Preparing The Home

Inside the Home?

  • 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.

  • 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 toys.

  • Put all toilet seats and lids down.

  • Replace all burned out light bulbs.

  • Consider decorating the tables with your prettiest place settings.

  • Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers.

Outside the Home?

  • Have the lawn trimmed, leaves raked, bushes and trees pruned.

  • Clean up after any pets.

  • Put away all garbage cans, hoses, garden tools, toys, bikes etc.

  • 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 patio sets.

  • When in season, uncover grills.

  • Remove any seasonal/holiday decorations.

  • Consider adding splashes of bright colored flowers to the landscape and in pots.

Right Before the Photographer Arrives?

  • Turn on ALL interior lights – even lights in furniture cabinets.

  • 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.