March 16th, 2015
HEV who is located in the North East asked the following question:
Has there ever been a discussion about what most photographers do on bad weather days? As in, if they charge to reschedule and what types of equipment to consider using during bad weather shoots. Agents sell houses all year long. Shouldn’t they expect their appointment time may be canceled if bad weather occurs?
Everyone’s answer to this will be to some extent influenced by where they live. I’ve shot real estate in the Northwest US for 15 years and I can’t remember ever canceling a shoot because of weather. However, with the weather you guys are having in the Northeast US this year I can see that you may have had to cancel some shoots because of snow this winter. Here are a few thoughts about canceling because of weather:
- My feeling is that if you can get to the property and it’s not dangerous to drive you should not cancel just because you think it’s too wet or the light may be bad. Your question sounds like the agent(s) think you should not cancel but you think there’s some reason to cancel.
- The only reason for a cancelation change would if the agent cancels. There should be no charge for a cancelation due to weather.
- If you do a shoot with snow on the ground and the property doesn’t sell by spring I would have some kind of arrangement to reshoot the exteriors in the spring. Maybe not for free, but for a reduced price. Perhaps schedule a day once in a while to go around and no nothing but reshoot exteriors.
- I did a post last summer about some rainy day shooting gear that Cal Mitchner in Charlotte, NC.
In summary, I think you should do everything possible to not cancel shoots because of weather, except risking life and limb, in which case the agent should agree that canceling the shoot is necessary.