Tips for preparing for interior & exterior photography.

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05/03/2020 / by Alex in Design, Interior, Nature
Tips for preparing for interior & exterior photography.

We have compiled a list of things to prepare a home for photography.  I know the home owner and you will always do the best that you can to make the home look great.  However, in our experience, all these little details are what really make a home standout.  The little things will make for great shots that truly showcase the home.

You’ll notice a few items have an asterisk (*) attached.  These are really the “nice to do” items that add a bit of elegance, but are not absolutely necessary.  We suggest you provide this list to your client, project manager, or home owner, so they can assist you in preparing the properly.  If you have any additional thoughts or ideas you can always contact us.

~ Just a quick note – we will send you this list, in the confirmation email, every time you book a shoot. ~

the home’s full address, city, state, and zip code

 

 

Really Important “To Dos”

The home’s full address, a Google map reference would be great as well.

When you schedule a shoot, be sure to include the following in the notes:

Lock box code & codes to any community entrance gates

Areas, room, or home features of special interest

 For communities, note special community features: pools, fitness centers, parks and so forth

 

 

Exterior Front and Back

  • Remove cars from driveway and off the street

  • Close all windows

  • Sweep walkways

  • Pick up leaves, sticks, branches

  • Put toys, bicycles away

  • Store seasonal décor

  • Stow garden tools, supplies

  • Remove all hoses

  • Straighten and arrange deck furniture

  • Clean pool area

  • Wash exterior windows* (if you can do this, it really makes a difference)

 

Interior: Main Areas

  • Remove personal items/photos

  • Remove all visible clutter

  • Open shades/blinds

  • Replace burned out light bulbs

  • Tidy up or put away all children’s toys

  • Empty waste baskets

  • Hide pet dishes/toys/beds

  • Vacuum carpets

  • Sweep hard floors

  • Remove newspapers, mail

  • Display attractive books

  • Turn off televisions

  • Turn on all lights

  • Turn off ceiling fans

  • Wash interior windows* (if you can do this, it really makes a difference)

 

Interior: Kitchen

  • Remove all items from refrigerator door

  • Store food in cabinets

  • De-clutter counters, stove

  • Stow small appliances

  • Hide soaps, cleaning items

  • Hide dish towels, sponges

  • Clear sink of dishes

  • Put away draining rack

  • Organize items on open shelves

  • Place bowl of fruit on counter*

 

Interior: Dining Room/Area

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs

  • Add centerpiece, candles*

  • Set the table for dinner

  • Add a vase of flowers*

 

 

Interior: Bedrooms

  • Make the beds

  • Arrange decorative pillows

  • Put away clothing, shoes

  • Clean under the bed if visible

  • Clear surfaces of clutter

  • Turn off ceiling fans

 

 

Interior: Bathrooms

  • Make the bathrooms sparkle

  • Hang fresh towels

  • Clear counters of toiletries

  • Clean mirrors

  • Clean toilet and close lid

  • Remove all items from tub and shower

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3 Comments

  • Bunny Williams / 05/03/2020

    I like an interior that defies labeling. I don\’t really want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it.

    • Norman Foster / 05/03/2020

      As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.

  • Sister Parish / 05/03/2020

    Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting.

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