Preparing a Home for Photography

Before the Shoot "To-Dos"

I 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 my 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.  I might suggest you provide this list to your client, project manager, or home owner, so they can assist you in preparing properly.  If you have any additional thoughts or ideas you can always Contact Me, or give me a call.  801.508.4993

 

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

Really Important "To Dos"

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

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

 

lock box code & codes to any community entrance gates

 

areas, room, or home features of special interest

 

for master plan communities, note special community features: pools, fitness centers, parks and so forth

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

 

lock box code & codes to any community entrance gates

 

areas, room, or home features of special interest

 

for master plan 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: 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: Dining Room/Area

 

  • Straighten/push in dining chairs

  • Add centerpiece, candles*

  • Set the table for dinner

  • Add a vase of flowers*

 

 

 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