How to prepare a real estate photography session

In order to make the real estate photography session most efficient, it is important that the property and the owner should be prepared before the photographer arrives. Following is a list of things you like to check before the real estate photography session.


1. Minimize the number of people (and pets) in the property during the session.

2. Make sure that all light globes are working where you want to photograph - both indoor and outdoor. Even during day, they will very likely be switched on for the session.

3. Remove/Hide stuffs showing personal data if you are concern with privacy issue. E.g. family photos, vehicles with number plate, etc.

4. Remove/Hide stuffs indicating particular time. E.g. Christmas tree. You might still need the pictures 6 months later.

5. It is best pets (particularly, excited/over-friendly/stubborn/aggressive ones) not be around the photographer and the site.


1. Trim trees and bush. Mow lawns. Clean landscape. If outdoor landscape is very strong part of the property, perhaps you want to call a landscape professional.

2. Colourful flowers and potted plants always help.

3. Check building wall - painting, rendering, weather boards, bricks. Do they need professional fix? Or can you do a simply re-touch or minor repair for better look?

4. Remove vehicles or keep in the garage and close the garage door.

5. Tidy up tools, toys, broken laundry wire, pots, etc.

6. Tidy up deck, BBQ area. Position outdoor furniture.

7. Hide bins.

8. Pool. Call the pool guy. Most likely you want to include the pool in the picture.

9. Clean windows.


1. Have a look at interior or home decoration magazines and see what they did to the bedrooms, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms or offices. Do the similar things to yours if you can.

2. Make sure all light globes are working.

3. Clean and polish windows and mirrors.

4. Fix or replace the curtains, blinds and verticals if necessary. It is very hard to exclude those items from the pictures.

5. Position the furniture at their best places.

6. Try vases with fake flowers, candles, deco items, and see if they improve the scene. They do most of times.

7. Clean and polish kitchen bench, metal appliances, bathroom mirrors and tiles, shower windows.

8. Again look up the magazine for bathrooms. Do the similar things to yours. Clean towels, new soap cases in a basket, candles, vases, fake flowers, plants, etc. Oh! Have you noticed that the toilet seat never left open in those magazines?

9. Set up dinning table with your best dinner setting and candles.

10. Remove all Post-Its, magnets, kid's drawings, personal photos from fridge and walls.

11. Make beds with your best bed covers.

12. Tidy and hide.

Real Estate Photography and Floor Plans by Sydney Real Estate Photography
Real Estate Photography and Floor Plans by Sydney Real Estate Photography