November 23rd, 2014
I’m a UK based property photographer / floor planner and wandered if you have a facility / section to post jobs. I’m looking to recruit a photographer. Also, do you have many UK visitors to the site?
Answer: No I don’t have a facility for posting jobs. The primary reason is, I encourage RE photographers to be independent. In the past 7 years of doing PFRE I’ve encountered too many situations where contract photographers are hired and are not paid a living wage. So I spend all my energies teaching RE photographers how to be successful on their own. I believe there is not enough profit in RE photography transactions to have parties between the photographer and the agent. Every time I hear the details of someone like a tour company or marketing person involved in “helping” the end photographer always loosing out big time. I’m not talking about the several franchising operations that are popular in AU and NZ. I’m referring to the big tour companies here in the US.
I’ve thought a lot about this issue and at this point I’ve decided that I don’t want to be a party to real estate photographers not getting a living wage. I know It’s possible to make a living wage if you just stay independent. I realize that many companies are looking to add a photographer to expand their operation and have no predatory intent. But I don’t know how to sort out the good from the bad so for now I’m just going to stay out of promoting non-independent real estate photographers because I’m not convinced it makes sense. If you have so much business that you can’t handle it all, why not just make sure your price isn’t too low and just be happy with making a good living? Continuous, infinite growth is not always a positive thing.
Frankly, I’d like to hear some positive stories of how real estate photographers can work together cooperatively to expand business in a way that everyone gets a living wage. I haven’t heard many positive stories in this area. I’ve heard positive stories about how families can expand their business by getting more than one family member involved in the business but not many other situations.