Firstly... What is your name? and who else who works alongside you?
My name is Melanie, and NO there isn't anyone else working with me., I am the sole owner & photographer at Foreshore Photography. Sometimes it feels like I need to employ staff, but I have opted against expanding. This way I can ensure that my clients are getting exactly what is that they require. And that all communication is done directly through me. There is no miscommunication with third parties.
How long have you been a Real Estate Photographer?
This year - 2020 is my 9th year as a Real Estate Photographer. And I love it more every day.
Why did you get into Real Estate Photography?
I got into RE photography in 2011 when I wanted to re-enter the workforce after having a couple of years off to look after my daughter. I worked previously as a chef, and that was now out of the question with a young family.
Already having a strong passion in photography, I came across a local Real Estate Franchise that was looking to expand their franchise in the Southern suburbs of Perth. I completed their training & have never looked back. Unfortunately, the Franchise did not offer much support & shortly after commencing with them, they ceased operations. This made me determined to succeed in my own Photography business. Then began Foreshore Photography, which has been a total success & has grown every year since it's beginning.
Do you have a lot of equipment?
As a photographer YES!! I love my tools.
What equipment do you use everyday?
I work with a Nikon D5 & D810 daily. I have a D3s as a backup. I have 2 - speed lights, senor remotes, numerous lens & filters for different projects. I have 2 Gopros, including a 360 camera that I do my Virtual Tours with. I also have a drone, monopods, 3 different tripods, lighting equipment & backdrops. I have a tonne of software for editing & creating quality marketing images.
What would you say would be the best addition to your business?
Hands down, working with cloud- based software to deliver my projects to clients. I find it so hard to believe the amount of time I wasted each day, hand-delivering every project to my clients personally on discs or thumb drives, all the extra km's I would do each day has almost halved. Now my clients get their images & services instantly. As soon as I have completed the tasks and that time I spent delivering the projects, I now spend out in the field. It's a win- win.
What do you enjoy most about being a Real Estate Photographer?
I love that I get to meet new people every day. My days are never the same. My clients are so amazing & I am lucky that I get to work with them. I get to work both indoors & outdoors, on the road & close to home. Every home/ or client is a unique experience for me, and every client has different requirements. It keeps the job interesting and never boring. I love the variety.
What advice would you give someone wanting to get started in Real Estate Photography?
The same advice I would give anyone in any industry. 1. Work hard. 2. Provide GREAT service.
3. The customer is always right. 4. Don't compromise your standards. 5. Don't be afraid to continue to learn.
What do you want in the future of your business?
I have always been a helper & a creative type of person, so I would say for me the whole process of helping people achieve the right sale quickly or having the right marketing tools to market their products or clients properties. I see Foreshore Photography, continually improving techniques & services that I provide so that my clients can achieve the best possible outcomes.