What happens after I request professional photography?
After you request a photo shoot, Airbnb reaches out to independent, third-party photographers to handle the request. We do our best to connect hosts with freelance photographers, but due to high demand, professional photographer availability can’t be guaranteed at all times.We recommend uploading your own images while you wait for professional photography.
Planning to make changes to the appearance of your listing soon? Please wait to request. If you already requested photography, learn how to cancel your request.
If a photographer is available
If a photographer is available, they should reach out to you via the Airbnb messaging system within 7 days of your request. All Airbnb photographers have a verified badge on their profile. You'll also receive their contact information when they accept the assignment.
Once a photographer accepts the assignment, you'll work together to set up a time that suits you both. Be sure that your contact details are up to date and to schedule the shoot for a date when you don't have guests.
Photo shoot timing
A photography shoot of an apartment typically takes 30 minutes, while larger spaces can take up to an hour. Check with the photographer to see how much time they think they'll need for your home—setting aside enough time for the shoot will help ensure you get the best photos possible. You'll also want to clean and tidy up your space in preparation for the shoot.
After the shoot
After your shoot, photos are typically uploaded, reviewed, and made public on the Airbnb site within 4 weeks. We review every photo taken by our photographers and only accept shoots that meet our standards. Occasionally, photos need to be sent back for additional post-processing and editing, which can take additional time, or we may need a second photo shoot to get quality images.
Note: We can't provide copies of these photos because they're copyrighted by Airbnb.
Airbnb will hold all rights (including copyright rights), title and interest in the resulting images, and Airbnb may use the resulting images for advertising, marketing, commercial and other purposes in any media or platform, whether in relation to your listing or otherwise.