Occupants

Photographing houses can be a challenge sometimes.  Empty houses, while easy, are boring and it’s hard to tell scale — is that a 4′ wide window or a 6′ wide window?

Sometimes occupied ones are even harder.  Here are some

  • The Tenant – I don’t care how much you love your renter or they love you, if you’re selling the house or condo, you’re making work for them.  And they have absolutely no skin in the game.  If they make it pretty and easy-to-sell, they have to move faster.  Total pain.  Some are better than others, sure, but some are nightmares.  My photos were once used in an eviction hearing against a pair of hoarders.  Enough said?
  • The Divorcing – Divorce is hard, but sometimes it can be amicable.  When it’s not, neither party wants to do anything and the Realtor and the photographer can get caught in the middle.  Lots of fun.
  • The Decorator – “I want to try this shot with and without the lamp.”  My response: “Are you selling the lamp or the house?  Get the lamp out of the shot.”  We’re not taking photos for Architectural Digest or Better Homes And Gardens — we’re there to take photos that someone at MLS is going to compress to death and put online for, we hope, a very short period of time.  Your “vision” doesn’t apply.
  • The Photographer – Everyone who’s every gotten beyond the PHD settings on their camera thinks they’re a photographer.  And if they’ve ever been paid — even with compliments — they think they’re a professional.  They may even be a true professional wedding or portrait photographer — but just because I know my way around a camera and shooting a house I don’t think I could be a portrait or a wedding photographer.  The opposite doesn’t seem to be true.

 

Aging

I had a birthday recently.  I’d rather not get into specifics, but let’s just say I can now become a full voting member of AARP.

In fact, someone left my AARP application taped to my bathroom mirror that morning.  But that’s another story.

Getting older is fine.

However, I’ve now noticed that the spam I get is no longer for “hot singles in your area” but “mature singles in your area.”

That stung a bit.

Blinq

If you want a truly awful experience purchasing a laptop, I’d like to recommend Blinq.

They had some decent “open box” deals on laptops, so I thought I’d give it a try.  First of all, vague shipping times so I paid extra for express shipping.  The “express” 2-3 day shipping evidently meant 2-3 business days  because it took 5.

Then I open the box and discover I didn’t get what I ordered from Blinq  While I ordered i5, 8GB, 13″ laptop, what they’ve shipped me is a Pentium, 4GB, 11″ laptop.  Not the same thing.  At all.

Looking at their website, what they shipped was $148 cheaper.

So, chat with a Blinq customer service rep.

Blinq  Rep: You can send it back or we can refund $90.

Me: Let me see, I think $90 is less than the $148 difference.

Blinq Rep: I can refund $140.

Me: Um…let me check my math….

Rep: I talked to my supervisor and I can issue you a refund of $148.

Meanwhile, what Blinq sent really is a piece of crap.  Way lower specs.  Slower, less storage, crap CPU.  It’s light…and small…and junk.  Shipping back to Blinq right away.

Staging Bathrooms

Earlier today….

Photographing a bedroom and hearing agent and stager fighting with shower curtain in the main bath.  Move to next bedroom, they continue being frustrated by it.  Finally they find me and announce that the bathroom is ready to be photographed.

Go back…find that you can’t even see the shower curtain from where I’m going to shoot it.  I decide to not tell them and let them find out later.