The Dallas Photographers Pre Shoot Checklist


  • Turn on all lights, including the fireplace if applicable
  • Turn off all ceiling fans
  • Minimize clutter in all rooms, on end tables, kitchen counter tops, bathroom counters, shelving, etc. This includes big frames, phones, clocks, etc.
  • Remove all small throw rugs / doormats / bathroom mats. Large area rugs may remain in place.
  • Remove all small kitchen appliances. Make all countertops, even bathroom as clean and empty as possible.
  • Please remove pets during the photo shoot unless they are extremely friendly to strangers. I have and will sometimes use pets as props on the beds.


  • Remove yard signs (for sale signs, home security signs, school signs, etc.)
  • Hide out of sight water hoses and other miscellaneous garden items.
  • Remove any toys, cleaning supplies, recycling bins, miscellaneous items that are not directly related to the exterior area.
  • Arrange outdoor furniture as you would like it photographed. Open any patio umbrella's if wind permits.
  • Sweep / remove leaves and other items in patio areas.
  • Either the agent of the homeowner will be responsible for lighting candles and fireplaces. Our photographers are not allowed to light these items due to insurance.