As a creature of habit, I generally have a certain way that I go about my shoots. When I arrive, I will normally shoot the exteriors of the home first, assuming that we have nice light and good weather. Since I’ll be at the home 1-2 hours, the light will change as time passes, As such, I’ll take the opportunity at the end of my shoot to assess whether or not the lighting on the home has improved. Sometimes I’ll end up re-shooting the front or back if I like the way the sun illuminates the property better than when I first arrived.
After exteriors, I’ll work the “heart of the home” – living and dining space, followed by bedrooms and baths. My goal is to photograph these rooms from various angles, and to show off not just each room but how one room flows into another. This helps the viewer get an idea of the home’s layout.
As I work in these areas, I will move things that I don’t want to draw attention to. The things I move most often are area rugs that are not anchored by furniture. These are typically door mats and kitchen and bath throw rugs. I pick these up because I want viewers to look into the room, and not at the pop of color on the floor (and it’s also generally nice to show off the flooring). I will also remove dish towels in kitchens and any excess “stuff” on the kitchen counters. Counters don’t have to be sterile looking, just not too cluttered. Continue reading My Approach to a Shoot