Before I retired, I was a photographer. One of my main areas of expertise was real estate photography. So if you don't mind, let me pass on a little advice for your photos, and as always, take it with a grain of salt.
1. Assume most are looking at your listing on a phone. More pictures are not always a good thing. Keep photos of the house between 15 and 20 pictures. Weed out the duplicates.
We don't need 4 photos of different angles of your bedroom.
2. Clean up your house! If you can't be bothered to have it tidy for pictures, how will it look for me when I arrive?
One man's cozy is another man's cluttered.
Photo #1 Your first photos should be something that symbolizes your home, usually it should be the front of your house. If I don’t see any exterior shots, I will assume the worse and think it’s a bad neighborhood and move on. If the caption is “Amazing Views!” or “Beach Front”, I’d better see an amazing photo of it! The only exceptions might be apartments or condos with no real front view. Even so, your first photo, the one that will show up on the search, needs to be a eye catcher! Some might think that they shouldn’t post a photo for security reasons. Just remember, the odds of an evil doer creating a profile and seeking out your home for a nefarious purpose are slim.
#2 should be your living room.
Clean and tidy, but leave photos of your family. Feel free to give it a personlized touch! Don't be embarrassed if you have religious statues or pictures, they are part of who you are.
#3 The kitchen.
Be sure and let your guests know which cupboards are for their use.
#4 the bedrooms/bathrooms (and put the toilet lid down!)
#5 Then fun shots of the yard and family rooms. The rest should be others of importance. I cannot emphasize enough, “Will this photograph make a difference?” One picture of each room if at all possible.
#6 Some people look for the house, others look for the location. What is unique or fun about your location? Why would I want to spend time there? Show me a photo! If your next guest has looked at all the photos up to this point, you've got their interest. Now is the time to throw on those neigborhood and tourist shots. Be truthful. If you live 5 hours from Paris, don’t go showing me photos of the Eiffel Tower.
This photo of an orca would be acceptable, as long as you mentioned that it wasn't an every day occurance.
Studies have been done, you have three pictures to capture my interest before I move on. Make them count!
My wife Doris and I live in the Pacific Northwest (Belfair, Washington) in a small, comfortable home overlooking the Hood Canal (part of the Puget Sound). When we’re home, you’ll find us sailing our small boat or camping and riding our ATVs. We love to travel and will go just about anywhere on a moment's notice. Before I ran my portrait studio, I was a graphic illustrator/photographer in the United States Air Force, and retired as a Master Sergeant after 20 years. Military service will give you the travel bug, and we’ve never recovered!