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POLL: Will The Pandemic Impact Your Terms Of Service?

Published: 27/03/2020
By: Brandon

One of the things that happens (and probably should happen) during extremely challenging and stressful times such as these, is a re-assessment of different parts of our lives, including our work. It is certainly front of mind for me, as so many folks in our community have reached out to me to share their story and, like so many people in our field, I’ve being reading the impact on peoples' photography business from reading posts on various social media. It’s got me wondering as to how much this current pandemic is going to affect your business in terms of day-to-day operations, once we all start getting back to work.

So I thought I’d do a simple "yes-no-maybe" poll to gauge where people are at, in this regard. I hope you’ll take a moment to participate and please feel free to offer a comment to share a bit more about how you’re thinking you’ll move forward.

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13 comments on “POLL: Will The Pandemic Impact Your Terms Of Service?”

  1. Here in Asheville, NC we are on a stay-at-home order and so I had to cancel all my photo shoot bookings. At this time I am not taking any new shoots until further notice. Real Estate services are not considered "essential".

  2. In Montana, RE is listed as essential under our directive. But, being far less a densely populated, we've always thought that 6ft is far too close for comfort even when there is no apocalypse in progress. 6 miles seems like a realistic bubble. Montana, More Cows than Humans.

  3. My clients have been understanding. I sent one email earlier in the month outlining my extra precautions and everyone was on board.

    I remember seeing Scott Hargis talking about photography booming in down markets, when marketing really matters. That calms the anxiety a little bit.

  4. In Minnesota, real estate services are considered essential and so I get to work. That said, I have a box of gloves in my van for my, and clients protection.

  5. There are very few cases of CV reported in my area so I'm lucky there. I'm looking at a very big region, btw, and the closest reported case is 150 miles away on the other side of a set of mountains. I am photographing/videoing vacant homes by large preference. I am also doing the jobs alone. If an agent wants to be on-site, they can wait in their car. I am touching as few things as possible and not staging items as I used to. I am letting agents know that they need to get sellers to prep homes as I am making images as-is and PS work is not cheap. I'm so conflicted as gas prices are way down and, with as big of an area as mine, it's making a big difference.

    I have two walkthrough video jobs today. I'm offering very special pricing to keep a couple of bucks coming through the door and as a way to entice new clients to give me a try. I'll also be doing some foraging at a couple of stores near the jobs.

    I'm keeping an eye on the Johns Hopkins case map and if CV spreads to my area, I'll pretty much close up.

  6. My ToS will stay the same. I already have a paragraph on having the home devoid of people while I'm working. I put that in since owners/agents have the uncanny knack of standing so they appear in every mirror or at the edge of a frame and it slows me down to keep herding them to another room. Hey, with the CamRanger, I'm often in a different room so I'm not needing to edit myself out of reflections. Kids and dogs are a menace so they both need to be locked up or missing while I work.

  7. I've had a couple of agents contact me this week regarding shoots and I've had to tell them that being in a vulnerable age group I've decided to suspend shoots until it is safe to resume. One client wanted me to shoot a condo in a high rise building which would not be wise given the density. I don't know what these agents/sellers are thinking. Are people really in the market for million dollar condos while the economy is in a free fall? Please be careful out there if you are still shooting, but I think it unwise no matter what your age.

  8. Real estate is only about 30% of my business, with the rest being commercial photography of other types. I’m thankful that real estate IS easy to do during the pandemic; almost all of my other work involves people.

    At the moment the only shoots remaining on my calendar are for real estate and vacation rental companies; I get a lockbox code, go alone, have the place to myself, and deliver digitally. No contact besides the key box, knobs, and light switches. It’s going to be some time before my other commercial work ramps up. Thankful that I’m not a wedding photographer...that crew is dealing with cancellations AND with people who SHOULD be cancelling, but aren’t!

  9. We are considered Essential Services, but 2 weeks ago, a minister ignored the stay at home order, and encouraged his followers to "Not miss this important Service!" The church seats 4000 people.

    An agent asked for a shoot this week, but warned me that the homeowner attended that service. I declines the business.

  10. Disregard my last comment. RE Not "essential" in Western NC. Not going to book any photo shoots until this is all over. That includes new construction and vacant homes.

  11. Don’t forget that you can exercise your common sense, folks. Just because your state’s governor isn’t taking this thing seriously doesn’t mean you can’t. We can crush thing thing if we lean in together.

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