Many short-term rental hosts are using the Coronavirus shutdown to show our listings some love, taking advantage of the unexpected break to upgrade our Airbnbs. And those of us who’ve made improvements would like to update the photo gallery on our listings as well. But how do we take attractive pictures on our own—without the help of a professional photographer?
Vick Fichtner is the travel blogger and professional photographer behind the Smartphone Airbnb Photography Guide. Vick has degrees in architecture and interior design as well as a master’s in photography, and she has been an Airbnb Plus photographer and quality inspector since 2011, photographing more than 3,000 homes. She also has six years of experience as an Airbnb host, sharing her home in Barcelona with guests from all over the world.
Today, Vick joins me to explain how to take great Airbnb photos with a cellphone and share her top tips for prepping your space for pictures. She introduces us to the concept of staging your listing, describing how props can help a guest visualize their experience in your Airbnb. Listen in for Vick’s insight on how many shots to include of each room and learn how YOU can update your listing’s photo gallery (and attract more bookings!) with the camera on your smartphone.
How to stage your Airbnb listing for photos
Vick’s general advice for taking photos of your listing
Vick’s Airbnb photo gallery checklist
What makes a good cover photo (hero shot)
What inspired Vick to write the smartphone guide
Vick’s tips for taking smartphone photos of your listing
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