Pine Glen Condo Part I

Pine Glen Condo Part I | Summerlin

Here we are smack dab in the middle of pandemic. I’ve never experienced a crisis this directly before. The weird thing is, EVERYBODY is experiencing it. This is not one of those “That only happens somewhere else.” situations. This is happening worldwide simultaneously. Never before has the world been so connected by a common effort, to defeat the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

I’m staying optimistic throughout this ordeal as long as I possibly can. We all know the economic hardships that are coming down the pipe. Will the worse case scenarios come to fruition? Sure, there’s a very real possibility that my job is on the line. Vegas doesn’t do well in downturns. And, man do we have a downturn coming! Right now every casino in Las Vegas is closed! The bigger casinos are taking care of their people, for now. The smaller one’s, not so much. This will take awhile to dig out of this hole.

The last recession Las Vegas had was in 2008. Home prices finally reached their pre-recession prices in the last two years. That’s nearly ten years of recovery! So, what did we do? We bought a f*****g condo, in FEBRUARY! I’m not sitting here shitting the proverbial brick, yet. Besides, there’s no toilet paper anyway.

I’m cautiously optimistic, however. I have some skills to offer in the digital world. I’m not going to create the next Twitter. But, I can compete graphically and I have my real estate photography thing. I also believe this downturn is going to rebound much faster than previous recessions. This isn’t an isolated dip where another market or economy can step in and fill the gap. This is a lowering of all markets on the same level, more or less. Sure, some markets will gain faster than others, but everyone is in the same bucket on this one. Every market will have demands and surpluses once the coronavirus clouds part ways.

Instead of a time looking outward into the darkness, it’s time to take a look at the light within. We have nothing in this world except the love of those within our little bubbles. I’m loving every single moment of this home buying journey with Dana and Feiya. I’m being real conscious of how we, as a family, make decisions and contribute to our new home. We do pretty damn well together. I’m so fortunate.

It’s not always sunshine and unicorns. We have our moments. But we’re always aware we’re three individuals working together for one common goal. Living in peace and happiness. We except each other for who we are and we elevate each other with our little quirks and nuances. Always seeking calm waters.

If these times have shone me anything, it’s to pause, breath, and enjoy the moment. I am so grateful for having these two humans in my bubble.

This is a song Feiya and I listen to in the car. It just seams to be a good song for a day like today.

The camera I used today was my Ricoh GRII. I should have used my A6000. Next time.

Las Vegas Real Estate Photographer.

Desert Twilight Photos | Las Vegas, NV

I love my job, even when I hate my job. Might not make sense, but it’s the truth. The truth doesn’t make sense in these times, anyway. Real estate photography is my job and it’s a good work when you can get it. I’ve been shooting houses in Las Vegas for two years now. I started shooting real estate 8 years ago in Silicon Valley. I’ve renewed my love for my job this past Winter.

The last few months I shot houses in California I felt like I do now. I was finally getting California real estate photography. After shooting there 5 years, I finally came to an understanding with the working mechanisms of shooting a house right and presentation. That’s the secret. Presentation.

I’m a fairly good photographer. I don’t mean to doubt my ability, I’m always learning. Some things I learn faster than others. Over the past two years I’ve broken down my workflow and rebuilt a stronger, more efficient workflow each time. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a captive audience to learn and experiment with. Las Vegas real estate isn’t San Francisco Bay Area real estate. Las Vegas real estate is so much better. Now that I get it.

No matter how much technical knowledge I acquire, it means nothing unless I see the Vegas market for what it is. Clean, minimal, fast. The Bay Area is so different. Nearly house is remodeled and professional staged before it hits the market. I used to think all that work mattered. It does, in California, not so much in Vegas. Real estate in Vegas is a whole different animal. It’s quick and nimble. Just like I have to be. I’m not a California photographer in Las Vegas anymore. I’m a Las Vegas photographer now.

That’s what I was doing wrong! Just over the past few months I finally figured out why I was in such a funk for the past two years. I was shooting Vegas the same way I shot homes in The Bay. There’s a way to shoot houses in San Mateo and there’s a way to shoot homes in Las Vegas.

Now that I figured that out, I’m loving job again. And that means I’m loving life again, because work is life. Which means when work is good then my personal life is exceptional. This house I shot in November and it’s right about that time I started opening my eyes. Vegas moves at a different speed than California and Vegas shoots differently as well. Anyhow, two months later, as promised, I was invited back to shoot the twilights.

It’s not every day that your work just bowls you over in a tossing wave of inspiration. I shot over 400 photos in just hour an hour in this house. I bracket my photos so that would translate into 80+ plus actual finished photos. So, that’s a lot of setting down my tripod and composing a shot. It was a rush. Only just under half were delivered to the real estate agent. Which is just fine.

This house is in the very Western edge of Summerlin, just south of Red Rocks. It backs up to the desert for incredible views. Like living next to a quiet ocean. Check out my refurbished website- RCRdigital.

Makino | Las Vegas, NV

This is an exciting time for us. This week our offer for a small condo in Summerlin was accepted and now we are going through the buying process. I’ve worked in real estate for 8 years now and I’ve never felt more like an idiot. :0 I saw hundreds of transactions take place when I worked for Green Banker in Burlingame, CA. but, all from the sidelines. We do have a very smart agent here in Vegas and we’re grateful for that. She’s been guiding us through the process very well and I consider her my friend, so it’s been a lot of fun, to boot.

Our condo was used as a rental for the past 14 years. It has never been updated since the complex was built in 2002. So, we visited a flooring and kitchen/bath supplier today. I was knocked on my butt again! I’ve always rented and have only bothered with a few minor household repairs. Talk about a fish out of water! We did consult with a contractor prior to going there. That helped, but not a lot. We do have YouTube, however. Dana is very gung ho about doing a lot of the repairs/upgrades ourselves. I’ll be sure to write about our adventures here.

So, today we celebrated a tiny bit by going to Makino Sushi and Seafood Buffet a little ways from the strip. As usual the food and service didn’t disappoint. I really like their sushi and ramen bar. It’s a real treat to have both great sushi and delicious ramen on the same buffet. A little pricey for the offerings, but still affordable on an occasion. Like today!

I took some photos of Feiya while we ate our celebratory lunch. She was a good sport today. So, she received boba and sushi! I took these using my go-to Ricoh GRII.