1. Why should I hire a professional real estate photographer?
Simply put...most of us shop with our eyes. More than ever, potential buyers begin their search for a new home on the internet, and images of homes are one of the first, and often most powerful factors in their decision to contact the listing agent. Homes with better photos get more clicks. The more views your listing receives, the more potential buyers you reach. Potential buyers have a better expectation and feel for the home before even visiting. In future listing interviews, you are able to use those photos to impress the homeowner that you will present their home in the best way possible. Considering the cost of most new homes in our area, and the potential commissions from a sale, hiring a professional photographer who has the proper equipment and the skills to use it, is well worth the investment.
2. How long will it take to photograph my property?
My typical shoot time for a standard size home (2000sf), is approximately 90 minutes on-site. I utilize a technique that involves off-camera lighting, bracketing photos at various exposure levels, and than hand-blending each image in post-processing. It's a more time-consuming process than the HDR photography that most other real estate photography companies utilize, but the results offer far more pleasing images that not only look more realistic but have a beautiful artistic element as well.
I prefer to meet with you (the agent) when I arrive and work with you to develop a "shot list" based on the number of photos that you ordered. Once we've developed that list, I'll get started on photographing the interior, then finish with the exterior. I always strive to include a few extra "photographer's choice" shots above and beyond the shots that you've paid for.
If you (the agent) aren't able to make it to the shoot, then the shots I chose are at my discretion. I always strive to tell the "story" of the home as best as possible, but ultimately having you (the agent) on-site to develop a shot list with me prior to the shoot guarantees that you receive the shots that you're wanting.
3. How can I help prepare my client's (or my) home for a real estate photo shoot?
The neater and cleaner your home or business is, the better it will photograph. Always start with a good cleaning. But to help homeowners and realtors prepare for the real estate photography I have prepared a checklist of things you can do to really make the home photo ready. Download a copy of my "home prep checklist" by clicking here.
4. What services do you provide?
I provide high-quality real estate photography, 360 photography, aerial drone photography, twilight photography, virtual slideshow tours, domain .COM addresses for property websites, and photo books, as well as a Total Media Marketing Kit included with every job (mobile homes excluded).
5. What's included in the "Total Media Marketing Kit"?
You can view a sample of the "Total Media Marketing Kit" by clicking here.
6. What are your rates?
You can view my rates by clicking here.
7. What areas do you service?
I cover most communities in San Diego County.
8. What is your availability?
I am available seven days a week, with no extra fee for weekends.
9. How are your photographs delivered?
I submit photographs sized for MLS (lo-res), and photographs sized for print (hi-res), via internet download.
10. Do I (the real estate agent/broker) own the images/videos after I have downloaded them?
No. Under federal copyright law, the photographer (Matt Marshall Photography) retains ownership of all images/videos created by Matt Marshall Photography. You (the real estate agent/broker) are leasing the images/videos to be used to promote the sale of the property only. Once the property as been sold or the listing contract has expired or is no longer yours, the images/videos must cease to be used.
11. How do I order a shoot?
(payment required when order is placed)