Q&A with Sotheby’s Photographer Miranda Kimberlin
Photography can make or break a listing. That’s why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty (SSIR) goes to great lengths to make sure its photography is impeccable, which, of course, means great photographers. One of the newest photographers to join our team is Miranda Kimberlin, who started as a freelancer and officially came on board this past summer. We chatted with Miranda to learn more about how she began snapping photos and who inspires her.
Choose Park City: When and how did you first get into photography?
Miranda Kimberlin: I honestly can’t remember shooting much as a child or teen. I was into art and music—I always liked to paint and draw and had received classical vocal training. Somehow, when it came time to choose my major in college, I was certain that I wanted to study fine art photography. My education was focused on analog (film) photography and creating gallery-ready work, and I think that gives a solid foundation for my current photography practice.
What led you to real estate photography and, specifically, your work with SSIR?
I’ve been working in architectural photography specifically for just over three years. I spent several years managing a team of photographers and photo editing staff at another company before joining SSIR in August of 2017. I came to SSIR after spending several months as a freelancer, and was immediately sold on the vision Tiffany Fox has for the creative team. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
Of all the shoots you’ve gone on so far, is there one home that’s been the most memorable? What made it so impactful?
I have two—one from when I had just started at SSIR and one from the last several weeks. The first is 661 Saddle Hill. I’ve never seen anything like that back exterior. The views of the Salt Lake valley are stunning, as well. The other is 160 White Pine—love the modern feel, clean lines, and artwork.
What’s your favorite room or aspect of a home to photograph and why?
I think it really depends on the home. Sometimes there’s an obviously fabulous kitchen or living area, but I love to hunt for the hidden gems. Even if it’s just how a few interesting objects are arranged on a shelf.
Any tips for homeowners on making their properties photogenic?
Natural light is the most important aspect of a photograph (and a home) for me. Open up your curtains and blinds! There’s nothing quite like it.
Do you do any other kinds of photography for work or fun outside of SSIR?
Yes! I take a lot of portraits. I love shooting in natural/available light, and I feel there’s a lot of style crossover between my portrait and architectural work.
Which photographer most inspires you and why?
I absolutely love the work of Gregory Crewdson because it’s much different than my own. He works in large-scale productions with crazy lighting setups, sometimes renting out a whole town or using a movie set to create these intense cinematic images. His pieces are printed on a huge scale, which is my favorite way to view photography.
You can learn more about Miranda and check out her work at mirandakimberlin.com.