AirBnB Photography, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile


This tenement flat on the Royal Mile is a perfect choice for AirBnB. The location is incredibly central, and easy to find from transport links. The owner has obviously put a lot of time and effort into decorating it, and was keen to show this in his listing.

The owner had arranged for the flat to be cleaned just before I arrived for this shoot. He was also there to show me around and highlight any details he felt were particularly important. Copper coloured lighting. New kitchen units and shiny worktops. Sanded floorboards. New bathroom fixtures. While I could have easily shot everything he mentioned without him being there, this input resulted in getting exactly the images he wanted.

There are also aspects he didn’t want to show, for example the view from the windows. While the flat has plenty light the view is mostly other buildings. AirBnB photography should show the property at its best, but without being dishonest. Consequently we kept enough detail in the windows to convey this, without distracting from the thoughtfully designed interior.

While this is clearly a very nice flat to stay in, the best feature is its location. I took a few photos outside to show the street, looking down the High Street with its iconic views. This helps show potential guests exactly how central the flat is even if they haven’t visited Edinburgh before.

I always enjoy taking photos of holiday let apartments. It’s nice straightforward work that provides real value for the client. After a considerable investment buying and refurbishing a property in the best part of town, getting good quality photos is a quick and cost effective technique to maximise profitability.

If you’re looking for photos for your holiday rental property I’m always happy to help. Please get in touch with me at

AirBnB Photography FAQs

How should I prepare my flat for taking photos?

The most important factor is to make sure the flat is clean and ready for guests. It should be in the condition that guests expect to experience when they book their stay.

Please make sure the lights all work – I don’t need them to take the photos but it often looks better to have them switched on.

These photos should be a one-off investment that lasts for years, so it’s essential to show your property at its best!

How long does it take to shoot and edit my photos?

I need at least an hour to shoot a small flat. If possible I like to spend more time because this results in better photos.

Usually it takes three working days to deliver edited images. If you need them sooner I’ll do my best to accommodate this.

I’m often able to work at short notice, but always need to prioritise longer term projects. If you need photos urgently and I’m busy I can usually put you in touch with another reliable photographer.

How much do AirBnB photos cost?

I charge £99 for a property in Edinburgh with up to two bedrooms. For larger properties I charge another £25 per bedroom. If you have a flat in a good area this will provide exceptional ROI.

Why is this so surprisingly affordable?

I enjoy shooting AirBnB photos because it is a relatively straightforward process compared to other work. This doesn’t require meetings and bureaucracy. It’s a good way to keep improving my interior photography in between bigger jobs.

What if I list rooms individually?

No worries – assuming you are happy to use the same photos of communal areas, exterior, lockbox etc it’s the same as shooting a regular apartment with multiple rooms.

Equally if you’re renting a room in your own home you presumably still need photos of communal areas etc, so this is the same as shooting a one bedroom apartment.

How many photos do I need for my listing?

AirBnB specify a maximum of 25 photos per listing in their photography guidelines. I don’t know whether a listing would be adversely affected by having more images, but it seems sensible to keep within the recommended amount unless you have a larger property with many bedrooms.

If your apartment needs more pictures vertical photos can be combined into single images.

Do I (the owner) need to be there to supervise?

No, I’m quite happy to do the work on my own then return your keys afterwards. Most of the flats I have shot were done without the owner present. This is helpful for me because it can allow more time.

That said, if you would prefer to be there it’s great to have your input. I appreciate that sometimes owners like to be there to make sure everything goes smoothly. Please feel free to bring your laptop or watch TV if you just want to be present to oversee the process.

Can I use the photos for other portals such as

Yes, you are welcome to use the photos for anything you like except selling them. Copyright always belongs to the photographer (i.e. me) unless by prior arrangement. In practise this doesn’t really matter, as the photos are inherently only useful to the property owner (i.e. you) and therefore very unlikely to have any commercial value.

What areas do you work in?

Anywhere in Edinburgh, usually the New Town, Old Town and Leith. I’m happy to work farther afield and can provide photography in St Andrews or Central Glasgow for £15 travel expenses.

Does weather matter?

Short answer: no. Long answer: sometimes.

Weather conditions and light shouldn’t matter for interiors. Generally speaking, cloudy weather is better than strong sunlight for interior photography. However for AirBnB photography strong sunlight can be beneficial – it helps your property look welcoming.

If you have a good view from the windows it would be optimal to aim for a day with high visibility. Obviously we can’t control this, and in Scotland we can’t even always predict it. This is another reason why I prefer to spend more time shooting a property – there is more chance of getting shots that have good light outside.

Anything else I should consider?

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