Photography Checklist

General Preparation

Clean and Declutter:

  • Remove personal items (toothbrushes, family photos, etc.).
  • Clear countertops, tables, and other surfaces.
  • Declutter rooms to create a spacious feel.

Clean Windows and Mirrors:

  • Ensure all windows and mirrors are clean for clear, bright photos.

Ensure Proper Lighting:

  • Replace any burnt-out light bulbs.
  • Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light.

Exterior Maintenance:

  • Trim bushes and mow the lawn.
  • Sweep driveways, walkways, and patios.
  • Remove any visible clutter from the yard.

Hide Personal Items:

  • Store personal items like toiletries, laundry, and pet belongings.

Room Specific


Arrange Furniture:

  • Ensure furniture is arranged in an inviting and spacious way.

Fluff and Arrange Pillows and


  • Make sofas and chairs look inviting.

Hide Electronics:

  • Conceal TV cords and remotes.


Clear Countertops:

  • Store small appliances and remove clutter from countertops.

Showcase Appliances:

  • Ensure all kitchen appliances are clean and polished.


Make Beds:

  • Ensure beds are neatly made.

Clear Nightstands:

  • Remove personal items from nightstands.

Remove Clutter:

  • Keep floors and surfaces clutter-free.


Clean and Declutter:

  • Remove personal items from countertops.
  • Clean mirrors, sinks, and faucets.

Replace Towels:

  • Place fresh, coordinating towels in the bathroom.

Hide Trash Bins:

  • Conceal trash bins out of sight.

Final Check

Check for Pets:

  • Ensure pets are secured or temporarily relocated during the shoot.

Check for Symmetry:

  • Ensure that furniture and decor are symmetrical and visually appealing.

Review Each Room:

  • Walk through each room to ensure it meets the photography standards.

Provide Necessary Details:

  • Communicate any specific features or selling points to the photographer.

Access for Photographer:

  • Ensure the photographer has easy access to all areas they need to capture.