Reading
blue-triangle-element

Articles

PFRE is the original online resource for real estate and interior photographers. Since 2006, it has been a community hub where like-minded professionals from around the world gather to share information with a common goal of improving their work and advancing their business. With thousands of articles, covering hundreds of topics, PFRE offers the most robust collection of educational material in our field. The history of real estate photography has been documented within these pages.
All Articles
blue-triangle-element

Latest

Copy button in left side panel in Lightroom

While working with a large number of photos in real estate photography, we often need to give the same editing effects to all of them. Doing so allows us to achieve a homogeneous look to a batch of photos. Let us walk through how to copy edits in Lightroom to process multiple images simultaneously.

COMMUNITY
blue-triangle-element

Forum

The PFRE Community Forum is an online resource for discussing the art and business of Real Estate and Interior Photography.
Join The Discussion
blue-triangle-element

Latest

View Now
Contest
blue-triangle-element

OVERVIEW

For over a decade, photographers from around the world have participated in PFRE’s monthly photography contests, culminating in the year-end crowning of PFRE’s Photographer of the Year. With a new theme each month and commentary offered by some of the finest real estate & interior photographers anywhere, these contests offer a fun, competitive environment with rich learning opportunities. 

Contest Rules
blue-triangle-element

CURRENT CONTESTS

View / Submit
blue-triangle-element

PAST CONTESTS

View Archive
Resources
blue-triangle-element

Resources

PFRE prides itself on the depth and breadth of the information and professional development resources it makes available to our community. Our goal is to help real estate and interior photographers be successful while bringing the community together and elevating the industry as a whole.
blue-triangle-element

Conference News

No items found

How to Get Paid on Time… Every Time

Published: 25/02/2021

Our Time Is Our Most Valuable Resource

Efficiency and cash flow. Maybe not as exciting as discussing camera gear or shooting techniques, but arguably more important to being a successful real estate photographer or virtual tour provider. We must pay attention to efficiency and cash flow in order to stay on top in our competitive markets and provide good service to our clients.

Whether you're a solo photographer or part of a team, your time is typically your largest expense. It’s wise to ensure you aren’t wasting it on unneeded tasks that don’t inherently add value to your business. Spending time sending invoices, emailing reminders … emailing reminders again, and waiting around for payment is not a valuable use of your time. 

So, let’s eliminate this time waster! 

Two Options To Eliminate Invoice Reminders And Late Payments

Require Payment To Book

You can knock out this problem right from the start by requiring payment in order to book a shoot. This could be a great solution for you, but its downside is more barriers when your clients are ready to book with you. Personally, I do not do this with my photography company because I want to keep the booking process as easy as possible! 

Person using a credit card for online payment

Require Payment To Download

Requiring payment before your client can access downloads, links, and embed codes is my favorite solution to solve the problem of late payments and invoice reminders. 

I like this solution because it allows the client to see exactly what they are receiving before paying for the shoot. In addition, my team is intentional about suggesting add on services during the shoot if we think it could benefit our clients, which means we are often updating the shoot price after the shoot. If we collected payment at the time of booking, this could result in asking the client to pay twice.

With a desire to solve this problem for my own company and the hope of helping other photographers as well, I created a software for real estate photographers called Show & Tour.

How It Works

With Show & Tour, you can connect your Stripe or Quickbooks account (Square coming soon!). Once one of these services are connected, you can then add an invoice to a project delivery page and implement the pay to download feature. You will find it simple and efficient - saving you valuable time.

With the pay to download feature turned on, all of your content will be locked until your client has paid the invoice. This includes all downloads, links, and embed codes for your photos, videos, virtual tours, property websites, and custom players. See the example below!

Here is an example project delivery page with the content LOCKED: https://show.tours/F5BbTBKDMneqTVI9J3NR

Here is an example project delivery page with the content UNLOCKED: https://show.tours/ItCnSgAgv3nHKTufNojh

How Much Does It Cost? 

Show & Tour is a subscription-based service with a free account available to start. The free account gives you 1 GB of storage, which is enough to hold around 10 projects. A project can include all of your content plus a project delivery page, property website, media player, and as many custom players as you want. 

The free account is great to get started, but you'll want to upgrade to the Plus plan for $49/mo in order to add your own custom domain names, implement the pay to download feature, and to get enough storage for around 500 projects. 

If you choose to sign up for the $49/mo Plus plan, I am confident your monthly time savings will far outdo your subscription cost. In addition, you’ll get access to several other tools to improve customer experience and add more value to your services. 

Person pointing at laptop screen

What Else Is Included In The Show & Tour Plus Plan?

In addition to the pay to download feature and payment integrations, you get…

  1. Project delivery pages with professional email delivery.
  2. Drag & drop property website builder.
  3. Custom players to pull photos/videos/tours together.
  4. Auto web size creation for photos and videos.
  5. Integrate ANY virtual tour or video (YouTube, Vimeo, Matterport, iGuide, CloudPano, Zillow 3D Home… to name a few).
  6. Free SSL security & password protection on all of your content.
  7. Add your logo and links back to your website.
  8. Enough storage for ~500 projects!

In Conclusion

Your time is valuable! And you deserve to be paid on time. Never again send invoice reminders and get paid on time - every time - with the Show & Tour pay to download feature. It’s easy to implement, simple to use, and pays for itself. 

In addition, you’ll get a set of amazing tools to further improve your business and impress your clients. So give us a try! I believe you’ll really love using Show & Tour as myself and hundreds of other photographers around the world already have.  

Special Offer: 1st Month Free on Plus ($49/mo)

If you are reading this article, you get your first month free on the Show & Tour Plus plan! To redeem, sign up for a free account and mention this article in a message via email or the dashboard chat widget.

Example Projects Created With Show & Tour

Property Websites

There are endless ways to build out a property website using Show & Tour. Here are just a few!

Project Delivery Pages

Like property websites, project delivery pages are completely customizable. Easily add an invoice and collect payment before your client can access the links or downloads.

Media Players

The Media Player is the perfect tool to combine multiple forms of media to be displayed on any website. The possibilities are endless! Follow the link for inspiration. 

Custom Players for Virtual Tours and Videos

Custom players give you the freedom to showcase any virtual tour or video on your own domain name, secured with a password, and linking back to your website. You also have the ability to customize the look and change the header and action text. 

Josh Mais
Latest posts by Josh Mais (see all)
magnifiercrossmenucross-circle