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  • Writer's pictureMichael Firsich

Architectural Photography Preparation Checklist for Magazine-Quality Images

Following this comprehensive checklist ensures that your indoor and outdoor spaces are meticulously prepared for an architectural photography shoot, resulting in stunning, magazine-quality images.

An office building at night.

Are you gearing up for an architectural photography session to showcase your space in the best possible light? Ensuring your space is adequately prepared can significantly elevate the quality of the photographs captured.

While you may have already covered some essentials, such as cleaning and decluttering, several additional factors must be considered for a truly exceptional outcome. Prepare as if you are having a client open house or tour.

Let's dive into a comprehensive checklist to ensure your space is primed for today's shoot, whether for a client tour, an open house, or promotional material.

The interior break room of an office building.



  • Remove unwanted items not desired in the photos, including temporary signage, personal photos, trash cans, etc.


  • Ensure all surfaces, including glass and countertops, are clean to eliminate fingerprints and smudges.


  • Strategically arrange furniture and decor to enhance the visual appeal of key areas.

  • Straighten monitors, keyboards, and other furnishings to create an inviting atmosphere.


  • Ensure all interior lights are turned on and functional.

  • Adjust window treatments to maximize natural light and minimize shadows.

  • We will bring additional lighting equipment for enhanced illumination as needed.

Weather Monitoring:

  • Stay informed about the weather forecast leading up to the shoot.

  • Consider rescheduling if adverse weather conditions are predicted for optimal lighting.

  • We highly recommend scheduling two dates for your session - a preferred date and an alternate date.

Property Access and Permissions:

  • Ensure unrestricted access to all areas intended for photography.

  • Obtain necessary permissions or permits in advance to prevent delays.

Safety Measures:

  • Advise staff of the photography session and address any safety hazards.

  • Communicate safety reminders to minimize risks to everyone involved.

Final Touches:

  • Add finishing touches such as fresh flowers or decorative elements.

  • Ensure window treatments are evenly hung, and cords are neatly concealed.

  • Turn off all TV monitors and make final adjustments as needed.

The exterior of an office building at dusk.


Landscaping Maintenance:

  • Ensure landscaping is well-maintained with freshly cut grass and manicured beds. Ideally, the grass is green and free of leaves and other debris.

  • Turn off all sprinkler systems the day before the photo shoot. Do not water outdoor containers or plants the evening before or the morning of the shoot. We need all surfaces dry and clean.

  • Consider enhancing outdoor spaces with potted plants or seasonal decorations.


  • Turn on all exterior and interior lights, replacing any burned-out bulbs.

  • Adjust window treatments to maximize views and lighting effects.

Property Presentation:

  • Remove eyesores such as scaffolding, ladders, and temporary signage.

  • Ensure no vehicles obstruct the view or detract from the property's appearance.

Occupancy Management:

  • Coordinate with occupants to minimize disruptions, especially during critical shooting times.

  • Ensure no construction or maintenance activities interfere with the photography session.

Seasonal Considerations:

  • Embrace seasonal elements to enhance exterior shots, such as vibrant foliage or blooming flowers.

Following this comprehensive checklist ensures that your indoor and outdoor spaces are meticulously prepared for an architectural photography shoot, resulting in stunning, magazine-quality images.

We aim to deliver magazine-quality images that showcase your space in the best possible light. By meticulously preparing your space and considering these additional aspects, you can ensure a successful architectural photography shoot highlighting your property's unique features.

If you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Michael Firsich is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) who creates magazine-quality images and cinematic videos for the architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industry. The CPP is the benchmark of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), empowering photographers to be knowledgeable, successful, and technically equipped.

He is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM). As defined by the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) website, a CPSM is recognized as an individual who has met a rigorous standard of experience and expertise in marketing professional services and has demonstrated their knowledge of the practice and related disciplines through a thorough examination of marketing competency, while adhering to the ethics and responsibilities of the profession as outlined in the CPSM Code of Ethics.

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