It is an understatement to say that good photos of your space are important. Photos are the very first thing guests look at when they search for accommodation they influence their final choice to reserve your space or not.
In general, ads with beautiful photos are viewed more often and booked more often, so take time for great photos. Show your potential guests what they can expect, highlight what’s so great about your accommodation and make sure that all expectations are right. So that the guests can reserve with you with confidence.
We offer professional photography at different locations, but if you want to take photos yourself, we have to put five important photo tips for you in a row – so that your space and your ad look better than ever.
Let the inside shine
Good light is the best friend of every photographer. It emphasizes the natural depth, color and contrast of a space. Good light also ensures that your photo looks professional, and so do you.
Photograph during the day, turn on all the lights and open the curtains so that natural light can shine inside. Most modern cameras automatically adapt to bright spots by making the rest dark, so do not point your camera at the window if possible.
Photograph the corners
This technique makes your room looks bigger and creates more dimension in your photo. If you take a picture of a flat wall, the space may appear smaller than it actually is, while corners help to give a better and realistic perspective.
The composition of a photo is incredibly important. Remember the so-called ‘third-party rule’ for a good balance and visual challenge in the photo. Give the viewer a unique experience and your space will certainly stand out!
A clean space
Take time to clean up your space. So that the clutter does not distract the viewer and your space looks inviting and more spacious.
Imagine being an interior stylist-arrange the flowers, straighten the magazines, dust off the shelves. In short, be nice! and be careful, but make sure that your photos are a realistic reflection of space. So that your guests will find the room as you showed them on arrival.
Emphasize unique features
Do you have a nice patio in the backyard? A barbeque? A great kitchen? Is there toys in a special nursery? Do you have a breathtaking view? A dryer? A fireplace? Let your guests know with photos. All these things ensure that your space is different than the spaces that do not have this – both houses and hotels – so show that with your photos.
People love small details-the things that make your home personal and lively. If you have a guitar signed by Tom Petty, porcelain tableware from the American Civil War or chickens in the backyard, show it in your ad. And do not be shy-keep people from interesting places.
Take photos outside
The outside is just as important as inside. You can help your guests to have the right expectations when they arrive, by photographing your house from outside. The best time for outdoor photography is the first hour after sunrise or before sunset, also known as the ‘Golden Hour’. At this moment of the day the light is soft (the most diffuse) creating a wide range of colors.
And do not forget your neighborhood! People are not only enthusiastic about their destination but also about the place where they stay, so take photos of your surroundings. So they can brag about what is within walking distance and if you live near a great restaurant or park-show it on a few pictures.
In general, the more the better. The more photos you have, the more people can browse through them enthusiastically. Photos give your guests the best reference when they have to make their decision and give them the opportunity to watch your ad for longer period of time. Try not to have the same thing in the picture hundred times, but take care of variation. Make general and detailed photos so that your potential guests have a good impression of your space.