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General Tips

  • Clean every inch of your home, including counters, mirrors, windows, and other hard-to-reach spots.

  • Remove any small rugs to show off your floors.

  • Hide any clutter, pet supplies, or personal items.

  • Turn on all the lights, throw back the drapes, and up the wattage of your bulbs.

  • Create small vignettes in each room to showcase how each space is used.

  • Turn off all electronic devices before photography.

  • Tilt blinds and shutters upward for optimal lighting.

Front Exterior

First impressions matter to buyers, so it's worth investing in your curb appeal!

Front Exterior
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  • Spruce up your landscaping by mowing the lawn, weeding flower beds, and trimming back shrubbery.

  • Hide any visible clutter, like bikes, toys, or gardening equipment.

  • Put away trash cans.

  • Park your car away from your house or in the garage.

  • Try to schedule your shoot for a sunny day.

Living Room

Highlight your home's central gathering space with a few key touches.

  • Get rid of any personal decor.

  • Make sure your mantle is clean and free of clutter.

  • Arrange pillows and blankets.

  • Hide remote controls and other electronics.

  • Get rid of any large furniture that could make the room appear smaller.

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Living Room


It's no secret that kitchens sell homes-here's how to get yours looking its best.

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  • Clear your countertops as much as possible to create the illusion of more space.

  • Remove all dishes from the sink and leave your faucet at an angle.

  • Hide trash cans in a pantry or closet.

  • Remove any decorations from your fridge.

  • Take time to clean all appliances.

Dining Room

A few easy changes can turn your dining room into a truly lavish (and photogenic!) space.

  • Get rid of any clutter on your table.

  • Accent your table with a centerpiece.

  • Set the table for a meal.

  • Remove excess chairs to create more space.

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Transform your bedroom into a haven for rest and relaxation.

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  • Make the bed.

  • Make sure no clutter is peeking out from under the bed.

  • Clear away any personal items.

  • Don’t forget to straighten up your closets, too!


Bathrooms might be smaller spaces, but they can still photograph beautifully with a few changes.

  • Clean off your countertops.

  • Remove any personal items from your shower and tub.

  • Put away rugs, floor mats, or used towels.

  • Keep decor to a minimum.

  • Clean all toilets and keep seats down.

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Here's how to turn your backyard into the ultimate oasis and entertaining space.

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  • Remove any toys, gardening equipment, or other clutter.

  • Clean all outdoor furniture.

  • Dust and sweep your porch, deck, or patio.

  • Mow the lawn and discard any pet waste.

  • If you have a pool, put away cleaning supplies and turn on water features.

Looking for More Advice?

As photographers, it's our job to showcase your home's best angles-but we encourage all of our clients to put in a little prep work before the photoshoot.  Having your spaces staged ahead of time can help us stay on schedule, and it also enhances the final product.

Have questions?  Give us a call to learn more about preparing your home for professional photography.  Making a few simple changes can make your photos really pop-and maybe even help your home sell for more money!

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