How to Take Photos of Your Vacation Property that Gets People to Book a Stay

How to Take Photos of Your Vacation Property that Gets People to Book a Stay
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    Purchasing a rental home can be an incredibly lucrative investment, but getting people to book a stay is easier said than done.


If you want to make as much money as possible off your vacation home, then you will need to take some eye-catching photos that you can use to entice visitors.

Tidy Up

Well before you even think about taking pictures of your rental property, you need to be sure that it is as clean as possible. Getting people to rent your vacation home is going to be nearly impossible if they see any type of clutter or mess.

At the very least, you should arrange the furniture, put away personal possessions, clean the windows, and vacuum the floors.

If you notice any clutter or grime in your pictures, then you should take care of those problems and do another photo shoot.

Wait for the Perfect Time

Finding the right time to photograph your property is going to take a little bit of work, but that effort is going to pay off.

To determine the perfect time for a photo session, you might need to walk through the home a few times throughout the day to see when you are going to have minimal shadows and the clearest photos.

Typically, this is during the morning time or in the evening right before the sunset begins. Additionally, the season makes a big difference too.

If you live in a place where people visit for the winter snow, then take these photos when there is winter snow. If you want people to book during the summer months, then take photos of your vacation home when there are beautiful green trees and blossoming flowers outside.

It’s ideal to avoid taking photos of your home when dead-looking trees can be seen through the windows.

Use the Right Lighting

When it comes to world-class photos, very few variables are as important as the lighting. Without the right lighting, your photos are going to look dim, washed out, or too saturated.

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Natural lighting is a great start, but turning on all of the lights throughout the home could be beneficial as well. Purchasing a high-quality flash for your camera is another investment that could pay for itself over time.

Work With a Professional

Even though digital cameras are more user-friendly than ever, taking photos for commercial use can be incredibly difficult. The reason for this is that the quality of the photo makes a huge difference when it comes to getting people to book a stay.

Getting the right angles and the right lighting takes experience and a professional eye. Luckily, when it comes to photos, there are many professional companies that will take care of it.

In fact, many property management companies will include that service as part of their package for managing the property. That is one of the reasons why so many people work with a reputable vacation property management company that can streamline this entire process.

Those companies often have their own professional photographers who can stage homes, improve the lighting, and even carry out minor editing.

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Taking beautiful pictures is a great start, but you must also be sure that you properly market your home as well. In addition to working with a rental management company, you might also want to register your home with online platforms that connect homeowners with potential tourists and tenants from all over the world.

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