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How to Prepare Your Home for a Photo Shoot

How to Prepare Your Home for a Photo Shoot


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

► Clean windows, mirrors and all shiny surfaces.

► Turn on all interior lighting. Make sure bulbs are same type and rep[lace all burnt out bulbs.

► Note:  40 or 60 watt incandescent light bulbs are still the best for real estate photography.

► 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 if possible).

► 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, perfume, medications, deodorant, etc.

► PLEASE 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 or no towles.

► Remove all floor mats.


► 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.