In order for us to produce the best real estate photos and videos possible we need your help preparing the home so it looks great in the finished product. Below you will find a list of suggested, yet important and impactful, preparations you can do to your home before we arrive. These suggested next steps will make a huge difference in the quality of your real estate photos. We very much appreciate your help and cooperation in getting these done prior to our arrival. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you.

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Prepare the outside of your home for real estate photography by clearing clutter, mowing the lawn, and clearing cars from the driveway and front of the house.

Preparing for Outdoor Real Estate Photography

  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway, either into the garage or onto the street (but not in front of the home)
  • Remove trash cans from the exterior (a garage is typically a good hiding place)
  • Water all vegetation the night or morning before our scheduled shoot.
  • Remove any pets or animals
    • Remove any feeding bowls, removable cages/kennels, toys
    • Clean up any pet waste in the yard (this may not show up on camera, but it is a courtesy to the photographer, who will be walking around the yard)
  • Turn on all lights (accent, porch, deck, landscaping, driveway, etc.) if an evening shoot is scheduled.
  • Remove any children’s toys or loose articles placed around the yard
  • Wipe down outdoor furniture
  • Remove any construction materials from the yard (tarps, bricks, concrete blocks, wood, etc.)
  • We highly recommend cleaning the windows (especially if you’ve scheduled an evening or sunset shoot)

Indoor Photography

A bedroom prepared for real estate photography has blinds and curtains open, lights on, and clutter removed.
A bedroom prepared for real estate photography has clean windows, blinds and curtains open, lights on, and clutter removed.
  • Thoroughly vacuum and dust
  • Turn on all lights (under cabinets, vent hood, general interior, closets, bathrooms, recessed cans, accent, sconces, chandelier, lamps, book shelfs, etc.). The more lighting the better.
  • Ceiling fans Should be turned off so they are not blurred in the photos
  • Replace any burned out and non-matching lights (lights that are a different color temperature, i.e. daylight balanced lights vs. soft white lights)
  • Open all blinds and curtains
  • Wipe off the counter tops and put away “loose” items (like mixers, coffee makers, paper towel dispensers, etc.)
  • Remove pet toys, feeding bowls, etc. 
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