Archive for the 'Q&A' Category

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 […]

Image Delivery Services that Deliver After the Client Pays

September 27th, 2017

Craig in Virginia asked: Can you remind me where to look back to find the post about the service that allows you to require payment automatically when clients download images?

Is It Possible To Put A Clickable Hyperlink in An Ordinary Video File?

October 18th, 2016

Paddy in Virginia has a challenging question: I currently provide still photos and MatterPort 3D Tours to my clients but occasionally get asked about drone video. My idea as I don’t currently shoot any video is to see if I could record video (drone or otherwise) and end up at the front door with a […]

When Can Someone Call Themselves a Real Estate Photographer?

August 11th, 2016

Heather in Kentucky asked the following: I have been working hard on applying the tips you gave me to make my photos better! I know I still have aways to go, but I can already see the improvement. Thanks! I was also wondering… when can someone call themselves a “real estate photographer”? Is there an […]

Does Novelty and Entertainment Help Market Real Estate?

June 16th, 2016

Paul in the UK says: I’m a fan of your blog, despite not shooting real estate myself, as I enjoy reading many of your discussions and like picking up relevant tips and ideas for my product and editorial shoots. However seeing this going around on local media. I felt I had to share with you as […]

What Should You Charge For Selling Your Rights To Photos?

February 4th, 2016

Diana (a different Diana than yesterday) asks: I was trying to search for my answer to this on your site, but I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for, I’m also a little impatient and strapped for time. I have a Nationwide Home Builder inquiring as to my rates and wanting all rights to […] – An Easy Way To Provide Tours For Real Estate Photography Clients

January 19th, 2016

Dave in Toronto asks: I’m a Real Estate Photographer in Toronto and I’ve been looking for another source for making websites (tours) for my client’s listings.  At the moment, I’m using Rapidweaver.  It does the job but I’m looking for something easier.  Do you have any suggestions?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. I use […]

Real Estate Property Websites and Flyers

May 20th, 2015

Dan recently asked the following question about property sites and flyers: I wanted to find out what RE Photographers charge for property websites and/or flyers. I’d like to be competitive but I also don’t want to work for peanuts. I’m thinking something like $100 for websites and $$ (I have no idea) for flyer design? […]

Buying Gray Market Cameras: What You Need To Know

May 17th, 2015

Charlie asked: I’m thinking about buying a Sony A7S but see prices all over the board. Do you know if the cheaper ones on EBAY are the same model as US ones. Are they the Japanese model and thus worth less? I’ve not had any direct experience with this issue, but I always buy only […]

How Can You Make Sure Your Real Estate Photography Clients Get The Shots They Want?

May 7th, 2015

Pierre says: I regularly have clients who ask me after I deliver my photos if I have a “different angle” of this or that. This has caused me to often re-shoot the particular angle they wanted and it’s costing me time and money. I have tried to touch base at the beginning of a session […]

How Much Should You Charge For Real Estate Agent Portraits?

May 6th, 2015

Chris in New Jersey asks: I was wondering if you ever did any headshots for the agents you work with? I want to start including that in hopes it will boost business. But I am completely lost as far as what to charge. I was looking around at other people in my area that are […]

Getting The Best Possible Quality Photos On MLSs and Syndicated Sites

April 22nd, 2015

Bill in Cleveland says: In Cleveland the MLS is taking photos from the Realtors at 2048 pixels wide then they the MLS knocks them down to 640 pixels for their use but when they send them on to Zillow, Trulia and they are sending the 640 resolution and not the 2048 res. I believe it is […]

Floor Plans And Room Dimensions For Real Estate Listings

April 9th, 2015

Kimi-Lynn in Minnesota asked the following question: I am finding that photographers offering room measurements and floor plans are becoming a hot trend. I am wondering if anyone else is seeing this or offering these services, and how they charge for it? Also, for the photographers that offer it, have they had success with specific […]

What Should I Charge To Photography A 13,000 SF Apt In Manhattan?

March 25th, 2015

Manuel in New Jersey asks: I am a real estate photographer working and living in NJ. I’ve been in business since 2013. I am now trying to get jobs in NY.  A Realtor in Manhattan just asked me what are my fees for an 13,000, $7M apartment in Manhattan?  I am in puzzled because I have no idea how to charge […]

What Do Real Estate Photographers Do To Minimize Time Spent Getting Their Clients To Pay?

March 22nd, 2015

William asked the following: I currently use QuickBooks online wich work fine for simple accounting and invoice tracking, but I spent a lot of time getting people to pay. I’m interested in moving to a credit card pay system that is more used in the hotel industry. Where the hotel would approve your credit card […]