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Getting Ready To Shoot…



The photo shoot will take no more than 2 hours for an average 3000 sq ft home. Some photographers will tell you they can shoot your home in 30 minutes.  As in many things, you get what you pay for.  I have never walked into a “photo ready” home and walked back out with a finished project in 30 minutes that I would present to a client.  The first thing I do is take the necessary time to do a walk through of the property, inside and out.  I assess the lighting in each room, I asses the staging, and I begin to set up my equipment.  That first step will take 20-30 minutes.  I carefully look at each space to determine how best to present it to make people interested in seeing more when they find your listing online.  Larger homes with basements, pools and extensive landscaping will take longer. We will be photographing the inside and outside of your home, including all of the major rooms. We normally don’t photograph the garage unless it has special features.

  • We love animals and will want to meet them and cuddle them… but during the photo shoot please have them in a safe place where they are out of sight and won’t be frightened by our equipment and lighting.
  • The exterior of your home is the first thing  people will see when they look at photos or visit your home.  Curb appeal starts with being able to actually see the outside of your home.  Trim back bushes and trees, weed the grass and plant some flowers for color.  First impressions are important when it comes to real estate.
  • Remove all vehicles from driveways and try not to park directly in front of the house. We will be shooting through windows and vehicles will show.
  • Move garbage cans so they can’t be seen from the street.
  • Remove all garden tools including hoses and sprinklers. Poop scoop the yard!
  • Mow, rake or leaf blow. If possible try not to schedule workers or contractors to be on the property the same day of the photo shoot.
  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and patios.
  • Clear off countertops in kitchen and bathroom areas. Dirty mirrors show up in photos, especially toothpaste splatters – Take one last look before you leave the bathroom to make sure those mirrors are clean.
  • If you need to ask whether or not to remove an item, the answer is probably yes. When photographing interior spaces, less is more!
  • The fewer people in the home at the time of the photo shoot the better. There are times when family members will need to be there but it will take much longer to shoot your home if we are trying to work around everyone.  If you don’t want photos of your children on the internet please put away their pictures as they will be visible when your listing goes online.
  • Turn on all interior lights. Sometimes we will decide to turn lights off if they are too bright but it’s better to have all the lights on when we arrive.
  • Turn ceiling fans and televisions off. Close all toilet seats and replace half used toilet rolls. Replace burned out light bulbs. (another good reason to turn on all lights to check in advance that they are all working)
  • De-clutter rooms as much as possible. A little décor goes a long way when photographing a room. If in doubt, take it out! Remove photos, notes, papers, and magnets from refrigerators.
  • Make all beds and tidy bedrooms. We all stash stuff under the beds, just make sure whatever is hiding  under there isn’t visible.
  • All clothes should be out of sight or neatly hung up. Don’t leave items on hooks in bathrooms or hanging in entryways.  We probably won’t photograph your closets unless they have great built-ins but it’s best to have them neatly organized before your showings start.
  • All personal grooming products such as soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes, etc should be out of site no matter how neatly organized.
  • Remove newspapers, magazines, pet beds and bowls.
  • Tuck all indoor trashcans out of view in a closet or cupboard.

Remember that photos are the first impression people searching for a home are going to have.  Make sure that yours is in tip top shape for your photo shoot!


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