Anymore, expert real estate agents looking to compete in a market that’s increasingly moving online understand the importance of posting beautiful, professional photos that truly highlight the look, feel and size of the space they’re selling.
And most of these agents, unless they’ve received some formal photography training, are struggling to take these kind of photos on their own. That’s where you come in.
In truth, when it comes to photographing an awkward space such as a studio apartment, amateur cell phone photos simply cannot do justice to a room’s dimensions. It often takes a professional camera, the right lens, and the right person behind that lens in order to capture the kind of beautiful photos worth clicking on. That’s where a real estate photographer can help.
Generally, real estate photography shoots cost anywhere between $110 and $300 per shoot- and that’s for photos only (no video). If you’re booked for this kind of job, you should provide the client with somewhere between 25-50 photos. These should be ready-to-post, fully edited deliverables. That number could easily fluctuate depending on the size of the space you’re shooting, but in general, $110 should be the lowest you’ll go for professional work.
Getting started, you should develop a simple pitch for your clients (a brief description of the services you can provide, how much they cost, and why they’re valuable). If you have any real estate photos in your archives, you might also consider putting together a small portfolio to give the client an idea of your work’s quality.
If you don’t have any such photos on hand, you might consider snapping some high-quality shots of your own place, a friend’s home, or even some nearby commercial interiors to use as a starter portfolio.
When it comes to making money in photography, real estate is a great side business worth exploring. Think about it; if you develop a working rapport with even one local real estate agent, you’ll likely become their go-to photographer every time they have a new listing. Soon enough, you could be making some nice supplementary income on the side.