When hiring a real estate photographer, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you get high-quality photographs that accurately represent your property, delivered on time. Here are 8 things to consider:
Experience: It's important to choose a photographer who has experience in real estate photography. This type of photography requires specific skills and techniques, such as the ability to capture a wide range of lighting conditions and angles that showcase the property in the best way possible.
Portfolio: A portfolio doesn't need to be extensive, but look through the photographer's portfolio to get a sense of their style and the quality of their work. Pay attention to how they compose shots, use lighting, and edit their photographs.
Equipment: While phone cameras are ubiquitous today, a professional photographer will have high-quality camera equipment and lenses, and will use a tripod to capture the best possible images. Ask about their equipment to ensure that they have the necessary tools for the job.
Turnaround time: Time is of the essence in real estate, so it's important to choose a photographer who can deliver the photographs in a timely manner. Ask about their turnaround time to make sure it fits with your schedule.
Price: Of course, price is an important consideration when hiring any service provider. Get quotes from multiple photographers and compare their prices and quality to find the best value for your money.
Reviews and Testimonials: While marketing materials can highlight selectively chosen compliments, most online reviews on reputable sites are verified now-days. While you always hope to find glaring reviews, if a photographer has provided poor service or quality in the past it might be reflected here too.
Personal Interaction: How professionally and cordially do they answer your questions and how confident are you in their knowledge and experience after speaking with them and reviewing their work?
Are they a photo mill: "Photo Mills" are typically large companies with massive advertising budgets located in an office in another state. They use local online ads to make real estate photography bookings and subcontract the work to local photographers at both sub-par rates and quality. Small or large photography companies are fine, but it's best to make sure they are local and establish a personal connection to ensure the best service and quality.
By considering these factors, you can ensure that you hire and build a relationship with a real estate photographer or media company who will deliver high-quality photographs that showcase your property in the best light.
Call or contact the professionals at Home Shots Real Estate Media today for a free estimate and consultation on your next listing.