Preparing Your Home

Preparing Your Home for a Photography Shoot


  • Remove clutter from bookshelves, fireplace mantles, coffee tables, bedrooms, kids’ rooms, kitchen, and anywhere else photographs will be taken.
  • Remove personal or family photographs.
  • Open all window coverings to make rooms appear brighter and larger.
  • Turn on all lights and replace all burned out light bulbs.
  • Conceal garbage and recycle containers.
  • Clear kitchen counter tops and remove all pictures and magnets from refrigerator.
  • Keep floor coverings such as throw rugs to a minimum.
  • Remove table coverings.
  • Remove all signs of pets including food/water bowls, pet beds, chew toys, crates, etc.
  • Clear bathroom counter tops, lower toilet lids, and put out decorative towels.
  • Empty shower or tub of soaps, shampoos, shaving items, caddies, etc.
  • Hide valuables and medications.


  • Conceal all trash, yard waste and recycle bins.
  • Move vehicles out of driveways and away from the front of the property.
  • Make sure hedges, shrubs, lawn etc. are neatly trimmed and leaves are raked.
  • Add fresh mulch or rocks around shrubs.
  • Remove all weeds from garden beds and cracks in sidewalks and driveway.
  • Power wash sidewalks and driveway.
  • Clean porch / lanai areas and put out a new and clean doormat.
  • Install potted plants around porch / lanai.
  • Conceal gardening tools, mowers etc.
  • Remove or coil hoses.
  • Remove kids’ toys and/or pet toys.
  • Open patio umbrellas and set out cushions.
  • Clean up all pet feces (photographer may walk through yard/garden to get various shots).