I sometimes call it ‘my day job’ like it’s a bad thing, but the truth is: I LOVE shooting residential real estate!
Technically, it’s pretty simple, because I keep it that way. But emotionally, it’s simple in different way, and that’s one thing that is always refreshing when I walk up to a new property. No one is going to ask me to airbrush out their wrinkles or to make them look 20 pounds lighter. No one needs to be loosened up. No one needs a pep talk. Anyone that I might run into (the agents, the sellers, the sellers family or friends, etc) is open and receptive and I’m able to connect in a unique way.
Like Mrs. Madonna, as I’ll call her. A widow, a mother, a lover…she told me how she’d lived in this home for thirty years, and how she’s tidy but sometimes she likes to be lazy, and how her daughter’s pit beagle mix is the sweetest dog she’s ever known but has needed a lot of training and how she loves collecting masks and how she loves this sweet potato stew recipe that she gave me as a parting gift…it’s an small but intimate glimpse into a life I would have otherwise never known.
I walk into these homes, people’s personal space, and I’m welcomed instantly and usually warmly. Sometimes I quickly shoot and quickly leave. Other times I stay and chat for awhile. Most times I appreciate the different details of each and every home that makes it unique and the residents that add so much character and flavor to my ‘day job.’
And any day I get to go to Fullerton for work…I’m happy…
Mrs. Madonna said the yard doesn’t look as good as it used to when her husband was gardening, but look at the size of that lawn! Loved it!