|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 other companies, but I don't know that for sure. Recently, "Wannabeyou" in the PFRE Flickr group discussion asked for some data that shows what the split between independent and non-independent is.
So here's a poll to see if we can get some data on this subject. Please take the poll to the right to help us find out.
Both the independent and non-independent business model for real estate photography have strong motivations. I believe the two motivations are as follows:
The problem is, there is very little profit margin in real estate photography. When you split it between a middle-man and a photographer, the photographer usually gets the short end of the stick.