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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

How to Handle Sellers’ Personal Items in Real Estate Photography

December 11th, 2017

Dave in NZ ask the following question: In the USA, are there any legal requirements to blur any family photos, certificates, awards, military honors, etc. when photographing a home? In my case, I do it if there is a tenant living in the property. The reason for the question is that a property I shot […]

The Arithmetic of Real Estate Photography Pricing

December 10th, 2017

I’ve talked about this before but it’s super important so it is useful to keep coming at the subject from different angles. It’s clear a lot of folks don’t understand this. A couple of days ago, I did a high-level discussion of all the pricing factors you should consider. Here I want to look closer at […]

What Should You Charge for Real Estate Photography?

December 6th, 2017

Everyone starting out in real estate photography wants to know, “What should I charge for real estate photography in my geographic location?” There isn’t a simple answer that works everywhere. Over the years, I’ve done several posts that address real estate photography pricing from several different angles but recently while talking to someone about pricing, […]

What’s a Quick and Easy Way to Capture Site Plan Sketches with Dimensions?

November 28th, 2017

Shahid recently asked:  If you can tell me what is the best website to do site plans? I have seen few companies that do site plans. I want to know which is the best software that produces site plans. I suggest that you look at FloorPlanOnline.com. Creating a site plan (a whole lot layout) is […]

How to Find Images That Have Been Stolen from You

November 27th, 2017

Recently, Architectural and Interior Design Photographer George Gutenberg of Palm Desert and Las Vegas had commented on this post.  I think his comment is worth highlighting. The following is an excerpt from his comment: The other day, I did an “infringement search” using my Pixy account. The result is 3,204 infringements!

What Is Your Favorite Milage Tracking Smartphone App?

November 21st, 2017

?Steven in New Jersey says: I work hard to keep good records and I used to use an app called MileIQ but it’s 60 bucks a year. I went on a mission to find a competitor that has the same app for less and found TripLog. It’s 15 bucks a year for a GPS tracker […]

How Long Do You Keep Your Photos from Real Estate Shoots?

November 15th, 2017

Jon in Michigan asks: What is the length of time that one should hold on to old photos from past shoots? I know that storage is cheap, but I’ve got a ton of RAW files just taking up space. I’ve gone from Enfuse to a flash ambient styling so there are lots of files. I can […]

Is There Accounting Software That Can Be Used on a Mac?

November 8th, 2017

Phil in Virginia says: Background: I use an online accounting system (called Wave) that I am very satisfied with. I use it to record and reconcile all of my small business income and expenses, as well as to generate all of my invoices. The system keeps a record of the invoices and I record payments […]

Where Is the Most Demand for Real Estate Photography?

November 2nd, 2017

Jack in Washington DC asks: I’m considering relocating my business (currently in DC) to either Miami or Tampa/Orlando. Do you have any insights on which market is harder to break into for real estate/interiors photography? My initial thought is Miami may have more opportunity, but the sheer volume of photographers is also higher and I’ll be […]

What Can a Real Estate Photographer Do if the Client Doesn’t Pay?

November 1st, 2017

Bruce in CT says: This past spring we shot a home for an agent who was referred to us by one of our clients. When it was time to deliver the images, we requested a payment and since the agent was not on the shoot, we sent her an electronic invoice asking her to pay […]

Are We at the Beginning of the End for Independent Real Estate Photography?

September 20th, 2017

Joanna in Pennsylvania says: There appears to be a trend in buying/selling homes by emerging full-service companies. These include Purplebricks and one we recently came across called Houwzer that is based out of Philadelphia and moving into the suburbs. It’s a one-stop shop with buyer/seller savings and a full service advertising campaign including HD photography, […]

Are Virtual Dusk Photos Worth Considering as a Real Estate Photography Product?

September 12th, 2017

Today Joanna in PA asked: I’ve been redefining our offerings by creating packages that include pole aerials, drone aerials, and twilights. I noticed that HomeJab is offering virtual dusk photos which are daylight photos processed to look like twilights. It would be an advantage to be able to process photos to look like twilights and […]

What Is the Gross Income Potential of an Independent Real Estate Photographer?

September 11th, 2017

In response to last week’s post, “What Is the Income Potential of an Independent Real Estate Photographer?” readers requested that I do a poll on gross income rather than net income, so here it is. Readers also pointed out that there will be variations caused by the fact that some work “full time” and some work “part-time”. […]

What Is the Income Potential of an Independent Real Estate Photographer?

September 7th, 2017

A while back, I had an interesting discussion with a real estate photographer in the Huntington Beach, California area who said she “wasn’t making any money” and needed to raise her prices. She said she was averaging 55 shoots a month and getting $150-$200 per shoot. And although she wasn’t the lowest priced photographer in her […]