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Sharon L. Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2002

Shooting homes before being hired

I have been photographing people's homes (with permission) to sell them a "home portrait", using Photoshop to crop, edit, and add different filters to give them many choices. People are also having cards and note cards printed with their home's image on them. So far, so good. There are some homes I would love to do, here and in another city and I don't know the owners. Would I need permission to shoot? I would like to send a sample of my work to the owner (of their home)in hopes of getting commissioned to do their home. Don't want to start off on the wrong foot. Wouldn't be using the images for anything but the home owner.

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7/26/2005 6:54:14 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Or you can make postcards with the image of the previous home(s) you shot, with your contact information, and send to the potential clients (or just leave one in their mailbox). Just a thought.

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7/26/2005 7:15:15 AM

doug Nelson   I like Andy's idea. I ran into an extremely hostile homeowner shooting a rental home for an ad the landlord hired me to do. I should have told him what I wanted first. My wife was yelled at for doing a picture of a humble little house decorated for Christmas. In this time of hairtrigger tempers and armed people with issues, you'd better ask first.

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7/26/2005 8:09:12 AM

Sharon L. Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/4/2002
  Thank you both. The "hairtrigger tempers" comment got my attention! The location I had in mind is about 100 mi from here, but think I could get addresses. And locally will use their mailboxes - maybe with my running shoes on!

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7/26/2005 8:17:26 AM

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