What to do before the Photographer arrives.       

Exteriors:

  • 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

  • Dogs put into the garage, or removed from the premisis for the duration of the shoot.

Lighting Tips:

  • Replace any burned out bulbs.

  • Consider replacing kitchen fluorescent bulbs with newer generation, white-light, daylight bulbs.

Interiors:

  • Clean well

  • De-clutter

  • 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 to the view

  • 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

  • Remove everything from the fridge (pictures, kids 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 or plant    arrangement.  Put out best towels

  • Empty the shower of shampoos, etc

  • Make all beds.

  • Remove shoes from entry ways.

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

  • Remove any table coverings

  • De-clutter fireplace mantel