Category Archives: Braindroppings

Life Moves Pretty Fast….

10:30am, Agent One: What’s your availability this week?

10:31am, Me: Depends on the address — what is it? (I like to see how it sits to determine when to shoot.)

10:45am, Me: Need to see how it sits and what slots I have.  Address?

11:05am, Agent Two: Got a house at [address] — when can you shoot it?

11:08am, Me: Faces south-ish, how about Noon on Friday?

11:10am, Agent Two: Great!  See you then.

11:30am, Agent One: It’s in Shingle Springs.

11:31am, Me: I need the address to see how it’s positioned.

11:48am, Agent One: The address is [address].  Can you do it Friday?

11:50am, Me: [looks, needs noonish shots] An hour ago I could have.


Dining Room and Kitchen
Dining Room and Kitchen

Sometimes you have to do a ‘different’ angle because of something else.  The above, for example — see that brick wall out there?  It surrounds a utility area where the pool filter sits.  I didn’t find the pool filter terribly attractive — big black egg-shaped thing — so I setup my camera in such a way that it’s behind the door.


I learned a few things recently.

One, I learned that if I open the door to an home that’s supposed to be unoccupied and there’s a mirrored closet door directly in front of the door I’m entering, I’ll scream like a little girl.

Second, I learned that I think people who put a mirror directly in front of a door are assholes.

Anyone Home?

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.