Preparing Your Home for a Shoot

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Helpful Tips

Please have your home fully prepared before the photographer arrives.

 

  • General preparation: For interior photos, please turn on EVERY light, including overhead lighting, table lamps, & small decorative lighting.

 

  • Please remove pet beds and bowls from sight. Remove all children’s toys from areas to be photographed.

 

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  • Exterior

    NECESSARY

    • Remove all vehicles from driveways and your yard. (also includes: RVs, bikes, trailers, etc.)
    • Close all exterior doors, including garage doors.
    • Remove all garbage and recycling containers from sight.
    • Remove seasonal decorations and put away miscellaneous items such as garden hoses or other yard tools.
    • Mow the lawn, remove or trim overgrown shrubs, rake leaves or remove snow from driveway/walkways (seasonal.)
    • Remove old or broken outdoor furniture.

    SUGGESTED

    • Edge and mulch your beds.
    • "Dress" the front door area with a wreath or potted flowers.
    • Spruce up landscaping and plant flowers (in season.)

     

  • Kitchen

    NECESSARY

    • Remove magnets and all other items on the refrigerator surface and items stored on top of the refrigerator.
    • Clear as much as possible off the kitchen counters, including toasters, coffee makers, cutlery blocks, dish towels, other “gadgets.”
    • Remove storage items on top of cabinets.
    • Put the cleaning sponges, detergent, and garbage can out of sight.
    • Remove items from sink, clean stove top, wipe down all surfaces, especially reflective or glass surfaces.

     

    SUGGESTED

    • Fresh bowl  of fruit
  • Bathrooms

    NECESSARY

    • Remove all “fluff” - i.e., rugs, toilet tank covers, and seat covers.
    • Neatly fold your best towels on towel bars.
    • Make sure your tub area is sparkling clean.
    • Remove robes hanging on doors.
    • Follow the 3-items rule for vanity top (decorative.)
    • Clean bathroom mirrors, remove plungers and toilet scrubbers.
    • Remove shampoo, conditioners, lotions, soap dispensers, toothbrushes, and other personal grooming products.
    • Close the toilet lid and remove all items from top of the toilet tank.

     

  • Bedrooms

    NECESSARY

    • Very neatly make your beds and confirm that nothing shows under the bed (such as under bed storage containers or electric cords for bedside lamps).
    • Remove stuffed animals and toys.
    • Follow the 3-items rule for bedside tables and dresser tops (decorative).
    • Remove tissue boxes, books, and other personal items from nightstands.

    SUGGESTED

    • If possible, remove your children’s names from walls and other visible locations.
  • Living Spaces

    NECESSARY

    • Remove excess clutter from furniture.
    • Remove all toys, dog beds, etc.
    • Turn off the TV. If TV is located in a cabinet, close the door.
    • Remove overgrown or dying plants.

    SUGGESTED

    • Put photos, memorabilia, and collections out of sight.
  • Dining

    NECESSARY

    • Clear clutter from the dining table.
    • Remove high chairs and booster seats.
    • Straighten chairs and put excess chairs out of sight.
    • Remove items from the top of china cabinet.

    SUGGESTED

    • Have a nice centerpiece or vase of fresh flowers on dining room table.
    • Follow the 3-items rule for buffet or sideboard (decorative.)

     

 

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