By AMY HOAK a reporter in Chicago for MarketWatch.Good pictures are a crucial marketing tool for a home sale.
Just ask Clarissa and Mark Padilla, who were able to get a contract on their Sherman Oaks, Calif., condo unit in less than two weeks—and at the price they wanted.
Ms. Padilla attributes the quick sale to the professional photography used to market the home, which lured about 25 people to an open house the first weekend the house went on sale. VHT Inc.Professional photographs, using the right angles and staging, show off a kitchen's best features
"When we saw the photos, we fell in love with our place all over again," she says. "The colors were so bright, and it made it look fresh and very spacious. It's only 950 square…