Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When hiring a real estate photographer, be sure to look at the most important things: their portfolio, the services they include, and the available add-ons you can purchase. A great real estate photographer has consistent work in his portfolio that will make the listings he shoots stand out from the crowd. Included services such as internet virtual tours make it easier for you as an agent to market the property. Add-ons such as pole-aerial photography and gift DVDs with home photo slideshows make it possible for you to stand out, even among the other clients of the same photographer.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. So many real estate photographers cite their expensive equipment as part of their qualifications. Unfortunately, an expensive camera does not make a good photographer. Sure, a bit of fancy hardware can make a bad photographer mediocre, but to truly capture the selling points of a home you must understand the principles behind photography: lighting, composition, and the art of telling a story in a photograph.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Be sure to ask the following questions when hiring a real estate photographer:
1. How may I use the photographs?
2. How many photographs are included?
3. If I want to highlight a part of the property, can I ask you to photograph that specifically?
4. Do you have any information I can give to the sellers to help them prepare the home to be photographed?