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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long have you been photographing homes in Mankato?
A: I started in the summer of 2011 and have photographed over 700 homes, along with over 145 video tours.

Q: What kind of camera equipment do you use?
A: My primary setup for architecture is a Sony A7Rii with a Canon 24mm TS Lens, but often times I find myself shooting with a Sony A7Sii and a Sony 16-35mm lens. For video, I use a Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly slider and a DJI Ronin M camera stabilizer. 

Q: Do you do “HDR” photography?
A: HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range” and it is an often overused (and incorrectly used) process that involves blending multiple exposures together to show all of the darkest shadows and brightest highlights in one photo. 80% of the time, the published photos you see of mine are one exposure edited in Adobe Lightroom. 10% of the time I am using photoshop to enhance the photos, and the other 10% of the time I am using the HDR feature in Lightroom because it is simply the best option. 

Q: How should a home be prepared for photography?
A: You can download a full checklist of things that should be completed before every shoot HERE.

Q: How long does it take for the photos and videos to be ready?
A: Photos are guaranteed to be delivered within 24 hours, but depending on workload they may be delivered within 12 hours. Video can take up to 48 hours. If there is an absolute rush, they can be delivered within 4 hours for an additional fee.

Q: How are the photos and videos delivered?
A: A service called Dropbox which allows you to download a folder to your computer, and when the images are complete they will simply show up in the folder ready for use!

Q: Do you provide photography for interior designers, architects, etc.?
A: Absolutely. Commercial projects such as these have very different processes involved, and are slightly more expensive than real estate photography due to the process as well as the use of the images. Visit to inquire about your project.

Q: How much does it cost? Do you provide discounts?
A: A simple pricing list can be found here. Brokerage and partner discounts are also available (please contact for details).

Q: Does the Realtor or the seller pay for the services?
A: This is entirely up to both parties. Realtors run their businesses the way that makes sense for their business. Not all of them provide professional photography for listings, in which case the seller can. Please keep in mind that you are not purchasing the photos and video’s. You are purchasing a license to use these photos and videos for the sole purpose of marketing the current sale of the property.

Q: Who owns the photos and videos?
A: Copyright for all photos and videos are owned by Mankato home Tours, but a usage license is provided upon payment with all properties to be used according to local MLS rules for the life of the current listing. What this means is that the photos cannot be used by a third party unless a separate usage license is purchased. They may NOT be used by another agent if listing agreement has expired and has been acquired by another brokerage – a usage license must be purchased, which is less than the cost of a photo shoot.

Q: Does having professional photography and video work?
A: Over 90% of home searches are done online. When you look through the MLS services, professional photography will make the listing stand out and the viewer will be less likely to skip through and in turn is more likely to schedule a showing. Some agents have reported that since using professional photography, their listings tend to sell at least 1.5 months faster than the average listing on the market. In addition, since 2011 the number of homes in the Greater Mankato area using professional photography for the listing has grown each year.

Q: Yeah… but will my listing sell faster?
A: Professional photography is a marketing tool. It will enhance the online presence of your listing, and will be a great way to differentiate yourself from your competition. There are too many factors involved that contribut to the sale of a listing.

More questions? Please contact us HERE.