Quick Guide to Photographing Real Estate (Part 4/7 – Bathrooms)

Bathrooms and ensuites can be the most difficult rooms to shoot within a home as they present many challenges, such as their small size and reflections.

Each room or space within a home is unique with its own purpose, character, and story. Within this 7 part series I will provide an overview of the key elements of each space, and general instructions, challenges and tips on how to photograph them. Last week I discussed photographing kitchens, and in this article I will be talking about bathrooms.

When a Potential buyer/renter views an image of a bathroom or ensuite within a real estate listing, they typically are looking for the level of privacy, lighting, comfort, shower size, and vanity space the bathroom has to offer. Bathrooms and ensuites can be the most difficult rooms to shoot within a home as they present many challenges, such as their small size and reflections appearing in glass, shower frames, and mirrors.

Due to their small size, bathrooms are typically photographed from within the doorway for the wide angle images; however for very large bathrooms, it may be possible or necessary to shoot from inside the room and choose from more than one composition option. When composing the image, try to avoid ‘cutting off’ bathtubs and sinks, and ensure the shower frame does not obstruct the view of the tapware and sink from where the camera is positioned.

Photo by Steven Ungermann on Unsplash

Some bathroom layouts may make it impossible to include the bath, shower, sink, and toilet in the one frame even with a wide-angle lens or camera phone setting. In this case, it is best to capture the one or two features that look best in the frame (i.e., sink and toilet or sink, shower and bath). 

Depending on the quality of your bathroom fixtures you may want to focus on certain elements of the bathroom, such as the sink and bathtub. You also need to take care of where you position yourself as to avoid appearing in any reflections or mirrors.

If the bathroom vanity and sink are higher than the recommended camera height of 1.1-1.3m , you should raise the camera height by approximately 20cm so that you have some elevation over the sink and it does not occupy too much of the foreground of the composition.

In next week’s article I will discuss photographing exterior spaces.

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