In order to prepare your property for shooting, keep in mind that the images are representative of what is present at the time the photo is taken. Thus, consider that things you may see every day, and no longer see, are in fact the things that may need to be removed from the area being photographed. Because the photographer will be concerned with the technical and artistic details related to framing and exposing images, the photographer will not have time to clean, remove, or re-arrange rooms or locations prior to shooting; that is your job, normally attended to by the home owner, or a staging person. Everything needs to be made ready before the photographer arrives. The photographer will be on a strict shooting schedule and will need immediate access to the property at the scheduled time. Depending on the size of the home or location, you should allot 1 to 2 hours of time for shooting the subject area. Larger locations, high-end homes, etc. may take longer to shoot. Specific customer time constraints can be met as needed. The property owner or home owner need not be present, so long as access is granted and someone representing the home or property owner allows the needed access, and all arrangements have been made.
Here are some helpful hints on how to prepare your location:
Other: Refrain from cooking food with odors during times before showing the home. Avoid having a wood fire place burning, it may only provide a smoke smell.
Do: Use flowers, plants, and accent lights to brighten up a room.
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