Photography can be a dangerous game depending on the type you pursue. War photography, photojournalism, aerial and the selfie (it’s true, look it up) are just a few of the riskier photo ventures. But real estate work is probably more on the safer side, as far as taking photos goes. But, you know, sometimes stupid shit just happens.
A homeowner in Atlanta hired a company to sell her home. That company hired another company to take photos of the home for a listing. Both companies agreed that the photographer would take photos at 9am on February 2nd. Unfortunately, no one told the homeowner about this agreement.
The Atlanta-based real estate photographer showed up at the home at the allotted time, assuming the house was empty because if it wasn’t, someone would surely have told him. He grabbed a key from a lock box he had been given a code for and opened the door. An alarm went off when he was inside and, unable to figure out how to turn it off, he went back out to the lockbox see if someone had left a code that would disable the alarm. He couldn’t find one.
When he returned, the homeowner was hiding in her bedroom with a .38 caliber Ruger pistol. She fired the gun through the door without bothering to see who was in the house. She hit the photographer in the seat of the pants. The woman only opened the door after hearing the man’s cries. She called 911 after she saw the photographer, immediately realizing that she had made a mistake.
The good news is that that the photographer survived (which is why I can write this article with a sense of humor). The other good news for the homeowner is that the police didn’t charge the woman.
Ironically, the photographer isn’t ready to brush off the incident as a Kodak moment though. He is now suing both the homeowner for her negligence and the agency for not letting the homeowner know he was coming. Some of the damages include, amongst other things, personal injury, lost wages, mental anguish, and medical expenses. The photographer has GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses and has already raised $5,000.