Staging Tips - Better Home Photos


The expectation is that a home will be photo-ready for the scheduled shoot.  Creating high-quality imagery is a team effort. The listing agent and the homeowners must be involved in the process. The home needs to be clean and decluttered though not necessarily ‘sterile.’   

*Preparation Checklist (PDF) 
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Depending on the size and complexity of the home and property, the shooting phase can take one to three hours.  

For scheduling and liability purposes, I will only do very minimal staging to help the composition of a shot.  This may include the moving of pillows, adjustment of chairs, lights  or centerpieces. Cleaning and/or rearranging furniture or personal items are not within the Photographer’s scope.  

Vehicles - Remove all vehicles from the driveway/property.  

Trash cans and debris in front of the home will not make it attractive in photographs. Please confirm that all contracted work is completed prior to shooting schedule - contractors, gardeners, cleaning services, staging, etc.  

Home Selling Tips

Curb Appeal

Declutter / Depersonalize


The exterior shot will be the one that either entices or discourages  potential buyers to take the time to view and consider a home.  

Check the forecast ahead of time and give the photographer as much notice as possible if you and or your sellers want to reschedule.  

The Home and the Sun: 
It is important to remember which direction your home faces the sun so that the photographer can get the best photographs!

Home faces north – Morning is best for north facing homes because the front of the home is covered in shadows most of the day.

Home faces south – The front exterior should have good sunlight for most of the day if the home faces south.

Home faces east – East facing homes are better in the morning or early afternoon while the sun is on the front side of the home.

Home faces west – West facing homes are better in the early afternoon once the sun reaches the front side of the home.

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