The Sign Up Process
1. How can Business Photos help my business?
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.
Kerry Woo Photography | Internet MarketingGoogle Maps Business View is a premium-quality, 360-degree interactive virtual tour of your business powered by Street View technology. It’s simple, fast and affordable. Tell your story to consumers looking for your products and services today.
2. What can Kerry Woo as a Google Trusted Photographer do that I can't do myself?
I have been recruited, trained, and certified by Google as Google Trusted Photographer to take high quality photos of building interiors, accommodating for common challenges such as low lighting and tight spaces. I am also certified to take pictures using fisheye lenses and rotating camera turrets (mounted on tripods) that, once uploaded to Google’s processing pipeline, will be transformed into 360-degree panoramic imagery and a walk through of your business. Once I upload the pictures from my cameras, Google’s processing pipelines use sophisticated image stitching, HDR, image matching and other technologies to produce these panoramic walkthroughs.
3. How can I coordinate a photo shoot?
Call or email us today: (615) 336-9360 • [email protected]
4. Are there any restrictions on what type of businesses can participate?
Currently, I am not photographing hotels, museums or legal, or government establishments.
5. What is the relationship between a Trusted Photographer and Google?
Trusted Photographers are independent contractors/businesses that are not employed by Google, agents of Google or affiliated with Google in any way. Google has certified Kerry Woo Photography because we meet Google’s standards of quality for taking the feature pictures and panoramic pictures, uploading them, moderating them and eventually publishing them on Google properties.
6. What is the cost to get my business photographed?
Because Trusted Photographers are not employees or affiliated with Google, we individually decide how much to charge for our services. Google expects the Trusted Photographers to offer our services at a fair market value, and acceptable price for the service. Prior to any photo shoot, I will present the Service Agreement, specifying the services, for your acceptance. The agreement also spells out (among other things) that, in return for your payment to the Trusted Photographer, you will own the images that have been taken.
The Photo Shoot
1. How can I coordinate a photo shoot?
Call or email us today: (615) 336-9360 • [email protected]
2. How long will the photo shoot take?
In most cases, a photo shoot will take about an hour, but this varies depending on the size of your business.
3. What do I need to do to prepare my business ahead of the photo shoot?
You are welcome to clean and tidy things up prior to the photography session, but remember that the aim of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.
4. Which areas of my businesses will be photographed?
Photo shoots will include the main customer-facing areas of your business. I can work with you to determine what areas of your businesses you would like to highlight, or even exclude from the shoot. Once again, the goal of the photographs is to show customers what they would expect to see if they visited your business on a normal day.
5. Will the photo shoot disrupt my business operations?
We know you’re running a business, and that’s why we designed photo shoots to be as non-disruptive as possible. I will work around your schedule to ensure that photos are taken at a convenient time for you and your business. Photo shoots do not require any sort of special equipment, lighting, or setup, so you are free to stay open. Although photo shoots are non-disruptive and should not interfere with your normal business operations, it’s a good idea to let your customers know photography is in process and to avoid being in view of the camera, whenever possible.
6. Will people be included in the photo shoot?
Because Google want to keep the focus of the photos on the inside of your business, we aim to have as few people in the shots as possible. During the shoot, I may put up a sign and alert customers and employees about to be photographed. As the business owner it would be your responsibility to notify your employees and customers that the photo shoot is taking place.
Privacy and Legal
1. What measures are in place to ensure privacy and legal compliance?
Photo shoots will exclude any areas of your businesses which you would not like to feature. All panoramic imagery will be processed by Google’s state-of-the-art blurring technology to blur out faces of any employees or customers who appear in the imagery. At any time you may request additional blurring or takedown of entire images through our Report a Problem link at either the bottom of the pano image, or within your Google+ Local page.
2. Who from my business can give legal permission for the photo shoot?
You must have the proper authority to allow us access to the business premises to collect photographs and to subsequently allow Google to use those photographs in its products and services. People with this authority include the owner of the business or a director or manager with the designation to make those commitments on behalf of the business. Please note that by agreeing to the terms and conditions and the Google Terms of Service, before your photo shoot, you are confirming that you have the authority to make that commitment.
3. Will Google be using the imagery in other applications besides Google+ Local pages?
Google may use these images in other products and services in new ways that will make your business information more useful and accessible to users. For example, further integration with Google Maps will allow customers to find these images easily from the 360-degree Street View imagery of nearby roads for many locations.
4. Do I own the photographs taken by Kerry Woo Photography as a Google Trusted Photographer?
Yes, you will own the photos taken by us once you have paid for this service and the shoot is completed. Keep in mind that by signing the agreement, provided by Kerry Woo Photography as a Google Trusted Photographer, you will also license the use of the photos to Google who will publish the imagery.
5. Can I review the photos after they are taken and before they go live on my Google+ Local page?
Because of the technology takes individual unstitched and unreviewed images that need considerable processing after we upload them, to produce the attractive ‘walk-through’ experience, you will not be able to review the images before they are uploaded to Google.
6. Can I blur the images or take down all panoramas from by business listing?
Yes. You may also ask us to take down all panoramas. At this time we are unable to take down individual panoramas. To request blurring or takedown click on the "Report a Problem" link on the specific images where you see issues and provide the requested information. Please note that the blurring/removal process may take several days.
7. Could my photos be removed for other reasons?
Yes, your photos might be removed if they are found to violate the Google photo policy. Although all business images undergo quality review before being uploaded, some photos may still be reported as inappropriate and later removed. The complete photo policy can be found here.
8. If I’m not the business owner, can I request the removal of a photo?
Similar to Google's policy for Street View imagery, the “Report a Problem” tool enables users to request further blurring of images that feature the user in the 360-degree imagery. Users can also request the removal of images that display inappropriate content, and business owners can ask us to remove 360-degree images taken by photographers through the “Report a problem” link or the “Report inappropriate photo” link for feature photos..
1. Can I embed these images on my business website?
Yes, we encourage you to share the walk-through experience of your business with your customers. To embed the 360-degree panoramas on your website, simply find the HTML snippet from a good point of view of the panoramic imagery on Google Maps, click on the “Link” button , click “customize and preview embedded map,” and then copy and paste the HTML to embed in your website. If you’re looking for even more customizability with your images, check out the Google Maps API.
2. Can I have a repeat photo shoot?
Yes, you are welcome to coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like. We offer discounted pricing for repeat shoots if they happen within one year of the original shoot. Many businesses who have recently renovated their interiors or that have seasonal decor will request a reshoot. Remember that you can always upload your own up-to-date photographs through Google+ Local as well.
Google Maps Business View is a premium-quality, 360-degree interactive virtual tour of your business powered by Street View technology. It’s simple, fast and affordable. Tell your story to consumers looking for your products and services today. Call or email us today: (615) 336-9360 • [email protected]