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    Hello all
    I have been approached by a local real estate agent to do some home/property photography and would like to know what sort of questions I should be asking the agent so as to cover all my bases on the business side of things. Some questions I have so far are;
    - What turnaround times do you expect?
    - In what format and resolution do you require the images to be delivered?
    - How many images do you require per home/property?
    - Images of homes, are they to be external only, or external and internal?
    - What is the maximum distance in kilometres that you would require me to travel?
    - Will I receive written permission from the home/property owner to photograph their home or property?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    G'day Glenn

    You haven't mentioned 'price'
    Q- does the RE mob include a photography price [paid by the seller] in their bid to sell a house? ie- along with advertising, internet listings etc etc
    If -yes- how much is it?

    From your perspective - how many hours per house do you expect to spend? Travel + photography + pp + printing if required etc etc
    In your day job, how much per hour are you being paid? - use this as a guide for quoting for your photography time

    From personal experience - house photos are taken with everything from phone-cams to P&S cams to dSLR's with 10mm super-wide lenses
    Q- do you want to offer a 'standard' photo shoot or a 'premium' photo shoot?
    suggestion - I don't know where you are, but look at Buxton, Melb site for premium photo shoots [I'm sure that there are others in every main city, but I only know Buxton]

    Hope this helps a bit
    Phil
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    • #3
      Thanks Phil
      You have given me some more ideas to work with, which is great. Still working on the price.

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      • #4
        I'd also be looking at the web sites, advertising boards and newspaper advertising for all the real estate agents in the area to see what is considered normal. That will give you a feel for what is required and also maybe where you could be different but keep in mind what people both buyers and sellers are expecting in the area.
        Around my area RE photography is pretty specialised and clear access to properties is difficult. You see the RE photography guys around with those huge booms on the tops of their vehicles a bit like fire trucks. It's a very specialised field and I suspect expensive to get into here.
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        • #5
          you also need to know what they expect from a paid photographer.

          I would imagine they would expect better than they are getting with their gear experience. Check out their window display.
          Cheers for now, IanB.
          Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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          • #6
            Sometimes they want something for nothing
            http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/surfe...eqd/1021392235

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            • #7
              Remember that any time spent processing/editing images will come out of your pay too - so make sure you consider that when negotiating pay conditions. It's not just getting payed for the shots at the end of the day - there's the travel time (to and from), taking the shots (can include off-camera flash or Tilt-Shift lenses if specialised shots are required), downloading images to computer, editing time, uploading to e-mail or USB drive, checking e-mails for upcoming work or requested tweaks to your supplied images, etc. Plus there's all the account keeping side of things to keep the taxman happy at EOFY. All that time needs to be taken into account, or turning a profit can be an uphill battle.
              -Tim.

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              • #8
                Wow, there's some info there. A huge thanks to everyone.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beeb View Post
                  - there's the travel time (to and from), taking the shots (can include off-camera flash or Tilt-Shift lenses if specialised shots are required), downloading images
                  and extra travel time because the light was wrong because they gave you the wrong info.

                  "....we just want a quick photo done.."....... but that quick will never be good enough.

                  " we need the photo double asap'' ..... but then the photo will sit in the tray for week or more

                  "there will be no one home so there will be no dramas"...... but they left the watch dogs to wander the yard.

                  ''Great couple, there will be no dramas'' ........ selling the house because of a break-up and they cant agree about anything

                  ''house will all neat and tidy because the cleaners are there today" ........... no, cleaners are coming tomorrow

                  ''sorry, I forgot to let you know we have used their photos after all'' because the vendor is a forum wantabe

                  "now don't spend too much time there as they don't have much money for advertising'' ........but they would like that and that and that and that and that and that and that and that; plus this also

                  ''will cant afford that so how about you use our camera''...... and get a 50% discount.

                  "hang on mate, you were only at the house for an hour" .... but it took two hours to get there, two hours to get home, lots of pp time because of the of the mess in the house and the untidy garden .................................

                  ''we have arranged a model for you"...... the bird at the real estate office who hates being in photos

                  just a few I have heard.

                  But there are also the really good jobs with good $$$$$, but they only pay accounts on the February 29 . I often said that when someone was chasing me up for $$. BTW. nothing wrong with people chasing up $$ from you. In fact it's great business practise imo; the money is better in your account than theirs!

                  " ok all settled, than lets fix up the paper work" that can sounds better than "lets fix up the $$"
                  Cheers for now, IanB.
                  Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Lost, to me that sounds like a whole lotta fun gone from my photography. Will definitely be thinking this one through to see if it will be beneficial to me.

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                    • #11
                      pretty much tongue cheek stuff Glen and all written for a bit of laugh.

                      as my dad would say; it's better to try and fail than not try at all
                      Cheers for now, IanB.
                      Photos by Ian Browne on Facebook

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lost View Post
                        as my dad would say; it's better to try and fail than not try at all
                        So true

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