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How to Prepare Your Home for a Photo Shoot


Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean counter tops, clean windows)​.


Turn on all interior lighting. Make sure bulbs are same type and replace all burnt out bulbs.

Don't mix LED's, fluorescent, halogen, CFL's and incandescent in the same room.

Turn all ceiling fans OFF.

Turn all TVs OFF.

Turn all computer screens OFF.

Open all blinds & window treatments.

Remove personal photographs (or replace with general art).

Make all beds and fluff the pillows.

Remove all small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.

Place all clothing items in closets.

De-clutter rooms that may be excessively furnished. 


Close garage doors.

Remove cars from driveway and in front of home.

Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves).

Remove visible water hoses and garden tools.

Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.

Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables, chairs, cushions, etc.

Remove all children's toys.

Clean swimming pool, fountains etc.

Remove trash cans.


Clear counter tops completely. No knife blocks, baking supplies, mail, etc.


You can leave out one small appliance e.g. a coffee maker.

Remove magnets, papers, photos, etc. from refrigerator.

Hide garbage/trash cans.


Clear table, dust and polish the table top.

Use decorative place setting if available.

Feature one center piece such as a bouquet of flowers.

Straighten all chairs and space them evenly.


Remove stacks of magazines, papers, mail, etc.

De-clutter fireplace mantel/hearth.

Clean interior of fireplace and re-paint if needed.

Fluff and arrange furniture pillows.

Remove all children’s and pet toys.


Make bed, including decorative pillows/shams if available.

Press bed linens and bed skirts.

Clear nightstands of all personal items. No clocks, cell phones etc.

Store away phone and tablet charging cables.

Remove all clutter from top of dressers.

Remove family photos from walls.

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos.


Remove personalized names from walls.

Remove wall stickers/posters.

Clean under bed, removing items that may show in the photos.


Clear counter tops completely. No soap, toothbrushes, medications, deodorant, etc.

Put toilet seats & lids down.

Close closet doors.

Remove shampoo, soap, loofahs, etc. from showers and tubs.

Remove dirty towels - leave out only new, unused towels.

Remove all floor mats.


Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet.

Hide pet beds, toys, water and food bowls.

Hide pet crate.

Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.

Secure pets in hidden crate or outside.

Clear back yard of pet waste & toys.

Do not allow your pets to wander loose while photos are being taken.

Large and/or aggressive dogs must be secured.


I appreciate all help and suggestions! I will ask for a simple walk-through before setting up my equipment. This will give you the opportunity to point out details and features of your home that you want included in your marketing photos. Once I begin, please try to stay out of the way, as wide-angle photos can include adjacent rooms where you may inadvertently walk into the frame, which I will have to re-shoot. I love friendly conversation, but only before or after the shoot, as I need 100% focus (no pun intended) to get the best shots of your home.

"We use Ken for almost all of the homes we stage. He has an amazing, artistic eye for making the homes, and our staging, look fantastic! Photos are the first impression of a home for sale and great photos are key to getting more showings so the cost of a professional is worth every penny. Ken is reliable with a quick turn around, and I would recommend him highly to anyone needing to get their home sold."
-- Cindi S, Showhomes Western NC

"I received tons of compliments on the photos and the sellers were very pleased/impressed. THANK YOU!"
-- Mahalia Kennedy - Appalachian Realty Associates

"Ken did a great job taking photos of my 1940 house. He made everything look perfect! Nice man, prompt and very professional!"
-- Jen Posnak

"Ken was absolutely fabulous. Professional, personable and talented! I recommend him to anyone looking for quality real estate photography"

-- Marquesa Hotchkiss