We recommend a total of four photos for each room type: Three different photos of the room and one of the bathroom. Following these tips will let your photos stand out:

  • Light: Arguably one of the most important factors in photography, your room's lighting can completely change the way it's perceived. You will find that natural light has a more flattering effect than artificial light, which casts blue or orange hues on the room. Have photos taken during daylight hours and open curtains to let the natural light in. If sheer curtains are available, leaving them closed will help to reduce glare. Take the shadows into account that may be caused by natural light and room lamps: You can discreetly place additional lighting to illuminate dark spaces.
  • Housekeeping: Schedule your shoot right after housekeeping has cleaned the room to ensure that it's tidiest. You might even want housekeeping to accompany your photographer in case the room needs to be touched up.
  • Final touches: Ensure that clutter is removed, televisions are turned off and all details are arranged perfectly. However: Resist the temptation of adding decorative extras (such as gift baskets or flower bouquets) that won't be there ordinarily when your guests arrive.
  • Angles: Using diagonal lines will add depth to your image and draw the viewers' attention to a focal point. Taking photos from the different corners of your room will give you more options to capture the best view. Alternate with lower angles or photos that are taken straight-on to add some diversity to your composition.
  • Details: Capture the specific details of each room type, such as its view, a larger sitting area or unique furniture. This might inspire travelers to upgrade. Try to include the floor and if possible, an equal amount of ceiling. Avoid capturing features like trash cans or air vents.
  • Edit: Don't underestimate the value of post production. You don’t have to spend small fortunes on professional editing software: There are plenty of affordable and even free options on the market, offering sets of basic editing tools and tricks that allow you to sharpen blurred images, adjust colors and modify the lighting. Beware of taking things to far with filters and effects: The final images should still portray your rooms naturally and accurately. 

The same applies for the bathroom. Keep these additional points in mind:

  • Reflections: Beware of unwanted reflections. Try adjusting mirrors and opening shower doors at different angles.
  • Lighting: Setting the camera to long exposure will resolve any issues caused by poor lighting. Vice versa, shortening or reducing the exposure with help reduce the glare if you#re shooting in a bathroom with bright tiles and colors.
  • Small spaces: Removing the bathroom door might allow for more visibility of a tightly enclosed space. Shooting the photo from above will allow you to capture more of a small room.
  • Details: Guests will pay special attention to the cleanliness of the bathroom. Full rolls of toilet paper, towels of equal length and carefully arranged bathroom amenities are details that matter.
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