Trusted Photographer FAQs

Trusted Photographers

What Are Trusted Photographers?

Google Trusted Photographers are trained to take high-quality still photographs that are then “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.


What doTrusted Photographers do that I can’t do myself?

Trusted Photographers 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.

Where are Trusted Photographers currently active?

Trusted Photographers are scheduling photo shoots with business owners in a limited number of cities in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, and the UK. Even if we aren’t currently active in your area, you can always upload your own photos via Google+ Local.

Do Trusted Photographers work for 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 them because they 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.


How much will it cost to get my business photographed?

Because Trusted Photographers are not employees or affiliated with Google, they decide how much to charge for their services. Trusted Photographers are exected to offer their services at a fair market value, and you may negotiate with them to come to an acceptable price for the service.

Prior to any photo shoot, the Trusted photographers will present a Service Agreement, specifying their 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.

Can I have a repeat photo shoot?

Yes, you are welcome to engage with a Trusted Photographer and coordinate a repeat shoot as often as you’d like, but it is up to the individual Trusted Photographer to decide the cost.

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.

Do I own the photographs taken by a Trusted Photographer?

Yes, you will own the photos taken by Trusted Photographers once you have paid for this service and the shoot is completed. Keep in mind that by signing the agreement, provided by the Trusted Photographer, you will also license the use of the photos to Google who will publish the imagery

Why become a Google Trusted Photographer?

There are many reasons to become a Google Trusted Photographer:
•    Independently run your own local profitable business
•    Get Street View like panoramas of Businesses in your community on Google
•    Build lasting relationships with your local community

What are the Equipment and Infrastructure Requirements?

The following basic requirements are needed:
•    Your own photography equipment (specific camera bodies and lenses do apply)
•    Business license
•    Computer with high-speed internet
•    Gmail account
•    Your own personal photography website

What does it take to be a successful Trusted Photographer?

Among other things, successful Trusted Photographers have:
•    A passion to run a successful high volume photography business
•    A commitment of 30+ hours a week to the Google Business Photos program
•    Proven telephone-sales or door-to-door sales skills