2020

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.

Kaizen Revolving Sushi

Feiya’s Birthday | Las Vegas, NV

Feiya’s birthday was 2 weeks ago. We celebrated by eating out at a new revolving sushi restaurant that opened near our house, Kaizen Revolving Sushi . It was great. The service was wonderful and the sushi was exceptional. Sushi is Feiya’s favorite meal, so it was a big hit with her.

I should have posted this 2 weeks ago, but I’ve been slammed with work and side projects this month. Anyway, Feiya just turned 12. It’s amazing to think this is the last pre-teen year. She’s doing very well at school. I’m really proud of her. She’s coming along with learning to play her viola and I’m looking forward to her Spring Concert in April. She has all A’s and B’s in her classes. Her and I cook dinner together most Sundays. We listen to music, cook and have a lot of laughs.

We’ve been in Vegas for 2 years now and have settled into our new life here. I’m still working the same job and so is Dana. We both have aspirations beyond our jobs, but are content for the time being. With all things, change happens. This year will be a a year of change. Just today, we made an offer to purchase a house. It’s a remodeled flip in a gated community not far from our original apartment. For me, this will be my first time as a homeowner. It seems a little surreal. With every move we’ve made, this will be a step up. Not a gigantic step in terms of space, but a step up nevertheless.

Most of the homes we’re looking at are not zoned for Feiya’s middle school. It’s too much of a stretch for our budget to get a house in that zone. I do have a shot at keeping Feiya in her school next year and I’m going to give it my best shot.

Overall, we’re pretty excited and hopeful our offer get’s accepted. It has a completely new kitchen and look forward to cooking many Sunday dinners with Feiya in it. Naturally, I’ve hired one hell of a real estate agent. So, we’re in good hands.