Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a typical real estate shoot cost? My rates for real estate start at $100. Pricing is based on square footage, and for a typical 2500 square foot home in Cobb County, my rate is $150. For larger properties the fee will range from $175-$400. 

Where are you located and what is your area of service? I am located in West Cobb County and the majority of my shoots take place throughout Cobb, Fulton, and Paulding Counties.  I’m also happy to photograph your listing well beyond those geographical parameters.  When a shoot is over 35 miles from our location, a $25 travel fee is incurred.

When will I receive the photos? For real estate clients, the images are normally delivered within 24 hours and can be delivered same day if requested and time permits.  All other clients I speak with about delivery time on an individual basis.

How do I pay you? You can pay via PayPal, Venmo, check or cash, if meeting at the shoot. If not, a QuickBooks invoice with payment instructions will be sent to your email address at the same time as the images are uploaded to DropBox, which is due upon receipt.  You may pay the invoice by way of Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

How will you send me the images? You will receive an email with a link to DropBox  for viewing and MLS usage, as well as a text notifying you that the images are ready and an invoice has been emailed.

Do I need to meet you at the listing to provide access?  No.  Agents are, of course, always welcome to meet me at the listing to go over things.  Additionally, I have Supra lockbox access, which eliminates the necessity to meet, frees up your time, and allows flexibility. Simply text a CBS code to me and I will handle the photo session from there.

How long will my shoot last? A rough estimate is about an hour per 1,000 square feet if, as expected, the Home Preparation Guide checklist has been followed.

What is the best time of day for the shots of the exterior? The best time of day will be during twilight, just after the sun goes down. Twilight exteriors add drama and an inviting look to your listing. There is simply no better marketing tool than a well-done twilight exterior.  Twilight images are available in two ways:  If scheduled along with an afternoon shoot, they can be added for $50.  If a separate shoot is scheduled, the session is $100.  However, if twilight images are not requested or needed, the direction the home faces usually determines the best time for the photo session.  It is preferable to have the sun illuminating the front exterior. 

What can I do to help the photography session go smoothly and the photographs look their best?  You will get the most out of your photography session by following the simple steps listed in the Home Preparation Guide checklist. 

Do you supply both MLS size photos, and high resolution photos for printing?  I provide one set specifically sized for the MLS, which can also be used for fliers and social media.  Higher resolution images for specific printing applications are available upon request.

Do you produce aerial photographs? Yes. Just ask, and aerial images can be worked into your package.

How about video walk-through’s? Yes. Video walk-through’s can garner more views per listing, boost visibility on various real estate websites, and increase interaction with prospective buyers via social media.

How long have you been a real estate photographer?  I have over 30 years of experience with lighting rigs and setups, shooting everything from architecture to weddings, and 20 years of experience with advanced masking and blending techniques in Photoshop.  I currently focus all of my efforts into real estate photography, and have been doing so for over 3 years now. 

What exactly do I get when I hire you to produce real estate marketing photographs? You receive a very standard real estate photography license, which enables you to use the images for any purpose linked with the marketing of the property in question. The license, or the right for you to use the photographs, ends when the home is sold or re-listed. Further, the license is non-transferable, which means you are not permitted to give the images to another party not in connection with the marketing of the property. Examples would include a stager or builder who asks you for the images for their portfolios.

Do you have a question I didn’t answer? Please don’t hesitate to give me a call or text (770-403-8870), or send me an email (cdnelson@icloud.com).