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What to Expect with a Real Estate Photo Shoot

Interior real estate photograph

The real estate photography photo shoot process should be pretty painless.  But is always good to know what to expect ahead of time so you can be prepared.  Here are a few things you can expect during a real estate photo shoot of your listing or your home if you are the home owner.


  1. The better prepared you are the better the real estate photo shoot will go.  A neat and clean home photographs much better than an untidy home.  Some leg work on the home owners part can really help the photograph process and the end images.   Check here for home preparation tips.
  2. A proper real estate photo shoot will take some time.  The amount of time varies based on the size of the home being photographed and how well the home has been prepared.  At a minimum you can expect 1 hour to be spent photographing the home.  Larger homes and homes with a lot of property and amenities can take 2 to 3 hours to photograph.  Also, if you are doing twilight photography an additional trip may be required.
  3. In order to get the best lighting the photographer may need to turn on lights and open blinds and curtains.  We do however always strive to leave a home exactly as we found it.  So if we alter a room to get a better photograph we will attempt to put it back how it was before we got there.
  4. Be prepared for the photographer to ask you to move things around or take something out of the room.  These requests are made to make a room look better in the photographs.
  5. During your real estate photo shoot you are always free to ask questions.  Don't be shy.

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