Is Stockham Media your website? Do you run it yourself or lease space off the cloud, etc?
Do you host all your real estate images there for your clients or do you give them the shot to host on their own sites? Do they just link to your site from their sites? What do you charge (if you don't mind) for hosting the images in addition to taking them?
I'm in a MUCH different part of the country than you are from looking at the houses you shoot, so, don't worry about local competition from me, but I'd love to learn the ropes and try to do a little of that down here in the New Orleans area....
I've got some contact through a friend on high end home sales down here...he's likely gonna do most of the stills, and I'm going to do most of the video, but am trying to get at least a ballpark idea on what to charge and what services (like hosting, I do have my own servers) would be worth to them if I offered.
Enjoying your stuff, keep posting and thank you for all the questions you've answered so far for me and others on the list here.
1. Stockham Media is my site
2. I host my server and domain through Hostmonster.com and built and manage the website myself
3. I post these photos on my blog for my own sharing/portfolio purposes
4. The client hosts the photos else where on their own server and website - I simply email them a link to the photos to download them from my server. Host monster gives unlimited storage space on my hosting plan so I have no problem leaving the photo up for them to download for a week or so.
5. I do not charge them for posting the images for them to download
6. I'm not worried about local competition, I have my own little niche with a couple local companies that like my work and bring work here and there. I actually encourage anyone to get really good at RE photos to up the quality of all the RE photos in the area and get more people wanting better photos. I am not the best RE photographer, though I am trying very hard to get better, which is why I post my images here for critique, I am happy to help with suggestions and answer question when I can.
7. I charge $200 for my nicer 7 bracketed fused shot, large houses, and usually provide around 40-50 images sized for print and mls. This house was a quicker $75 job where the client wanted me in and out and wanted a very quick turn around time. I charge anywhere from $300 for a very basic video to $600 for a more advanced video with dialogue and footage from near by attractions and evening shots.
I shoot everything my 2 5D mkIIIs and main lens of choice for the moment is my 14mm Bower. If I start to seriously do a lot of RE photos then I will upgrade to the Canon 17mm TS-E so I can always get the verticals I want. And for the video, as my company grows, I will be upgrading to either a c300 or Red Scarlet or Epic to shoot RAW video and be able to produce much nicer RE videos for much higher budgets. Unfortunately it takes much more work to try and get good shot inside looking out with video, than with stills and is much nicer with a camera that can properly capture the scenes. This is what I am doing for now though with RE, mostly a side thing for me fo the 2 local companies that I work with, Wedding video and photo really is my bread and butter at the moment. And more so the video side.