Here are some general things to look for and do before or during a photo shoot.  While not all may be needed, this will give you a good idea of what we are looking for before a shoot.


Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON.
Replace all burned out light bulbs.
Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)  Turn all ceiling fans OFF.
Turn all TVs OFF.
Turn all computer screens OFF.
Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light.
Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
Make all beds.
Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring.
Place all shoes/jackets in closets.


Place food and water bowls in pantry or closet.
Place pet beds/toys in pantry or closet.
Use lint roller on furniture to remove pet hair.
Contain pets in hidden crate or outside.
Clear back yard of pet waste/toys.

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Close garage doors.
Remove cars from driveway and front of home.
Clean up landscaping (mow, trim shrubs, clear leaves)
Remove empty planters.
Use broom to remove cobwebs from eaves and door frames.
Remove visible water hoses.
Remove toys, sports balls, basketball goals, soccer goals, etc.


Clean porch, tidy up outdoor tables/chairs/cushions.
Pillows/cushions should be fresh, not faded.
Clear out kid's toys, balls, frisbees, etc.
Clean pool.
Remove pool vacuum/cleaner hose.
Hide pool cleaning supplies.
Turn on pool fountains/water features.
Remove visible water hoses.
Remove trash cans.
Make sure lawn is cut and shrubs are trimmed.

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