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Reflections From a Guy in a Mirror – Volume One • Post One

Here we go, more talk about my job. After eight years of real estate photography, I’m always looking for new ways to keep myself interested. I have become pretty routine here in Vegas. Nothing wrong with that. I’ve developed a template on just about every situation, every house. It’s good to have parameters. I like to set my boundaries and once I feel they’re solid is when I like to expand.

During this pandemic I’ve really tried to just be. A good time to try to be the person you think you are is during a crisis. If you’re not already, that is. At the beginning of this pandemic I told Feiya and Dana that it’s our time to shine. I really love it here in Las Vegas and want to really be part of the recovery process.

There’s a neighbor just downstairs next door that was parking in our spot while our place was empty. After a couple of friendly notes on his car I received a really friendly note back. He apologized and moved the car. After moving into our new place, I discovered that he likes to sit outside on the front patio. We always say hello and today he told me that he’s laid off. He’s a casino worker at Paris Las Vegas. I’ve met some really cool people in this town and I want us all to do well.

An actual room at Paris Las Vegas shot by your’s truly. A little side gig I had.

Guy in bathroom

With everything going on it’s nice to find a refuge wherever we can. I’ve been trying to break the monotony with a little project while at work. I’ve been amusing myself a lot with it. Wasn’t sure if I should post it on here or not. In the end, it brought a smile to my face and maybe it will do the same for you as well.

At first I was trying to get some selfies with my mask on. When I looked at the photos I thought I looked like an idiot. So, I thought, why not just be myself. Either way I’ll look like an idiot.

Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
This was when I started wearing a mask in occupied homes. I thought I’d get a new profile pic or something. Not so much.
Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
This is my 2nd attempt. I used a smaller bathroom at another house. Not much better, but I’m seeing something here.

Not long after I took those 1st two selfies I started to try to change things up a bit. The next phase was just trying to look stupid. It wasn’t to far of a stretch. I liked these picture much better. They made me laugh. And now there’s a danger in it as well. What would happen if one of these slipped through to the MLS? Yikes!

I think this is the one that made me smile the most. I don’t even think I was trying here.
I tried to be a little more creative here. How many times can I do this one? I’m not sure, but I plan on seeing how many.

Where will the guy go?

Is this just a pandemic thing and once things settle down I’ll move on from Guy in the Mirror? I don’t know. We’ll see where it goes. I do love doing the black and white editing. These photos have all been processed in Photomatix. I did the black and white treatment on top of the HDR process. They’ve been edited twice. One of these days I’m going to shoot a house just for black and white and process them without HDR. I don’t think it’d be too hard. Of course, it wouldn’t be real estate worthy. But, it’s something different and we like different.

I’m still waiting for a call from the Smithsonian or The Met. I can wait, because I’m still having fun.

Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
I tried to get a repeating effect with the mirror behind me. I had moderate success.
Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
This is the 2nd take on for this one. I’m glad I took the time to get it right.
Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
I shot this house yesterday. Very cool house.
A Saturday afternoon side job. Making money and having fun!
Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
Another one with 2 takes. This is the 1st take.
Guy in a mirror. Las Vegas real estate photographer.
Playing with perspective here. I think we have something here.

Listening to Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Commercial real estate photography in Las Vegas.

Commercial Real Estate Photos in Las Vegas

Here’s another post about work. This year has been a busy year for work, thus far. Some years you work a little more than other years. This is one of those years that I’ve worked a bit more. We’ll see what’s over the next horizon.

It’s been a good year. I feel like I’m shooting better than I ever have. That’s a good feeling. I’m much more relaxed and confident on my shoots. So, it’s been a fun year. Work for the past 2 weeks has been busy and I was really liking that. However, next week looks little slower. I just have to keep my head down and moving forward.

The work on the condo is trudging along. Tomorrow I should be able put all the kitchen cabinets back together. We painted them white. It seems we just can’t find good help on the stuff we can’t do ourselves. Our HOA is about useless as they come. The guys that delivered our appliances screwed up royally and now our fridge won’t be here until the 28th. Today we bought all of our flooring from the most incompetent carpet salesman in Las Vegas. “Our lives are in your hands Gary. Please don’t screw this up.”

We’ll get past this. Tomorrow is a new day.

Anyway, work has been going well. I have no idea how what’s on the horizon. I’m still being optimistic. I know change is coming. The background music of my life right now is REO Speedwagon’s Riding the Storm Out” My favorite song in 6th grade, the same age Feiya is now. We’ll get through this, together.

Here’s some work I’m particularly proud of. I wish I could get more commercial jobs like this. This stuff is easy and it’s fun! Hopefully I’ll see a lot more of work like this in the future.

If you’re a commercial real estate professional please check out my the commercial real estate photography page on my business website- RCRdigital. I offer reasonable rates, quality work, and quick turnarounds. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. #vegasstrong

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.