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Preparing For The Listing Photoshoot

Susan McCallion

Hi! I’m Susan McCallion, Sanibel resident, former non-profit executive, mother of four, and Broker and Principal of McCallion & McCallion Realty...

Hi! I’m Susan McCallion, Sanibel resident, former non-profit executive, mother of four, and Broker and Principal of McCallion & McCallion Realty...

May 7 3 minutes read

What can you expect when the photographer comes to take photos of your home before we list it for sale? That's a great question!

What To Expect 

Who: The professional photographer (sometimes two people), plus a representative from our real estate office. It is best that you, the homeowner, step out while photos are taken to allow the photographer the time and space to produce their best quality work. 

Photoshoot Length: 2-3 hours for the photoshoot and video footage to be captured. (Depending on the size of the home, of course). 

Time of Day: Morning or evening tends to be the best for lighting.

Types of Footage: The photographer will take "still" photos from multiple angles in each room of your home and use a special 360 camera to create a 3D Tour. They'll also take video footage while walking throughout many of the rooms. In addition, they will fly the drone (if there are no restrictions) to capture aerial footage of your home and surrounding areas. Exterior photos of your home and the community amenities will also be taken. 

Photographic Style: A wide-angle camera lens is often used in order to best display the entire room. Remember, we are selling the "space" not the furniture or beautiful decor. Some close-up photos of unique architecture and features might be included as well. 

Lighting: The photographer may want to completely open the blinds and pull back the drapes for some photos. For others, they might wish to close the blinds and use external lights that they bring to best capture the shot. The edited photos will be light and bright. 

Staging: This varies greatly for each property. Click here to watch Susan's video on staging.

Timeframe To Recieve Photos: 3-5 days for the photographer to download, edit, upload and send us the photo and video files. Note, the link to the 3D Tour is often not available until after the home is published in the MLS. 

Watch The Video Below

In the video below, Susan and her mom provide some tips on how to prepare ahead of time to make the photoshoot day quick and painless. 

Preparing For The Listing Photoshoot

Click the play button above to watch the full video.

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