Pre Shoot Staging Guide: Interior Design & Real Estate Photography
Preparing A Home For A Successful Shoot
Here's a checklist and some tips of what to do to get your residential home or property ready for a photography shoot.
Turn ON all lights, and replace burnt out bulbs.
Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light. Adjustments may be made depending on lighting conditions.
Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
Remove anything from the floor that doesn’t belong on the floor.
Hide stacks of papers/bills/magazines, and unsightly wires and cables.
Put kid’s toys in storage containers.
Clean all windows – remove streaks, dust and dirt.
Close all lids, cupboards, drawers and doors.
Laundry rooms, garages, closets/pantries will not be photographed unless they are specified on location with photographer.
Living and Dining Areas
Straighten Pillows And Chairs
Remove all personal items from table tops and open shelving, except for centerpieces and decorative items.
Remove all remote controls.
Clear all kitchen countertops, except for decorative items.
Remove EVERYTHING from the outside of the refrigerator.
Hide pet dishes, distills, sponges, dish soap, and trashcans.
Remove dishes from sink, place in dishwasher.
Remove kitchen rugs.
Clear ALL items from tables and countertops, except decorative items.
Make beds and straighten pillows.
Hide trashcans (and Diaper Genies)
Pickup all toys and put them in containers
Towels should be hung straight, and towels hung on pegs or over shower stalls should be removed.
Remove ALL items from the bathroom countertops, except for decorative items.
Put toilet seats DOWN.
Remove bath rugs.
Empty the shower and sinks of shampoos, soaps, etc.
Remove pet carriers, crates, pet dishes, and visible litter boxes.
If you have pets that want to be in every shot, please crate them or otherwise contain them during the shoot.
Remove ALL car(s), lawn equipment, debris, recycling, trashcans and other items from the driveway (must be out of sight).
Mow the lawn and rake leaves/needles if necessary.
Roll up hoses and hide sprinkler attachments.
Open patio umbrellas.
Remove items such as scoops and chemicals and toys.
Close garage doors.
Remove cars from driveway and front of home. Be sure to ask your neighbors not to park in the front of your home