Full Time Real Estate Photographer

E14 - How to price my services, and Should I buy Matterport? (Podcast listener question)

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By Thomas Vargeletis
Photographing Real Estate. One room at a time. Real estate photography business information, best practices, and gear recommendations. We cover all topics for beginner and experienced real estate photographers.
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E27 - What Gear to bring to a photoshoot?
This episode is about all of the basic equipment you will need to get a real estate shoot done. We talk about the specific gear, how to use it, and so much more!
1:39:12
June 25, 2019
E26 - Listener Question - I raised my prices, and my client's stopped calling me! What do I do?
This episode answer's Angel's question about a new issue that he has been dealing with. Angel raised his prices during a busy time of the year, and now he is finding that his old client's aren't calling back anymore. I answered Angel's question, and a little more.  You can check out Angel's work on instagram @the_aes.thete (#HeDoesAGreatJob). You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
33:43
May 21, 2019
E25 - The "I'll give you so much business" promise, and why it's always a lie
This episode is all about those awkward conversations we might have where some potential clients try to promise you that they will be bringing you so much new business, that you should give them a discount, or worse. You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
36:16
May 10, 2019
E24 - Listener Question - Camera, lighting, and starting your Real Estate Photography business
We got a few questions sent in by the great and powerful Michael Hirakami. I answer his questions about the camera he is using, whether he needs to upgrade, other gear that he could use, and even answering some questions about upgrading and investing in new gear. If you would like to send in your own question, check out the contact info at the end of the show notes. You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
37:26
April 22, 2019
E23 - Photographer Trainee Interview - Madison
I got to sit down with a brand new photographer trainee and talk about his experiences. Madison has had a lifelong passion for videography, and now he is working in my business as a Full Time Real Estate Photographer. We talked about how he got the job, how his training/learning is coming along, and more.  You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
40:43
April 14, 2019
E22 - Hiring Staff
This episode is all about how bringing on employees can help you make quantum leaps in your photography business. We talk about growth oriented goals, the need to build a team in order to reach those goals, and the A->Z approach for growing your business by hiring staff. It can seem totally out of reach to many photographers, but there is a surprisingly simple way to bring on staff to help you go out and make even more money than ever before.  You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
1:08:05
April 6, 2019
E21 - How will you know when to finally go full time?
This episode is about the tipping point that many photographers reach. When you start as a hobby photographer, enthusiast, or maybe even if you are taking some part time work already, when it it time to make the leap to go full time? In some cases, you could even build up a thriving part time business, but if you are at a point where you haven't gone into business yet, this episode should give you some insight on making the switch.  You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
43:14
March 20, 2019
E20 - Booking fees, and Getting PAID in Advance
This episode is all about how I implemented booking fees, minimum charges for photoshoots, and how it all works.  You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
43:38
March 11, 2019
E19 - Real Estate Portfolio - how to make, share, and what to look for when updating your Real Estate portfolio shots
In this episode we are going over your real estate portfolio. It's important to have one, and they might not be as difficult to pull together as you might think. In addition to talking about what a portfolio is and how anyone can make one (even if you have never done a photoshoot before in your life), we also cover sharing it in print and online. I bring up the exact ways that I am doing it now to help me get new photoshoot clients every day. If you have no idea how to start building your portfolio, how many images to share, or which ones to even consider for adding in, I cover all that too. You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5    vv^^these I'll use for video sometimes -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
40:10
March 4, 2019
E18 - Offices (Do I even need one?)
In this episode I talk about the importance of offices for real estate photographers. It's not always for the reasons that you may first think, but offices can be very useful in your business. I talk about setting up and working in a home office, finding commercial spaces, and even a SUPER SECRET technique that you can use to get a crazy deal on your own office space for very little to $0! 
47:44
February 23, 2019
E17 - Video
This is all about adding real estate video to your business. I go over what I am using, how I am using it, and offer some advise on how you can do this too! In the episode I mention my instagram feed, which you can find here: @tomvargeletis I also mention my youtube channel where I'm posting my real estate videos right here: Thomas Vargeletis I hyperlinked the text there to take you to each respective space, if you are viewing this in a format where the hyperlinks are not working, simply typing my name in to each platform should get you there.
55:19
February 15, 2019
E16 - Client Interview - Keishla
I had the chance to sit down with a client of mine in her office and talk about how she found her real estate photographer, what her experience was with working with that photographer, and so much more about the real estate photography experience from a real estate agent's perspective!
50:15
February 8, 2019
E15 - Photographer Interview - Mauricio
Had the opportunity to talk with Mauricio, a new photographer getting his start in Real Estate. We talked about editing, gear, and a few tricks that will help Mauricio, and any new Real Estate Photographer work faster and make more $$! You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
45:42
January 31, 2019
E14 - How to price my services, and Should I buy Matterport? (Podcast listener question)
This episode is all about answering Justin Chew's question on pricing and on whether or not a Matterport camera is worth it.
56:26
January 17, 2019
E13 - Gear Management/Organization
Here we are talking about how we pack, tote, and manage all of the stuff that we need as real estate Photographers. You can find the Full Time Real Estate Photographer book here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO Pelican Cases that I recommend for your Gear; (SMALLER, holds all of my audio stuff) Case - https://amzn.to/2SrBpUP Dividers - https://amzn.to/2VfmG0Z  (LARGER - holds cameras, lenses, flashes, batteries, etc) Case only - https://amzn.to/2St27wu Case with Dividers - https://amzn.to/2ViSBxu Dividers only - https://amzn.to/2Smzj8x  If you would like to record your audio the same equipment that I am using:  -Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI -foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj -Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p -XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB -Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO -Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv -iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 -Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/ If you would like to find some of my work on Instagram, you can visit me @tomvargeletis or email me directly at Tom@FTREPhoto.com
42:23
December 29, 2018
E12 - Client Interview - Matt Witte
In this episode I met with a long term client of mine, Matt Witte. We talk about the importance of professional real estate photography, how client experience plays into his opinion of the overall service and more! I also announce my newly published book, Full Time Real Estate Photographer (https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO)! If you would like to record a podcast with the same equipment that I use: If you would like to record with the same equipment that I am using: Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO Fet Head preamp: https://amzn.to/2FH0Srv iPhone Xs Max (256 Gig): https://amzn.to/2FLfcz5 Filmic Pro video recording app: https://www.filmicpro.com/
55:00
December 17, 2018
E11 - The BEST Camera's For Real Estate Photography?
Here we expand on the ideas from episode 1, and talk a bit about two camera and lens combinations that are great options for beginner real estate photographers, or even pro's who like to work on a budget. Got another update at the end of the episode! FTREP has a published book (available here: https://amzn.to/2rrWmmO) and we also have an updated email address for anyone wishing to reach out: Tom@ftrephoto.com (the old email is still up, but is forwarding to this new address).
22:05
December 12, 2018
FTREP - E10 - Client Interview - Kristin Weekley
Had a great opportunity to sit down with a client right after a photoshoot, we had a great discussion about how a real estate agent makes decisions about working with real estate photographers. Even how new photographers can get clients! If you would like to record a podcast with the same equipment that I am using: Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO
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December 3, 2018
FTREP - E9 - Pro Tips
Got a list of pro tips here for any full time real estate photographer to keep in mind and use in their business. Throughout the many photoshoots that you do, you pick up on some interesting ideas that help make your life easer, and here are some that you can use without having to learn the hard way. If you would like to record a podcast with the same equipment that I am using: Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO
52:03
November 26, 2018
FTREP - E8 Getting Paid
This is all about how we get paid, when to send invoices, how to do it, what forms of payment to accept, why, and how letting invoices slide can get you in A LOT of trouble. Always happy to get some questions, comments, and feedback. You can contact me directly at FullTimeRealEstatePhotographer@gmail.com. If your message is appropriate I'll read it on a future podcast and address your comments directly. If you would like to record a podcast with the same equipment that I am using: Zoom h6 recorder: https://amzn.to/2PTl3qI foam mic cover: https://amzn.to/2DYMiKj Microphone: https://amzn.to/2DVST8p XLR (mic cable): https://amzn.to/2P6kDIB Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2FD2zWO
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November 19, 2018
FTREP - E7 - Your Gear's Cycle of Life
Photographers need stuff, but nothing lasts forever. Learn about the process of running your business with gear in a way to prevent failures on the job, and keep your stuff up to date.
42:56
November 14, 2018
Full Time Real Estate Photographer - E6 - How to work with Tech Challenged Clients
Ever had a client who against all reason could not access files or use your photos? We cover many ways to deal with this, and a special technique for dealing with common questions without loosing valuable time in your day. Some clients will always have tech issues, but with these tools you will be able to prevent many issues and even develop your business practices to improve customer service for all.
36:57
November 5, 2018
Full Time Real Estate Photographer - E5 - Law of diminishing returns
Here is one of the most important laws when it comes to buying equipment and investing in your business. Learn how sending more money doesn't always give you a proportional increase in the return that you are getting. Added some housekeeping items at the end, we now have an email address set up if you would like to contact me directly. Listen to the end to get the email, and if you would like to send in a comment/question/hatemail, I look forward to reading your messages, and if they are appropriate I'll read them on future episodes (let me know what name to use when crediting you).
38:40
October 27, 2018
Full Time Real Estate Photographer - E4 - Websites
This episode is all about websites for your real estate photography business. How can you Make More Money, and spend less at the same time with a website? Listen to the podcast to find out!
31:10
October 17, 2018
Full Time Real Estate Photographer - E3 - Getting clients
If you are going to be a full time real estate photographer, you are going to need a system for getting new clients on a regular basis. This episode is all about doing that.
47:47
September 28, 2018
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