February Real Estate Photo Fails

Home photography is an essential part of selling your home. Intent, coloring, and spacing are all important features to consider when you are getting ready to list your house. Check out these home photos to see what not to do.

You’ll always have company in this room

Welcome to my bear lair

Can I interest you in a comic or two while you do your business?

This person took lighting to a whole new level.

Don’t worry, horses will be there to greet you in every room of the house.

Every time you wash your hands, you’ll think of Marilyn Monroe.

When will my reflection show, who I am inside?

Must be difficult living in a sideways house!

Doesn’t get much better than a zoomed cell phone picture.


These photos are pretty comical, but are really out there. Intent, coloring, and spacing will help boost homebuyers’ interest in your home.

Intent: You only get so many photos to post on your listing. 15-20 pictures gives prospective buyers a good idea of what your home looks like inside and out. So each one of your 15-20 should count. Spread out your pictures so they cover the important features of the house. This doesn’t necessarily mean photograph every room of your house, but the features that make your house appealing. If your bath tub is freestanding and makes your bathroom feel cozy, snap it! If you have a great yard, make sure to capture it in your listing. The point is to photograph with intent, and make sure you can say “yes I meant to take this photo, and yes it tells prospective clients what I want.”

Coloring: Yes brighter photos make your home feel warmer. However, there is such thing as too much light. Take time to edit photos to make sure people can see the features you want in your rooms, but don’t change the expose to 100 to make it feel super bright. If someone sees your photos and they think, “yikes, my eyes hurt,” it’s time to take the brightness down. Also discoloration can make your photos feel cartoon-like so when you edit the color of your photos, make sure to keep your rooms looking realistic. People want to see the color and texture of your home, so enhance the color, don’t distort it.

Spacing: Photos with the couch taking up the entire photo, are not appealing. Homebuyers don’t get the couches after all. Strategize where you want your furniture, and how it looks to a person who has never seen your home before. Just a simple move of a chair could help your photo appear more clean and tidy. Also, commit if you’re going to photograph with furniture of not. The in-between look can come across as unfinished and displeasing to the eye.

Intent, coloring, and spacing are this month’s topics to consider when taking home photos. Remember, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to hire a snazzy professional photography team, just prioritize what you want to capture in your home. At the Marketing Desks, we can help bring your home photo ideas to life. If you’re not sure or not confident with your home photos, our photography team can help transform your home into a hot home.

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