Do you want to grow your photography business but need some inspiration? For many people, bedrooms are a sanctuary to express their unique personalities—making them endlessly interesting to photograph. 

And, learning how to shoot bedrooms can help you evolve as a professional photographer. From real estate agents to home design bloggers, there are plenty of professionals and businesses who need bedroom backgrounds—so it’s a great way to expand your business. 

How to Photograph a Bedroom Background

Before you pick up your camera, there are several things you should know about taking bedroom background photographs: 

Lighting

Bright rooms tend to look bigger, so take advantage of natural light when capturing bedroom photographs. Open the curtains and blinds, and aim to shoot the photos during the brightest time of the day, which generally falls between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

For the best shot, don’t point your camera directly at the brightest window, as this can result in a lens flare. Instead, make sure you angle your camera at least 45 degrees away from the brightest window. This will allow you to capture the room’s brightness without creating any distracting lighting issues.

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Color Schemes

Especially if you’re taking photos for real estate listings, neutral color schemes are often best, as they tend to attract a wider range of buyers. However, that doesn’t mean you need to forgo color completely. Try using neutral colors (e.g., white, grey, taupe, beige, etc.) as a foundation, and then accent them with just a few brighter colors—for example, emerald green and yellow or a few different shades of blue. 

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Select a mostly neutral color palette, accented by just one or two additional colors—like the pink and blue in this example. 

Staging 

The bed should be the focal point of the shot. Make sure it’s neatly made, and take time to fluff the pillows, tuck in the corners, and steam the duvet so it’s free of wrinkles. 

Then, clean and stage the room. It’s easy for bedrooms—especially kids’ rooms—to get cluttered with personal belongings, like clothes, shoes, and family photos. But that clutter can make rooms look small, so before taking the photo, make sure the room is free of unnecessary knickknacks. Then, add a few props to make the room look cozy and inviting

Angles

Often the smaller rooms of a house, bedrooms tend to be more difficult to capture than a large living room or kitchen with an open floor plan. To make the room look more spacious, try using a wide-angle lens and aim to capture at least part of three of the room’s walls. (If you’re shooting for real estate photos, make sure to take at least one photo that shows the door to the room, so buyers can more accurately envision the layout.)

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Source: instagramTo create the illusion of space, aim to include three of the bedroom’s walls in your photo, like this photo via @momenirugs. 

Uses for Bedroom Background Photos

Now you know how to capture inviting and visually appealing bedroom photos—what’s next? To build your photography business, you’ll need to know what types of companies and professionals may want your photos. Here are a few places to start.  

Stock Photography

Businesses of all kinds often need photos of rooms—like living rooms, offices, and bedrooms—to use in ads, on their website, and in marketing materials. Rather than commissioning custom photography, which can be pricey, businesses often opt to purchase individual stock photos instead. So, try your hand at being a stock photographer! Take bedroom background photos, upload them to stock photo websites like iStock and Shutterstock, and earn a commission or royalties each time they’re downloaded.  

Real Estate Photography 

Quality photography is essential for real estate listings. In fact, some research shows that compelling photos can help houses sell quicker and for a higher price per square foot. And while listings often focus on a home’s kitchen and bathrooms—as these rooms are the biggest draw for most buyers—bedrooms are also important. Bedroom photos allow potential buyers to envision themselves living (and sleeping!) in that space. As an expert interior photographer, you can work with real estate agents to help them enhance their listings and show homes in the best light possible. 

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High-quality real estate photos can help listings sell for a higher price. 

Vacation Rental Photography

Vacation rental owners also need quality photography to market their properties. And bedrooms are one of the most important aspects of vacation rental photography, as travelers use those photos to determine if and how the property will accommodate their party. By working with these owners, you can help them accurately showcase their home’s bedrooms and, ideally, boost the marketability of their properties. 

Blog Photography

Lifestyle, home design, and home improvement bloggers constantly need bedroom photography to showcase their work, whether it’s in their own home or a client’s home. Stock photos simply aren’t an option for these types of professionals; the nature of their jobs requires that they produce custom content. By developing a relationship with bloggers, you have the potential to help them create beautiful photos on a regular and long-term basis. 

Build Your Photography Business

As a photographer, you should strive to never stop learning new skills. By mastering the art of bedroom background photos, you can serve a wide range of businesses and professionals. For photographers who want to grow their brands, bedroom photography is the perfect skill to add to your repertoire. 

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Katie Wolf

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