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.
This may be a recurring theme here: getting people into the modern age. For cohorts and customers alike.
If you haven’t updated your picture since the year started with ’19,’ it might be time.
There are a number of real estate agents I’ve met after seeing only their online profile and thought, “Um…WTF?!?” I literally had one walk right up to me at the photoshoot and I thought it must be the seller because I’d never seen this person before.
One I overheard tell someone that she’d been in the business for almost 30 years and I then realized when her headshot was taken — her hair is a different color, she now wears glasses, she’s about 30 pounds lighter…. And don’t for a minute think it’s just women — one male agent I work for has significantly less hair than in his online picture. One no longer has the facial hair that’s in his profile photo.
I mentioned this phenomenon to another agent I work for a lot and she said that she updates her picture every 2-3 years. She knows a good portrait photographer and schedules a shoot right after she gets a haircut and has someone do her make-up. She then updates her business cards and website accordingly. Smart move.
Digital photography makes this easy. So you may have to throw out half a box of business cards.
I got an e-mail yesterday from someone trying to get me to use them as an editing service. Here’s the e-mail…
Hi John am doing Real Estate images editing, with my well professional team,
In any endeavor, communication is key. If you want me to use you for anything I’ve got to be able to know that if I say A that A will get done. Not B, not F.
If you can’t even construct a simple sentence to explain, clearly, what you’re e-mailing me about, you’d better practice some more. Take a class, read a book.
And before someone gets their knickers in a twist that this is racist or geo-centric — there are plenty of idiots in the US who can’t form simple sentences. The e-mail above was from a “John Christopher” which is about as WASPy as you can get for a name.