Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

What to Do If You Are Asked to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement

February 15th, 2018

Allen in Florida says: I’ve been working for Circlepix for about three years. They were a nice company to work for. I’m wondering how VHT buying Circlepix will change things. Before I started with them, I was doing my own and just not getting enough business. I still have those clients and of course, I […]

Expanding Your Real Estate Marketing Services to Virtual Staging, Video, and Floor Plans

February 13th, 2018

Ashley in South Carolina asks: We’ve been asked to add video, virtual staging, and floor plans to our real estate photography services. What resources can you suggest in these areas? These are very common ways to expand a real estate photography business. Here are some useful resources:

What Do Real Estate Photographers Do When the Weather Is Bad?

January 30th, 2018

Kimi in Minnesota asks: I’m wondering how other photographers deal with weather related rescheduling. In Minnesota, weather is not always nice and sunny, nor is it always ideal for those perfect exterior shots that every agent wants. Recently, we have had several agents that cancel last minute because it’s “too cloudy”, and even had one […]

How Do You Make Sure a Property Is Ready to Photograph When You Arrive?

January 25th, 2018

Gary in Chicago asked: Is there a good way to handle homeowners that are not really ready and expect you to stage each room Telling the homeowner I’m on a schedule resulted in a request to come back, expecting the agent to pay. I wound up spending three times as much time and had to […]

Is Demand for Real Estate Photography Increasing?

January 22nd, 2018

Shawn in North Carolina says: The last time I shot real estate photos was back in the stone age of film. I’m doing my due diligence now as I want to start again (but in a part-time capacity, at least for now). I keep reading that during 2016-2017 the market was so hot, that homes […]

Can You Sell a Real Estate Photography Business?

January 17th, 2018

Mike in Nevada asks: How does one prepare to relocate a real estate photography business to another state or city? Given that one will have to give up the hard-earned client-base when transitioning. How can I obtain factual information regarding real estate and potential competition? I was considering selling my business so that I can […]

Photo Licensing Explained

January 14th, 2018

Alan in Seattle says: Today, I shot the interior and exterior of a large, popular Brew Pub here in Seattle. I was hired by the architect who just completed a $4 million remodel of the restaurant. The images are to be used by the architect as part of their portfolio and marketing. As we were […]

VHT Studios Acquired Circlepix–Does Anyone Work for VHT?

January 11th, 2018

??xxxGary in North Carolina asked: I work for Circlepix and I just got an e-mail from them saying that they have been acquired by VHT Studios. I’m looking for some background on VHT. I’m wondering if there are any of your readers that are working for VHT or have worked for them in the past. […]

What the New US Tax Bill Means for Real Estate Photographers

December 31st, 2017

Last week before the new tax bill was even passed, Gary in Southern California asked: I was wondering if you’d be able to explain this new tax cut and how it’s going to affect us? Do we just get to add a 20% deduction on top of our normal expenses? Would love some clarity on […]

What Are Your Policies on the Classic Real Estate Photography Business Issues?

December 27th, 2017

Ray in North Carolina asks: I have been shooting full time for 4 years this coming May. In the beginning, I would take any client with a pulse and would do almost whatever they asked without question. Now, having worked with a wide variety of clients, I am eager to steer my business toward the […]

When Is It Worthwhile to Use Google Advertising?

December 26th, 2017

?Bill in Portland asks: I would like to see a discussion on Google advertising. When I do a Google search, there are always a few new ads at the top of the list; some last quite a while and others go away soon. Maybe I’m just cheap, although the wife would argue. But is there […]

How to Find Vacation Rental Property Owners to Shoot Property Photos For?

December 19th, 2017

Don in Florida asks: I shoot vacation rentals and was wondering about the ethics of using the “contact owner” option on for introducing my services to vacation rental owners. I wasn’t sure if this violated and agreements or was frowned upon. Do you have any suggestions for locating and contacting such clients?

How to Market Listing Agents When Their Office Won’t Give You Access to Agents?

December 15th, 2017

Brian in Joplin, MO says: I recently moved from California to my hometown of Joplin, MO and I’m trying to restart my real estate photography business. There is literally one KW office with probably half of all real estate agents in this area. It is impossible to get past the front desk to speak with […]

Integrated Online Management System for Real Estate Photographers

December 14th, 2017

Michael in NJ says: I love your website. I’ve been doing virtual tours since 2004 and have built up an amazing group of talents over the years. The biggest problem I have is finding an integrated online solution that can handle order entry/scheduling/workflow

Check out PaySnap for Automatic Delivery of Real Estate Photos after Payment

December 12th, 2017

Traditionally real estate photographers had two main options when it came to how they approached payment collection: Pay First: Require payment before shooting Pay Later: Deliver photos with an invoice However, with the shift to online payment and file sharing more photographers are choosing a third option: Auto-Delivery: Automatically deliver photos after payment