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.