I am a huge fan of airbnb. My wife and I constantly use it whenever we head out of Ho Chi Minh City as we love the homely feel of airbnb properties. In all honesty, it comes down to this: I like waking up and drinking my morning coffee without the rigamarole of getting dressed.
The service is also one of my regular clients. I’ve worked as one of their verified photographers in Ho Chi Minh City for the past few months. What that means is that once I take photos of a property, it becomes ‘verified’.
For a guest looking to book a place, it gives them the assurance of what they see is what they get as it is airbnb approved. For the host, it ensures that their property is documented by a vetted professional photographer which, according to airbnb, can mean up to 2.5 times more bookings. And, it’s free to the host.
For me, I get a nice steady gig of a few properties a month along with a chance to check out some places in town I can recommend for friends heading my way. I also enjoy meeting the hosts who come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Each property has its own personality and I enjoy the challenge of being able to represent them in photos. For instance, a recent place in District 1 on Tran Quang Khai street. While located in a block style apartment complex, the apartment definitely has a personality of its own.
The living space has a couple of repurposed colonial window shutters that serve as the base for the coffee table and work table. I love the cushions that dot the seats.
I also love the old furniture. As a plus, he has given me the address to the warehouse where he bought the stuff!
Both bedrooms are nice and airy with huge windows bringing in tons of natural light which is great for a photographer. Once again, tons of those lovely cushions that I really love.
What’s also nice about working with airbnb is that they want a natural look to the photos. While I still did some post in photoshop, it’s pretty much what it looked like in camera.