October 27th, 2016
I’m just now ready to start marketing myself, after learning techniques from Scott Hargis and so many others on PFRE and the Flickr group. That said, I’m wondering what the best approach is when starting out, to keep my shoot time within an acceptable limit.
Are there any posts where photographers are addressing this point specifically, time spent on a shoot? Different approaches of negotiating more time starting out? I know of course there are differences according to shooting high end larger properties, as opposed to smaller ones. But specifically, approaches to communicate the possibility of needing extra time, without turning potential clients off.
Sounds like you have concerns about getting through a shoot quickly with the agent waiting there tapping her foot waiting for you to finish. I’ve not done a post specifically on this subject although seems to be an area of concern for many of those just getting started using small manual flash. Here are some of my suggestions:
- If you read Scott Hargis’s book or seen his videos. You know about his planning walk through at the beginning of the shoot. This is very useful in planning your time. Do the small rooms first and get them out of the way first (many can be done with one light) so you know how much time you have to shoot the larger more important spaces.
- I recommend pricing on the number of images. This makes it less likely you will be delivering 30 images. But at least if you are delivering that many images there will be expectations of the shoot taking longer.
- Loosen up and don’t be overly concerned about getting it perfect! M. James Northen in the PFRE Flickr group summed it up nicely when he said,”real estate imaging is about quick and good – sometimes not perfect.” This is especially true when you are just starting out. I assure you that your standards are probably much higher than 95% of real estate agents.
- Keep your number of lights and stands to a minimum. As you get more shoots under your belt you’ll have more time for the complicated stuff.
I think if you just set your goal to stay under 2 hours a shoot and don’t get obsessed with perfection and use just a couple of lights you will rapidly improve speed and quality to where you want it to be.
Any other suggestions?