How to Properly Take Photos of Your Home

How to Properly Take Photos of Your Home
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Your home is gorgeous, and the best way to show it off when you are looking to get the most bang for your buck is to take good photos of your home with proper skill. Whether you are looking to get into the industry or looking at how to take great interior real estate photos, our team at Canada Windows and Doors is here to help!

Why Do Home Photos Matter?

In today's online world, most potential home buyers are either waiting for the daily email from their realtor with listings or browsing Either way, the days of printed MLS listings or the newspaper dominating the way we buy houses are long gone. Thus, home photos matter a lot more in the modern era. They are the first impression of a potential home and provide potential buyers with an idea of what they are looking at before going for a showing. They show so much that it could be the make or break if a buyer decides to see your home.

What Makes a Good Photo?

A good photo will have three things

  1. A stage: You need to situate the space where you're taking your photo. Considerations like what you want the eye to focus on and what is the most important part of the shot are what make the start of a good photo.

  2. Lighting: Whether you are using artificial lighting or embracing natural lighting via great new windows, the lighting of a room can make or break a good photo.

  3. The equipment: If you are not using a professional setup, you will struggle to get that great photo. A simple setup that uses a DSLR with a wide-angle lens, a tripod, and a remote trigger can set you up for success.

Top 5 Tips for Taking Professional Photos of Your Home

Have an idea of what you want to shoot

Although no two homes are the same, the standard list of photos that a real estate agent or the market would want remains quite similar. Most people will want to see two wide-angle shots of each bedroom and two shots of the kitchen and living room, one photo of each bathroom, although you can certainly make it two if you have something great to showcase, and one to three shots of the back and front yard. Finally, one shot of each feature room, such as a living room, utility room, or mudroom.


One of the key ways to take the best real estate photos you can is decluttering your space. Remove personal items or excessive pillows or throws and present an open and welcoming home overall. When taking your photos, leave closets closed unless they are a feature, as they are a great spot to stash away smaller cluttering items.

Feature your doors and windows

One of the biggest red flags for buyers is a listing that gives little attention to its windows and doors - that is why it is important to feature your windows in every shot you can and make sure they are clean and look good. This is especially true if you have just replaced them, as it will provide a prospective buyer with a little more peace of mind to see new, clean, and properly installed windows or doors around the home.

Consider the light and the space

One of the best ways to avoid bad real estate listing photos is to take the time to consider the space and the light within. Using natural light will bring some additional warmth into the room. It is most likely best to keep the lights on in a space, but if there are massive windows or some other features you want to show off, go ahead and leave your lights off. Play with the area and light and your photos will come off nothing short of amazing.

Make those little adjustments

Minor adjustments will make a home sparkle and shine, whether it is lowering highlights, moving a chair to a specific location, or opening the blinds to show off those new windows. In today's ultra-hot market, not every buyer will be able to see a home, so showing off what a space could be is the key to success.

When it comes to taking quality photos of your home, Canadian Choice Windows and Doors is here to help with all your window and door needs. Reach out to a member of our team today for personalized care for all your home photo needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you take pictures of your house?

Taking a picture of your house starts with the setup. You will want to declutter your space, stage your area, and then take some time to find that perfect lighting balance between natural light and artificial light. Once you have them sorted, you will need to take some test shots and go into detail on the angle and other details. Once that is done, you can start shooting.

How do you take professional-looking pictures of your home?

Taking professional-looking pictures of your home really starts with two things. First and foremost, you need to think like a professional photographer, get the best angles, and play with the light in each space. Second, you need at least a good starter kit which includes a DSLR, a wide-angle lens, and a tripod.

Where is the best place to take pictures of your house?

There is no one best place for taking interior real estate photos; instead, it is best to make a list of standard shots on other listings and then take a few extra features that you want to show off. This way, your pictures will help you stand out while still attracting clients to your location.

Julia Gurevich
Julia Gurevich

Julia Gurevich is a versatile content writer with a passion for delivering captivating narratives through a diverse and attentive approach. Her eye for detail helps her craft content that resonates with audiences across varied home improvement industries, capturing the perfect balance between information and entertainment. As a content coordinator, Julia takes pride in delivering content that leaves a lasting impact through her ability to navigate seamless content strategies and collaborative projects between teams. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Toronto’s cultural landscape, visiting local parks, and getting to know members of the community through events and activities.

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