Steven in Butte County California says:
I would say I am one of the top real estate photographers in Butte county and have been for the last 5 years or so. I've recently lost my home in the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA and really don't know what the future holds. I've already been asked about photos of places I have shot. I was able to get most of my photo files out of my home before it was destroyed. When insurance companies ask for photos should I charge them? How much?
Steven, we are all so sorry to hear of your loss!
Since Brandon Cooper lived through a similar situation in May of 2016 in the wildfire that went through Fort MacMurry, Alberta, I asked Brandon to answer your question. Here is Brandon's answer:
In my situation, it was usually homeowners who were asking for photos that they could use for insurance claims or when re-designing their own homes so I decided early on that I wouldn’t profit from their misfortune. I just gave images to any homeowners who asked.
When all was said and done, I only handed over about a dozen sets of images so it turned out not to be a very big deal.
I have to agree with Brandon; in difficult times like these, it is important to help each other get through the hard times!