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salina wilkins real estate photographer

I began my photographic journey in 1993 in the Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer shooting black & white film and creating products in the darkroom. I ended my military career over twenty years later as a Visual Information Officer, having taught photography to hundreds of Department of Defense students and managed visual projects in the photographic, cinematographic, and graphic arts fields.

My portfolio includes studio portraiture, military training and exercises, criminal investigative and forensic photography, event documentation, weddings, and natural light family photography. Since 2019, I have been doing real estate photography with KBT Realty Group – Keller Williams INNOVATE in Wilmington North Carolina.


I often joke that if I was able to capture amazing and sharp
images of active Marines training and also toddlers on-the-go, stunning
photos of stationary homes are a breeze!

I have found a new passion in showcasing properties through my lens. I believe my inherent attention-to-detail and well-developed eye set me apart from other real estate photographers. I’m as concerned with the background and foreground of images as I am with the primary subject. I pay very close attention to the composition and lighting of the elements in a room to ensure everything works together for the most flattering representation possible.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in real estate it may also be worth thousands of dollars. Photographs can make a difference in how long your home stays on the market. High quality and well-choreographed photos communicate a sense of quality in the home, as well. My goal is to create alluring and attention-grabbing images that set your home apart from the competitors – pique the buyer’s interest into taking the next step of contacting the agent to get it sold.

I’m originally from North Florida, but lived in just about every corner of the United States before settling my family in Hampstead upon retirement from the Marine Corps. I have two beautiful children that are my life… a son attending Appalachian State University and a daughter attending middle school in the Topsail district.

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Through perspective and lighting, my goal is to provide an initial impact that immediately attracts and holds the attention of prospective buyers browsing hundreds of real estate listings. The key to marketing every property is to produce high quality images that tell the story of the home.

From the street-side approach to an enticingly ajar front door, every photo should be inviting and warmly say, “Welcome Home”.


Once you have expressed to your real estate agent what makes your home special, a talented photographer is able to translate that visually.

I capture attractive images of the spaces of your home and arrange them in a sequence that tells the property’s unique story. These photos are the first step in creating the visual marketing tools to attract the perfect buyer that can envision themselves making your house, their home.




I am most passionate about capturing the smallest details and the design elements and architectural features that help buyers connect with the soul of the home.


If ‘location, location, location’ is what sells, highlighting the views of and from each property are certainly integral in cementing a buyer’s decision. Working between the interior and exterior of a home requires a deeper understanding of lighting and composition.

Capturing the essence of stepping outside your door can promise a buyer everything from relaxation, comfort and serenity, to invigoration!