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Meet Mary Ourada of First Impression Business Images in Scripps Ranch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Ourada.

Mary, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was a realtor in Summit County Colorado for 7 years but when the real estate market tanked in 2008 I decided to go into Real Estate Photography instead. I have had a love of photography since high school and thought it was a perfect fit for me with my real estate knowledge. I moved back to my home town of San Diego in 2012 and restarted my real estate photography business here. I have photographed over 1,000 homes and have also incorporated business photography and professional head shots to my business. I recently got my drone certification from the FAA and have added that to my list of services. I have a portable studio set up to bring on locations to do professional head shots. Virtual Reality photos are the newest addition to my business. You are able to utilize the Virtual Reality goggles in order to view a home or business making the person feel like they are standing right in the room. I believe it will be a useful tool in businesses in order to showcase things that need to be toured such as event spaces all set up, hotel meeting areas, and many other applications. I love what I do and I hope you will contact me and see if I can help you with your real estate or business photography needs.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My biggest challenge was moving my business from Colorado and starting over in San Diego. It always takes time to build a business. I have learned a lot over the years and things are always changing with technology. I started out using the HDR photo system but was challenged by a Realtor to use flash photography instead and I have enjoyed the results much more.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the First Impression Business Images story. Tell us more about the business.
I use the RTV (Realtour Vision) system. They are a fantastic virtual tour company out of Traverse City Michigan and they continually come up with new and innovative ways to showcase real estate and businesses. They also have a number of commercial hotel accounts that I photograph for them such as Choice Hotels, Motel 6, and Best Western chains. I am the sole photographer for my business. I specialize in Real Estate photography, Drone photography, Hotel and Business photography, Virtual Reality photography, and professional on-site Head Shot photography. I am one of the only women in the area that does this type of photography. I have a strong work ethic and attention to detail. You will receive the real estate photos to you within one day, and business photos from 3 to 5 business days. I have 7 years experience.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe that if you do what you love, everything will fall into place and that has been the case when it comes to my business.


  • Real Estate photography packages starting at $110.00
  • Business Photography packages starting at $175.00

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Mary L Ourada

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1 Comment

  1. Dustin Peyser

    January 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I was lucky to be introduced to Mary early in my career as a Real Estate Agent. Always professional, timely and never a bad shot. Professional photos are a must in this industry and no one offers a better and more cost effective service when it comes to real estate photography. Whether you are new to the industry or have been at it a while, I strongly suggest you give her a call on your next listing. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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