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Pre Shoot Checklist

Preparing your home for a photographer can be challenging and time-consuming. To make the process easier, we have created a checklist that will help you feel prepared for the big day. Use these tips to maximize your time with the photographer and make your house shine!


  • Declutter all services and organize all shelving

  • Remove family photos

  • Remove personal ornaments and Memorabilia
  • Remove animal food bowls, bedding, and toys


  • Remove cars from the driveway and front of the home, either in the garage or down the street. Garage doors must remain closed.

  • Hide garbage cans, hoses, and gardening tools.

  • Mow the lawn and remove any leftover debris (twigs, branches, discernable weeds).

  • Remove any toys or sports equipment from the lawn and driveway.

  • Uncover pools and hot tubs if clean; skim leaves. We will turn on lights and hot tub jets. Please put away cleaning equipment.

  • Clean and arrange outside furniture, open patio table umbrella, tidy chairs, and plump cushions.

  • Remove grill cover and hide utensils.

  • Sweep sidewalks, driveway, patio, decks, and pool area.

  • Tidy woodpiles into stacks and clear any bark or kindling piles from view.
  • Remove all flags, hanging ornaments, and home security signs.


  • Remove clutter and straighten/organize a minimal amount of shoes, bags, jackets, etc.


  • Turn on ALL lights in the house; replace burnt-out bulbs.

  • Turn ON ceiling fan lights; please keep fan OFF.

  • If a window has curtains, please open them. If the window has blinds, lower them but keep horizontal slats open.

  • Turn all TVs and computer screens OFF.

  • Any glass door/window/mirror should be clean and free of streaks or fingerprints.


Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Recommended: Use standard dining table set up (i.e. plates, napkins, placemats, cutlery. Place bowl of fruit or flowers to add color, if possible).

  • Clean off and wipe down all countertops.

  • Remove appliances, knife blocks, toasters, etc. ONE nice, modern-looking device can stay (i.e., coffee maker or tea kettle on stove).

  • Remove all items from the refrigerator (no magnets, pictures, etc.)

  • Remove throw rugs, hanging towels, and paper towels.

  • Hide garbage can, remove dishes, and drain stopper.

  • Straighten and tidy all chairs.


  • Make all beds; use decorative pillows if available.

  • Remove ALL clutter from end tables, dressers, and nightstands. This includes personal photos, drinking cups, alarm clocks, etc.).

  • Store away the phone, tablets, charging cords, books, tissues, and other items.

  • If possible, remove all personal photos.

  • Address any clutter under the bed that may show in photos or video.

  • Walk-in closets should be clean and kept.



  • Arrange clean hand and body towels to be orderly.

  • Hide all trash cans, plungers, or toilet scrubbers.

  • Remove floor mats, and be sure to close the toilet seat. Apply fresh toilet paper roll.

  • Remove hygiene products from the counter, including bar soap, medications, and toothbrushes.

  • Remove shampoos, razors, and loofahs from the shower; close the shower curtain or door.

  • Clean streaks from shower glass.

Living Room/Family Room

  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop where appropriate. This includes sweeping/dusting wooden floors.

  • Tidy couches, fluff pillows, and remove clutter from tables/desks. 

  • Remove remotes, magazines, visible electric cords, and pedestal fans.
  • Add a coffee table book or nice homeware to coffee table.
  • Tidy any shelving, placing books, games, and decorations in an orderly fashion. Remove clutter and personal photos. Shelves should be as clear and uncluttered as possible.
  • Dust off any screens.

  • Sweep wooden floors.