Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

What Is the Best Way for Real Estate Photographers to Increase Income?

January 7th, 2019

Keri in Witchita says: In my area, I have 2 companies charging $100-125 for 2500SF home photo shoots. They have up to 6 employees shooting for them and they appear to do good work but I cannot figure out how they can charge so little. I’m so booked most of the time I’d like to […]

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

December 27th, 2018

Ray in North Carolina asks: I have sold approx. $8,500 worth of “Lifestyle” photos over the past few years without even promoting. I want to proactively market these photos going forward and sell them on an stock photo website.  Is anyone actively selling lifestyle photos via a stock photo website?

What Business Accounting Software Do Real Estate Photographers Use?

December 20th, 2018

Gerald in South Carolina asks: What type of accounting software do most real estate photographers use? I have been using QuickBooks, but now I can’t email my invoices due to some problem QuickBooks has with Gmail accounts. Help! The comments on previous discussions of this subject indicate that PFRE readers use a wide variety of the most […]

Many Claim that 3D Is a Buzz-Kill

December 19th, 2018

Several readers pointed out a recent article in titled Why 3D Is a Buzzkill. The article’s primary assertion is that “Through it all, quality real estate photography has triumphed over the short-term lure of novelty technologies.” I find the most interesting part of the article as follows:

How Many Photos Do You Deliver for a Typical Real Estate Shoot?

December 10th, 2018

Marea in Florida asks: What are professional photographers charging for additional photos now that MLS is allowing 50 images? The fact is that many MLSs have allowed unlimited photos for many many years! So this is by no means a new issue. Back in 2015, we had a fairly extensive discussion on the subject of […]

What Are the Recommended Photo Delivery Methods for Real Estate Photographers?

November 28th, 2018

Bill in Virginia recently asked the question: I have been experiencing some issues in sending clients their photos and videos. What are some recommended photo delivery services to use? First of all, I would not send video files to Realtors. Most Realtors won’t have a clue what to do with a large video file. Host […]

How Soon Can You Schedule a Real Estate Shoot and How Long Does It Take You to Deliver Results?

November 25th, 2018

Taylor in West Michigan asks: I’m wondering if you have any information on average lead times and media turnaround times for real estate photographers working full time. This question reminds me of sitting at a home seller’s kitchen table with my wife after the listing clients signed a listing agreement. The first thing out of […]

What Options Are Available to Real Estate Photographers for Insurance?

November 14th, 2018

Alan in the Seattle area recently asked: Do you have any recommendations for where to get liability and gear insurance? How much liability coverage is suggested? Here are some companies recommended by PFRE readers in the past: T.C. Pickard & Co. Hill & Usher through National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Hoffberger Insurance Group Chuck […]

How Do You Go About Selling a Real Estate Photography Business?

November 1st, 2018

A reader that would like to stay anonymous asked the following question: I would like to pose an anonymous question to the website and followers, “Have you ever tried to sell your photography business?” What are the steps in that process; who is the ideal buyer; and how do you know how much to price […]

Do Real Estate Photographers Provide Assistance to Agents with Advertising Their Listings?

October 30th, 2018

Jack in Florida asks: Do other real estate photographers provide assistance to agents to help with advertising their listings through social media – Facebook, YouTube, etc.? Do you think that this is a viable service to consider? I’m sure there are some real estate photographers that provide a service to Realtors to help with advertising […]

What’s the Business Workflow for Real Estate Photographers?

October 28th, 2018

Jacob in California says: I was wondering if we could have a discussion about real estate photographers’ workflow outside of the actual shoot. That is, what are people doing to prepare for the shoot and after they are done with the shoot? The following is a list of what I think are some of the […]

Outsourcing Part 2

October 21st, 2018

? A few months ago, I wrote an article about my experience with outsourcing. I could never have anticipated the number of questions, comments, and feedback that I would receive. Since that post, well over a hundred people have reached out to me directly, sharing their challenges with the outsourcing process and asking for help. […]

Should I Let My Client’s Videographer Use My Photos to Include in a Video?

October 15th, 2018

?Andrew in MA asks: I wonder what you and the readers think of this issue. My client (a good one) had a video done. She gave the videographer access to my still photos to incorporate in the video, which is a mix of directly-shot videos, and panning and zooming on my images. His video, by […]

Should You Let the Million Dollar Listing TV Show Use Your Images for Free?

October 14th, 2018

Cameron in California asks: I’ve been contacted by the production company for Million Dollar Listing (World of Wonder Productions). They want permission to use my still photos of a listing on the show. Of course, the release they attached asks me to give them a free perpetual license. Have you heard of any photographers getting […]

Real Estate Photography Vs. Architectural Photography–Why the Price Difference?

October 10th, 2018

Francesca in the Seattle area asks: I’ve recently learned that some interior photographers charge $1000 for a half day and $2000 for a full day service. I know that interior photography is different from real estate photography however, there’s a huge difference in price considering that they are pretty much part of the same family. […]