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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 […]

How Can a Real Estate Photographer Compete with Low Prices?

May 11th, 2017

Aaron in Columbus, OH asks: How can we compete with photographers offering $100 HDR photography and $100 property videos? In my town, HDR, free drone’s, free sky replacement seems to be the new thing and it feels like an impossible business model to survive on. At those prices, after taxes, time, travel and costs, I […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Write Text for Listings?

May 5th, 2017

Daniel in New Jersey asked: I’m curious to know if any photographers are writing listing descriptions for their agents as an add-on? I’ve recently been contacted by an agent who was interested in this service and gave me some figures as to what he was willing to pay. I must admit, I’m a bit tempted. […]

Moving from Wedding to Real Estate Photography

May 1st, 2017

Brett in Florida asks: I have been a photographer for 25 years. I started in Architectural/Interiors but moved to high profile weddings when that market was good. I was successful in that business but now I’m getting back to real estate as I turned 50. I know I need to get in front of the […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Decide How Big Their Service Area Is?

April 19th, 2017

Mike in Tennesee asks: How far should one travel for a shoot? And how much of an extra charge is appropriate.  I’m a one man act, a couple of my clients are pretty good customers but they almost always seem to have properties not terribly far out from town but far enough where it sometimes […]