Tips for Preparing your Space for Photography
- Choose the time of day carefully - think about when the front of the house is shown in a good natural light.
- Photographs must be taken during daylight hours.
- Try to choose a fairly dry day as you want to try to avoid rain for the outdoor shots. Weather apps can help with this. Other than this you don't need to worry too much about the weather - cloud, cold, wind and showers are all absolutely fine. And it definitely doesn't have to be a sunny day - in fact very bright sun can make it more difficult to achieve evenly lit photographs.
- If you have outdoor space, try to have photos taken in Spring, Summer or early Autumn when the garden will be looking it's best.
- If you are painting or redecorating before getting photographs taken, please make sure to leave enough time to have everything finished in time for my visit.
Preparing the Space
- Please have the space set up exactly how you want it to be photographed as I do not do any staging or tidying.
- Clean and tidy every room that will be photographed.
- De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothes, dishes, towels, shoes etc. This helps to de-personalise your space as well as making it look tidy.
- Consider putting out vases of fresh flowers as it can really help to brighten up a room and add some colour.
- Make all the beds and try to choose nice bedding that compliments the room. Creases in duvet covers can be very obvious in photos, so consider ironing them.
- Anything stored under the bed should be completely out of sight.
- Clear all kitchen counter tops and consider putting away some appliances if the counter looks cluttered.
- A bowl of colourful fresh fruit can look great in the kitchen.
- If there are pets, hide all food/water bowls and pet beds.
- In the bathroom, put away any personal items and arrange your best towels neatly.
- Replace all burned out light bulbs .
- Consider decorating dining tables with your prettiest place settings. If you are offering bed and breakfast, you could set up a breakfast table if you would like it photographed.
- Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious. Do not be afraid to take some items out temporarily if a room looks cluttered.
- For holiday accommodation, there should be no personal photos or items in guest bedrooms and bathrooms. You might consider displaying some tourist brochures and maps for guest use.
- Outside, make sure the grass has been cut recently. Window boxes and hanging baskets can really help to improve the appearance of the exterior.
- Remove any clutter from outside the property such as bins , children's toys, hoses etc.
Just Before I Arrive
- Turn on all interior lights , except bedside lamps.
- Open all blinds and curtains to let as much light in as possible.
- Light fires / stoves if you would like to create a cosy look.
- Put all the toilet seats down.
- Clear all vehicles from the driveway and/or the street in front of the property so I can take unobstructed photos of the exterior.
- It might be best to keep animals out of sight to avoid them wandering into shot.
- If I am going to take your portrait, please be ready to be photographed and think about possible locations in advance. I prefer using places with natural light and a nice background if possible.
- When I arrive, I will ask you to show me the spaces to be photographed and after that I will work away myself unless you request otherwise.
- If there are any special features or unique selling points to the property, make sure to tell me so I can photograph it for you.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Linda Mc Nulty Photography Tel. 087 6966374 Email firstname.lastname@example.org