If I have a number of local projects, would you visit a number of properties in a day?
This depends on the standard of image you would like.
If you only wish to capture the exterior of a building and perhaps two or three internal views it may be possible to accomplish in one to two hours before moving on to another location.
Naturally, the less time I have, the less attention I can give to each image.
I often have to take care to tidy up and even clean, which then sets me behind by an hour before I can even begin to set up for an image. This is far from ideal, but even though my clients ask the home owners to prepare the house, it very rarely happens and when it does, it´s often not enough.
Once the shoot is done, I put everything back to the way it was.
As you can imagine, this part of the job hampers the creative process.
I work flat out and still find myself spending at least 3 hours on a project.
Some of the much bigger houses ( 12 rooms, two dining areas, Kitchen, 3 living rooms, 6 hallways & a pool plus 6 exterior angles) have taken 8+ hours without a break.
Is good weather a must?
Good weather is ideal, of course.
Rain water on the windows, decking or paving doesn´t look nice and frost on the lawn or plants is very difficult to fix.
I have however had to photograph construction sites in the pouring rain, having to wipe the drops of the lens every 2 seconds. The results were not stunning, but I did get what they needed.
How do you typically deal with client mess and poor layout / furniture choices which can often spoil a photo.
This is a frustrating reality in this job. I often have to spend ages tidying kids toys away, including trampolines in the garden and trying to pick off animal hair from the furniture.
I am working solo, so I have a limit to how much I can lift. If there is space to move it to, I will move something out of view or adjust the angles and layout to improve the appearance.
When the property is someone´s home, I certainly don´t want to risk moving things that could get damaged, ( TV, Computer, Artwork ) but I will assess the possibility or ask them to, if its absolutely necessary.
I am not able to do an entire style over-hall. I would suggest collaboaring with a stylist if that´s desirable.
I spend a great deal of time retouching every image in Photoshop to fix marks, cracks, holes, etc.
Some images take two hours to finish. I´ve had many that took 8 - 13 hours to complete.
Who would own the final JPG files?
You will of course have the full rights to use the images in web & print form to promote your business for as long as you need them.
If you lose the jpegs at any point, or need variations, I can provide them.
The property owner may have a copy for their personal records too.
If any of your sub-contractors would like to use the images, they must request permission via email, and I´ll happily grant it.
As with any form of photography, the image files will ultimately remain the property of the photographer.
How do you normally charge?
Each project will have its own challenges and the costs will need to be estimated after all the factors have been presented.
For a property that requires a few (2-3) external images and no interiors, I would often charge around £180 + mileage.
For a property that requires about 4 external images and has about 5 interior spaces that will likely need 2 images of each interior space, I would charge around £370 + mileage.
For larger projects, I will charge a day rate of £750 + mileage.
A "twilight external" is beautiful and effective and requires preparation before sunset to get one or two images after the sun has dropped. This is usually a £200 + mileage but sometimes it can be tagged on the end of another shoot outside of the summer months when the sun sets well after of the normal working day.