For many folk, Monday means psyching oneself up for a week of desk-based drudgery.
At Open2view, Mondays mean much more than that.
Let’s take our biggest team – the photographers – as an example. It’s hard to photograph a house from your desk; thus their work takes them – and their expensive camera equipment – all over the show. In between they’re taking new jobs, talking to agents or grabbing a bite to eat.
The result of their efforts can be seen in all the thousands of listings on our website.
But what is life like before, in between, and after work?
Last week, at the suggestion of one of our Aussie photographers, I wrote to the team and asked for one thing: a photo showing a little of what their Monday was like for them. I wanted a snapshot of their lives as lived on Monday 2 September.
The response was overwhelming, and I’ve compiled them all here for you to browse through. It’s not a look behind the camera: we’re looking even further beyond that.
These photos quickly showed me that there is no typical Open2viewer. We’re a diverse mix of men and women, urban and rural, with hobbies and quirks that can’t be divided into two contrasting categories.
One thing that unites us, though, is a deep love of photography.
Click on any photo to get the show started. We hope you enjoy looking through these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them. As you’ll see, no day for us is alike. Not even Mondays.
Jacqui isn’t afraid to go the extra mile for the perfect photo.
Don’t we all, Richard. Don’t we all.
And what better spot than this for some time out?
Some very impressive multitasking from the Geelong South West team.
Mike writes, “best lunch stop ever, and not a fast food joint in sight!” Auckland sure has been stunning this week.
This was taken at 2.30pm, but there’s never a bad time of day round these parts.
If any one finds Alta, please return her to 505 Rosebank Rd, Auckland. Cheers.
Tim Whittaker is Open2view NZ’s resident pilot. Not content with our 20 metre poles, Tim prefers to take aerial photography a little higher.
“Here is my beautiful entry” wrote Jason. Love it. Even the tiniest rooms need capturing.
“Not really the best Open2view day in the life as I am at the snow on holidays,” wrote Nathan. I don’t know, looks pretty good to us.
Subliminal messages in the sky over Taranaki.
“Doing what I do best since 1969” wrote John Gin. We frown upon people who can eat without gaining weight.
“Looks like most photographers took their shots at lunch , Me too.” That bird doesn’t look very appetising, Alex.
Angela writes, “I am skiing in NZ with my family, feeling very grateful to be part of a franchise system so I can have family time while someone helps keep my business running. First time skiing in 3 years so enjoying ourselves!!!”
Here’s Jonas, with his co-pilot Tonka, at one of Huon Valley’s honesty-based drive-thrus.
Here’s Dave, waiting for his boat to come in.
“This will make people believe we actually do exciting things,” wrote Brent. Mission accomplished. There’s never a dull moment here – but some moments are more exciting than others.
Spring is most certainly here – and not before time.
Seems the days in Western Port become more beautiful the later it gets.
Nothing says ‘lifestyle property’ like Jane’s photo.
This exhibition was all Les’ idea. Here he is drumming up some more business… as if he wasn’t busy enough already.
“At least I have a nice view from my clothesline!” Sure have!
This street must have been named for us.
Neville loves his bikes, motorised and otherwise.
“Rushed outside to find that our resident Diamond Python had awoken from its winter hibernation in our roof cavity ……to find breakfast wearing feathers.” It’s not dead, Rod, it’s resting.
“Just after 3.30pm, walking the dog and blowing some bubbles in the park. What a great day.” Harry and Gail are living the good life.
Steve writes, “the photo is of my youngest daughter, Jazzy (age 3) taking control of the car cleaning process. She often dresses up as a fairy – but even the wand had to be put down for this task!”
Mark assures us his dog didn’t get any M&Ms.
We can make agents look as beautiful as their listings.
The awesome Bayside, Victoria team. And yes they did clean up after themselves.
Our offices look a lot different to the norm.
Would make a pretty decent speed camera though.
Some people ate on their lunch break. Michelle chose to go for a run instead.
“Had to leave the Rotorua Lakes today and head over to Matata beach for a property shoot,” wrote Deanna. “Took the opportunity to feel the sand between my toes and watch the surfers.”
Kym shows us two reasons why we love spring so much.
This is actually pretty busy for rush hour in southern Waikato. Gorgeous area.
“Each Monday before I go out shooting I put in two hours volunteering as a presenter and reader on RPH Print Radio Tasmania. RPH stations provide a reading service for people who may not be able to read print or published material for a whole variety of reasons. My time on Mondays is given over to reading a selection of stories from the morning’s The Australian.” Excellent work, Peter.
Chilling prophesy? For now, real estate photography remains a predominantly human activity.
“Could’ve gone and photographed a volcano blowing up, but even that was doing nothing!” Matt painstakingly created a timelapse of White Island’s eruption two weeks back, so he deserved this chance to relax.
“It’s another beautiful morning in paradise! All the animals want is a pat and a feed then a sun bake… what a great life they have!” Same to you, Dave!
“Here’s me,” writes Christy, “editing the images, at the house where I am house sitting.” Occasionally we do have to sit down in our job.
Special thanks to Les Herbert for the idea and all his help.