| Robert in Virginia asks:
I have been shooting real estate photos part-time for a couple of years and have 5 or 6 realtors who use me for all/most of their work. I've shot about 75 properties a year, mostly on the weekends.
I'm considering pursuing real estate photography as a full-time job and wondered how many properties an above average photographer in a large metro area working on his own to shoot and process can expect to shoot in a normal year. And while I know spring is the crazy season, how steady is the work throughout the year? Are there months when I wouldn't have any work or is there still work in Nov-Jan, albeit at a much slower pace?
I'm trying to figure out if I can earn enough income to justify doing this full time.
Based on what real estate photographers from all over the world tell me in most large metro areas you can build a single person business to the level of business that you want. You continue to market yourself until you get to the level of work you want.
Since most people don't want to have their home on the market during the year-end holidays business between thanksgiving and new years is very quiet. Here is how the Seattle area market looks like throughout the year. Most other areas are similarly cyclical.
How much business does everyone do a year? Please take the poll.