Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions I receive about interior and architectural photography. If you don’t find an answer to your question here, please feel free to contact me!

Most homes will take 1-3 hours with the size of the home being the biggest factor. Other things that might increase time are the home not being ready, people or pets wandering around or stalking me when I’m taking photos.
To be safe, I recommend notifying me a week in advance. Often times a few days is enough. I will always do whatever I can to accommodate rush orders, but it depends largely on how full my schedule is.
For standard real estate photography, the photos will usually be delivered within 24-48 hours after the shoot. For anything else, processing time may take up to a week.
When the photos are done being processed, you will receive an email with a button to download the photos. The download should begin automatically, but please let me know if you have any issues. Alternatively, I can also deliver photos via Dropbox (upon request).
You will receive an emailed invoice after the photos are delivered. You can pay with PayPal, credit card, or mail a check. I also accept checks at the shoot.
You will receive completely finished photos. I do all my own editing/post-processing and that is how I guarantee consistent results for every shoot.

When you download the photos you will see a folder with the property address, and in that folder will be two additional folders: Internet and Print.

Internet files are approximately 1800 x 1200px, 650KB, and 72ppi resolution and are ideal for the MLS, social media, and other websites.

Print files are approximately 3500 x 2333, 2MB, and 300ppi resolution. These are great for brochures, fliers, offering memorandums, books, magazines, posters, etc. If you need a custom size, please let me know!

Photos are captured in RAW and exported as JPGs. If you need a different file type, please let me know.
The home should be completely ready for photos when I arrive. Due to time restraints as well as liability, I cannot move items, furniture, clutter, etc. The home will be shot as-is. Occasionally, I may open or shut blinds and curtains, or slightly move a chair out of the way if it is blocking the camera. If you need a professional stager to come in, I am happy to make some recommendations!
I begin by doing a brief walk-through while making mental notes about the flow and overall feel of the space. My goal is not to document every nook and cranny, but to “tell the story.” Of course this is highly subjective, so someone else might capture a different angle or do it a different way.

99% of the time the photos that I deliver are the ONLY ones that I captured. I do not take a bunch and pick the ones that came out good (implying that there are ones that didn’t come out). I carefully compose and light each shot, and deliver those final images knowing ahead of time that they would come out EXACTLY the way I intended.

Believe it or not, I have arrived at many properties that are not ready for various reasons. This simple checklist will help the home look its best on photo day. Please feel free to send this to your clients ahead of time.

Preparing Your Home to Be Photographed

I have photographed hundreds of homes and thankfully have not had this complaint! However, I am not perfect and because photography can be highly subjective, the possibility always exists that the photos may not be what you were expecting. In my terms and conditionsI state the following:

 

Your input is important when choosing what to photograph. If you, or an authorized representative cannot be at the shoot, the Photographer will use his best judgment and experience to decide how best to photograph the property, and this shall be deemed acceptable by the Client.

 

This means that for the most part, if you aren’t at the shoot then you are leaving it up to me to do what I think is best. If for some reason I simply forgot to do a room, or forgot to edit my camera reflection out of a mirror, I will do whatever I can to make it right.

The short answer is no. As long as I have access to the interior, no one needs to be there. However, there may be reasons you would want to be there (see above question) to give your input.

No. Although you won’t technically own the photos, the rights that I grant are designed to allow you to do exactly what you need to do. 

I explain copyright and licensing in detail in this blog article.

I permit low-resolution copies of the photos to be given to the homeowner for their personal use (please ask for these and I will generate them for you). For agents, I highly discourage giving homeowners the photos until after the house has closed. If they have the photos, there is nothing to stop them from cancelling the listing with you and giving them to another agent (it has happened). Not only would this be a copyright infringement, but it is unfair to you for someone else to use marketing materials that you paid for.

The licensing fee is the fee that a photographer charges to use their photo. It is similar to the royalty payment that an author or musician receives. The fee is determined by the intended use of the photo with regards to the media, the term, and the territory.

Media 

Brochures, Pamphlets, Offering Memorandums, Billboards, Internet, etc. are all examples of the media that your photo will be displayed in. This usually relates to how many people will see it. For instance millions will drive by a large billboard, but only a few hundred might receive a brochure.

Term

The length of time you want to use the photo.

Territory

What country, state, city, etc. the photos will be used in. An international add campaign that will be seen globally is obviously going to cost more than a one page add in a local trade magazine.  

 

More Use = Higher Fee

This is the fee that a photographer charges for their time. In other words, the cost for them to show up and take some photos. This doesn’t necessarily relate to the quality of the photos, but a better photographer will most likely have a higher creative fee. The fee is usually related to the photographer’s cost of doing business. Professional photographers have many costs including equipment, insurance, accounting, marketing, and hopefully paying themselves when all of the expenses have been paid. This total is divided out to determine the day-rate, i.e. what it costs to stay in business everyday. The creative fee might be for the full day or a half day.

No. My primary focus is architectural and interior photography. Different genres of photography require extensive training and experience to produce results worthy of paying for. It is recommended that whatever type of photo you need, you find someone who specializes in that genre. It goes without saying that photographers who offer to photograph anything and everything will usually only be proficient in one genre or perhaps none at all.

This 2016 study shows that homes with professional photography sell faster and for a higher price. Professional photography will help you EARN money, so is there really a cost?

Okay, but what do you charge?!

I have packages starting at $150 for 25 photos. Photos may be used until the house sells, and may not be used by anyone else other than the one who paid for the license. For commercial real estate, or high-quality interior and architectural photography for longterm marketing please contact me for a price.