Be Extra Careful With Picture Worth A Thousand Words

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Photos 1Being a dominant visual person myself over auditory or kinesthetic (touch) I think I can very well address the topic of pictures. And also being a profuse reader EVERYWHERE I just wanted to say to everyone,

Be Extra Careful With Picture Worth A Thousand Words.

Pictures truly tell a massive story all alone with one snapshot of time. Now whether you are reading the story correctly or not, that is the rub. We take photos of people, relationships, places, events, landscapes, interesting things, boring things, etc. SNAP SNAP SNAP we go with our cameras.



Photos 2And while we talk here a lot about real estate and with photos taking good exterior and interior shots with good lighting, angle, de-cluttered rooms, enough megapixels etc. I think enough posts have been written about don't take pictures with garbage cans on the lawn or the pickup truck in the driveway. But if you do, a picture says a thousand words or lack of pictures (just one) says maybe the inside of the house is a MESS! But instead with my caution I wanted to focus on LIFE photos. Gosh there even was a whole magazine called LIFE that specialized in photos. What do we need to keep in mind with these thousand word storyboards?

Are you conveying what you want to say? Who is your audience? Will different people READ it different ways?

SoldiersBe careful, careful, careful with your photos.... I cannot stress that enough. Color or black and white or shading or bordering or special post processing effects all put out a FEELING. Think ahead of the EMOTIONAL impact of those thousand words. What are people reading right? What may be confusing? A surprise element in a picture holds interest. Pictures go out on to the Internet, social media, or attachments in email. They are EASILY shared and forwarded around the world in an instant.

Are you inspiring or depressing people? Are you lifting them up or crushing them with your message? Do they gain understanding or are left confused? Is your intent to make them happy or some will find what you show them sad?


Photos 4I have always had a knack for sprinkling amidst my words supported by matching pictures.

Happiness in life whether from children, pets, adults, some event have always been my favorite pictures.

There is too much negative energy in the world as it is from irritable and grumpy and downright not good people.

Be sure you are sharing the "light within" you most often helping other people to feel good about themselves. There's enough tragedy and darkness without any of us adding any more of it with our photos. We don't need any more photos of someone at a party passed out from over drinking on the floor.

If you have made ONE more person smile today vs. making them cry with your photo, I feel it has been a very good day in the world.

Just THINK before you post, what you are doing. You're telling a story of 1,000 words.


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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Gary you are so right. Our mission should be to make as many people as possible smile...every day!

Jul 10, 2012 12:22 AM #1
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates
Great selection of words, make that pictures. Google your own name with Google images and see what comes up. That is the image that Google has .
Jul 10, 2012 12:26 AM #2
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

I like it... "share the light within" ... nice food for thought... you have a great day!My Grandaughter

Jul 10, 2012 12:29 AM #3
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Nice post - our pictures do provide an opportunity to have an impact. Regards Dave

Jul 10, 2012 12:35 AM #4
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Romance   7 Palms Anguilla

Jul 10, 2012 01:30 AM #5
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Gary -  Indeed another point driven home!  I Googled my name and was good with what I have put online.  Sometimes a sad photo is a dose of  reality but I do like to keep it on the positive side of life.

Jul 10, 2012 02:10 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I like this message a lot. Spreading cheer and good will - it's not just for Christmas. Here's my photo for you today. ;) The stand off. Who gets the stuffed turtle toy? ( Baby McKinley always won - and still does.)    :) :) Must love dogs.

Jul 10, 2012 03:41 AM #7
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

This one of my baby girl will always make me smile at the memory even if it is tinged with sadness because she is gone from my life.


Jul 10, 2012 03:47 AM #8
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Gary, That is a great post!  We do need to make sure that our pictures convey the message that we want them to convey!

Jul 10, 2012 04:01 AM #9
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood

Gary - A photo can speak to each of us in a personal way.   A smile is a gift to give away:)

Jul 10, 2012 05:07 AM #10
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

It's so wonderful that you're so passionate about photography. I love the picture with the chalk crown, too sweet! I'll definitely think about this post when I'm making mine and figuring out what message I'd like to convey.

Jul 10, 2012 05:24 AM #11
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