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Preparing for a Successful Architectural, Interior Photography Shoot: A Guide for Clients

As a professional architectural, real estate, and interior photographer, I understand the importance of capturing your property or your project in the best possible light. Whether you're an existing or future client of my photography services, proper preparation can significantly impact the outcome of our work together. In this guide, I'll walk you through some essential steps to ensure our photo shoot day goes smoothly and results in stunning images.


1. Declutter and Simplify

Before the photographer arrives, take the time to eliminate unnecessary items from both the interior and exterior spaces. The goal is to create clean, uncluttered areas that allow the architectural beauty to shine through. This includes removing personal items, excessive furniture, and any objects that don't contribute to the overall aesthetics of the space.

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2. Clean and Polish

Cleanliness matters in architectural photography. Ensure all surfaces are spotless, both inside and outside. Pay special attention to windows, glass doors, and mirrors. Fingerprints, smudges, or dirt can distract from the elegance of your space, so a thorough cleaning is essential.

While we can retouch and enhance many aspects of the photographs, there are limitations. Some objects or elements may be impossible to retouch or remove entirely. We will always strive to provide you with the best results, but certain limitations may apply.

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3. Coordinate Access

Make sure that access to the building or property is arranged and confirmed in advance with the photographer. This step is crucial to ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding timing. Providing clear instructions for entry and any security codes will help streamline the process on the day of the shoot.

4. Notify and Manage People

If your property or project is in use or you anticipate people being present on the photo shoot day, it's important to communicate this to the photographer beforehand. This will allow them to plan accordingly. If there are individuals who should not be present during the shoot, make sure to convey this to them to avoid unnecessary chaos or interruptions.

5. Plan for Lighting

Discuss lighting with your photographer to determine if there are any specific times of day that are ideal for capturing the desired shots. For some architectural photography, natural light might be preferred, while for others, artificial lighting may be necessary to highlight specific features.

6. Prepare the Exterior

Just as the interior should be pristine, the exterior should be well-maintained as well. Trim any overgrown vegetation, sweep walkways, and ensure that outdoor furniture, if present, is clean and arranged neatly.

7. Trust Your Photographer

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Finally, remember that you've hired a professional architectural photographer for a reason. Trust their expertise and vision. They have an eye for capturing the beauty and uniqueness of your space, so don't hesitate to ask for their guidance or recommendations during the shoot.

As your photographer, I will personally lead you through the process of preparation, ensuring that every detail is considered. However, I've decided to write this blog as a reminder and reference for our clients, so you have a handy guide to help make our collaboration as smooth and successful as possible.
By following these steps and working closely with us, you'll be well-prepared for a successful photo shoot that beautifully showcases your property's architecture, real estate potential, and interior design. Proper preparation will not only save time and effort on the day of the shoot but also ensure that the final images exceed your expectations. We look forward to working with you to create stunning visuals that highlight the best aspects of your property.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me :)

Kind regards,

Paulise (Paulina Lisevičiūtė)


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