One of the homes I had to photograph today the agent couldn’t meet me but left a contractor box for me to get a key from. No problem. Got there, unloaded my gear, schlepped it all to the front door….
This is certainly not the first time I’ve gone to an empty home by myself, so I always yell out “Hello!” because, well, I’ve been surprised by a worker, the owner, etc. Yell out, hear nothing, push the door open the rest of the way — and am confronted by a tall guy about 10 feet away!
The sliding hall closet door was a mirror.
I may or may not have screamed like a little girl.
…at an open house where the photos were pretty horrible…
Me: Looks like you could use professional photos.
Agent: Probably. What would you charge for this?
Me: For this size place? $X.
Agent: I know someone who can do it for (50% of X).
Me: Then you should call them! That’s a great price!
Moral of the story: There’s always someone willing to do it cheaper. Maybe not better, but cheaper. And there’s always someone willing to claim they can get it cheaper. You can’t argue with them — they’re just trying to get you to drop your price. If you do, you’re stuck.
Kitchens are often the cleanest, neatest place in a shoot. Not always. And generally everything is neat and clean, but everyone seems to go the distance on their kitchen, probably because we all know that’s where we all wind up hanging out when entertaining.