I Love Your Photo

Why do so many real estate agents (Realtors and non-Realtors) put their photos on their business cards? To make it easier for people to connect with them. To provide a friendly face to go along with a possible business relationship.

Why do all of the online social site profiles call for and allow a profile photo? Same reason. To make it easier to connect with people. To make the sites more personable and relational.

That said, take a look at a photo that I run into online several times a week:

 

Witness protection Photo

 

I call this the "Witness Protection Photo!"

What can we say about this photo? I like what you've done to your hair? Nice pose? Great look?

All we can say is that the profile is incomplete and a turnoff to anyone looking to connect unless they already know this person.

With digital photography being what it is, there's no reason a photo can't be taken and uploaded inside of a couple of minutes. Don't like it? Take another and post the new one.

I'd really like to say "love your photo," but I need a photo to look at first.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsSteve Hoffacker • April 15 2012 07:00AM

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Steve - in our RE/MAX on-line marketing we each have a profile and surprisingly some do not take the time to add their photo.  In RE/MAX we call them "balloon heads".   Would you refer to a "balloon head", likely not. 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 7 years ago

Those people are secret agent....

 

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 7 years ago

Barbara,

Not having a photo is like not wearing shoes - it completes the profile. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Jeanne and Ralph,

And likely will remain so as few people connect with them. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

I believe agents put their photos on their cards so we can see what they looked like in high school =]

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 7 years ago

Witness protection photo, I love it!   With digital technology so available and inexpensive there really is no longer a reason not to have a photo.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 7 years ago

I find it hard to correspond with someone who does not have a profile picture Steve.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 7 years ago

Should I ask what you think of my profile picture, since I haven't had one there for many years now?

 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Paul,

:)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Kathy,

Exactly. Thank you. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Tom,

I totally agree. Thanks. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Todd,

I think you have created a brand with your baseball image, but it wouldn't hurt to let us see you now and then. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Steve, I do like seeing photos on cards and on sites I am visiting...with no photo it is like no one is really there. At least with a photo you can connect much better.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 7 years ago

Witness Protection Program inference is priceless! After all a picture is worth a thousand words and without one... zero!

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty) about 7 years ago

Rebecca,

It's all about the connection, and the photos definitely help with that. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Emily,

Thank you, Appreciate it. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Nice point for the other "side".  It is interesting to hear the different viewpoints on profile photos in advertising, business cards, websites, etc.  

I DO like to see the person, otherwise I feel like I never really connect.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 7 years ago

Excellent post Steve.  An outdated photograph can be almost as bad as no photograph.

Have a wonderful week, with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 7 years ago

Cara,

We are visual and need to see people we connect with online. We may never actually meet them in person. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Roy,

I agree. An airbrushed studio photograph taken for graduation, a wedding, or even a promo shot can bear little resemblance to us in real life. I love the digital shots so much better. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

BAHhahahahahhahaHAHAHA! I laughed out loud at Paul Henderson's answer (#7).  Okay... so maybe no picuture is better than a 30 year old one! ☺

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 7 years ago

Joni,

We have all seen 20+ year old studio shots that bear no resemblance to the actual person. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

OK, as soon as the sun pops out again, I'll get a new picture of me and post it for a little while. 

 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Todd,

You can hold a bat if that'll help. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Steve- late to this but I do like having current photos on cards and social media for many reasons not the least of which it is helps me remember them. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 7 years ago

Kathy,

Thanks for jumping in. The connection is the most important part - and that begins with the photo. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

I think the witness protection photo looks better than mine... I think that's why my building is on acrtive rain... LOl

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Diane,

You've used the building shot for awhile, but your photo would be fine. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

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