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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for a Property Photo Shoot

by Chicago Agent


It was Benjamin Franklin who once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” As a real estate agent, being prepared is one of the many secrets to real estate success.

Top real estate agents who are successful tend to lean on a professional real estate photography partner, especially when it comes to preparing for a property photo shoot.

A well-trained real estate photographer makes a photo shoot session easy, fast and stress-free, but to be more prepared, there are a few things an agent can do to make the photo shoot a success.

Here are a few simple tasks a top agent can do to prepare for a photo shoot session.

1. Before the Shoot

  • Always be open house ready
  • Move any furniture that will help the room photograph its best
  • Ensure homeowner hires professional cleaning service as needed
  • Bring flowers or plants to brighten a room
  • Make a list of the property’s best features

2. Day of the Shoot

  • Arrive at least 15­–30 minutes before the shoot
  • Remove vehicles from the driveway
  • Tidy up the backyard
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Open all the blinds and pull back curtains

Proper Agent Protocol  

To build a great partnership with your real estate photographer, here are some tips on how to work better as a team.

  • Be available to answer any questions your photographer may have
  • Share a list of what you believe are the best features of the property, so the photographer knows exactly what to focus on
  • Do a final walkthrough to ensure everything is open-house ready

For a full list of ways to better prepare, download the full Agent’s Guide to Preparing for a Photo Shoot.

Bonus! A photo shoot guide for homeowners

To make a photo shoot session an even bigger success, there are a few things a homeowner can do to help. For tips on how to prepare your clients for a photo shoot session, visit to download your go-to Homeowner’s Guide to Preparing for a Photo Shoot.

VHT Studios makes real estate photography fast, easy and convenient. To schedule a photo shoot session, visit or call 1-800-790-8687 today.

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