What Is Nationwide Photography?

Nationwide photography is a service offered by a professional commercial photography company that’s available for businesses in many different industries and located through the U.S. Common uses for professional nationwide photography include hospitality, retail, showrooms, apartment communities, restaurants and more.

The biggest difference between nationwide photography companies and other professional photography companies is that they offer coverage to locations all across the country at no extra cost to the customer. Many of the more local photography companies require added fees to pay for flying a photographer (or team of photographers) out to the property (or multiple properties, if needed). Some smaller, more local companies may also only work with smaller sized businesses, depending on their current availability and resources. Most nationwide photography companies have widespread resources and are able to handle everything from one pizza parlor to 5,000 hotels.

With nationwide photography companies like CS3 Photography, customers can get coverage across all 50 states (as well as Canada and Mexico), as each location has local photographers. This ensures customers never have to worry about any extra travel charges or other added expenses for photographers.

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Best Industries for Nationwide Photography

When it comes to professional photography, there are many businesses across multiple industries that can benefit from this service. Whether you want to showcase the warmth and relaxation offered within your hotel rooms and amenities or highlight a new upgrade to your restaurants’ dining rooms, having high-resolution, professional photos can help take your business to new heights. Ideally, if your business has anything visual to showcase — a large outdoor venue, a showroom, impressive background scenery, etc. — professional photography can be a great way to showcase it all for your prospective customers.

Here are some of the most common ways businesses use professional nationwide photography to feature their property:

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Restaurants

When your restaurant’s dishes look too good to eat when plated or your dining room got a new makeover, you need high-quality, professional photography to showcase it all to your guests. At CS3, all of our photos go through a meticulous post-production process to make sure your eatery is always shown in its best light.

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Hospitality

When your hotels have state-of-the-art amenities, upscale rooms, welcoming lobbies and more, it’s essential to showcase them visually for your potential guests. CS3 Photography is one of the leading national providers for hospitality photography and videography in North America, having served more than 10,000 hotels, from economy scale to high-end resorts.

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Retail

In retail, your products are the lifeline of your business — why not feature them front and center of your website, brochures or other marketing materials? CS3 provides professional photography and videography services to a variety of major retailers with a nationwide footprint, as well as some of the largest kitchen, bath and flooring showrooms in the country.

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Multi-Family Housing

When your apartment community offers beautiful open floorplans, resort-style amenities and other competitive features for residents, showcasing it all online isn’t an option — it’s a must. CS3 is the photography vendor for some of the largest multi-family management companies in the U.S., as well as some of the largest commercial real estate investment firms in the world.

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Insurance

When insurance claims are being submitted quickly, professional photography services can be extremely beneficial for obtaining the property-inspection imagery and reporting needed to properly process residential, commercial or natural disaster-related claims. CS3 can help provide fast turnarounds for images needed in a short timespan.

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Large Venues & Landscapes

Some businesses’ most valuable assets lie in their venue and/or surrounding landscape. With professional photography, large-scale spaces can be captured in high-definition so others can visualize the true value your space offers — all without having to be on-property to see it.

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What to Look For in a Photography Company

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for photography. Every company has unique needs. Some businesses need to capture mostly exterior images while others need to focus mostly on interior photos. Depending on the photography company, professional photography can include a variety of deliverables and most will work with businesses to understand their objectives and capture images that meet and exceed their specific goals.

There are, however, a few standard things to look for when selecting a professional photography company for your upcoming photoshoot. From their level of experience to their post-production turnaround time, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind before making a final selection. Here are our recommendations for what to look for:

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Organization

One of the first things to look for in a professional photography company is internal organization. Your selected photography team should provide you with everything needed to prepare for your upcoming photoshoot in order to maximize your team’s time away from daily operations. Your photography company should be able to work with your team to find the best time to come out and shoot based on your available timeframes.

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Widespan Coverage

Another thing to consider when hiring a professional photography company is their coverage and whether or not they serve your area. Some companies have less coverage and may require a photographer or multiple photographers to be flown out to your property. With companies like CS3, customers are covered across all 50 states, Mexico and Canada, as each location has local photographers ready and available. This ensures no additional travel charges are necessary.

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Experience

Any professional photography company you’re considering should have the experience needed to produce great results. At CS3, our vast network of professional photographers and long-standing partnership with Google have helped us become one of the largest and most experienced nationwide photography companies in North America.

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High-Resolution Photos

No matter if your photos are going to be used for your website, in a physical brochure or on large signage outdoors, your business should be on display in high resolution. That means your hired photography company should produce high-quality imagery that highlights the best of what your company has to offer.

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Flat-Rate Pricing

Some photography companies charge dozens of different prices for countless package options. What’s important to look for is consistent pricing that doesn’t put your business out financially due to where your property is located. With CS3, you’ll have one contact and one price no matter where you’re located in the U.S.

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Quick Turnarounds

Most professional photographers understand that businesses might have tight deadlines that require fast turnarounds. CS3 Photography ensures photos are always delivered as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality. Turnaround times can vary depending on the project, but in most cases we can have your imagery to you in about a week or less.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about nationwide professional photography services? 

When it comes to investing in a company for your professional photography needs, having the answers to your important questions is essential to making the most informed decision possible. Browse these Q&As to learn more.

  • Q: Who are the photographers?

    Every photography business’s team is structured differently and can have varying levels of certification and experience. Some companies are smaller and offer more local-only services. At CS3 Photography, we have a vast network of professional photographers located across the country (as well as Canada and Mexico) and an in-house editing team of experts who are all well-versed in creating quality images that match your brand standards. There are no hidden fees for flying out any of our photographers — we have nationwide coverage so our team can easily come to you because they are local to your property. All of our pilots are certified to fly and all adhere to the latest FAA safety protocols.

  • Q: What kind of camera equipment is used?

    CS3 only uses high-quality DSLR cameras and professional panoramic lenses.

  • Q: How long does the photography process generally take?

    Depending on the photography company, professional services may be structured in various ways. Therefore, the length of time may be dependent on how their business is set up. At CS3 Photography, we believe your time is best spent running your business, not working all day with a photographer. That’s why our goal is to use less time on-site and more time in post-production. Once we’ve completed our shoot, our team’s post-production is fast and unmatched, letting you focus on managing your business while we touch up your images without taking up too much of your time on-site.

  • Q: How should I prepare my property for professional nationwide photography services?

    Preparing your property is an essential step toward achieving your property’s picture-perfect look. Depending on your specific professional photography needs, you may need to inspect your property from top to bottom. For those seeking photography captured at the highest altitudes, it’s important to clean and repair everything necessary on your property’s exterior, including your roofs (look for damage or discoloration), walls (look for chipping paint, graffiti or cracked windows), pavement (look for cracks or potholes), gardens/landscaping (look for unkempt grass or messy flowerbeds), etc. You may also need to do some day-of preparations in order to reduce the amount of time inconvenienced for guests or employees, as well as to optimize the degree of cleanliness. These preparations may include removing items like temporary/seasonal signage, parked vehicles, maintenance equipment or anything else that could be a distraction from your property in your photography.

    If your property has any imperfections you’re unable to fix prior to the photo shoot, many companies offer services to edit them out, depending on certain factors. Contact CS3 to learn more about our editing services and how you can prepare for your upcoming photoshoot.

  • Q: How much do nationwide photography services cost?

    Some photography companies charge based on distance, flight time (for aerial photography) or other variables. At CS3, it doesn’t matter where your locations are — we offer flat-rate pricing on all photography packages so there’s no negotiating based on area. Learn more about specific pricing based on your needs by requesting a quote today.

  • Q: What type of weather is best for this kind of outdoor photoshoot?

    When it comes to outdoor photoshoots, weather can play an important role in the overall quality of your photos. Although it’s not always possible to schedule photoshoots on days with ideal weather conditions, it’s important to know that many photographers prefer partly cloudy weather over highly sunny weather because there isn’t an abundance of sunlight that overexposes the images. If it’s at all possible, try to schedule your photoshoot on a day that could be slightly cloudy. Or, if you’re looking for images with a nice warm glow, try to schedule your photoshoot during “the golden hour” (the first hour before sunset or the first hour after sunrise). 

  • Q: What is the typical turnaround time for professional nationwide photography?

    Businesses tend to run on a tight schedule, so the sooner you can get your photos, the better! At CS3, our team is committed to providing your photos quickly and in most cases you’ll receive your imagery within a week of the shoot. There may be some instances that require additional services, which could extend the delivery slightly.

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How to Get Started

Getting started with your professional photography project can be easy with the right partner. The first step to take is to identify your business’s goals for the photoshoot and what overall look you expect to see in the finished products. 

From there, you’ll want to find the photography company that best meets your needs. You should be able to easily reach out and request a quote from them to see if their pricing works within your budget.

If it’s a good fit, you can then schedule your photoshoot and start getting your necessary preparations completed in advance. 

At CS3 Photography, we offer a wide network of photographers located throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada who are ready to showcase your business and its surrounding area in the best light possible. Request a quote to see if our professional nationwide photography services are right for your needs today.

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