I have been working in real estate photography business for more than twenty years and know firsthand that photography is the most powerful tool for attracting customers. Sometimes the quality and staging of the photos from Zillow amaze me, but it is proved that houses with professional photos are sold at 32% faster. I can tell you exactly that taking pics to sell home is a real masterpiece. The truth is – not everyone has mastered it! I collected the most horrible examples of bad real estate photos and created this hall of fame. And read up to the end, there are some tips how not to make funny real estate listings.
Missing any interior object? Don’t worry! Photoshop will probably help you. The results are even better than expected.
There are too many dolls per square meter. My small sister will definitely love them! And you?
This kitchen interior will not be definitely sold. For what purpose are this stuff for?
Photos to sell your house don’t require the owner to be there. Neither the lady nor the realtor seems to be aware of this.
Wish to have a springboard in your bathroom? Why not to use your stairs for this purpose?
All those creepy masks in the kitchen really spoil my appetite. They won’t definitely help you in staging a home for a quick sale.
Curious how to take good photos of home? Never ever add something imaginary to fool client! You will not succeed.
What mirror to look at? Feel a little embarrassed in this bathroom, but what a super photographer’s work and photo retouching!
How to take pictures to sell your house? Don’t ask this photographer about it.
How to choose a right angle? Are some superpowers required?
How to take good real estate photo? This photographer has never heard. And this photo was published to sell the apartment?
When you don’t want to show unnecessary furniture.
One of the first in the list of unbelievably bad real estate photos. Call Ghostbusters. Hope, they will help!
Enjoy the natural aroma right in your bathroom.
Call the police! I don’t trust these parents.
What pose is it? Not sure I can repeat it.
A mixture of reality and imagination. Some real estate photo tips from Salvador Dali for you!
Good-bye, little old toilet! I have a mission to fulfill in this life!
What a mess! Look around the house for some evidence. Maybe we will be lucky to find fingerprints!
Bad real estate photos can’t be improved by one little girl. Especially, if she is stuffed in a case.
An intelligent, middle-aged woman will gladly get acquainted with an interesting man. The knowledge of how to edit real estate photos in Photoshop will be an important asset.
I will surely get in and your furniture will be poor. Don’t make me angry!
“Wish to have more friends to spend time with! Feel very lonely recently!” – said the young toilet to our correspondent.
Start your morning with the sounds of nature! It is so romantic, isn’t it?
Staging tips are for weak! We don’t look for an easy ride and present everything as natural as possible. True to the size.
You felt too lonely and decided to visit your elder brother. A tender moment.
My window will tell you all you really need to know about me. Anything else is not important!
The situation when you neglect all professional real estate photography tips. Was it retouched or real, write in comments.
Only these tough guys don’t need no real estate photo filters to impress the audience. The strong, brave and reliable team!
Among funny realtor photos for business cards and listings mentioned above this one will probably be the most unusual. What to do if these two friends can’t live without each other?!
What are all those animals doing here? Is the wolf stealing a red bra?
Hey, buddies, that’s not funny. Let me in and I’ll tell you how to photograph house interiors.
These guys can’t find a common language. Can’t decide on staging an empty house? Don’t repeat this.
Add some music to your staying in the WC. The cheerful atmosphere in such a place.
Everything you need is at arm’s length. Use your space reasonably.
Thanks to the software programs and iPhone app for real estate photos, your house turns into a fashionable café in a matter of seconds. Easy and fast!
Really, our fridge is too shy. You’ll never know what it is thinking about.
This young kid wants to become a model. OR NOT?
An introvert paradise! No neighbors, no animals, no disturbance. Only you and two walls.
This giraffe should be included in the funny real estate cartoons list.
Have you ever been to an “ambush”? You have a chance to try.
The correspondent got some information and photos of a mysterious creature in Mr. Brown’s flat. Still, we don’t know sure, where it has appeared from.
This little toilet was rescued during the earthquake. Now this shower is still taking care of him.
I will hide you from everyone. No one will see how beautiful you are, my house.
Poor, little dog. He is so tired after taking pictures for real estate companies for several hours.
Don’t waste your time or water, cleaning each vegetable. Do everything at a time.
Be aware and work hard on not a funny real estate listing. Your boss is standing behind and watching you work. You can see his ghostly forehead.
According to a recent research, you can see colorful dreams, sleeping in a 45-angle position. Are you ready to try?
Probably this lady is reading real estate photo editing tips, because his grandson is a bad real estate shooter. Only in such a way, we will forgive her being in this picture.
Mummy is on a diet. So, dad decided to help her and hide the fridge.
A kind of an old-fashioned flat decoration. Who is supposed to live here – old people, nature lover or ninja, who will hide between the sofa and the wall?
You never know what you may need at this minute – a toilet, a cooker, a bath or a dinner table. So why not put everything in a one room and lead bad real estate photos?
You want to have as few neighbors as possible? You are definitely in a wrong place!
Always wanted to have a cute pet? You will definitely like this house.
Who is living in this house? It seems to be either Ratatouille or a Jerry mouse.
Some people still like to switch channels without a remote control. Like in old times.
Are you afraid of horror films and bad real estate photos of interiors? What if they are combined together?! These dolls look like not very friendly. Dare to check?
Sport, light and art – all you need for prosperous life. And nothing else. This was the main goal of this photo’s real estate shooter.
Staging a house for sale photos isn’t so easy. Particularly, if there is a column in the center of a living room, which prevents movement, watching TV and taking good pics.
There are many bad real estate photos, but some of them are really awful. Poor lighting, terrible furniture and disgusting design solution. Why to post such images?
It is as if you have a fire place, but you don’t feel any warm. Something has to be improved!
What is the reason for living? In case it is watching TV and sleeping on a large red sofa – I know where to go, and what house to buy.
How to take house pictures to attract potential clients? Remember one thing – never ever put a large yellow boat in the middle of the room. It actually doesn’t work.
What a wonderful idea to have your best friend close to you everywhere.
Lack of space doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to get one more cool selfie! Of course, your Instagram friends want to see your new photo.
He controls each your step. And he knows how to take pictures for real estate listings fun, and you?
No, Jane is not upset. She is just pondering on staging a house cost. Don’t pay attention to her!
Do you want to do your needs and wash your feet simultaneously? No problem!
Cooking soup, peeling potatoes or baking a cake – your husband is always near you! At least, in the photo of your kitchen interior.
A large window, a wash basin and a bucket – everything you really need.
You don’t need a TV in a living room, if you have a pole there. And large window too.
Hard day at work or a fun night party? Anyway, get into the shower right from your bed, or vice versa.
A true nobility people deserve the best. Especially when it comes to their bedchamber.
Enjoy being stared at? Every time you are in this bedroom, the trains will keep their eyes fixed on you.
Not sure, but think it’s alive. H-E-L-P!
I may not know how to take real estate photos with iPhone to interest customers. But I know how to use my camera … and a mirror in a bathroom. Nice shot.
I am afraid to get close. I will sit in my car and take the photo of the house with a prison-style door.
What animal is it? Why is it standing there? Is it going to attack me?
Experience being in the space, still staying in your kitchen. Everything so unstable. This property photo shows why you should not use fish-eye lens.
Need to improve bad MLS photos. Bring a horse and nobody will notice anything more.
You know how sweet dogs are. They surely attract more clients. But not this time.
You don’t know how to take real estate photos with iPhone?! The city lights won’t help you!
Blurry images are the worst real estate images. There is definitely something, but nobody knows what it is.
Seems to be a bedroom of a princess. Pity, it is not one of the best real estate agent photos.
I’m just eating yoghurt. Pretend you don’t see me, because I don’t see you.
Real estate agent photos have to be professional. But things happen.
Hope the picture is beautiful. But all I can see is a white car in pixels.
Some people believe that there is no best time of day to take real estate photos. What really matters is your clothes, especially white pants.
Perfect office for a Noah-style person. Just don’t get frightened in the darkness.
Something has happened here! Call the detectives!
We have a door, but we don’t use it. In fact, we can’t open it!
Who are these people? Are they burglars?
Wait for your friend, while he is busy. Or meet new people in a queue.
Never throw the chairs away. You may need them for a party, for a meeting of for a pile in your room.
Who am I? What am I doing here? Where is my owner?
Don’t waste your money buying chairs for a kitchen. You can enjoy your morning tea, while sitting on a toilet near a big window.
Use your space smartly. You don’t need separate rooms for a bathroom and a living-room – let them be together.
We used the doll as a model to show coziness in the house. Want to see the bedroom?
Just a hand. Just a mirror. Go ahead.
In order not to get such bad real estate photos and become a member of this hall of fame, we suggest you learning the list of things, which can destroy your photos.
The camera is not so easily adjusted as our eyes. So, take photos in early morning or half before the sunset. It is advisable to open the curtains and even switch on all lamps. Then your listing photos will be awesome.
Spent some time on clearing up and your first clients are not long in coming.
Be attentive with mirrors in the room. Play with angles to find the proper spot. Your reflection may also be seen in windows. So, make sure not to frighten buyers by such bad real estate photos.
Real estate listing photography pricing may be poor because of blur. Such pictures prove your unprofessionalism and distract clients from the property.
Use only appropriate equipment. If your phone is good for Instagram, it doesn’t mean it is appropriate for real estate photography. Prefer DSLR or mirrorless.
Animals and Kids
We know how cute small children and pets are. But they don’t help in raising real estate photography pricing. Clients will be distracted from the property itself. Let the house be in the center of attention.
Too Much Effects
Sometimes bad real estate photos mean that they are too improved by Photoshop. Clients may think that you have something to hide. And it is not good at all.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.