Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

Real Estate Office TV Slideshows of Active Listings

August 31st, 2017

Todd in New Mexico says: A realty company I work for wants to install a 32″ TV in their lobby and have a constantly running slideshow of still shots of homes for sale interspersed with various scenery shots from around the area. I would be in charge of putting the photos on a USB stick […]

How Do Real Estate Photographers Charge for Community Amenity Photos?

August 25th, 2017

Braulio in Florida asks: I have been charging community amenities photos separate from property photo shoots, and I also think that community amenities should be charged by standard and wide license. How are other real estate photographers charging community amenities photo shoots? There are a number of ways to use photos of community amenities:

What Is the Best Way for Real Estate Photographers to Increase Income?

August 20th, 2017

Ryan in Texas asks: What is the point at which real estate photographers should hire a contractor or employee to take on shoots for them? I have years of experience in RE photography, but a lot less in the business side, especially marketing. Would you take on an apprentice and let them go on their […]

Negotiating Agency Shooting Contracts

August 16th, 2017

Eric in Southern California says: I have been discussing possibly being a preferred vendor photographer for the local Keller Williams office and they proposed a $20 fee for every client they send my way. Is this sort of thing normal? Also should I expect to be signing a non-compete agreement where I would not be […]

What Should Real Estate Photographers Charge for Cancellations?

August 15th, 2017

Don in Florida asks: I’ve recently run into quite a string of cancellations of shoots. What is a fair charge for a canceled shoot? I think there are several considerations when you are thinking about what to charge for cancellations: Your cancellation terms must be clear and up front. There must be a specified amount of […]

Warning! Beware of Cashier’s Check Scams

August 2nd, 2017

Cameron in California told me last week about a possible cashier’s check scam: Hopefully no one will fall for this, but I got an email solicitation the other day from someone who claimed they found me through Houzz and they wanted me to photograph a rental property for them.

What Are the Recommended Photo Delivery Methods for Real Estate Photographers?

July 21st, 2017

Bill in Northern Virginia recently asked the question: I have been experiencing some issues in sending clients their photos and videos. What are some recommended photo delivery services to use? First of all, I would not send video files to Realtors. Most Realtors won’t have a clue what to do with a large video file. […]

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. […]