Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

Is There a One Stop for Real Estate Photographer Insurance?

February 27th, 2017

Bob in New Mexico asks: Is anyone aware of a company that will write a “cover it all” policy? I wish I could just get one policy that covered all my equipment (cameras, lenses, and drones included) for damage or theft, etc., and had a liability policy attached; a veritable “one stop shop” for real […]

What Services Should Real Estate Photographers Offer besides Still Photos?

February 22nd, 2017

Peter in Calgary asks: I’ve been doing real estate photography for the last few years. I’ve been asked numerous times what other services I offer other than photography. I do want to offer measurements and floor plans but I am not sure where to start. Any suggestions on how I can go about learning to offer […]

360 Tour Designs: A Way for Real Estate Photographers to Get Help with Starting a Business

February 17th, 2017

Last week James in Georgia summed up the two classic approaches for beginning real estate photographers. He said: I consider myself a businessman with a camera instead of a guy with a camera trying to make a living. That is, some of us are born business people, and some of us are artists that need more […]

What Is the Best Business Model for Selling a Matterport Service?

February 15th, 2017

James in Georgia says: I am getting pressure from a few of my real estate clients to invest in Matterport. As you all know the camera is very expensive and there is also a monthly hosting fee, adjusted based on the number of projects that are hosted. I am also talking to some of my […]

Is It Useful for Real Estate Photographers to Promote Listings They Shoot on Social Media?

February 10th, 2017

George in California asks: A local real estate photography company offers to advertise a listing they photographed for their clients.  They advertise on their company social media page and charge agents for the service. This appears to be a popular service. Is this legal? I see no reason why promoting your clients listings on social media […]

Are Most Real Estate Photographers Independent?

February 7th, 2017

I talk to a lot of real estate photographers. Perhaps several hundred a year. Since I’ve helped a number of them get started as independent real estate photographers after unhappy situations working for tour companies I’ve always assumed that the majority of real estate photographers and readers of this blog are independent rather than employees of […]

How Should Real Estate Photographers Deal with Non-Compete Agreements?

February 5th, 2017

I had two questions on non-compete agreements last week. Both readers asked for examples of non-compete agreements as if there is some right way to write one. Over the years everyone I’ve talked to about non-compete agreements they’ve signed have found themselves in a disastrous situation after wanting to work on their own. My advice on […]

What Is A Good Printer To Use For Business Cards And Post Cards?

January 27th, 2017

Kiera in CA asked: I am wondering who everyone uses for their print materials.  I am about to print new business cards and post cards and wasn’t happy with the last run of a typically dependable vendor. I like I’ve used them several times for cards and have been quite pleased. I’ve never used […]

Real Estate Photography Is One of the Few Types of Professional Photography Growing!

January 24th, 2017

Tony and Chelsea Northrup recently posted a video (their Picture This podcast) in which they discuss the future of professional photography. They look at twelve different types of professional photography and argue that out of the twelve types, only three types of professional photography are growing or going to grow. Those three are real estate, video and […]

How Should I Organize My Real Estate Photography Business?

January 23rd, 2017

Andrew in RI asked the following: For a real estate photographer just starting out like myself is the typical path to creating a business use the Sole Proprietor option? I work out of my home and have no employees. There is a lot of risk in a Sole Proprietorship so would an LLC be better? […]

What are the Requirements for Photographers with Regards to 1099s?

January 20th, 2017

John in NJ asks: I am a one person photographer. I have a client, the first time in 6 years is wanting to give me a 1099 for services. What are the requirements for photographers with regards to 1099s?

How Real Estate Photographers Can Use Referral Marketing

January 18th, 2017

Darren in CA asks the following question: My question is in regards to referral perks. Are there any specific do’s and dont’s or legal barriers when it comes to providing cash or gift incentives to marketing coordinators or office managers of real estate brokerages (I’m in California, so this may be a state applicable thing)? […]

What Is the Most Popular Accounting Software For Real Estate Photographers?

January 17th, 2017

Pete in WA says: Since it is getting around to tax time I was wondering what accounting software is the most popular with most everyone. I have a love/hate relationship with Quicken Home and Business in that I like the reports it gives but can’t stand how it is not fully baked. An example would be […]

Can Previous Listing Agents or Homeowners Control the Use of Your Real Estate Photos?

January 16th, 2017

Jim in New Mexico asks the following question: I recently shot a home for a new broker who just got the listing. Since I photographed the same home 1 year ago for another broker and the previous seller, I felt compelled to use some of the previous summer season shots of the yards. All interior […]

How Is Shooting A Bat Mitzvah Different Than Shooting Real Estate?

January 2nd, 2017

Chip who is a real estate photographer in NH asks: I know this is not the forum, but I have no one else to ask. I was asked to shoot a Bat Mitzvah next year. I quoted $350 based on the time, and the mother said I should look around because I was way underpriced. […]