Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question for me?  A few of the more popular ones have been listed below to make life easy for you.  But if these don't get you what you need send me an email or feel free to pick up the phone - 480.269.0705.

General Photography Questions

01

How long will it take to photography my property?

The amount of time required to properly photograph a home or commercial building can vary greatly.  The biggest factor is the size of the property.  As a general guideline plan on at least 1 hour.  But many large homes and commercial or retail buildings can take up to four hours for photography.  The time required for your photo shoot will be discussed at the time you book it.

02

How can I help prepare my home for a 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 check list of things you can do to really make the home photo ready.  Read the home prep check list online or download a PDF copy here.

03

What type of photography equipment do you use?

 

I use high end, professional grade Sony digital cameras with up to 24 mp resolution and a variety of lenses that allow me to capture any building from any perspective.  To see a more detailed list of my equipment click here.

04

Do you charge tax for your photography services?

Yes, both the city of Phoenix and the state of Arizona require photographers to charge sales tax on all services they provide,  not just the physical prints or digital images.  The total tax rate for photography services is 9.3%.​

05

Can you post the photographs directly to the MLS for me?

If you need assistance posting the photographs to your MLS listings please contact me directly to discuss the options available to you.

06

Are you able to travel to photograph my project?

Yes, I am available to travel worldwide  for your photography projects.  Travel expenses are billed at cost to the client.  There is never an up-charge on travel costs.

07

What is the difference between real estate photography and architectural photography?

The final purpose of each is usually different. The purpose of real estate photography is usually to is to show the property to a potential investor/buyer/tenant so they can get enough of an idea of what the property looks like and determine if it might be something they want to see in person or explore further. It is generally a more utilitarian photograph. For architectural photography the final image is usually used for a more decorative or long term marketing purpose.  These are images that fill portfolios of designers, architects and engineers and are used in advertisements and displays.

08

Do you retain the copyright to your images or are those transferred to me when I buy prints or digital images?

Yes, I retain the copyrights as is standard practice in the photography industry.  However, my licensing agreement gives you wide latitude on what you can do with the images after you purchase a license to use them.  See a sample licensing agreement here.

09

Do you need a better understanding of HDR photography?

Head on over to my "What is HDR Photography?" page to find out what it is all about and if it might benefit your listing or building.​

10

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, I can accept payment by check, cash, EFT (electronic funds transfer right from your bank account), PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

11

Do I have to meet you at the home to give you access?

N​o, you can simply provide your CBS number and I can access the home using my Supra Active Key.  If the home has a contractor's lock box installed you may also provide that code for access.  Of course, you are also always welcome to meet me at the home and hang out during the photo shoot.

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