archfotos wrote in post #18791400
yes you're right ignorant question on your part, ask this how much do you think it's going to cost to have a paver fixed because it got scratched by dragging patio furniture around the pool? How much is a doctor going to cost for lifting a glass patio table by yourself? what if you cracked the rich home owner's patio center piece would a $300 assistant been good insight? Or would you just shrug it off and go back to your day job and tell the pool company well I guess the home owner can bad mouth your(pool) company to the neighborhood?
I, as a homeowner would not want you moving my furniture around, but that is me. Also, if the pool company wants these pictures, they could easily supply a person to come along as well to help at no additional cost to the photographer, especially if they are bonded, and you as a budding photographer, isn't, and you are working on their behalf.
If you are afraid of damage, having an assistant won't stop that, nor will it stop a homeowner from saying there was damage created, when there wasn't. Also, unless you are insured and bonded, you shouldn't be touching anything anyways, assistant or not. This is why if there is help needed in moving things around, the pool company should get that affirmation by the customer and then also supply assistance since it is their business relationship you are under. Homeowners can be fickle, presumptuous, and even opportunistic, so care has to be taken if you are messing with personal belongings.
It isn't a bad idea to even set up another camera with a wideangle in video mode recording the session should this all be a big worry. I have no idea if the TS is bonded or not, if he has done landscaping photos in the past, perhaps that insurance is already in place, but it still isn't a bad idea to see if the company will supply a helping hand to come along, this way there is no additional pay to worry about.
Also in regards to moving tables around, there are some very nifty inventions that really help movement of furniture around a patio area (at least single levels, not up and down stairs) for one person to do that work.
Finally, I do have my photos of pools already in marketing material here locally. I actually struck up a relationship with the customer in the one situation where their pool/deck, etc was "busy" and they moved things around as I obtained shots. I appreciate your fervor, but your attitude to my post? Not so much.
Back to the pricing of these, for the most part, these aren't much more than real estate photos, except you are photographing one "room" pretty extensively. Personally, I would use high end real estate pricing rates for this work, then add on travel expenses. Just about the same amount of work is involved, especially if you do any kind of staging in a room for the listing photos.