We don’t often get re-do’s in life. But last week, I showed up for a real estate shoot in Oakland and found myself standing in the past.
Above is one of the very first interiors images I ever made. When I was trying to break into Interiors photography, I did about five free shoots for real estate agents, trying to build a portfolio. One of those five has now cycled back onto the market, and I found myself about to re-shoot the subject of my very first piece of print marketing material!
No pressure there.
The place has been remodeled a bit, and the staging is different, of course, but it’s fundamentally the same house. I remembered the dining room and kitchen clearly, and did my best to re-create the angles I shot originally. I’m pretty confident about my ability to turn out a good RE photo these days, but I have to admit feeling a little pressure to out-perform my first effort. I hadn’t looked at those early pictures for years, and of course at the time I believed they were the pinnacle of Interiors photography, so in my mind I had a high bar to beat.
How’d I do? Take a look below, cast your own judgement! “Early Hargis” on top, “Contemporary Hargis” on the bottom (in case you can’t figure it out).
Dining Room, Alternate Angle
Now if only I could re-do a few other things from my past……