Richmond Full House Refurbishment: minimalistic Living room by A1 Lofts and Extensions

15 tricks to photographing your home like a pro

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Whether you're looking to sell or rent out your home, one of the linchpins that will make you succeed or fail is having some fabulous photographs. We can already hear you panicking because you're not exactly David Bailey of the interiors world, but stop right now as we have some fabulous tips for you!

By the time we're through with you, your kitchen pictures will be beyond compare and your interior stylist skills will be unrivalled. Let's get to it…

1. For the perfect garden shot, always wait for a clear and sunny day then experiment with angles. Don't forget to give any hedges a quick trim!

2. Lighting really is everything so make sure main lights are on, skylights are looking dazzling and start snapping

Bishops Park SW6: modern Kitchen by CATO creative
CATO creative

Bishops Park SW6

CATO creative

3. It should go without saying but before you photograph any room, be sure it's clean. You'll be surprised what the camera can pick up

4. You want a good mix of neutral and personal style so people can easily imagine living in your home. Bedrooms look good in pictures when kept neutral and calm

Clapham Common Flat 2: scandinavian Bedroom by YAM Studios
YAM Studios

Clapham Common Flat 2

YAM Studios

5. You want your pictures to have some personality so don't strip out all your belongings and accessories. In fact, leaving things such as towels in a bathroom shot will make it seem more homely

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark: scandinavian Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Drummonds Case Study: European Retreat, Denmark

Drummonds Bathrooms

6. Figure out which rooms work best at different times of the day. For a cosy master bedroom shot, early evening, with the lights down low, usually works well

The old milking shed: country Bedroom by Beech Architects
Beech Architects

The old milking shed

Beech Architects

7. Don't shy away from showing off the best features of your home. If you have an amazing conservatory, shoot it in the midday sun and add some bright cushions to really zing it up

Impressive Dining Conservatory: classic Conservatory by Vale Garden Houses
Vale Garden Houses

Impressive Dining Conservatory

Vale Garden Houses

8. Make a feature of any hidden storage that your home has to offer as this will often be a real selling point. A candid 'in use' shot will work best!

Manhattan Micro-Loft:  Corridor & hallway by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Manhattan Micro-Loft

Specht Architects

9. When it comes to the most important rooms in the house, make sure you take the time to actually style them. This includes adding fresh fruit and flowers

10. If your home is eclectic, don't try to overshadow that as it's a unique selling point. Make the most of it with funky camera angles and off-centre shots of communal spaces

11. Always get a good exterior shot! Some people forget this and only offer up gorgeous interior snaps

AR Design Studio- The Medic's House: modern Houses by AR Design Studio
AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio- The Medic's House

AR Design Studio

12. If you enjoy generous proportions in your home, try to stand in corners to take your snaps as this will lengthen the perceived space. Point towards a window for the same effect

Richmond Full House Refurbishment: minimalistic Living room by A1 Lofts and Extensions
A1 Lofts and Extensions

Richmond Full House Refurbishment

A1 Lofts and Extensions

13. Be careful when taking pictures near mirrored or reflective surfaces. Nothing ruins a pro shot like an image of you holding the camera!

Queens Park House: eclectic Living room by Honeybee Interiors
Honeybee Interiors

Queens Park House

Honeybee Interiors

14. Don't take seasonal pictures as you will limit the potential interested parties. Your home needs to look year-round beautiful, not just Christmas cosy!

Christmas '14: country Living room by Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball

Christmas '14

Farrow & Ball

15. When all else fails, hire a professional photographer and/or stylist to come get the perfect pictures for you. If they can get more people interested in your property, they will be an investment

For more home styling tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Make Your Home Cosy In 11 Easy Steps!

Are you feeling a little more camera-ready now?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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