Commercial Shoot Checklist
Below is a list of things that the business owner can do to make the photo shoot successful and the business "show" better in the photographs.
Replace any burned out light bulbs (we turn on every light in the building)
Remove vehicles from the driveway and parking lot.
Mow the grounds (and put hoses, garbage cans, recycling, etc. away).
Remove posters and flyers from windows, entry doors and break rooms.
Some exterior lighting is on timers. Please know where the switches are.
Remember to remove coats, etc. from the back of doors. We often close doors when photographing inside a room so the back of the door may be visible.
Remove the photos, magnets, artwork, shopping lists, etc. from sides of file cabinets and refrigerators. We all have them but it doesn't show well in the photographs.
Remove any time sensitive or seasonal items. For example, a Christmas display would quickly cause an image to be outdated.
Keep kitchen or break room countertops clear of clutter (does not have to be sterile looking, just not an assortment of blenders, coffee pots, toasters, juicers, etc.).
Have gates and doors unlocked for easy access.
Don't plan on moving stuff from room to room while the photographs are being taken. It wastes valuable photography time that could be used more wisely.
Bring any questions or concerns to the photographer when he arrives. When the photography starts, it's best to leave the photographer alone to concentrate on the technical and creative aspects of the trade.