Help. which picture should I use?

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Home Stager with PureStyle Home Staging

HI All,

 Ok, this seemed to work for some other stagers, soooo I want your opinion. I have taken some new pictures for my profiles and website and I'd like to know what picture you think would be a good profile picture. Here are the choices. Thanks for your help!

 

 floor pic

Close up with chair

head shot

 

PureStyle Home Staging

www.purestyledesign.com

 

Comments (29)

Janelle Fisher, Instinctive Staging & Design, Seattle Wa.
Instinctive Staging & Design, LLC - Seattle, WA

Hello Pat, I like pic # 1.  Lots of input.  All of them are buautiful.

May 31, 2009 04:24 AM
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

I have to say #3 simply because it is bright, confident & Michael did a great job of cleaning up the fuzzies.  #1 is a good shot, but you get lost in all the other "stuff" around you.

May 31, 2009 04:55 AM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

My first response would have been picture #2.  There is just something comfortable about it.  After reading the comments, the ones voting for #3 have a good point.  It does seem a bit more professional yet your smile comes through in a great way. 

May 31, 2009 08:14 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Now that #3 is no longer fuzzy I love it!  

May 31, 2009 09:05 AM
Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

Pat; I took the liberty of cropping #1, which is my favorite. What do you think?? I don't think your hair blends in too much, and the colorful jacket and jewelry are very cheerful and stylish. Just my opinion, good luck on choosing the "right" one! (By the way, all of the other things in the picture didn't really bother me; it shows what you do...stage! There could easily be some applications where you could use the whole photo.)

May 31, 2009 11:51 AM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Pat ~ I like pic #1 and #3 best.  While 3 is a bit fuzzy, I'm sure it can be cleared up with all the tools in the photo programs (or as I've read, maybe someone will offer to do it for you).  Good luck; I had asked for help picking mine earlier this year, so I know how difficult it can be!

May 31, 2009 12:31 PM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Well, after reading all the comments.... nope, I'm still stuck on #1.  I do like the crop job that Peg gave it, but I would have left some of the other staging elements.  Of course in the end it is what you decide, but i do think #1 shows more "Pat" than the others....

#2 seems a bit too casual and awkward to me, #3 seems a bit uppidy (which you are far from)... that's just my opinion, clearly I'm in the minority on #3....

May 31, 2009 03:36 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I LOVE the first one and the way it is.  It shows what you do.

Maybe you should use one the way it is and crop it for other purposes.

#2 no way

#3 I want to know what you are playing with.   Looks like a nut cracker.

May 31, 2009 03:48 PM
Cynthia Pulsifer
A Charleston House - Charleston, SC
www.acharlestonhouse.com

Pat:  I agree with Melissa.  #1 cropped is the best in my opinion.  You are so pretty anyway and the color you are wearing really suits you. 

May 31, 2009 04:50 PM
Pat Eardley
PureStyle Home Staging - Mount Pleasant, SC

Wow, have I said how much I love my AR comunity?!?! You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for all your opinions, comments and quite frankly, help. It seems like #3 is the favorite. Feedback about #1 noted but I, did a bit of my own cropping to it and this is what I came up with below. This way it looks a little less like the sofa "landed on the Pat". I agree with Virginia and Melissa's comments that it shows what I do.

Irene: I like #2 as well, I think I just have to find the right arena for it.

Michael:I will send you the original, thank you for offering to help and cleaning it up.

Peg: thanks for cropping #1, you can never have enough head shots.

Virginia: The nut cracker...AKA - glasses :-)

I think I am leaning to the cropped version of #1 for the site, but I do think #3 is great for other things like AR, twitter etc.

Here's the cropped version I've been referring to...

 

 

Thanks again everyone. Have an ultra productive week!

May 31, 2009 04:54 PM
Pat Eardley
PureStyle Home Staging - Mount Pleasant, SC

Cynthia,

 Sorry, I was typing when you commented. Thanks so much!

May 31, 2009 04:58 PM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

I think #1 would look great on our website, but not as your profile picture - you would be a tiny portion of it when reduced.  I love the color of your blouse in #3, but I think it shows you leaning back a little too much.  Very relaxed, but as a business woman, sitting straight up or leaning forward might show more eagerness to work.

Jun 01, 2009 03:15 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Guess my eyes were really tired when I look at that photo.  Now the glasses stand out.   Great shots !!

Who was your photographer?

Jun 01, 2009 03:17 AM
Pat Eardley
PureStyle Home Staging - Mount Pleasant, SC

Virginia: My photographer is Amy Mayo, she just relocated to Charleston. She took tons of pictures and we narrowed it down to 15 and then 3.

Beth: I didn't think about the leaning forward thing, good point. I don't want it to seem like I lack urgency.

Jun 01, 2009 03:28 AM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

I like them all as you look very friendly and very approachable.  Your nice smile really shines through, Pat.  You can't go wrong with any of them.

Kathy

Jun 01, 2009 04:01 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well one thing for certain...you are very photogenic.  All the pictures are wonderful.  I don't remember ever having too many photos of me to choose from!  I love your cropped version of #1.

Jun 01, 2009 01:31 PM
Mary Fasnacht
Washington and Allegheny Counties and surrounding areas - McMurray, PA
Feels Like Home Interiors ~ Pittsburgh PA Home Staging

You do have some great choices here--I'd like to be so photogenic!  I think #1 cropped and #3 are both excellent shots.  I like the idea of having different poses for different purposes.  I may have to consider that myself.  Thanks for sharing and good luck!

Jun 02, 2009 02:02 PM
Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

I am going to echo Sharon's comment:  you are photogenic!  I wish I had such great shots to choose from!  LOL!  #1 looks great (cropped a little bit) for newsletters and such.  #3 for biz cards and such - Love the glasses!  Thank you for sharing!

Jun 02, 2009 10:33 PM
Emma Vargas
Simply Staging - Cameron Park, CA
Simply Staging

I like #1 the best.  Boy oh boy, we are an opinionated bunch - aren't we?  Ask us what we think and we'll tell you. 

Jun 03, 2009 06:19 AM
Tosha Tate-Dickson
Finair Management Group Inc. - South Holland, IL

Hi Pat, you've made this quite difficult for us because all three photos are great! I think I'm going to go with photo #3 but which ever you choose you can't go wrong ~

Good luck ~

Jun 03, 2009 02:14 PM