Archive for the 'Business of real estate photography' Category

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. […]

Palm Springs Board of Realtors Wants All Photographers to Assign Photo Rights to Brokers

October 8th, 2018

Patrick in Palm Springs recently told me that: Palm Springs has two Boards of Realtors (CDAR and PSRAR) in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, etc.). CDAR has sent an email to their brokers stating they will require all photographers to sign an agreement assigning […]

Should You List Your Prices on Your Real Estate Photography Website?

October 4th, 2018

Alan in Seattle asks: I was wondering if you recommend for or against putting your pricing on your website along with the services you offer? I recommend that you DO NOT list your prices on your website. Here are some reasons why:

Taking Your Photography Business to the Next Level

October 2nd, 2018

Larry’s recent post about moving from real estate to architectural work really caught my attention. I totally agree with Larry’s comments in that article, where he talked about the value of workshops and it got me thinking about all the other ways shooters can go about getting professional development to help them get to the […]

Should You Allow Agents to Use Your Real Estate Images on Social Media?

September 27th, 2018

Darrin in California asks: As a new real estate photographer, I’m always encountering unfamiliar situations and have to think on the fly. A new issue came up regarding copyright. I think I answered it “properly” in terms of copyright law, but maybe not in terms of a business decision and I’m wondering what others would […]

Should Real Estate Photographers Contract to Shoot for a Marketing and Post-Processing Company?

September 26th, 2018

Colin in California asks: Has anyone here heard about Meero? I have an opportunity to shoot a bunch of real estate for a French-based technology company who contracts photographers to shoot listings. Presumably, Realtors or brokerages hire this company to get the job done, and Meero hires the photographers. You send them RAW files, they […]

How Do You Move from Real Estate Photography to Architectural Photography?

September 24th, 2018

Ray in North Carolina asks: I have been shooting residential and builder properties for almost 5 years. I really want to diversify my business with more commercial and architectural work. Was there a previous article posted that addressed this specifically or is there someone in the PFRE “family” who is known to have been a […]

Help! A Top Client Won’t Agree to My Terms of Service!

September 10th, 2018

Polina in Florida says: I have a pissed off client who doesn’t want to agree to any of the terms on my Limited License Release for Real Estate shoot. To make matters worse, he is the owner of a small agency that supplies 50% of my shoots and refers a lot of new agents to […]

What if a Client Schedules You to Shoot During Open House?

September 4th, 2018

Dori in Michigan asks: I just recently did a shoot that was scheduled at the same time as an open house. I was not  informed that this was going to happen. I did the best I could with what I was given, however my client is not happy with the product because there were items […]

What Should Real Estate Photographers Charge for Travel?

August 20th, 2018

Ashley in South Carolina asks: At what distance/mileage do you recommend charging a “travel” fee and what are the typical rates? As far as what to charge for your mileage and time, here are some considerations:

Creating and Printing Flyers for Real Estate Agents

August 19th, 2018

John in St Louis asks: Can you recommend a flyer and brochure printing service that services the real estate industry? There is nothing special about the needs of the real estate industry in the area of flyer/brochure printing. Many businesses use flyers and brochures. Here are some approaches for real estate flyers and brochures:

Being a Real Estate Photographer vs. Being a Listing Agent

August 12th, 2018

Eric asked: Recently, my wife became a listing agent and would like the same professional images that I provide for all of my other agent clients. Larry, when you worked for your wife, did you offer your photography services to your wife free, at a discount, or at list price?