Here is a list of ideas and tips on how to help your
client get ready for a professional photo shoot.
De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys,
clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. It’s a lot cheaper to put these things
away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”.
Depersonalized to a certain degree. Photos of young
children and any potentially offensive art (believe me, I’ve seen it all!)
should be put away.
Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations
that can quickly outdate your photos.
Dust and vacuum.
Make all the beds, fluff all the pillows,
and check the bed skirts.
Clean the kitchen sink and put
away all the dishes.
Clear all kitchen counter tops and
put away toasters, can openers, etc.
Clear all bathroom counter tops and
put away all personal items.
Remove all shampoos, conditioners, body-washes,
etc. from the shower.
Put out the guest towels and hide all the others.
Hide all trash cans.
Remove all magnets and decorations from the refrigerator.
If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls, pet beds, and pet
Put all toilet seats and lids down.
Replace all burned
out light bulbs.
the tables with your prettiest place settings.
Consider putting out
vases of fresh flowers.
Have the lawn trimmed, leaves
raked, bushes and trees pruned.
Clean up after any animal
Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden
tools, toys, bikes etc.
Hide any “cute” yard decorations.
In snowy climates, shovel
snow from walkways, driveways, patios, decks when
If there is a pool, hot tub, or spa, take
any security gate down, uncover, and clean.
If there will be any twilight photos taken, replace any broken lighting on the home,
around the landscape, and in the pool.
Open the umbrellas on any
When in season, uncover grills.
Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.
splashes of bright colored flowers to
the landscape and in pots.
Before the Photographer Arrives
Turn on ALL interior lights – even lights in furniture
Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
Light fireplaces and candles.
Open all blinds, shades, and curtains.
Clear all cars and vehicles from the driveway and the
street in front of the home.
Please secure any potentially aggressive animals in a safe
location, away from all rooms being photographed.
There is one more thing I want to bring to your attention.
Please have your homeowners place all valuables in a secure location.
There will potentially be many people walking through their home, and valuables
should be out of site and secure. Safe deposit boxes and wall safes are great