Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for real estate photos?

My rates for real estate photography is based on the property type, the number of bedrooms and the total area in square footage (heated area). The base rates are published on the Real Estate Photos page on my website. The published base rates apply to all properties up to 2000 SF. For larger properties with more than 2000 heated SF there is an additional charge of $20 per 500 SF.

What’s included in your real estate photo packages?

My base rates include the photo shoot appointment with myself (Jeff Wirz) as your photographer, studio time for photo processing and editing, and the final delivery of up to 50 HD JPG images. This also includes my Photo Enhancements Package, which provides enhancements such as exposed exterior views through windows, fires in fireplaces, colorful scenes added to TV screens, blue skies, and amenity photos for condominium communities. View sample photo on my Real Estate Photos page.

What is your “Photo Enhancements Package”?

My Photo Enhancements Package provides added features to certain images, such as exposing exterior views through windows, adding colorful scenes to TV screens, adding fire to fireplaces, and adding blue skies on cloudy days. For condominium communities this includes providing amenity photos, such as swimming pools, fitness centers, community rooms and lobby photos.

What if my property is vacant and I don’t need the Photo Enhancements Package?

For vacant properties, and sometimes for rental properties, I offer a basic photo package option, which excludes the photo enhancements options and reduces the base rate price by $25.

How many photo image files will I receive?

This varies by property type. Houses will typically have 35 to 50 images and condos will have 20-35 images. These counts include interior, exterior and amenity images.

Can you make the skies blue if my shoot is on a cloudy day?

Yes. If your photo shoot is scheduled on a cloudy day I will replace the cloudy skies blue skies on most exterior images. This is included in my standard photo package and there is no added charge.

Do you provide amenity photos for condominium communities?

Yes. In many cases I already have stock images of lobby areas, swimming pools, fitness centers and laundry rooms, but in any case I will always include amenities in our standard photo packages.

Will you do photo shoots on weekends?

Sometimes. My standard work days for photo shoots is Monday through Friday, but I can sometimes do shoots on weekends. There is a weekend shoot fee of $100 that will be added to the base rate.

How long does it take to receive my photos?

Since I do all my own photo editing the standard turn-around time for photos is within 48 business hours (or 2 business days) of the photo shoot. If a faster turn-around is required you should inquire with me before the scheduled the photo shoot. In some cases there may be a rush fee should you require less than a 24 hour turn-around on your photos.

Do you offer a 24 hour rush service?

Yes. When required I can guarantee a 24 hour turn around on photos, including weekends and regardless of the day of your photo shoot, for an additional fee of $50. Please inquire with me if this is required.

What format do you provide the photos?

Your final image files are delivered via a DropBox folder link. They are saved in a high resolution JPG image files. The resolution of the images are large enough for printing on marketing materials, such as flyers and postcards, and they are also optimized for uploading the MLS.

Where can I view samples of your photos, floor plans and videos?

You can find samples of my real estate images on my Facebook and Instagram accounts @jeffwirzphoto, as well as on the Gallery page on my website.

Are you an SmartMLS authorized photographer?

Yes. The Smart MLS has certified me as a “verified photographer”. When uploading your images to the MLS in Matrix you will be asked to identify your photographer by name or ID. My SmartMLS photographer ID is 847063. You also have the option of authorizing me to upload the images on your behalf. Visit the SmartMLS Photography page to learn more.

How do I book a photo shoot?

The easiest and fastest way to schedule a photo shoot with me is to use the simple booking form on my website. Just look for the Book Now link at the top.

Does the realtor need to be present for photo shoots?

Ideally yes, but you might be interested to know that I do have access to Supra eKey lockboxes. As long as the homeowner and/or tenant approves this in advance, I can do most photo shoots without the agent, homeowner or tenant present.

Do you offer any staging or setup advice for real estate agents?

Yes. There are two ways I can assist you in advance of the photo shoot. The first is to visit the Checklist page on my website and review Photo Shoot Prep Checklist suggestions. On that page there is also a downloadable “Seller Preparation Guide” that can be shared with the sellers in advance of the photo shoot. The second option is to schedule a Photo Shoot Consultation appointment with me. There is a $50 fee for this option, but if requested I will meet the agent and any other stakeholders at the property to discuss staging and any preparation work that may be required before the photo shoot.

What is your cancellation policy?

I will never charge a cancellation fee for any reason as long as I am notified at least two hours prior to the scheduled photo shoot.

Do you also create floor plans?

Yes. When requested as an add on service to a photo package I can provide a floor plan for each level of the property as well. My floor plans are black on white graphics and provide renderings of all walls, doors, windows and key features of the interior of the property, along with room labels and dimensions. To view sample plans and my rates for floor plans, visit the Floor Plans page on my website.

Do you offer virtual staging with furniture and accessories?

Yes, I offer virtual staging with a 2 image minimum per photo project. I charge $20 per image. The turn around time for virtually staged images is typically 24 hours after delivery of the rest of your photos.

Do you offer Matterport?

No, but I can provide a much more affordable option that present viewers with a similar, easy-to-use experience. I offer a “360 Walk Thru Video” option at an affordable rate. For just $95 (fixed rate for any property size or type) I will provide a high quality video that provides a full 360 degree property walk through, including the exterior and interior of the property. The final video is provided via an “unbranded” YouTube link that can be added to the MLS “virtual tours” section. Visit my Real Estate Video page for a demo video and more information.

Do you shoot video for real estate?

Yes. I provide two popular video options for real estate. The most economical is my “360 Walk Thru Video” option, which provides a full 360 degree walk through experience of the property, similar to Matterport. For a high-end video experience I also offer a “Premium Highlight Video” option. This video is provided in 4K quality and includes much slower, smoother video movements highlighting the property’s most important rooms and features. As a licensed drone pilot and can provide aerial video views. Visit my Real Estate Video page for sample video and more information.

What is your most economical real estate video solutions?

My most affordable video option is the “360 Walk Thru Video” option, which provides a full 360 degree walk through experience of the property, similar to Matterport. Visit my Real Estate Video page for sample video and more information.

Do you offer any upscale video solutions for high end properties?

Yes. For a high-end video experience I offer a “Premium Highlight Video” option. This video is provided in 4K quality and includes much slower, smoother video movements highlighting the property’s most important rooms and features. As a licensed drone pilot and can also provide aerial video views. Visit my Real Estate Video page for sample video and more information.

Are your videos branded or unbranded?

By default, my standard real estate video packages are always “unbranded”, which is required for use on the MLS. However, by the real estate agent’s request I can also provided “branded” video, as well as other customized video solutions. Contact Me to discuss any special video customization you may need.

Can I use your videos as a virtual tour on the MLS?

Yes. Either of my two standard video package options can be used as a “virtual tour” on the SmartMLS. My videos are “unbranded” by default, which means there are no commercial markings on the videos, including my brand, the agent’s or the broker’s brand. I will provide a YouTube link that can be inserted into the virtual tours section on the MLS.

What format do you provide your final videos in?

The “360 Walk Through Video” is provided via an unbranded YouTube video link. The “Premium Highlight Video” is provided via DropBox link in an MP4 file format. This is provided this way so the final video can be downloaded to your computer and then uploaded to your own website site or social media account. I can also provide the “Premium Highlight Video” with a YouTube link by request.

How long (in minutes) is the typical real estate video?

The length of my real estate videos depends on the property size and type and the package chosen. The “360 Walk Thru Video” is typically between 3 and 5 minutes, and the “Premium Highlight Video” is in the 2 to 4 minute range. The length also depends on whether your requested aerial video.

Is the music that synced to your videos royalty-free?

Yes. This is so it can be shared and played on social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, without any licensing infringement issues.

Do you offer aerial photography?

Yes. I am a licensed drone pilot (FAA Part 107 Certificate #4485492) as well as insured to provide commercial aerial drone services. I can provide both aerial photos and aerial video. See the Aerial Photo/Video page for pricing and more information.

Do you do twilight photography for real estate?

Yes. This requires a second visit to the property during hour of the sunset, and certain conditions will be needed. The add-on fee is $75 for a single twilight image. This includes the onsite visit and photo editing. If you are interested in having a twilight photo, please inquire in advance of your photo shoot.

Do you offer professional staging services?

I am not a stager, but I do have experience working with stagers and have some knowledge on the fundamentals of staging using items that are already in homes. I do also work with an excellent professional stager who can provide you with a staging consultation (for a fee), and who also has staging furniture and props available when required.

Do you do professional headshots or portraits?

Yes. I am available on a limited basis to provide studio headshots using white, gray or black backdrops. My fee for a single images is $45 or if you want three shots my fee is $75. This includes the photo session and basic touchups of the final images.

Additionally, as a standard inclusion with my real estate photo package, I will provide a single agent portrait that is taken in front of the property at the same time as the property photo shoot. This can be used for social media marketing purposes to promote your new listing and upcoming open house.

Do you do commercial real estate photography?

Yes. For a customized quote for commercial photography, please Contact Me.

What is your service area?

I am based in Stamford, Connecticut and serve most of Fairfield County and some of New Haven County. The following towns (in geographic order) are my standard service area: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Danbury, Westport, Weston, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Stratford and Shelton. For areas outside of these towns there will be a $25 travel fee added to your invoice.

What are you payment terms?

A full payment is due upon the delivery of all invoiced items. I do not ask for a deposit or any funds up front. Upon the completion of all work I will provide an invoice that can be paid online using most major debit or credit cards. I also accept Venmo (@jeffwirzphoto) or personal or business checks. A payment plan is also available with a $25 fee for those who request this in advance.

Do you charge state sales tax?

Yes. I am required by Connecticut law to collect a 6.35% sales tax for all services rendered. This will be added to your invoice. My Connecticut tax registration number is #079558052-001.