Photos Make A Difference-Then And Now

Real Estate Agent with Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL

Photos Make A Difference-Then And Now

While I've been actively involved in real estate for many years I didn't start using a photo of myself until the lastFirst Photo 7 years or so.  I never felt the need or desire to plaster this mug all over the area and subject perfectly happy, well adjusted people to that.  However, I caved and sought a professional photographer and after this first photo appeared on my business cards and yard signs along with several television appearances promoting my office and listings in my market a funny thing started happening...people started recognizing me on the street!  In grocery lines, at the mall, restaurants, even on airplanes people recognized me....and they didn't go running or screaming in the opposite direction cool is that?

Anyway, this first photo was taken around 2005 and I've felt for a while that it had been too long since updating it.  There are more than a few agents that I know who are using photos from what looks to be 20-30 years ago and I've always thought to myself that I wasn't going to be one of them...I want the public to recognize me by current photos on my business card or signage...not wonder who I am now because all they have to go by is a "High School" photo. 

Comments about the first photo have been positive indicating a professional appearance...nothing flashy or over the top, just a nice photo.  It became easier to just leave it and not concern myself with updating it, but there was always that voice in the back of my head that said; "ya big don't look like that anymore!", it's amazing what a few short years in real estate will do to you.  What topped it off for me was when an ActiveRain Member who I had not yet met, but talked to on the phone regularly said to me; "I want whatever is in your drinking water", when he asked my age.

Current PhotoSooooooo, a new photo was in the works and this time it wasn't a professional photo, maybe it should have been, but I think the new photo to the left shows me as more approachable, more natural, just a little more casual and more importantly...recognizable!! Besides this is Alabama where the temperature has been known to climb to nearly 400 degrees in the who wears suits?  Okay, maybe I exaggerate...but not by much! 

Latest PhotoThe photo to the right is about two years newer yet, the most recent and used on other websites.  It took me a while to let go of the past, but I'm glad I I don't have to wonder if I'm recognized by my photo or suffer the indignation of a customer or colleague's private thoughts of "poor Nick, someone needs to tell him High School let out a long time ago!


Nick T Pappas

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Lanise Warrior-Johnson
Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc. - Compton, CA
Real Estate Specialist

Great story back drop & picture.  I was not a fan of having my picture on my marketing materials, but did so at the advise of my broker.  So far, so good, I haven't been recognized yet by random strangers!  How cool is that!

Dec 09, 2012 06:53 AM #1
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I like your new picture, Nick. Your hair is amazing. I hope you have a great night, and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Dec 09, 2012 06:57 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Now, Nick--I totally enjoyed this honest portrayal of then and now! You look good in all of them and many would kill for that hair and smile! Suit or no suit you look approachable and ameniable. I think this is excellent and I can see why someone asked about your drinking water! This was one of my favorite blogs regarding this contest of sorts that AR has nudged us to do.

I have to change mine regularly because I keep changing my hair! (And of course my fashion sense--ala Christmas hat, Halloween mask or what-have-you).

Dec 09, 2012 06:59 AM #3
Berni Kerr
Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc. - Port Dover, ON
AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON

What could be more personal on a business card than a nice and current photo.  I have come acroos folks who hand out cards with old photos where you almost have to ask yourself...when was that taken??? We would all like to hang on to our youth, but there comes a time.

Thanks Nick...& I like your hair it goes well with your smile!

Dec 09, 2012 07:01 AM #4
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Hi Nick, you look good on all three photos and although the first one is a bit older, you are still recognizable! :-). All the best!
Dec 09, 2012 07:17 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Nick, I remember the first one and like the new one as well.  It is important that people do recognize us.  Just today at church a lady said to me "Oh I know you...I've seen your picture you are in real estate" I think my photo may be up to date....but will be changing it in the new year.

Dec 09, 2012 07:21 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nick, and us perfectly happy, well adjusted people appreciated that ........ LOL

Nick the picture looks good my friend.  I have to update mine this year, the one I have now is almost three years old.

Dec 09, 2012 10:05 AM #7
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Looking good Nick and yes, very approachable, with a down home feel!

Dec 09, 2012 10:13 AM #8
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Nick, I love the current trend I've been seeing in agents updating their "suit" photos with "casual" photos...just like Bob and I did. It is all about recognition and we are always in casual attire more suits! Love the brick background and your choice of using black & cool! :)


Dec 09, 2012 11:49 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, great photos, and you have not changed.   I still am not sure photos are really needed on our cards.

Dec 09, 2012 11:02 PM #10
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

I like the casual look - it's more in line with how we all dress from a day-to-day basis.  If it's really that hot down there, I can't imagine wearing a suit.  Good change!

Dec 10, 2012 01:16 AM #11
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Reminds me of the phrase 'up against the brick wall bub'.  Good post & I agree that we should all look approachable & like ourselves.  I have long hair now which is going to get cut & I hate it - so no photo!

Dec 10, 2012 02:27 AM #12
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Thank you all for your positive and kind comments.  This challenge actually gave me the push I needed to change out the old photo (at least here at ActiveRain) with current one.  

And GEORGE, surely you're not suggesting that I included you in with the "happy, well adjusted" group???

Dec 10, 2012 07:22 AM #13
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Oh yes, Lyn...this is Alabama...that would be..."up against the brick wall BUBBA"!

Dec 10, 2012 07:24 AM #14
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Nick - You look very good in both ald and new pictures. I need to update my picture too.

Dec 10, 2012 07:57 AM #15
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Nick it's really time for me to have a new photo.  I like the casual look too.  And speaking of weather, I don't know about Huntsville, but up until today, we've been in the low to mid 60's.

Dec 11, 2012 02:39 AM #16
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Nick - Glad you wrote this post because I noticed your new photo and wanted to let you know how nice it looks. By the way, I don't think you look any older.

Like you, I don't "love" plastering my photo all over. However, being a visual person, I do appreciate when people have a recognizable photo on their business card, website, etc. We meet so many people it's nice to be able to look back at their card or website to remember who they are. Plus, how many times have you had an appointment to meet someone and neither of you know what the other looks like? With the photos, they can look you up so they'll recognize you when you walk in. 

Dec 12, 2012 10:03 PM #17
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Nick I like all the pictures.  I hate myself in photos and hate having pictures taken.  I try to always avoid the camera!

Dec 13, 2012 01:21 AM #18
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