So I'm on my way to shoot a couple of tours today that I've already scheduled, when it starts to drizzle... So, what's a little drizzle you think? Well, when you're shooting the professional photos and virtual tours for a residential real estate listing, it means a lot. Your interior pictures aren't greatly affected, in fact, the natural lighting is actually better- no more glaring sun and blind spots and sometimes things look better au natural. That's just not always the case for the exterior shots. So what's the big deal? You can always just go back and shoot the outside again...... or do you just take what you can get and call it good? Do you charge the client to come back on a sunny day? Or do you just reschedule all together? Seriously, I'd love to hear your opinions on this.
Today, I decided to run with it and since the house is right on my way to my parents' house, I can always swing by and reshoot if needed. No big deal. Well....... like I said, I went ahead and headed out. The first house went fine, the home showed great, all the lights were on, it smelled good, it was clean, the world was happy. Since it was still sprinkling outside, the exterior was minimized but still not too bad in the meantime. As I traveled on to the second shoot, the rain really started to come on down. A true downpour. So, I took a detour and decided to wait a bit. I still made it as scheduled and the rain subsided, but never really cleared up.... The exterior pictures, needless to say, the look wet. Again, no big deal, I'll just reshoot them when the sun comes out in the next day or so...
The trouble with this shoot is that when I got inside, it just wasn't 100%. So, I took a look around, turned on the lights, moved the clutter out of the main shots, scooted the laundry on the floor in the teenagers rooms into the closets and since this is a good friend/Realtor that I was taking the pictures for, I even made one of the beds. (Not a standard business practice of mine, but worth the trouble- or so I thought.) Once I had the house ready, I started my shoot. And that's just what I get for doing things out of my standard routine.... I took tons of pictures, every which angle I could get, trying to avoid the big pile of clutter in the kitchen, to avoid the grill cover wadded up on the patio table outside the great room and eat-in kitchen, to keep the fat cat out of the pictures as well as my shoes by the door. I got home, loaded the pictures on the computer tonight and stitched all my photos and prepared to start on the tour only to realize half way through the latter process that I didn't have ANY pictures of the kids' bedrooms! How funny is that?! The rooms I spent half my time preparing, I totally forgot to shoot!
It was just another one of those days........ so tell me, if you're mother asked you, what would you tell her? What would you do? (Sorry, if you have kids, you may recognize the Cat In The Hat connotations, if not, read the book.)