So it’s gotten to the point now where I’m shooting properties for a second time. Not a re-shoot, but a new/different sale of a property. I’m sure many real estate photogs have been in this position many times. As many creatives do, I look back on my previous work and just cringe, but it indicates how far I’ve come and potentially how much further I have to go. Anyway, when it dawns on me that I’ll be shooting the same property, I only look back on previous images to remind myself of the property – NOT to replicate the shots I did before. In my opinion, I’ve improved – and not only in quality of work, but in getting a sense of the property and what shots are important. By the way, thanks for reading this far. The first image was shot back in 2016 – back when I thought I knew everything and was on a roll (bahahahahahahaha…). The second image was shot just yesterday. I’m amazed at not only how far I’ve come, but at how some folks have a knack for home improvements. The space was completely different – the transformation was incredible. I can’t wait to look back on the new image in 3 years and think, “holy crap, what the heck was I thinking?!”
I’m a big gear head. Ask anybody who knows me. A few years ago it was drones, but that’s just not enough anymore (at least in terms what my gear can do for me). There’s always going to be the creative intuition that one has to have to separate themselves from competition and at that point EQUIPMENT DOESN’T MATTER. The motivating factor behind getting new gear should be to take advantage of features/capabilities that your current gear can’t provide. Well, absolutely none of my gear could do this! I’m just gonna leave it there and let it speak for itself.
I was cleared for takeoff this evening. Yep, I filed my first (and second) flight plan. It’s kinda surreal for me that I’ve made it this far. When I got my first aerial camera, it was so new that there weren’t really any regulations for it (which explains all the images in my collection that I can’t really shoot these days). It’s crazy how fast the governemnt moved on this set of regulations. But I’m always about what’s next and that usually spells trouble for me being a gear-head and all. I have to separate myself from the ever-growing community of “dronies” who are basically shooting with the same super-wide-angle-infinity-focus camera that everybody else has. That’s not good enough for me anymore. Not after tonight’s flight.
There’s an incredible amount of construction around here these days. It’s apparently Winchester/Frederick County’s turn to grow. These schools are pretty amazing, too – the new Frederick County Middle school looks very much like a high school. And then there’s that whole trend where the school’s essentially share the same campus (separate, but together). I remember my primary schools (elementary-middle-high) weren’t even in the same town really.
note – I just read that back to myself and just pictured the old wrinkled man sitting on his porch telling his grandkids that he used to walk through 4-foot-high snow to school both ways barefoot. I refuse to accept that that’s where I’m headed. 😁
One of my assignments today for The Winchester Star was to shoot an open house type event for a big farm in Clarke County. I got there and all I wanted to do was shoot the house itself! You can’t send a real estate photographer (that appears to be my calling these days) to an event at a 200-year-old farm house and expect him to avoid shooting the farmhouse, right?! What an awesome place. They’re celebrating all year – check it out one weekend.
The weather wasn’t perfect for the shoot and I’ll probably go back when it is better, but there are so many more possibilities in this space. In the meantime, here’s a teaser image.
One of the first things I try to instill in my photography students is to change up the stereotypical way that they take a photograph. Most people view the world from essentially the same vantage point, but as a photographer you need to break that mold of seeing “as usual.” Some of the most interesting images (at least IMHO) are ones that take full advantage of a different point of view. Go ahead, take that picture you were going to take from the standard photography stance (standing, feet slightly wider than shoulder width with one in front of the other for more stability, camera level, SNAP!). Now that the obligatory image is out of the way, move around and get into some unconventional positions and take the more interesting images. It’s always cool to see a familiar scene from a different point of view, isn’t it?