Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582

Before and After Photos tell a compelling story without saying a word.

More than once now, I have forgotten to take a before photo of rooms that once staged were drop dead gorgeous!

It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting it staged quickly that the before photos never happened.  

Before photos don't have to be taken with a good camera after all they are BEFORE photos!


However, sometimes the stars just conspire against you.


  • I have forgotten the camera and pressed on with staging.  
  • The camera doesn't work and can't waste time to go get one that does.
  • The furniture that was in the room before has already been moved around or out of the room by the owner.

Now this is not me complaining, but really a before photo should happen before anything GOOD happens!!!      

My camera before I got a new one I got was always needing new batteries.  That camera was related to my phone, just never had any stamina to stay charged.


Your best advertising is based on having proof on how bad it really looked before.  Buyers only believe what they see.  Sellers will only believe before and after photos they can actually see before bedroom 





and now after! 


staged bedroom after


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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA


Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas


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Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

The best in investment an agent can do regarding pictures is to hire a professional photographer, there is NO EXCEPTIONS.  I am a full time full service agent and I also took photography classes in college with my Businees Degree and I have a awesome NIKON camera.


Bottom line is my professional 4 year degree phot0grpaher makes my listings stand out on line and  does not compare. Using a professional photgrapher gets more showings for my listings.


Mar 28, 2013 02:58 PM #1
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Hi Beverly, Great idea. We have done this, but need to make it a habit.  My wife is an ASP and does all of our listings.  What a difference it makes.

Mar 28, 2013 03:20 PM #2
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Ha Ha Beverly this has happened to all of us at one time.  It's easy to get a "before" photo if you forgot ... when you go back to pick up the staging after the house sells (of course, this only works for vacant homes)

Mar 30, 2013 04:58 PM #3
Debra Landy
StageTwoSell LLC - Horseheads, NY
PA and NY Home Stager

I often do the same thing.  Taking before and after's and sending them to the listing agent is always a good idea too.

When we remember that is....

Apr 02, 2013 12:28 PM #4
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Maureen, usually when I destage, I am usually in a hurry. But I have taken photos of vacant rooms after the staging. 


Apr 02, 2013 01:21 PM #5
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Debra, Before and after photos are worth a 1,000 words.  now to remember that!  

Apr 02, 2013 01:22 PM #6
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Debra - this just happened to me. I did get lots of before shots, but forgot a lot of key angle's. We need to slow down and take as many photos as possible because you never know which angle is really going to showcase our work!

Apr 12, 2013 03:24 AM #7
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

kristine, it keeps happening to me.  a really big room I took one before shot,  yet, I have a living area, a dining area, a foyer area, and a 2nd seating area.  I needed to take all the angles, too!

Apr 12, 2013 05:21 AM #8
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Beverly ~ I have done this too.  Now, I carry two cameras to make sure I can grab the before pictures.

Apr 18, 2013 06:07 AM #9
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