au
I loved that we negotiated a set fee and I could relax knowing she would do what she could within that.
She is a wedding photographer and quiet in the winter. Maybe that is the go - get your place done by someone in their offseason?
Geez I wish I acted 2 years ago! (and watching now for things I can get her back to do next year when I rebook her for an update)