How to Prepare Your Listing for a Photoshoot


With the amount of real estate photography I’ve done, I can make any space reflect its true value. However, when a listing has been prepped before my arrival, the photos will look so much better to buyers. Read this article for tips and tricks of how you can make your home look its best for professional photography. Of course, anything you can do to clear up your space will help. Take these tips as a general guide to make your place look polished yet unlike a hotel.

  • Remove clutter I would rather take pictures of an empty room than a room too full. Any stacks of paper, TV remotes, pet toys, family photos, knickknacks or other random clutter should be out of sight. I would recommend getting a storage unit or asking a friend to hold on to your possessions until you sell. Don’t stuff things under the bed or in closets. Items under beds will come out in photos since we capture everything. Objects shoved in closets may pop out during open houses. Hide cords or cables, getting all digital semblances out of the way. Make sure beds and pillows look as if they were in a magazine. Remove child-proof latches, if you can, for the photos.

  • Make better lighting. You’ll want to let in the light so the photography can stay true to your space. Open every curtain and blind, unless the view is not appealing, and turn on every light in the house. With proper lighting, I won’t have to distort the coloring of your home.


  • Decorate a little. You’ll want a bit of color in the right places, but you don’t want to overwhelm guests with too much stuff. Take advantage of flowers, books and fruit. Set brightly colored flowers around the house in otherwise dull locations. Put home design books on the coffee table but hide the clutter, such as magazines. Remove the children’s books from your bookshelf and leave the antiques that match the color of the room. Set a bowl of lemons, limes and grapefruits on your kitchen table.


  • Up your kitchen and bathroom game. Your bathroom is most likely a small space that will be hard to photograph. I recommend that you remove everything. Take everything out for the pictures and put in a new roll of toilet paper and maybe a candle, if there’s room. You’ll want to do the same in your kitchen. Remove everything or put your cooking utensils away in cabinets. Only keep fruit or flowers out on the kitchen table.


  • Don’t forget the lawn. The front lawn is the first thing buyers see when they get to your home. Although they are aware that they can fix lawn problems fairly easily, a clean lawn will give buyers a sense of ease and comfort. If you can hire a landscaper, go with that. If not, take my advice. Trim the trees, pull weeds and mow the lawn. Much like your home, you’ll want to stash any lawn clutter such as hoses, gardening tools and empty pots. Sweep your deck or patio if you have one and make sure your cars are parked away from the house when I arrive. If you have outdoor furniture, sweep it or flip the cushions to make it look new.


  • Forget About It! You should definitely do a deep clean before your open house but you don’t have to for the photography session. The camera can be surprisingly forgiving when it comes to dirt and dust.

If you can afford a professional stager, do it! They will know all the trade secrets and make your home look fabulous. If you can’t, these tips will help you get your house looking great for our time together.