Chad’s Question: I am growing beyond what I can shoot in a given week. With this I am having to turn away work and be selective with projects I do. My question to you is, do you know if any of the coaches have particular experience with multiple photographers? Contracts, pay, insurance, incentive, training processes, pros cons to look out for? I have people always hitting me up for photography jobs. Trying to figure this part out is daunting!
Answer: If you haven’t already you may get some help from a previous post I did on this subject. Several commenters on this post have experience with hiring assistants. As far as coaches, I’m not sure who has had experience with assistants. I would check with Dan Milstein or Michael Asgian. Anyone out there that can offer coaching on hiring assistants?
Bill’s Question: I’m a real estate agent. I always create a website dedicated to each of my listings. These are BRANDED web sites. These web sites (really pages of BillSilver.com) are based on WordPress using a RESPONSIVE THEME. They view well on all devices. The pictures I take are used in many ways: Virtual Tour Slideshow, Virtual Tour Video, property eMagazine, etc. I use iPlayerHD as my video host, Phanfare for my slideshow host, and eMagStudio for my interactive magazines. iPlayerHD and eMagStudio are both responsive. But, Phanphare is not. I need to replace Phanphare with a responsive slideshow host that that will allow my slideshows to play on all devices–without me having to do anything AND without the user having to do anything special, like downloading the Phanphare app or installing flash.
This slideshow host must be able to allow me to have UNBRANDED slideshows. No info about me or my website or company. I just want to be able to play a slideshow with beautiful, full-screen slides.
Answer: I used to build tours for my wife’s listings for many years (Since I’m a long time software engineer I was naturally drawn to doing it all myself). However, I gave it up a long time ago and have been using tourbuzz.net for several years. The reason is they have everything Realtors and photographers want and need:
- They work beautifully on all devices.
- They have branded, unbranded and minimalist style tours.
- They host video and video clips.
- They are $12 each and last forever if you purchase 10 at a time.
- They have tons of other features and compete very well with the big tour company tours.
- They have great service.
Jason’s Question: Been contacted by Redfin to be a contract photographer. Any information you may know about them would be greatly appreciated. Are they good to work for? Is the compensation fair? Can I make my own schedule? I been scouring the Internet and can’t seem to find any information on what it’s like to work for them.
Answer: I’ve never talked to anyone that works for Redfin. I know that they promote using professional photography to their agents, but that’s all I know about them. I’d like to know the answers to all the questions you ask.
Can anyone out there answer Jason’s questions? I can’t.