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Get Ready To Shoot

Images are only half the story. Setting the scene before we arrive helps to create fantastic pictures in a timely fashion. Staging is highly important to us and here are a few tips that can help showcase your listing at its very best.

In this guide you will learn how to prepare for a photo shoot for you listing, hotel, AirBnB and much more.

Please read all the way through, doing so and preparing will speed up the shoot and make the images look fantastic. You may need a quick trip to the hardware store before we come but its well worth it.

If you are booking as an agent or broker feel free to pass this information onto your clients. If you are a FSBO (for sale by owner) then please read in detail and complete as much as you can before our arrival.

Highly suggested to buy some removal boxes so personal effects can be cleared quickly away.

Please note we are unable to help with moving furniture.

So lets get ready to shoot !

ROOM PREPARATION GUIDE

Kitchen

Remove all surface items like kitchen roll, kitchen utensils. Plus floor mats and dish cloths.

Creating more space will help create a better ambiance as well as showing as much of the kitchen surface as possible, creating the illusion of space.

Make sure all surfaces are wiped clean, including any appliances.

Fridge magnets must go too.

Bathrooms

Any personal effects should be removed. Items like toothbrushes, shower or shampoo bottles and alike.

Floor mats can be moved too as well as any utensils.

Clean all surfaces where applicable including mirrors.

Replace any bulbs with the correct color temperature if needed.

Living Room

Any pictures that could identify the owners should ideally be removed but we can remove these in post production.

Hide TV remote controls & surface items that are easily moved such as magazines.

Clean all surfaces where applicable including mirrors.

Bedrooms

Make the beds and plump the pillows. Highly recommend finding the best colors to match your room.

Hide any personal effects from surfaces and make sure all draws and cupboards can close shut.

Exterior

Remove any Realtor “For Sale” signs where possible.

Hide those wheelie bins from the front of the property and clear any trash that could get in shot.

Clean the windows where possible.

Garden

Hide kids toys away from view and tidy up any mess that’s been left by pets.

BBQ or Grilling plate covers can be removed If they are looking less than presentable.

Ravel up any hoses that are left around the garden.

FOR ALL ROOMS

Working lights are preferred, so where possible replace any broken bulbs

 

Surfaces should be cleaned including floors

 

Hide personal effects

 

Remove pictures that could identify owners or rental occupants

 

De-clutter as much as possible

 

Clothes and shoes hidden from sight

 

Fix window blinds that maybe broken

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WINDOWS & BLINDS

Each property is treated differently dependent on a few things.

So lets take a look at how we treat windows, blinds and sheers in different situations.

If a great view is outside, then lets see it ! Open the blinds, curtains or sheers all the way and let us do the rest. Simple.
If you have blinds, close them and tilt downwards to around 25-45% to let in maximum light but to mostly block the view but not all of it. If you have sheers, close them. If you just have curtains and no blinds or sheers, Then leave them open, we will over expose the windows.
If you have blinds, close them and tilt downwards to around 25-45% to let in maximum light but to mostly block the view but not all of it. If you have sheers, close them. If you just have curtains and no blinds or sheers, Then leave them open, we will over expose the windows.
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CHECK THE WEATHER

If you are concerned about exterior shots during adverse weather or shooting in the dark. Then check the weather forecast and day light times.

We can’t fly a drone if the wind is greater then 21mph or gusts are close to that speed, low cloud cover, mist, fog, less than freezing temperatures, 30 mins either side of sun down and sun rise. Read more about our drone service here.

You are welcome to reschedule (as long as its 24 hrs before the booking) if there is adverse weather forecast for your area. Check our full terms and conditions of booking here.

Please observe the Weather Underground app available in the Google & Apple application stores, we normally go by that for accuracy or use the fast check tool here.

OTHER INFORMATION

We give each booking a 45min window of arrival. If we are running late we will be in contact an hour before to give an ETA via text.

Each booking takes anywhere between 20mins to 2 hrs to shoot depending on the size so allow ample time for us to work our magic

Additional shots are charged at a flat rate of $35 per shot, so please book the correct number of images in advance to save you money and it also keeps us on time for other clients.

No Shows will be charged in full and cancellations within the same day will also be chargeable.

If the realtor and or home owner isn’t present we do not move any personal effects or large items.

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FOR HOTELS,
AIRBNB & RENTALS

Working lights are preferred, so where possible replace any broken bulbs of the same kelvin

 

Remove all signage, including POS

 

Sheets & bed covers immaculate and pressed

 

Lobby free of people or recognizable faces

 

Shot list supplied 48hrs before shoot

 

Set tables for an evening dinner

 

All rooms to be deep cleaned

 

Sheers and curtains must be in working order

 

Garbage pail / boxes removed

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