Renee asked the following:
...perhaps the biggest issue for me starting out is having a body of work in credible interiors on my website. I've picked up some commercial work, but it has not been enough and isn't going to draw in realtors who have residential work. I read a kindle book whose author had a website which offered jobs for photographers for real estate photography and I found another online. Are these legit ways to get started? I'm doing the usual thing - sending out glossy large postcards to realtors, architects, builders and interior designers, but if I get a hit, I'll be lucky. Also, I moved from Los Angeles to the boondocks of central NY where I see a lot of websites which look like they need good photography, but again, if there is no convincing them with a lack of content on my site... how can I build a portfolio"
Nina in Florida also asked:
How do you find high-end properties to show on your website? I know you need to show your best work to get started. Is going to interior designers a good idea to shoot their projects?
This is a classic problem for real estate photographers getting started. How to build a portfolio of work? Yes, you need a good looking portfolio and you preferably want some images of upper-end homes. There are two approaches that work pretty well:
These two approaches work pretty well... these are better than shooting for some company because you can control what kind of homes you shoot and there won't be an argument about your rights to the photos. Number 1 is the easiest but the very high-end homes are usually custom homes so you may have to use number 2 if you want upper-end homes. You want upper-end homes top of the market so your portfolio looks successful!
Anyone else have some tricks for building your portfolio?