Photography for vacation rental: A homeowners guide

Mar 10, 2020 | Home Marketing, Homeowner Tips

We’ve been talking about how stunning photographs are a very important part of a vacation rental listing. If you’re wondering why we emphasize so much on having great photographs of your property – one, they increase your listing views by up to 5 times on Belvilla and two, they give an accurate description of your property in a way that words alone can’t.

So, taking beautiful photographs of your vacation rental and updating them often could be a simple hack towards getting more visibility on any of the rental websites and in turn more bookings for your property. Of course, you need proper gear to pull this off.

Here are some simple tips that you can follow to take some stunning photographs of your vacation rental –


Very basic stuff, but most people get this wrong. All you need to do is make your property look neat and clean – interiors as well as exteriors, while taking the photograph. This means no messy cords or footwear in the living rooms, no food or dishes in the kitchen and ensuring that your furniture is organised. On the outside, keep your grass, garden beds clean & sharp, keep your property clear of debris and sidewalks clear of leaves to create a pristine presence.

Pick the right angles

Please make sure that you’re showing the realistic perspective of your property. So, choose the best angle that provides the accurate view and doesn’t make your place look big. Consider using a tripod to ensure that your images are not blurry. Be aware that misleading photos may disappoint the guest and could lead to them leaving negative reviews that could hurt your business.

Check your lighting

Lighting is a very important aspect of photography. Our in-house photography experts tell us that it’s best to take photographs in daylight with a lot of sunlight coming in. Also, have all your lights turned on while taking photos.

Showcase what’s unique

It’s showoff time! Highlight all the unique features of your property that could attract your potential guests. Be it your living room or bathroom, your home decor, color of walls, style of furniture, art on your wall or floor design – show everything that’s unique about your rental.

Edit your photos

There’s nothing wrong in editing photographs as long as they’re not misrepresenting your property. So, review your photographs and pick the best ones for further editing to achieve higher quality. You can use an editing application to fix color temperature and brightness to make the photograph look more stunning. Consider cropping anything that’s out of place and check the orientation of your photographs before saving.

Capturing high quality photographs is a unique skill. We clearly understand that it might not be everybody’s cup of tea. So, we at Belvilla, offer location photography to all our homeowners – we work with talented professional photographers who will visit your location to get your property photographs. We’ll then have them edited, make sure they are visually attractive before uploading to your vacation rental listing. Basically, we do everything for your homeowners, while they can get ready to open their doors to millions of potential guests. If you’re looking to list your property, then do reach out to one of our rental experts today! We’ll be happy to serve you.

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Belvilla brings its 40+ years of property management experience & over 2000 travel partners to optimize your rental income for you without any hassle.

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