Preparing for an interior photography shoot can be a long process involving several steps to ensure that you capture the best possible images of the space. 

Here are some of my tips to help you prepare:

Visit the Space Ahead of Time

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the space before the shoot. 

If possible, visit the location ahead of time to get a sense of the lighting, the layout, and any potential obstacles that may hinder your ability to get good shots.

If you’re not able to get into the space, ask the designer for drawings or at the very least progress photos. These can be invaluable for getting a sense of what to expect when you arrive on site.

Plan the Shots

Create a shot list before the shoot, ideally with the client, to ensure that you capture all the key elements of the space. 

Think about what angles will best showcase the room’s unique features. Consider how the furniture and accessories in the space can be arranged to create interesting compositions.

If there are specific shots which are needed by the client, prioritise them at the beginning of the shoot so you know you have them in the bag. 

There’s no worse feeling than being suddenly told you only have access for another 20 minutes, as a key holder needs to go but you’ve got 5 important shots left.

Clean and Declutter

Make sure the space is clean and free of clutter. 

Remove any unnecessary objects, such as piles of magazines or paperwork, to create a clean and polished look. 

Be aware of any confidential work on show. It’s always good practice to ask the client to do a preliminary clean so they can make sure there is nothing on show they may have an issue with after the photographs have been taken.

On bigger jobs where a cleaner is available, it’s good to have a chat with them and see what their schedule is and ideally follow them around.

If they clean a space and then you’re not scheduled to shoot it for 6 hours, chances are it will just end up a mess again by the time you get to it.


Spending a few minutes ensuring the space is clean and all the chair wheels are pointing the same way makes all the difference.

Adjust the Lighting 

Lighting is crucial for interior photography, and it’s important to take control of the lighting in the space. 

This is why having a site visit and a shot list is crucial.  It allows you to see where the natural light is in the space at different times of the day so you can have your camera ready.

If natural light isn’t abundant in the space, don’t be afraid to add flash or continuous light to help balance the space.


Some spaces can have very tricky natural light to balance out.

Bring the Right Equipment (and know how to use it)

Make sure you have the right equipment for the job.

Pack everything the night before and make sure all your batteries are charged and ready to go

It’s much better to overpack and just leave bits you don’t need in the car than need a specific diffuser and not be able to get the shot.

If you want to know what equipment I bring on all my shoots, i’ve done a post on my interior photography equipment.

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It’s important to have everything you need with you.

Use a Tripod 

A tripod can help ensure that your shots are sharp and free of camera shake and I wouldn’t do any shoot without one. 

Buying a good tripod would be at the top of my shopping list 

By following these tips, you can ensure that you’re prepared to capture stunning interior photography that showcases the space in the best possible light.

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