Mango Drive Photography offers quality work for quality people. I strive to create the highest quality images and media in Hampton Roads for real estate agents, brokers, architects, builders, and designers.
I never planned to be a real estate photographer. When I left for college in 2005, I was a History major with hopes of one day becoming a museum curator. I changed my major to Communication after a semester so I could take classes with my new friends. It was the best uninformed decision I've ever made. After graduating and still not knowing what to do, I went back to school and earned a Master's in Health Communication from George Mason University. But with no actual medical training, a job was difficult to land. Eventually I found a job out of my comfort zone working in sales and marketing with a new home builder. I had finally found something I loved but it wasn't the job itself it was being surrounded by gorgeous design, architecture and creative minds.
In 2017, my husband, Chris, gave me a Nikon d3400 camera for Christmas. I instantly began taking pictures of every room in my house and the model homes I worked in every day. After a few months of practice I decided to turn my hobby into a business and began shooting real estate part-time for a small following of loyal clients. I realized I am completely myself when I am behind my camera. Ultimately after a few years, a personal epiphany, and the courage to take a risk, I am thrilled to share the best of me with all of you.
One last thing, I named my company after my grandma's house on Mango Drive. It was pale blue and covered in a canopy of trees. It smelled like home. I adored that house and everything it represented. I understand that home is more than the structure and it is my goal to represent that in my photography.
Real estate photography and videography, virtual tours, aerial photography and videography, interior design and architectural photography.
What are the greatest obstacles and/or challenges that your business has faced? How have you and your business overcome them?
The biggest challenge to my business is competition that underprices and undervalues their work. I overcome this by marketing my quality and holding strong on my pricing. I understand that means I may not be the best value photographer but I am determined to provide the highest quality images and best customer service to my clients.
My work has been published in a few real estate related publications like Hampton Roads Real Producers, Hampton Roads Realtors Association Magazine, and The Real Estate Book.
I'd like to take on my architecture, builder, and interior design clients and grow the commercial side of my business. I'm also looking into joining forces with other real estate photographers in Hampton Roads.
I love any opportunity to meet new people and support other local businesses in Hampton Roads.