Eric in Florida asks:
I recently had an issue (actually happened a few times) that came up.
While on a shoot, I got to the property, there was a huge American flag flying from the front of the home.
Since I am a disabled Vietnam vet, I love to see people flying the flag. But this one was attached to the home next to the front door and it was huge, almost as large as the one we flew on my destroyer.
Since I was shooting without the agent, I was only working with the owner. When I explained that I would like to take the flag down for the shot, she got very upset. I tried to explain that I was a disabled Navy Vet (I was wearing my Navy Ships hat) and loved her flag, and as a vet, it was the last thing I wanted to do. I told her the flag was covering the beautiful entrance, and we needed to make the house look like it was in homes and garden as to make people fall in love with her beautiful house.
She was still hesitant to let me remove the flag, so I told her I would shoot it both ways and let my agent choose which she liked best. If I was with the agent, I would have had the agent deal with the situation.
I wanted to know how others deal with this.
When you do something that is against the homeowners wishes the listing agent should be consulted. Although I must admit that shooting it both with and without the flag is exactly what I would want to do. I would sure try to get hold of the listing agent via phone or text before you left the property.
If you (the photographer) are doing a good job of communicating with your listing agent clients they will know to have the home ready for the shoot BEFORE you come. But getting a shot with and without the flag gives the agent options.