Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

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 […]

How Many Photos Should Real Estate Photographers Provide?

April 13th, 2017

Michael in Illinois recently asked: My MLS has changed the real estate photography playing field. The number of photos allowed used to be limited to 25. They now allow an unlimited number of photos for each listing. So for me, this is a great advantage, since my competition in this market typically provides only 25 or so […]

Can You Sell Lifestyle and Community Real Estate Photos as Stock Photos?

April 11th, 2017

Rich asks: Have you written any articles about shooting for stock on lifestyle, community and amenities of a city or neighborhood? I charge by the hour to shoot those things if I don’t have them, but would like to offer “stock” images to Realtors with listings where the images may apply. Wondering how to charge […]

What to Do When Meeting Potential Real Estate Photography Clients Face to Face?

April 2nd, 2017

Last week I had a discussion with Brad in Idaho. Brad said: I love the e-books you’ve written; they have been very helpful. Do you have any updated stats regarding using Real Estate Photography? Also, do you know of any example introduction letters to Realtors? I am trying to write an introduction letter and would […]

What Do Real Estate Photographers Give Their Top Clients?

March 26th, 2017

Patrick in Houston asks: I’m interested in what, if anything, do real estate photographers give to TOP clients. (Starbucks gift cards, discounts, etc)? I like gift cards (both Starbucks and Amazon) because everyone can use them and they are easy to get and give. Having been in a real estate office for 10 years I […]

Photographing Yachts Is a Lot Like Real Estate Photography

March 12th, 2017

Last week, I heard from my old friend Allan Mackenzie who lives on the Australian Sunshine Coast. Allan has been a real estate photographer and filmmaker for a very long time. Allan says: Just wanted to share that people also live on luxury yachts. It’s interesting the principles applied to shooting stills and video for luxury […]

Full Frame: Help For Organizing Your Real Estate Photography Business

March 10th, 2017

Recently, we talked about some alternatives for real estate photographers to get help managing their clients so I thought it may be useful to point out some of the features of “Full Frame,” one of the PFRE advertisers. Full Frame Systems started their real estate photography business in 2008 in the Southern California market. They […]

What Client Management Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

March 9th, 2017

Robert in Virginia asks: I was looking for information on CRM platforms that might be used by other real estate photographers but couldn’t find anything in the search function. I know I can use excel to list all of the agents and their contact info but with a background in sales and marketing, I am […]