Getting Your Home Ready for the Camera…
I take pictures of my home on a regular basis, whether it be a spontaneous snap for Instagram or for the blog. Currently, I’ve banked a number of snaps whilst my home is a little chaotic as I’m handling a couple of makeovers. When this happens, there’s a couple of things I do to get my home photoshoot ready. And by a couple, I mean it’s a full-on production day.
Whilst I don’t mind a quick snap for Instagram when it comes to my blog I like to make sure the photos are the best quality and are inspiring as possible. I want the imagery to spark creativity in you lovely lot, so you go on to create gorgeous interiors in your own home.
When it comes to getting your home photoshoot ready, there’s a number of reason why you might be considering taking on this routine. Perhaps you’ve got a big photoshoot for an article. Or, the more common reason, would be due to the fact you’re selling your home and want the best images possible to get buyers through the door. Whatever the reason for your need, here are the five steps that I go through each time when it comes to getting my home photoshoot ready…
Do a Deep Clean.
The first thing you need to do is to devote a weekend afternoon (or day) to wipe down and dust every nook and cranny. You want your place to look nice and sparkling. Ensure your coffee table is crumb-free, mirrors are absent of streaks and bookshelves don’t have a dust bunny in sight.
This will ensure that your space shines in photos. However personally, doing a deep clean is great for my mental health. It’s a physical reset, allowing me to feel like I can boss anything.
Corral You Clutter.
Depending on where you’re taking these photos, depends on the level of clutter you’ll have on show. For professional staging and photos for selling your home, you’ll want to remove quite a bit of it, buyers like to see less personal objects on display so they can imagine themselves in the house.
For other photoshoots, you’ll want a little bit but not too much. Regardless, it’s always worth doing a quick sweep to remove day-to-day business, unsightly containers and anything that will be off-putting within the photographs.
Get Some Fresh Florals on Display.
Where possible, I will always invest in some florals to have on display in photographs. I wish I could have them on display 24/7, but sadly the budget will not allow them. My personal go-to’s are peonies, eucalyptus or even olive branches if I can get my hands on them.
When this is not possible, I have a selection of faux stems that I have available at a moments notice.
Hide Those Cords.
This one is the most important. When photographing your home, you’ll want to camouflage those cords. As I always shoot in natural light, I will unplug and hide the cords of lamps if needed. For a more everyday resolution of the cord dilemma, I will stick them to the legs of furniture or hide them in boxes.
Now It’s Time to Style.
This is the final and the best part of getting your home photoshoot ready. I love creating styling moments in my home, however, depending on the story, I will take it up a notch. When it comes to interior photography, I like to create moments to illustrate the theme. I may set up a little coffee situation, get some additional fruit to fill a bowl. Anything to create fullness and interest. Take your time and have fun with it, this is the part that’s going to make your photo shine.