Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

Is There a One Stop for Real Estate Photographer Insurance?

May 23rd, 2018

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 Is a Flexible Delivery and Payment Photo Delivery Service?

May 20th, 2018

Aaron in Ohio says: I am wondering if anyone knows of a good site for image delivery and payment for this particular circumstance. I charge a flat fee for 25 images and the $10 per additional image. It helps with accountability and itchy trigger finger realtors.

What Should Real Estate Photographers Charge for Rental Photos?

May 17th, 2018

Mike in the Seattle area asks: What should I charge for real estate photos that I’ve shot for selling the property and now the new owner wants to use my photos for their newly acquired rental property? Same amount as the listing? Twice the amount since they can reuse the photos? My guess is that the […]

What Size Photos Should Real Estate Photographers Deliver?

May 15th, 2018

Last week, John asked about the size of photos he should deliver to his clients: Yesterday I had an agent tell me the 800 x 600 pixels are too small. Up until now, no one really complained about it. He also said the minimum should be 1600 x 1200 but he prefers 2048 x 1536. […]

What if Your Best Client Doesn’t Show up without Canceling?

May 3rd, 2018

Alan in the Seattle area asks: This morning, one of my best clients scheduled me for a shoot and when I arrived, nobody was there. When I called the client’s admin/assistant, he said they no longer are listing the home and he forgot to cancel my shoot. My contract states that a no-show or cancellation […]

Will Terms and Conditions Scare Off New Real Estate Photography Clients?

May 2nd, 2018

Artem in the Czech Republic asks: I’d like to ask you and the readers a question. Do you think that before accepting an order, I should send a client my terms and conditions? That is such things as a cancellation policy, delivery terms, number of photos delivered, etc. I think this is the right thing to […]

Presenting with Purpose: How to Approach Potential Clients

May 1st, 2018

By Tony Colangelo Last week, I was intrigued by a PFRE article on the value of face-to-face marketing when getting started in real estate photography. One of the marketing opportunities that RE photographers can explore in this regard is delivering a presentation at a real estate agency’s regular “all-staff” meeting. The agency’s Office Manager will, […]

Should Independent Real Estate Photographers Hire a Second Shooter?

April 29th, 2018

Keri in Wichita says: I’m shooting 15+ houses a week. I outsource my post-processing. And have occasionally hired a 2nd shooter when I get too busy. I really have not established a percentage to pay the 2nd photographer. I just pay $75-$100 per shoot which is about 60-75% of my rate. What are your thoughts […]

What Do You Charge to Relicense Real Estate Photos to the Stager?

April 19th, 2018

Randy in Pennsylvania asks: I photographed a home for a real estate agent that was professionally staged. The stager is interested in obtaining some of my photos. How much do I charge? Never done this before. First of all, I would license the photos to the stager for a specific use and length of time […]

Giving Discounts to Clients Who Give You More Business

April 8th, 2018

Gary in the Chicago area says: One of our competitors in the Chicago area is Fotosold. If you look at their website, their prices seem average, if not a touch high. I’ve been a little under the weather recently and unable to get out taking pictures. One of my favorite agents stopped by the house to […]

How to Create Maps for Raw Land Listings

April 4th, 2018

Mike in Seattle says: I am taking on more and more raw land. I love it but I struggle with a good way to represent it. has an OK platform but I am not thrilled with it. Any suggestion for interactive platforms? I am a drone operator so I’ve got the aerial photos covered […]

Why Are Some Agents Asking Real Estate Photographers to Sign a Work for Hire Agreement?

April 2nd, 2018

Eric in LA asks: I got a call from an agent today to shoot a condo next week. We set up a time and everything and just as we were about to hang up he said he had a new agreement form that his office wants photographers to sign and that it says he will […]

Anthony Turnham Describes His Proofing before Delivery Technique

March 30th, 2018

Licensing Agreement for Zillow Certified Photographers

March 29th, 2018

James recently asked the following question about the Zillow Certified Photographer agreement: You’ve covered Zillow topics before and I actually got the idea to pursue their “Zillow Certified Photographer” status from PFRE. After shooting the required number of walk-through videos, I’ve been granted that “privilege” of being a Zillow Certified Photographer but the agreement they’re […]

Should You Focus on Shooting for FSBOs?

March 28th, 2018

James in Georgia asks: Is anyone doing direct marketing to FSBOs (For Sale By Owners)? I gather names from Zillow but never get a response from the mail that I send. In general, I don’t recommend that real estate photographers market directly to FSBOs for the following reasons: