Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

Photo Licensing Explained

January 14th, 2018

Alan in Seattle says: Today, I shot the interior and exterior of a large, popular Brew Pub here in Seattle. I was hired by the architect who just completed a $4 million remodel of the restaurant. The images are to be used by the architect as part of their portfolio and marketing. As we were […]

VHT Studios Acquired Circlepix–Does Anyone Work for VHT?

January 11th, 2018

??xxxGary in North Carolina asked: I work for Circlepix and I just got an e-mail from them saying that they have been acquired by VHT Studios. I’m looking for some background on VHT. I’m wondering if there are any of your readers that are working for VHT or have worked for them in the past. […]

What the New US Tax Bill Means for Real Estate Photographers

December 31st, 2017

Last week before the new tax bill was even passed, Gary in Southern California asked: I was wondering if you’d be able to explain this new tax cut and how it’s going to affect us? Do we just get to add a 20% deduction on top of our normal expenses? Would love some clarity on […]

What Are Your Policies on the Classic Real Estate Photography Business Issues?

December 27th, 2017

Ray in North Carolina asks: I have been shooting full time for 4 years this coming May. In the beginning, I would take any client with a pulse and would do almost whatever they asked without question. Now, having worked with a wide variety of clients, I am eager to steer my business toward the […]

When Is It Worthwhile to Use Google Advertising?

December 26th, 2017

?Bill in Portland asks: I would like to see a discussion on Google advertising. When I do a Google search, there are always a few new ads at the top of the list; some last quite a while and others go away soon. Maybe I’m just cheap, although the wife would argue. But is there […]

How to Find Vacation Rental Property Owners to Shoot Property Photos For?

December 19th, 2017

Don in Florida asks: I shoot vacation rentals and was wondering about the ethics of using the “contact owner” option on for introducing my services to vacation rental owners. I wasn’t sure if this violated and agreements or was frowned upon. Do you have any suggestions for locating and contacting such clients?

How to Market Listing Agents When Their Office Won’t Give You Access to Agents?

December 15th, 2017

Brian in Joplin, MO says: I recently moved from California to my hometown of Joplin, MO and I’m trying to restart my real estate photography business. There is literally one KW office with probably half of all real estate agents in this area. It is impossible to get past the front desk to speak with […]

Integrated Online Management System for Real Estate Photographers

December 14th, 2017

Michael in NJ says: I love your website. I’ve been doing virtual tours since 2004 and have built up an amazing group of talents over the years. The biggest problem I have is finding an integrated online solution that can handle order entry/scheduling/workflow

Check out PaySnap for Automatic Delivery of Real Estate Photos after Payment

December 12th, 2017

Traditionally real estate photographers had two main options when it came to how they approached payment collection: Pay First: Require payment before shooting Pay Later: Deliver photos with an invoice However, with the shift to online payment and file sharing more photographers are choosing a third option: Auto-Delivery: Automatically deliver photos after payment

How to Handle Sellers’ Personal Items in Real Estate Photography

December 11th, 2017

Dave in NZ ask the following question: In the USA, are there any legal requirements to blur any family photos, certificates, awards, military honors, etc. when photographing a home? In my case, I do it if there is a tenant living in the property. The reason for the question is that a property I shot […]

The Arithmetic of Real Estate Photography Pricing

December 10th, 2017

I’ve talked about this before but it’s super important so it is useful to keep coming at the subject from different angles. It’s clear a lot of folks don’t understand this. A couple of days ago, I did a high-level discussion of all the pricing factors you should consider. Here I want to look closer at […]

What Should You Charge for Real Estate Photography?

December 6th, 2017

Everyone starting out in real estate photography wants to know, “What should I charge for real estate photography in my geographic location?” There isn’t a simple answer that works everywhere. Over the years, I’ve done several posts that address real estate photography pricing from several different angles but recently while talking to someone about pricing, […]

What’s a Quick and Easy Way to Capture Site Plan Sketches with Dimensions?

November 28th, 2017

Shahid recently asked:  If you can tell me what is the best website to do site plans? I have seen few companies that do site plans. I want to know which is the best software that produces site plans. I suggest that you look at Creating a site plan (a whole lot layout) is […]

How to Find Images That Have Been Stolen from You

November 27th, 2017

Recently, Architectural and Interior Design Photographer George Gutenberg of Palm Desert and Las Vegas had commented on this post.  I think his comment is worth highlighting. The following is an excerpt from his comment: The other day, I did an “infringement search” using my Pixy account. The result is 3,204 infringements!

What Is Your Favorite Milage Tracking Smartphone App?

November 21st, 2017

?Steven in New Jersey says: I work hard to keep good records and I used to use an app called MileIQ but it’s 60 bucks a year. I went on a mission to find a competitor that has the same app for less and found TripLog. It’s 15 bucks a year for a GPS tracker […]