Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

Does Anyone Ever Reshoot A Listing Because They Have Improved?

November 7th, 2016

Brent in WA asks: I’ve just dipped my feet into Real Estate Photography and am wondering how you feel about past work. The problem is after learning so much I feel guilty about the quality of product provided to past clients. Do you ever go back to a client and tell them you’ve learned new […]

How Do You Grow Your Business By Adding A Photographer

November 3rd, 2016

Kara in NC says: I need to grow and I have been resisting for a long time. Do you know of a couple of folks who have added a second or third photographer to their team? I am adding another photographer and trying to figure out the best way to structure paying them so that […]

How Real Estate Photographers Can Deal With The Time Pressure of A Shoot

October 27th, 2016

Brian asks: I’m just now ready to start marketing myself, after learning techniques from Scott Hargis and so many others on PFRE and the Flickr group. That said, I’m wondering what the best approach is when starting out, to keep my shoot time within an acceptable limit. Are there any posts where photographers are addressing this […]

Is Anyone Using The New PocketSuite App For IOS?

October 25th, 2016

Last week Nina in Chicago asked me: This link (for the PocketSuite IOS App) just came in my email today. Has anyone used it yet? At first, I thought this was a new app. But after some research and checking out the Apple App store it appears that this application is originally launched two years ago. […]

How Do Independent Real Estate Photographers Compete With Large Companies?

October 20th, 2016

Martina in Atlanta asks the following question: I am just starting out in real estate photography. The problem I am encountering is that many real estate agents hire company’s that provide virtual tours and a whole marketing package (flyers, virtual tour, weekly sellers report etc.) They also provide photographers. I signed on with a company […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Need to Ask For Permission to Use Listing Photo For Their Own Marketing?

October 17th, 2016

Summer in California asks: Do I need to ask permission from the realtor, or homeowner to use the photos I take of their listing for my own marketing (website, social media, mailers, etc.)?

Do Real Estate Photographers Need To Be Bonded?

October 16th, 2016

Jessica in NC/SC asked: Do real estate photographers need to get bonded to do real estate photography? If so, what kind of bond would your recommend for NC and SC? Blog reader Ken answered your question quite well in a comment to a similar question a couple of years ago as follows:

What’s a Reasonable Amount of Liability to Carry for Drone Photography?

October 13th, 2016

Felix in MA asked more questions about drones: After passing the FAA test, I’ve developed even more questions about drones and using them: What’s a reasonable amount of liability to carry for drone photography? Any thoughts on good insurance companies for this coverage? Are the drones themselves worth insuring ? Or is self insuring the […]

Copyright Registration Workflow For Real Estate Photographers

October 11th, 2016

I got a question from Brandon on copyright workflow: I can’t find anything definitive in either the Flickr group or on the website/blog. Is there a general consensus (or at least a fairly reliable source) on the current exact recommended procedure for “bulk-registering” image copyrights? For example, registering four times per year as groups of […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Charge More For Listings Co-listed Between Two Offices?

October 10th, 2016

Michael in Colorado asks: Should I charge more for a photo shoot if there are two real estate brokers from two different companies listing the property together? This comes up several times per year. I’m inclined to let it slide and just charge our standard rate since typically both brokers are long time valued clients. […]

What Should You Do If a Client Is Not Following Your Photo License Agreement?

October 3rd, 2016

Jennifer in Indiana has a problem with one of her clients: I have a longtime client that I’ve worked with over the last 6 years. (She only uses me on certain projects. I’ve shot about 30 properties for her.) Although I have several package options, she always chooses the full tour/floorplan package.

Should Real Estate Photographers Get An Associate MLS Membership?

September 28th, 2016

Peggy in Alabama says: I have been asked by a few realtors if I would consider offering the service to upload the photos for them as an add on. I just can’t imagine I would recoup the cost of an associate membership to do this, not to mention my time. Do any of you offer […]

What To Charge For Neighborhood Photos For Real Estate Use

September 18th, 2016

Brad in Idaho asks: I live in a resort town and have a couple clients that would like to use my touristy (non-real estate) photos on their listings and websites. I have a lot of questions and I’m not sure how to go about charging them. Do I charge a per listing fee? Is $25-50 […]

How To Shoot Expensive Homes For Your Portfolio?

September 14th, 2016

Geoffrey asked: How can I find expensive homes, to shoot for my portfolio when I’m just starting out? I’m been writing to staging companies, offering free images in exchange for a photography session. The staging companies are not responding as enthusiastically as I had hoped for.

How Do You Price Resale Images?

September 13th, 2016

Thomas asked: I have just started my architecture and high-end real estate business (still working on my portfolio; business website in progress) and recently had my first paid shoot with an architect. That shoot involved a two-day session at a $7mm house with the client playing an extremely active role in the photography process. Some […]