The agent gave me a contractor box code and told me there was a dog (“She’ll bark a lot but she’s friendly”) and a cat (“Very friendly.”)
I first rang the door bell. No answer. Use the key and went in, yelling out, “Hello?” (Yeah, I’ve been burned by having keys before.) Nothing. But immediately from the other side of the family room I hear a hiss and see the cat, back arched. As I enter the room the cat jumps to the back of the couch, batting a paw in my direction, still hissing and spitting.
I start turning on lights and the cat runs up and bats at my leg — I’m guessing it’s been declawed and that’s why I’m not bleeding — and runs away. As I’m going down the hall I get to one bedroom and, turning on the light, the cat jumps up the wall to the light switch and I swear tried to bite me. I grabbed the door and shut it, locking the cat in the room.
Shot the whole house in peace, hearing the cat howling in that bedroom. Wrapped up, took my gear out to the porch. Went back in, banged on the bedroom door, unlatched it and pushed it open, and ran. As I was closing the front door I could hear the little monster headed down the hall for me.
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.