Termites and Million Dollar Homes

Termite Damage

As a photographer, I often have the unique opportunity to shoot on some beautiful properties. It can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as I’ve always loved architecture and interior design. It’s always fun to take a peak at these homes and the beautiful detailing and interior design. At a shoot this past fall on Long Island, NY, we were outside taking advantage of the beautiful outdoor spaces of this million-dollar home. The setting was lovely and the sun was at the perfect angle. The interesting thing about being behind the camera as a photographer is the opportunity to look at the world through the lens. It is a different perspective for certain! This time, however, what caught my attention was not the usual architecture or scenery. It was something entirely different and, as I later found out, it involved termites, not humans.

During the shoot, standing in the midst of this gorgeous property with all my equipment, something in the wooden eaves of the roof caught my attention. As it turns out, this elegant and expensive home was suffering from extensive (and ugly) termite damage yet to be addressed by the owner. In a conversation with the son of the home’s owner (an elderly woman), I was shocked to learn the cost of remediating all of the damage that had built up over several years due to lack of regular termite inspection! The home had not be treated or inspected until just recently because, sadly, they were thinking of selling the home.
The repairs now needed would cost into the thousands of dollars, probably well past $10,000 given the extent of the damage. The homeowner’s son also told me that the damage extended to inside the house in the attic and crawl spaces where it was not as visible. I’d not realized that regular home termite inspections were so crucial or that termites could cause so much damage in such as short period of time. Their decision now was whether to fix all of the damage prior to listing the home and just paying for it out of pocket or not fixing it, but adjusting their sale price accordingly so that the buyer could make the repairs themselves. The repairs involved treating the home for extensive termite damage as well as replacing and repairing all of the rotted wood including in the crawl space and attic – no easy feat. 

As a photographer, I’ve had the privilege of visiting many beautiful sites and homes because of my work. I always enjoy the opportunity it affords me. This particular home was especially beautiful to me, however, because it was something I would have designed for myself as a home. It was stately, elegant, yet comfortable and charming. I don’t know what the homeowner and her son ultimately decided to do with the property. Whether they sold it or kept it and made all the necessary repairs to sustain the home for many more years. Either way, I hope the home lasts for decades and some gets to enjoy it. I certainly would!

A Photo shoot at The Emergency Dental Pros Clinic

dental office

I have been involved with photography for over 10 years and this career is something I have always dreamed of. I always knew that this was the path I will follow, since it has given me the opportunity to visit many interesting and mysterious places and meet and compare different cultures. Apart from that, the thrill you can get from this is inestimable.

Last week, I had a shooting in Istanbul. I tried to see some interesting scenes and take photos of them. When you shoot a scene, I think it is very important not to just take a photo and go on, but to ‘work the scene’. For instance, in one of the scenes I took numerous shoots of different interactions, since taking a photo of an interesting person isn’t enough. I wanted to see people’s feelings through their gestures and I really had a great time doing this. However, after several years of traveling around the world and visiting amazing destinations, I decided to try something a bit different but interesting in the same way. This all happened when I got a call from a company named Emergency Dental Pros.

At first, I had some doubts since I am used to a different kind of shooting. But when they said that they would send me a ticket, I thought: Why not? ’, and went there to see how the things will work for me.

They first took me to their clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. I was really pleased with their reception and the atmosphere was not boring at all, as I thought it might be. The people who worked there were really friendly and they were curious about my career as a photographer. They wanted to know what kind of photos I usually take, what my favorite destinations are etc. This clinic is capable of performing any dental procedure, which can sometimes present quite a challenge. For instance, I was there when they were performing teeth whitening, and I used this opportunity to take some photos.

The whole procedure took about an hour and I was amazed with the final results. When a woman entered the room, I noticed that she was quite nervous but after a brief discussion with a doctor, she finally agreed to have this done. I first took the photos of her teeth because I wanted to compare them with the final results. They used the professional bleaching, which could be seen in my photos, and then they applied it to the woman’s teeth. The doctors were really pleasant and allowed me to capture each moment of this procedure. So, my next photo caught the moment when a thick paste was put onto the surface of each tooth being treated. Then the lights triggered the reaction and we waited for 60 minutes in order for the procedure to be completed. The time passed really quickly, and I enjoyed every second there. I even took the photos of the doctors’ smiling places and then, it was time to see the final results. I prepared my camera and when I saw the result, I was speechless. The teeth were perfectly white and I had to take several photos that can be now seen on my blog. That day was incredible and I was really pleased with the reception I received there. By the way if you would like to enjoy the kind of teeth whitening I’m talking about here call and mention my name or visit www.emergencydentalpros.com – Schedule.

The next day was a bit different but also very enjoyable. I was taken to the clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio for another shoot. This office operates strictly as a Cincinnati OH urgent care dentist. When I arrived there, I saw a lot of cheerful and vivacious children in the waiting room. I had to take some photos of them, since seeing cheerful children at the dentist’s is not something anyone usually expects. One boy even wanted me to take pictures of him over and over again. After that, I entered the room with him and the dental doctors who were expecting me were really nice. They assured the boy that there was nothing to be afraid of, and after that, they began with the procedure of putting braces. They first cleaned his teeth and allowed me to take the photos. Then they applied the bonding glue and attached the arch wires in the brackets, which can be seen in my photos. Getting the braces on did not hurt and the boy even wanted me to take a picture of him with the doctors. They were eager to collaborate, and the whole day passed really quickly.

So, although I am used to different kinds of photographs, my experience at the Emergency Dental Pros clinic was so incredible that I am now thinking of taking various kinds of photographs, since every experience always has something to tell.

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