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Best Time of Day to Schedule Real Estate Photo Shoot

You have put in the hard work to ensure that your listing is picture-perfect and ready to go live on MLS. The next step is capturing incredible images of your property that will pull in showings and land the perfect buyer. Making sure that you find the right photographer is important because they will hand you the tools for presenting the best features and assets of your listing. However, it’s important to consider what time of day will be the best for your photo shoot.

Typically this question will be best answered depending on the direction that your house is facing. However, if you are unsure, your best bet is to always schedule your shoot at dawn or dusk because it will provide the best lighting to highlight the exterior features of the house. Any photographer will tell you that lighting is best when it isn’t hovering directly over the subject. In addition to this rule being true for people, it is also true for homes. If you want to highlight your listing's best features, opt for an early morning or late afternoon shoot. If you opt-out of booking a dawn or dusk shoot, it is important to remember that the sun should always be behind the photographer and not behind the house. You can always take note of this and keep an eye out for the perfect time of day when the sun is facing your property.

The truth is, when shooting for the best exterior images, the time of day makes a huge difference. This is why familiarizing yourself with the orientation of your listing will assist you in knowing the best time of day to schedule your photoshoot. How do you do this? It’s pretty simple! Just download a compass app. You can click HERE to find the best iOS and Android compass apps of 2022 on Lifewire.

Once you have determined which direction your listing is facing, you can use the tips below to help you book the perfect time of day for your property.


Between 10 am- 2 pm


Early morning 7 am-9 am, or later in the day 4 pm-6 pm


Morning 8 am-10 am


Afternoon 4 pm-6 pm

Knowing the right time of day for your shoot is a critical part of capturing the right images. If you stick with the time of days listed above, you are sure to get the most out of your real estate photo shoot. When shooting outside, the sun can be your best friend or your worst enemy, so make sure that the best features of your home stand out by taking advantage of these tips.

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