Tips for preparing for interior & exterior photography.

Tips for preparing for interior & exterior photography.

How to help make your property stand out from the rest.

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.


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 centres, 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 terrace 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

  • Fluff pillows
  • Turn off televisions

  • Hide remote controls
  • Turn on all lights

  • Straighten All furniture
  • Turn off ceiling fans

  • Open doors to other rooms
  • 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

  • Organise items on open shelves

  • Cabinet underlighting 
  • 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

  • De-wrinkle the sheets 
  • 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

  • Hide toilet roll
  • Remove all items from the bath and shower

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