What does your profile picture say about you?

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What does your profile picture say about you?

As we approach the New Year with fresh ideas and new goals and objectives, it is also a good time to refresh our profile photographs on all of our social media sites and on ActiveRain.

For those of us that wish to project a professional image in our communities, great care must be given to profile images that project the first and perhaps the last impression.  When your personal photograph is outdated, unclear or poorly presented, it is fair to assume that we handle our business in the same way. 

It may be fun to share photographs of children, pets or have joint photographs, but these are certainly not images that we would place on business cards.  Your personal profile picture should be current and it should represent you as you in the image that you wish to be remembered. 

For many, today is a great day to take another look at the photographs that are in our profiles.  Best wishes to all for an outstanding New Year and continued success.

Would you select the real estate agent with this profile picture to sell or finance your two million dollar home?

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 Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

 Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs 

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.


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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

I agree with you Roy, I think we should always show a professional side as you never know who will run across our blog or comments somewhere. I never say anything I would be ashamed of and I believe nothing is secretive on the web. I think my profile picture says "Call Me".

I like your profile picture as you are wearing a nice blue shirt and smiling. You tell people you are nice, professional, honest and competent. Great article Roy!

Jan 03, 2012 05:08 PM #144
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks, Kristin, for your comments on this topic.  I think it is a good idea to have frequent changes of our profile pictures. I do appreciate your kind words about my profile photograph which is a snapshot by my wife, Dolores.


Happy New Year!

A Longwood Christmas - Poinsettias IMG_2397


Photograph by Roy Kelley.  Canon PowerShot G11 camera.


Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Jan 04, 2012 12:40 AM #145
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I just noticed that this post has been viewed over 8,000 times,

Feb 18, 2012 03:14 AM #146
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Wow, Roy, that is  LOT of views! Congratulations on writing such a popular post and I totally agree with you. We just did new pictures last year.


Feb 18, 2012 03:28 AM #147
Cheryl Thomson, REALTOR, U.S Army-Veteran
Jobin Realty (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com - Woodbridge, VA
Real Estate in Northern Virginia

Hi Roy. LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos of the flowers, so vivid! Your picture should reflect who you are in the current and not the past. I also believe in being different to stand out. I hope my picture reflects that.

Feb 18, 2012 03:34 AM #148
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your comments.

Cheryl:  I am glad to know that you enjoy our flower photographs. 

Have an outstanding weekend.

Feb 18, 2012 04:03 AM #149
Charles Walk

Great post! I have always used a very professional photo of myself and have often wondered if my photos are too professional. But, my photos reflects who I am, and that is good

Feb 18, 2012 04:14 AM #150
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy- I had to return to this post to say again that I agree with you.  It's fun to see the different "characters" that are in some of the Profile shots but in the end we want to see just who is the person behind the blog. Besides... I loved seeing all of your beautiful photos again. 

Feb 18, 2012 05:09 AM #151
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Roy - I would only choose that profile picture (chicken) if I was hoping to sell a chicken ranch.  It might work for Foster Farms or Tyson:-)

Feb 18, 2012 05:59 AM #152
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Roy, I truly believe in having a professional photo. Thanks for posting today.

Feb 18, 2012 06:01 AM #153
Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

LOL I wrote a blog on  a similar subject this morning:

Like many of us, I too hate having my photo taken. I would rather have a tooth pulled honestly. I prefer to be on the other side of a camera, just ask my family. However, it has been nearly 5 years since my last photo was taken. My hair is greyer, shorter, well I have put on a few pounds, & of course, age is starting to show its signs. So I am due.

There are real estate agents out there though that still use photos from 10-20 years ago. Many of whem, when I met them face to face I didn't know who they were because in the photos I have seen they were blonde 40'ish without glasses. Now they are 60'ish, grey haired with glasses. GET A NEW PICTURE! If your fellow agents can't recognize you how do you expect the public to know who the hell you are. lol In Quebec, they have now made in mandatory for real estate agents to update their photos at least every 5 years. A good practice in my opinion. Of course, its not only the age of your photo but how you appear in it. There is a local agent in HRM that took a picture of the back of his head to put on all of his ads & business cards. Yes! It is different, but isn't the point of being in sales is for the public to be able to know who you are & what you do. Take a moment & look at your photo that you have on your business card, facebook page, twitter, active rain, etc... Are you smiling? Do you look approachable? Are you arms crossed ( psychology class taught us that crossed arms gives the impression of being guarded & unapproachable )? Does it look natural or overly staged? Do you look professional ( professional does not mean stiiff & in a suit, it means clean, not offensive. When looking at your photo, do you think, I would call that person for a beer, for a good time, to clean my house, or to represent me when I am making the biggest purchase of my life? ).

Yes! I agree, after looking at my own photo, I am due! I am going to wait until after I return from my vacation South so that I am not so pasty white though lol

Feb 18, 2012 06:34 AM #154
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Roy you re-visit a very good post.  It's kind of amazing what people use these days.  And I must say I so enjoy your photos.  They're always a breath of fresh air!!

Feb 18, 2012 10:01 AM #155
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I'd rather see the picture of a chicken than a 20 year old photo of an agent who's too cheap or too vain to get a new one made.

Feb 18, 2012 10:23 AM #156
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your comments.  With over 8,300 views, this topic must be of interest to many.

Have an outstanding week!

Feb 18, 2012 09:36 PM #157
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

I have never understood why someone would use a picture that didn't accurately represent them as a professional.

Feb 18, 2012 10:56 PM #158
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Why, yes, yes I would at least contact that agent - why?  Because we have chickens and I love them!  I would hope to find a kindred spirit...plus that photo screams "quirky" and "weird" to me, which may well end up being much more fun than a staid run of the mill professional.  ;-)

I'm kidding...well, a little...but your point is well taken.  Some photos are just too ridiculous to be believed and project the wrong image.

Feb 19, 2012 01:06 AM #159
Nathan Rufty - Home Loans at 909-503-5600
Mountain West Financial, Inc - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Mortgage Professional / Home Loans / Direct Lender

keeping your profile picture update keeps you up to date on the rest of your marketing material

Feb 19, 2012 01:20 AM #160
Gordon Derrington
RE/MAX ANCHOR or Marina Park - Punta Gorda, FL

We have an agent in town that uses her College graduation pricture.  Probably 20+ years old.  I guess she's reaching out to her old college crowd. 

Feb 19, 2012 02:12 AM #161
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

It is always good to have feedback on my blogs. And, I do appreciate the re-blogs.

Have an outstanding week.

Feb 19, 2012 04:51 AM #162
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Roy~Congrats on the feature and great point. Good thing your added photo wasn't a turkey instead of a chicken otherwise I would of had to give you a hard time. :)

Have a AWESOME week!

Feb 19, 2012 09:53 AM #163
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