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What Virtual Staging Services Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

July 20th, 2017

Jack in Florida asks: Do many real estate photographers get requests to virtually stage vacant homes? If so, what do they use – virtual staging services, special software or Photoshop? Virtual staging requires an extensive library of 3D furniture and a lot of Photoshop skill. While some do virtual staging themselves, most have a virtual […]

Real Estate Photographers Should Be Very Careful about Signing Non-Compete Agreements

July 19th, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, a beginning real estate photographer told me he planned to work for a local company to learn the business and get some training. On the surface, this seems to make perfect sense. The part that most people don’t seem to understand is that real estate photography companies hiring photographers are […]

What Should Real Estate Photographers Base Their Pricing On?

July 6th, 2017

Aaron in Ohio asks: I know most real estate photographers charge based on the square footage of a property but lately I have been charging a per image fee. It seems to be working but I have gotten some guff about it. I do this because some Realtors want upwards of 50 images for 1500 […]

How Exactly Does a Real Estate Photographer Take a Vacation?

July 3rd, 2017

Chris in California says: I’ve been shooting real estate for about a year now and business is starting to really pick up. I’m shooting between 4 and 7 properties a week and some of them are for somewhat demanding clients. They want the photos done when they want them, and there can be few exceptions. […]

What Is the Best Way to Allow Clients to Pay with Credit Cards?

June 26th, 2017

Eric in Florida says: Years ago I accepted credit cards, but the fees got too expensive. Most of my clients pay with a check and some cash at the shoot. I invoice some of my good agents and receive payment in a week or two.  Some clients pay late but will offer their credit card […]

Business Considerations for Photographers

June 16th, 2017

This 30-minute video by Tony and Chelsea Northrup is a valuable discussion exploring the business aspects of being a full-time professional photographer. They are talking about professional photography in general rather than just real estate photography, but all the aspects of being in business for yourself are very relevant to real estate photography. For those […]

Creating Flyers for Real Estate Agents

June 14th, 2017

Rhett in VA asks: My clients are wanting to print some flyers for brochures but the pdf files take way too long to print. Is there another format that is quicker? I know PDF files are good for web. Also, should I change settings in camera from large to a different size? I’ve been creating […]

A Post Card Version of The “Realtor Photo Guide” for Face to Face Marketing

June 5th, 2017

Thomas from Germany says: The posts, comments and this community have helped me a lot to get started in real estate photography! In November of last year, I started shooting real estate and I have established a small customer group. But in order to sustain a decent living, I need to grow my customer base. […]

What Options Are Available to Real Estate Photographers for Insurance?

June 1st, 2017

Alex asks: I would like to start my own business but I still have one major question: What is the best insurance for real estate photographers? I’ve heard about cases when real estate agents have blamed photographers for property damage. Are there any good options for insurance?

Why Do Some Realtors’ Listings Sell Faster than Others?

May 26th, 2017

Mike in Kentucky says: I’ve noticed over time how some agents properties sell faster than other agents properties. I’ve asked them what they do with their marketing that other agents aren’t doing. They mostly say they don’t do anything different.

How Can Real Estate Photographers Automatically Collect Payment at Delivery?

May 24th, 2017

Mike in the Seattle area asked: I have been looking for a system where you can send out the invoice from, collect the payment and automatically have them deliver a link for zipped folder or download functions. Real estate agents are pretty impatient about getting their photos.

Should You Work As a Contract Real Estate Photographer?

May 16th, 2017

John asks: I am an aspiring photographer but I’m trying to decide if its worth it for me or not. I have tried to contact some of the regional real estate photography companies to contract shoot for them but I can’t get a good read on the photographer compensation. How much do real estate photographers […]

What Are the Most Common Methods Real Estate Photographers Use to Deliver Photos?

May 15th, 2017

Fred in Florida recently asked the question: I have finally had my first real estate shoot after much work getting my learning curve down. I need to send the files to the Realtor but when I upload them to Google Drive, they are sent as individual images so you have to click on each link separately to view […]

What is the Minimum Yearly Amount You Would do Contract Real Estate Shooting For?

May 14th, 2017

Marek in Boston says: I am interested in what photographers that just take photographs (no Post-Processing or marketing) and supply those photos to a contracting company make. I would keep them busy up to maybe 8-9 hrs per day and much less in off season. I am seriously considering hiring some contract real estate photographers that I could […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Use Time Trackers in Photoshop?

May 12th, 2017

Joseph in Chicago asks: Does anyone use a time tracking program for Photoshop for longer edits? and if so which ones are recommended. We sometimes spend up to an hour working on windows and item removals and want to track and send stats to client to prove the editing time. I wasn’t even aware of […]