Backyards Photography

There is another beautiful part of the home that needs quite good shots - the backyard. It often goes unnoticed at times, but adding some backyard photos on the listing adds value to the property.

Before starting the photoshoot, instruct the photographer to make the backyard look big and spacious. Remember that most backyards vary in layout and landscape design, so it is best to maximize the shots. Still, if a property has substantial space for the lawn space, the photographer must gather at least two or three different angles to exhibit the backyard from varying viewpoints.

The best backyard photo is achieved by getting a shot using a two-point perspective, looking from the house deck or patio area into the yard. Another is by shooting from the corner of the yard to get the most parts of the space fit into the frame.

As part of the aesthetics, you need to consider the proper lighting, too, when shooting the backyard. Remember, it is an outdoor shot, so having artificial lights are unlikely. However, there is plenty of natural lighting available from the sun to sustain the needed amount of light while shooting the place, so make use of it.

Moreover, try adding fixtures and furniture in the yard to make it look more enticing. There is nothing wrong with photographing a bare backyard, but it is a plus to see it looking good and not barren. If you do not have time to set up the place with real furniture, try utilizing virtual staging to transform the shots into more compelling images.

At the same time, this idea will help prospective buyers envision spending time in the yard, either with family or friends while relaxing. In the end, all you need to do as the owner or realtor is to have a firm plan on how you want your backyard photos to look in the listing. It is the job of the photographer and editors to make the shots more pleasing to the eyes.


Backyard vary quite a bit in layout and landscape design. If a property has a substantial backyard space, it's important to gather at least two or three different angles to exhibit the space from varying viewpoints. One common and effective angle is looking from the house deck or patio area out into the yard from a two-point perspective. Usually you'll shoot from the corner of the yard so you can get a comprehensive sense of the space and fit as much as possible in frame. Take into consideration the placement of the Sun when choosing which corner to shoot from to make it easy on your real estate photo editors.

Sometimes the yard will have a nice sitting area or patio furniture. If this is the case, it is often times valuable to take a nice vignette shot with the furniture in the foreground and the yard behind. It will help prospective buyers envision spending time in the yard. While the more comprehensive wide-angle photos will depict how much space there is. Another effective shot site is a view from the back of the yard looking towards the house. Usually, this is a two-point perspective shot. Sometimes this shot is most appealing if you zoom in, closely framing edges of the house. Sometimes it's wise to leave the lens open, showing off the house in relationship to the yard. This decision will depend on your discretion. When in doubt always take both variations so the agent can decide which shot they prefer.

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