Photographing Airbnb & VRBO Spaces

To say that great photos of your space are valuable is an understatement. They’re the first thing prospective guests look at when considering a property on Airbnb or VRBO and what will eventually make or break their decision to book your space.

Generally speaking, listings with beautiful photos receive more eyes, more interest and more bookings, so take some time to make them shine. Draw in potential guests, highlight what’s amazing, and set their expectations appropriately. Let guests book with confidence.

Rip City Photography offers professional photography for the entire Portland metro area, but if you’re located outside of the area – we have you covered. We have traveled as far as Lincoln City, Bend, and Olympia Washington to photograph beautiful Airbnb and VRBO spaces.


Brighten up the inside

Light is a photographer’s best friend. It brings out natural depth, color, and contrast in a setting. Great lighting makes your photos look more professional overall, which makes you look professional as well.

We always prefer to shoot during the day. Natural light is the best light. If necessary, we’ll turn on all the lights, open the curtains and let in all of the natural light.


Shoot into a corner

We like to use this technique as it shows a broad range of space and adds dimensionality to the photo. Shooting flat onto a wall can make a space seem smaller than in real life, while corners help give a sense of true perspective.

Composition in a photo is very important to us. We will always consider the rule of thirds for balance and visual queues to keep the eye moving. When we create a unique experience for the viewer, your place will pop!


Clean the scene

Prior to our arrival for photos, it’s always nice to have the space ready for us. Take some time to remove the clutter from the living space. It’ll be less distracting to the viewer and generally make your place seem more inviting and spacious.

Pretend you’re an interior decorator—arrange some flowers, fan some magazines, dust surfaces. Be as tidy as you’ve ever been. Clean up, but be sure the environment aligns as closely as possible to the actual space when they arrive. Let photos be a true reflection of how guests will find it.


Highlight unique amenities

Do you have a sweet backyard patio? A barbeque? An awesome kitchen? Are there kids toys in a room built just for kids? A themed room design? Is there a jaw-dropping view? A washer-dryer? A fireplace? We’ll photograph those unique and cozy spots to let your guests know what to expect. All these things set your place apart from places that don’t have them so we’ll work hard to document them with photos.

People love the little details too—things that fill your home with life and personality. If you have a guitar signed by Pink Martini, or a collection of mid-century china, or chickens in the backyard, We’ll want to take pictures of them as well. Don’t be shy—people love interesting spaces.


Take photos outside

What’s outside is just as important as what’s inside. We’ll help set people’s expectations of their arrival by photographing your place from the outside.

And don’t forget your neighborhood! People get excited about their destination as well as the place they’re staying. As part of our photography package, we’ll venture out beyond the front yard and photograph the neighborhood as well. They’ll brag about what was within walking distance so if you live close to a local attraction, a great restaurant, or gorgeous scene, photos will highlight those destinations.


Bonus tip

Generally speaking, more is more, so the more photos you have the more excited people will be to browse them. It provides your guest the most reference with which to make their decision, and allows them to spend more time with your listing. We will capture all of the big spaces as well as the small details to really show off what your space has to offer!


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