Here is a little helpful information that should help make a shoot go as smoothly as possible:
I mostly photograph properties during normal, weekday business hours. Whenever possible I try to photograph properties earlier in the day as opposed to later. That is by no means a deal-breaker, though, and I am available for shoots in the afternoon.
Please try to give me as much notice as possible when scheduling me for a shoot. Whatever "as much notice as possible" is for you - let's aim for that!
I like being efficient - if you have more than one property that needs to be photographed I'd love to be able to photograph them on the same day, if at all possible.
Twilight photography is a great way to show off a property. These pictures are obviously taken at a very specific time of day depending on the time of year - In the Atlanta area this can be as early as 5:30pm in the winter and as late as 9pm in the summer.
Before The Shoot:
Please make sure all of the staging is complete and the paint on the walls is dry before the scheduled shoot time - I have gotten paint on myself and my camera in the past because I didn't know the walls in a house were still wet!
I will try to straighten up little things like window blinds, place settings, power cords, etc. if I happen to notice that they are crooked or out of place, but please make sure all furniture is exactly where you want it to be. After the pictures are taken I can't use Photoshop to move furniture to another location in the room =)
The Day of the Shoot:
Please let me know if there are any specific angles of rooms that you do or do not want me to photograph. This is really important and will help us avoid the "Do you have a shot of this room from this angle?" "No, I'm sorry, I chose to photograph it from another angle" conversation.
Photographing a property can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2+ hours - it just depends on the size of the property. I should be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take before I arrive at the property.
I do my best work and can work quickly when there aren't people milling around the house. I have done shoots before where there have been home owners, neighbors, real estate agents, assistants and even contractors in and out of the house while I was trying to take pictures. Let's try to avoid that many people being in the home if at all possible!
After the Shoot:
Every image that I submit is a combination of 3-6 exposures. Each set of 3-6 images has to be blended and edited to create the final image. This editing process takes longer than the shoot itself but produces well-lit, even, color-balanced images. Almost every image in my portfolio was created this way.
Unless otherwise discussed the turn-around for me to get the photos to you will be 24-48 hours. Please let me know before the scheduled shoot if you need photos more quickly than that.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about any of the photos or need to have a little extra editing done.
Contrary to what you might have heard or read elsewhere photographers always maintain the copyright to their photos. Some MLS websites and other real estate sites, such as Zillow.com, might claim that by uploading photos to their website they now own the copyright to those photos, but they are wrong (and they know they are wrong but they still make the claim anyway).
The only way a photographer can transfer the copyright to his or her photographs is by signing a document that says so.
So what are you getting when you pay for real estate photographs? The photographs are being licensed to you to use, usually for the period of time that it takes to sell the property, and for the purposes of marketing and selling the property. The photographs are not to be used for any other purpose and are not to be transferred to any third parties (e.i. other real estate agents).
All of this might sound a little strict, but artists, writers, designers, photographers, etc. have to carefully control their intellectual property. Most of us are doing what we do because we love it, not because we're expecting to make oodles of money, so we have to be careful about who gets their hands on our work and chooses to use it without our consent.