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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.

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.

Las Vegas street photography

Street Photography on Fremont Street | Las Vegas, Nevada

Living in Las Vegas, Fremont Street is my go to place for street photography. As an early morning riser I like to go down there before the crowds and get cleaner shots. Of course, I think going after dark would offer some great shots as well, but I just haven’t gone there at night, yet. Anyway, I like Vegas in the early mornings. Before moving here when I would visit I always enjoyed getting up early and going to the coffee shop and to sit, drink coffee, and people watch. The mornings in Vegas are always calm, but still have that Vegas energy. People up and about early in the morning are usually die hard gamers, retirees, or people watchers like myself. Doing street photography in the morning on Fremont Street is a lot like sipping coffee and watching from afar. The crowds are thin giving me a lot of buffer and open space to work with. I like clean shots with isolated subjects. Fremont Street in the early morning hours provides just that. These shots were taken during the National Finals Rodeo which would explain the cowboys.