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Photo Shoot Prep List

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Having the house prepped and photo-ready before we arrive for your real estate photography shoot will help us to capture photos that make a great first impression on future buyers. While these steps are not all required, they are highly recommended and greatly appreciated!​


  • Clean and vacuum the entire house

  • Turn on all lights in the house

  • Replace any missing or burned out light bulbs

  • Turn off all ceiling fans

  • Turn all TVs and computer screens off

  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in as much light as possible

  • Minimize clutter and removal all items off countertops (including kitchen appliances, remotes), tables, nightstands, etc.

  • Remove small area rugs to reveal the actual flooring

  • Hide pet belongings in garage or closet (bowls, beds, cages, litter boxes, etc.)

  • Please keep all pets in a kennel or offsite during your appointment​


  • Close garage doors

  • Remove cars from driveway and front of house

  • Remove visible water hoses, trash cans, recycling bins, and other miscellaneous items that are not directly part of the exterior area

  • Arrange outdoor furniture as you would like it photographed. If there is a patio umbrella, please open it.

  • Sweep/remove leaves and other items in patio areas and walkways

  • Remove yard signs (for sale, home security, school, etc.)

  • Clean pool and remove any toys


  • Place all shoes and jackets in closets

  • Remove all mail and clutter from entryway tables


  • Clear countertops completely. Remove small appliances like toasters & blenders

  • Clear the refrigerator of magnets, photos, etc.

  • Hide garbage cans in pantry or closet

  • Remove dishes, soaps, sponges, dish towels from sink


  • Clear off table and remove clutter

  • Straighten all chairs and space them evenly

  • Remove high chairs/booster seats


  • Remove kid toys

  • Minimize clutter on surfaces like the mantel, side tables, and coffee table



  • Make all beds

  • Clear nightstand of all personal items (photos, toiletries, etc.)

  • Store away phone/tablet charging cables

  • Remove all clutter from top of dressers

  • Check under beds and remove any items that may show in photos


  • Clear countertops of all personal items (soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.)

  • Remove all personal items from showers and tubs (shampoo, razors, etc.)

  • Remove bath mats

  • Remove towels or replace with brand new, unused towels

  • Hide trash cans in closet

  • Put toilet seats down

For vacant houses, staging can make a huge difference in maximizing your home's appeal to future buyers. 

Important: Our photographers are unable to assist you in cleaning or moving any personal property due to insurance limitations

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