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How to Successfully Move Your Real Estate Photography Business

March 17th, 2019

Brandi in Texas asks: Has anyone been successful at relocating their business to another part of the country? My husband has received an advancement in his career that he simply could not refuse which means we’ll be packing our bags and moving north. The new area is significantly smaller (a population of 75,000, about 1/4th […]

What’s the Best Way to Collect Real Estate Photography Shoot Payments?

March 12th, 2019

Jeff asked the following question: Right now, I mostly do a net-30 payment policy with my existing customers, and up-front payment for new clients and “other” (FSBO, rental properties, etc). But I’m wondering if an up-front policy might just be the simplest and best way to handle payments across the board.

What Realtors Should Do to Get What They Want Out of a Shoot?

March 11th, 2019

Rohnn in Missouri asks: What am I, as the Realtor, paying a real estate photographer for? The final image as interpreted by the photographer or the initial image in raw format? What if I do not like the final composite/HDR image? I am also a photographer with Lightroom and Photoshop experience.

Do You Charge Extra for Drone Photos/Video When Shooting Near an Airport?

February 27th, 2019

Kristen in Michigan asks: I was curious if anyone charges an additional fee for drone photos/video when you are in the vicinity of smaller airports. While I personally don’t shoot aerials, my husband is a certified drone pilot. It doesn’t happen frequently living in a rural area but occasionally he finds himself having to do […]

Do You Offer Discounts to Clients When Returning to a Home for Reshoots?

February 26th, 2019

Chris in Ohio asks: Do you offer discounts to clients when returning to a property for reshoots? Example: If the home is staged or repainted? Personally, wouldn’t offer a discount to return and reshoot a home. I shot my wife’s listings for over 10 years and we always considered the preparation of the listing as […]

Interview with a Real Estate Agent

February 25th, 2019

Our photos serve a very specific purpose for our clients. They are probably the most powerful asset an agent has when marketing a property for sale. As photographers, it’s easy to get caught up in the technical and artistic aspect of the work we do every day–that’s the really fun stuff after all! But our […]

Deciding What to Put Up with from Clients

February 10th, 2019

Alex asks the following: If an agent is always asking for freebies and difficult to work with, emails asking for the transfer of images once again, do you charge a processing fee for sending the link again because the client is technologically challenged? I don’t think there’s a simple pat answer. The answer depends on […]

What Options Are Available to Real Estate Photographers for Insurance?

February 5th, 2019

Jack in the Gainesville, Florida recently asked: What type and amount of insurance is recommended for a real estate photographer? Also, is there a company that most use for this insurance? Here are some companies that were recommended by PFRE readers in the past:

Questions about Tax Preparation

February 3rd, 2019

Keri in Witchita asks: What software or system do you use to keep track of paperwork, taxes, invoices, etc.? How do you classify your out-of-country editing processing when filing the deduction of that service when there is no W-9 to obtain? Can you write off mileage on your taxes if you are charging a fee […]

Client Interaction Is a Key Aspect of Booking Your Next Real Estate Shoot

January 22nd, 2019

Last week, a budding new real estate photographer enthusiastically showed me his appointment booking web page that he had designed for booking real estate shoots. I totally understood his enthusiasm about his booking web page since I’m a techie geek and am inclined to use online booking myself. But I had to pass on to […]

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 RISMedia.com 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 […]