Finally, an update! / by Andrew Fails

Hey everybody.  As I'm sure you've noticed, things are a bit different around here.  I'm rebuilding the whole website from the ground-up, now that I'm temporarily caught up on photo shoots.  As with everything I do, it's a work in progress.  So feel free to offer any helpful suggestions you might have.

In addition to the cars that make up the majority of my business, I've recently dipped my toe into the real-estate photography game as well.  I got a call a while ago from a gentleman who got my contact information from a current client.  Referrals are always appreciated, by the way.  This new client had just purchased a house in southern Kansas City, MO, and was going to renovate the entire property.  So he wanted some "before" and "after" photos, to show off all the work they would be doing.

When I first got to the house, it seemed in relatively decent shape, if a bit rundown.

This is the master bedroom.  

But the longer I was in the house, the more I noticed a unique...funk.  I just attributed it to it being a closed up building without any air circulation.  Stale air gets a bizarre mustiness to it.  As time went on, the smell got worse, and eventually started to give me a headache.  

I finally finished the top two floors and headed into the basement with my strobes.  I'm not sure if you've ever been in the basement of a rundown house without electricity in an old neighborhood, but it's rather dim and gloomy.  Once I started dialing in my settings and firing off my lights, I discovered the source of the smell.

In case it's not clear, the black stuff on the walls is mold.  

That's mold.  Black mold.  All the way up the walls.  You can almost feel it in the back of your throat, can't you?  It's super fun if you have a history of respiratory problems.

This place wasn't creepy at all.  Nope.

So yeah.  If you become a semi-professional photographer, you too can visit exotic locales.  It's not all Porsches and BMWs, sometimes it's upper respiratory issues.