We work only with Google’s “Business Photos Trusted Photographers”. Why? Well because they have been thoroughly vetted by Google and have had to measure up to Google’s strict guideline verbiage for becoming a trusted photographer:
Earn money doing what you love
Help local businesses
Free Google training and support
Why become a Business Photos Trusted Photographer?
As a Business Photos Trusted Photographer you build relationships with local businesses and work with them to photograph their space. You will receive the training and support needed to capture Street View imagery which will be published on Google Maps. As a qualified Business Photos Trusted Photographer you are able to run your own independent business – with free support from Google.
Connect with local businesses
Educate local businesses about building their online presence and Business Photos for Business – sign up clients to help your business grow.
Perform a photo shoot
Performing a photo shoot is easy, normally done in less than 2 hours and allows you to use your creativity with point-of-interest photographs.
Publish images to Google
Use Google’s free online software tools to upload, process, and publish your images on Google Maps.
Am I ready to apply?
Yes, if you have
A passion to run a successful high volume photography business.
A commitment of 30+ hours a week to the Business Photos Trusted Photographer program
Proven tele-sales or door-to-door sales skills
Are there any requirements?
Your own photography equipment (specific camera bodies and lenses do apply)
Computer with high-speed internet
Your own photography business website
Add a virtual tour
Bring your business to life: create a 360-degree, interactive tour. Showcase all the details that your customers love. Perfect for restaurants, retail shops, gyms, salons, and more!
Engage with your customers
With Business Photos, your customers can walk around, explore, and interact with your business like never before. Customers will be able to truly experience your business – just like being there!
Share with the world
Not only will these images appear on Google searches, Google Maps, and Google+ Local, but you can easily embed panoramic photos on your own website, social media pages, and more!
When potential customers search for your business by name on Google, they will see the images displayed directly on the search results page. These panoramic images will also be published on Google+ Local pages, Google Maps and other Google properties and give customers a better sense of the layout, decor and beauty of your business interior. Using easy-to-use html snippets or Maps APIs, you can also link to these images from your own business website, attracting potential customers who visit your website too.
Google Trusted Photographers and photographers from Trusted Agencies are taking high-quality still photographs that will be stitched into 360-degree views using panoramic camera technology. These Trusted Photographers are independent contractors who have been trained and certified by Google to produce high quality panoramic images. As a business owner, you can also upload your own photographs to Google+ Local by signing into Google+ Local. You’ll be able to see the photos and 360-degree panoramic imagery directly on Google search results and on your Google+ Local page.
Trusted Photographers and photographers from Trusted Agencies are trained to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces. The photographers are also certified to take pictures using fisheye lenses and rotating camera turrets (mounted on tripods) that, once uploaded to Google’s processing pipelines by photographers, will be transformed into 360-degree panoramic imagery and a walk through of your business. Once photographers upload the pictures from their cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walkthroughs.
Because Trusted Photographers are not employees or affiliated with Google, and because Trusted Agencies are independent businesses they both individually decide how much to charge for their services. We expect the Trusted Photographers and Trusted Agencies to offer their services at a fair market value, and you may negotiate with each of them to come to an acceptable price for the service. Prior to any photo shoot, the Trusted photographers will present the Service Agreement, specifying their services, for your acceptance. Similarly, if a Trusted Agency is servicing your needs, they will present the agency Service Agreement for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment to the Trusted Photographer or Trusted Agency, you will own the images that have been taken.