Fix the kitchen
I have a house in the mountains we don’t use much. We’re considering putting it on Airbnb. My best friend manages a bunch of Airbnb’s and helped me put a solid listing together.
When we got to the photos bit I expected his advice to be about getting the lighting right, picking the right time of day, what angles to take the pictures from, those sort of stuff. The conversation was actually about improving the thing we were taking a photo of.
So if we were planning a photo of the kitchen, the idea was to buy some new cutlery, get some pretty tea towels, repaint the cooker, maybe get a new coat of polish on the woodwork. Depending on how much we wanted to spend we even talked about installing a whole new sink.
We weren’t talking about how to take great photos, we were talking about making the house better. Lighting and composition are important and all but that’s wasn’t going to make the photos great.
This conversation has been following me around for weeks no. It’s such a great metaphor for so many things in life and at work. Am I trying to get the lighting right or am I going to fix the kitchen?