Mimi Erickson Photography LLC | Getting ready for your photography session

Here are some tips to help your home look it’s best for our photo session!



  • Declutter! Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house.
  • Keep accessories and objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3, or 5 items.
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs
  • If possible, remove items that are not designated for the room they are currently in. An example would be a treadmill in the bedroom.
  • Remove any items taped to walls
  • Open blinds and curtains
  • Remove hidden items from under the bed, behind furniture, placed on chairs
  • Remove any newspapers, magazines, stacks of papers and mail
  • Put away any space heaters, fans, vaporizers and dehumidifiers, phones and remote controls
  • Remove pet food bowls, litter boxes and toys




Kitchen and bath

  • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertop
  • Turn on all lights; make sure ceiling fans are off and clean
  • Remove items from the sides and top of the refrigerator
  • Make sure no dirty dishes are in the sink
  • Remove tablecloths
  • Close all toilet lids
  • Put away all toiletries. This includes items left on the vanity, exposed shelving, and in the bath and shower areas
  • Coordinate towels in one or two colors, or remove if they aren't in great shape
  • Make sure mirrors are clean.
  • Hide garbage cans and scales. If this isn’t possible, make sure they are empty and clean.








  • Remove yard clutter, put away hoses and any signs from your yard
  • Trim bushes and trees
  • Mow the lawn and weed if applicable
  • Apply fresh mulch or pine straw
  • Remove or replace dead plants or flowers
  • If possible, hide garbage cans
  • Remove cars parked in the driveway or that are parked in front of the house
  • Make sure windows are clean
  • Power wash decking, exterior, and driveway if needed









I don't usually photograph closets, pantries, or garages unless they are a selling feature of your home.  If they are, please make sure they are organized and clean for the session.