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Best of Houzz!

January 17, 2017

Robert Brayton, CPP of Houston, TX
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Tomball, TX, January 17, 2017 – Robert Brayton, CPP has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The second generation architectural photographer and Certified Professional Photographer was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are humbled and honored to be given the customer service award by the 40 million viewers of Houzz.com,” said Robert Brayton, CPP. “Our customers are king, and this award validates that philosophy.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Robert,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Follow Robert on Houzz, or visit his website.

About Robert Brayton, CPP
“My vision is to enrich the lives of people and business through visual storytelling in still and moving life portraiture.” Robert is a second generation architectural photographer who holds a CPP degree from the Professional Photographers of America, and is working on the Photographic Craftsman degree.  Robert has served the greater Houston area with professional commercial photography and video production since 2006.  For more information, visit PhotoVideoSound.com.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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What you can’t see, can hurt you

November 9, 2015

You put the finishing touches on your product or space, and now you want to share it so the rest of the world desires what only you can provide. Some people are “tone deaf” to the quality of photographic images — your photography could be a liability without you realizing it. We may not know what makes a photograph sing, but we know when something seems flat and boring. We know instinctively whether a photograph connects to us or not. Subconsciously, our minds sort the uninteresting ones to the bottom of the stack. The elements of a photograph that must be present in each image are:

  • Lighting – is there a natural and even, three dimensional quality to the lighting, or are there dark hallways and blown out windows, or a flatness caused by on-camera flash?
  • Focus – is the image tack sharp, or does it appear soft and less interesting?
  • Composition – is the viewer’s eye drawn to the subject, or do distractions and inappropriate composition blur the message of the image?
  • Exposure – does the brightness seem just right, or is it too bright or dark in places?
  • Contrast – are the highlights blown out, or are the shadows a dark blob? Bright highlights take the viewer’s eyes away from the subject, and diminish the impact of the photograph. Important details are lost in dark shadows.
  • Temperature – are whites white? Or, are the windows blue and the rest of the image have an orange or green cast? The professional photographer knows how to minimize and balance different color temperatures: warm white, soft white, cool white, florescent, halogen, LED, daylight, and even mercury or sodium vapor.
  • Color Saturation – are the colors drab, or garish and overbearing? The professional photographer knows how to make a stunning image without going overboard.
  • Perspective – are the vertical lines vertical? Is the horizon line horizontal? When a camera is tilted up to capture a building, the base of the building appears wider and the top appears narrow. This makes the building appear to be falling backwards. The professional photographer knows how to keep your images from looking like an optical illusion.
  • Distortion – all lenses have distortions. The professional photographer knows how to minimize bowed lines, color fringes, and vignetting that plague every lens.
  • Portfolio – do all the photographs in a set seem to belong together, or are some brighter or darker, or have an inconsistent color cast? Does each image strengthen the story?

Lastly and most importantly, every image needs to impact the viewer: to connect your product or service to your potential customer with the greatest effect. I strive for technical perfection, artistic excellence, and most importantly, to make your story engaging and compelling. Please message, call, or email to discover how I can make your photography one of your greatest assets.

Compelling visual storytelling through magazine quality photography.

Angie’s List Reviews

May 23, 2014

Satisfied customers are the lifeblood of our business. We use Angie’s List to assess whether we’re doing a good job keeping valued customers like you happy. If we have done work for you, please visit AngiesList.com/Review/7901582 in order to grade our quality of work and customer service. If you ever feel we have not given you “A” service, please let us know, we will do every reasonable thing in our power to ensure you are satisfied with our work. This really means a lot to our business. I consider it a personal favor. Thanks!

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Certified Professional Photographer

March 21, 2014

Why did I became a Certified Professional Photographer? Because I can. Not just anyone can pass the rigorous 100 question exam, nor pass the hair-splitting portfolio review. The Professional Photographers of America is the largest group of professional photographers in the world. They take photography very seriously, and their peer-certification process is really separates the experienced photographers who know their stuff from the enthusiast just starting out. Below is a quote from the PPA website. Please spend some time exploring the links and watching the videos. Thank you for caring enough to choose the very best!

(from http://www.ppa.com/why-cpp)

See the Difference Certified Professional Photographers Make

Consistency. CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.

Technical Skills. CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become works of art you will treasure for generations.

Unique Artistry. CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.

Professionalism. When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you’ll tell time and time again and treasure forever.

Just about anyone can take a good picture every now and then. But when life’s biggest moments are unfolding and there’s just one chance to capture that perfect memory, don’t risk it. Entrust your photography needs to a Certified Professional Photographer and see the difference for yourself.

A real business is insured

June 5, 2012

Not to long ago, a certain photographer who will remain unnamed (not me) totally messed up a wedding.  Fortunately for all involved, that photographer is a member of the Professional Photographers of America.  The PPA carries insurance for all its members.  The insurance paid for the wedding to be completely reenacted and reshot–including flying guests from out of state, paying for the venue, the caterer, the limo, tux, you name it.  As a professional photographer and videographer, I value each and every image I capture.  Not only am I a member of the PPA and therefore have this same insurance, but I have extended business insurance…$2,000,000 worth!  Why?  Because I value every customer I serve.  Not only do I have $2,000,000 general business liability coverage, but I am also a member of  HPVA, WEVA, TPPA, SWPPA, and serve on the board of directors for the PPGH.  Why?  Because I value every project I am involved with.  Not only am I a member of these associations, but I attend several training sessions every year and am working on my Certified Professional Photographer acheivement (I recently aced the 100 question written exam).  Why?  Because I want to continuously improve my skills for my next project.  When searching for a photographer or videographer, ask yourself what level of commitment does this person have to their craft.  Ask yourself whether this a real business, or just someone with a camera trying to make a few bucks on the weekends?  At PhotoVideoSound, I do whatever it takes to ensure and insure your images are the best possible.  Thank you for your continued business!

Sometimes I Get Too Excited…

March 30, 2012

…about small things.  It really isn’t a big deal, but it I am so impressed with a website I found called favico.com.  This website converts your GIF, JPG, or PNG into a favicon.  A favicon is the little icon that appears in your browser tabs.  All you do it upload your full sized icon, select whether you want it in 16×16, or 32×32, and press the create button.  It generates a favicon.ico file, and instructions for adding it in your website.  It isn’t much, but it is that one last bit of polish and completeness to your website that says you pay attention to all the details.  How cool is that!