Prepare for the Shoot


I strive to arrive ready to photograph your home in it's best possible light. Both the homeowner and Agent can greatly impact the final outcome by keeping a critical eye and de-cluttering as much as possible. The following checklist items are some of the most common issues with Professional Real Estate photos. By following the checklist you help to increase the photographic value of the property. 


❑ Be shoot-ready: Cleaning and staging needs to be done before arrival. I may move small items (flowers, small pictures, etc.) to improve photo composition, but larger items need to be in place before I arrive, and any staging accessories need to be in place as well.

❑ Secure or remove pets: MLS rules also prohibit people and pets from being in pictures. It's also a good idea to hide pet food and water bowls as well.

❑ Plan not to be seen: All occupants should plan on either being off the property or remain in areas where they can't be seen during the photoshoot. Rooms overlap in the photos, people can cause shadows and reflections.

❑ Feel free to use the garage for storage: I normally won's shoot garages unless specified by the agent, so this is a great place to store items you’d like to hide.


❑Clear the cars: Make sure no cars are in the driveway. If possible, also move cars from the street in front of the home. We want as clear a view as possible of your property

❑ Hide exterior objects-i.e. trashcans, hoses sprinklers etc....We want pictures that are free from any distractions. Make sure the yard and bushes are recently trimmed and looking as good as possible.

❑ Prep pool and spa: If you have a pool and/or spa, please have them clean with covers removed. For spas, provide instructions to the realtor on how to turn it on. This includes any water features or fountains. 

❑ Remove for-sale sign: The for-sale sign should be removed from the property or installed after the shoot, since visible signs violate MLS policies and can’t always be edited out.

❑ Clean patio furniture: Dust and remove cobwebs from all outdoor furniture. Do not hose down your furniture the day of your shoot, since this can create puddles.


❑ Declutter kitchen: A few items on the counters are usually fine, but dishes, sponges, rags, etc. should be put away. It's best to remove all magnets, pictures, etc. from the refrigerator and remove most throw rugs.

❑Declutter bathrooms: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and other "personal" items should be hidden. Decorative unused soaps, candles, flowers, etc. are preferred. Toilet seats down.

❑ All bedrooms should have their beds made and items put away.

❑ Hide trashcans: Trashcans can distract so it’s best to hide all of them in closets or the garage.

❑ Hide portable fans, and as much as possible hide any power cords and remotes: 

❑ Clear entryways: Remove all shoes, umbrellas, and similar items from entryways.

❑Open blinds AND TURN ON ALL INDOOR LIGHTS! Make sure all bulbs are in working order.

❑ Turn off ceiling fans


If you’ve scheduled a twilight shoot the following are additional items to prepare before I arrive. Note that twilights have tight schedules to ensure optimal lighting, so please make sure all of these items are ready before I arrive.

❑ Turn on all interior and exterior lights: All lights throughout the property need to be turned on. 

❑Turn on spas and remove covers: If you have a spa, remove the cover, and turn it before I arrive. Turn on the lights in the spa as well.

❑ Turn on pool lights: If you have a pool, turn on the pool lights before I arrive.

❑ Turn on water features: If you have fountains, waterfalls, or similar water features, please turn them on before arrival.

In all cases the photographer retains the right to reschedule any home not suitable for presentation. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN MAKING YOUR BEAUTIFUL HOME SHINE! 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out anytime at the contact information below. 

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