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Taking the Best Exterior Photos for Your Vacation Rental

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Rental owners know how important great images are for marketing. These pictures will be each potential renter’s first and strongest impression of the property. 

But when you think about rental photography, you probably think first of interior shots. While potential visitors need to see the living room and bedrooms, exterior pictures are also important. Renters want to stay in a safe and inviting property close to their favorite destinations, all of which you can convey with exterior rental photography. Below, we take a look at some of the best practices.

Ideal Weather, Ideal Condition


Because these photos are so important, it’s tempting to get them done right here, right now. But there are a couple of reasons why you may want to wait. First, you want to make sure that both the front and back yard are in perfect shape. Take an objective look around the property. Could the bushes use trimming? Is the grass just a little too long? Get your rental ready for its photo shoot. 

Once that’s done, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather and wait for a bright, sunny day to take the photos. The clear sky will make the outside of your property look more inviting. Even interior photographs will benefit from the sunshine, allowing more natural light to flow through each room.

Show Off Amenities From A Renter’s Perspective 


Often in real estate photography, the most important exterior photo is the “hero” shot. This is a picture of the front of the property. But with vacation rentals, showing off outdoor amenities is just as crucial. From the porch swing to the swimming pool to the sundeck, take note of all the outdoor facilities renters could use. Then, be sure to get a photo of each one, emphasizing how much value they add to the visitor experience. 

Take a look at how this vacation rental in Belize draws your attention to the pool, the ocean view, the outdoor dining area, and the chairs for sunbathing. You can probably already imagine yourself spending a restful vacation here.

Giving Visitors A Sense Of The Neighborhood


Most of your visitors will be from out of town and know very little about the area. Because they’re far away from home, it helps to reassure them that your rental is in a safe and vibrant neighborhood. 

We talked earlier about the “hero” shot, which is a perfectly-framed landscape photo of the front of your property. It’s a good idea to include a “hero” shot in listings. However, you should also experiment with different angles that allow potential visitors to better understand the neighborhood. 

For example, if your rental is in a city, it may be appropriate to take a picture of the whole city block. This will let renters get acquainted with the neighborhood. It will also show them a few local landmarks, including places where they can get a quick bite to eat if they’re arriving late.

exterior street view vacation rental photography

Landscape Orientation Every Time


Finally, we want to emphasize how important it is to take landscape-oriented photos for both exterior and interior rental photography. Landscape pictures give visitors a clearer, fuller idea of the property. Plus, Brian & Kati Greene of Overlooked 2 Overbooked note that some listing websites, like Airbnb, will occasionally crop your photos. So if you take a picture or two in portrait mode, a huge chunk of those photos could be taken out.

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