2.1 What to do before the Photographer arrives

What to do before the Photographer arrives


Lighting Tips:

  • Replace an burned-out bulbs

  • For the best possible photos, we highly recommend replacing ALL bulbs with newer generation, white-light, daylight bulbs



  • Remove trash cans, gardening tools, etc. from sight

  • Stow children’s and pet’s toys, coil hoses

  • Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions

  • Uncover BBQs, pools, spas

  • Take kids, dogs and other pets out of the house for the shoot

  • Bright flowers out front or by the door can add some great color



  • Clean well, Declutter

  • Remove/Replace/Repaint anything that is too “taste-specific”

  • Valuables and medications out of sight or locked up

  • Open window coverings (unless they are concealing a less than desirable view) or remove them entirely;  rooms are larger when the eye can extend out of the window

  • Turn on all lights; fans off

  • Toilet lids down

  • Remove most, if not all, personal photographs (especially large portraits over fireplaces or in the main living areas; replace those with neutral art

  • Conceal/remove garbage containers

  • Clear kitchen countertops.  Leave a maximum of one appliance per countertop area.  Countertop microwaves should be hidden from sight

  • Make sure dishes are done and sinks are empty

  • Remove everything from the fridge (pictures, kid’s art, magnets, etc.)

  • Keep floor coverings to the essentials.  If you are unsure remove it entirely

  • Clear the bathroom countertops.  Leave only a few decorative items or a floral plant arrangement.  Put out best towels

  • Empty the shower of shampoos, etc.

  • Remove shoes from entry ways

  • Make all beds

  • Remove all shoes from entry way

  • Remove all signs of pets (bowls, rugs, pillows, toys, etc.)

  • Remove any table coverings, declutter fireplace mantle

  • Put away all kids toys