Staging Makes Your Photos Better!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582



Here is a vacant den that has been staged.  What a contrast from empty to staged! 



This home has been staged and sold.  However, if I could retake this photo  I would turn on the lamp on the left   and hang something on the wall on the left to balance the right wall.   


Now that almost  everyone looks at houses online, sooner or later, it is imperative that your home stands out with a professional image captured in staged photos. 

The photos are so important that even if you stage just to get the photos done and then for whatever reason  have to destage, stage for the photos.  Recently in an occupied home that I had done a staging consultation, I spent 2 hours taking the photos adding in a few props for the photo shoot.  

Staging for the photo shoot is taking the staging to the next level.  The camera lens can be unforgiving.  Several times, I have not noticed the stray bag or soda can until I look at the photo. 

Certain articles simply don't need to be in the photos.  For example, pet crates, pet food, paper products,

grooming supplies, laundry detergent, trash cans, clothes hampers, toilet paper, kleenex,plungers, and so forth

don't need to be in photos of houses that are going on the MLS for sale. 

For the photo shoot, turn on all the lights.  Nothing is more dismal than a photo that is too dark to make out the room.

Add in lamps in rooms without sufficient  lighting. 

Make the focal point of the room the focal point of the photo, but get as much of the room in the photo as possible.

Take several photos of each room and so that you can choose the best ones!   

Take photos of every room and all the key features of the home including outdoor areas.  Patios extend the living space of a home and deserve to be staged too.

Take photos in early morning light if possible. There is magic in the morning!


For more information about home staging, go to  or the Real Estate Staging Association.

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA


Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas


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Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Your before and after pictures clearly depict the advantages of staging and why homeowners should stage their property prior to taking pictures.

Nov 28, 2012 02:19 PM #1
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

It really makes a big difference. Have a great day, Beverly.

Nov 28, 2012 05:25 PM #2
Marie Fox
Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida - Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer
I love all your suggestions Beverly. Staging a space properly makes for great photos to present on the web.
Nov 28, 2012 11:22 PM #3
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