The Early 2000's: When All Realtors Took Their Own Listing Photos

Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

I'd like to preface this Active Rain Photography submission by saying that I now only use a professional photographer for my listings. I've talked in multiple blog posts here about why I think a professional photographer is absolutely worth the cost. However, I felt like it would be cheating if I submitted a photo that I didn't take myself. So, I had to look quite a few years back to find this one. It's one of the last listings that I did the photography for myself.

The picture doesn't do the dock justice because it was an incredible, expansive view, and the home had its own boat lift and the works. Back then, no one paid for professional photography, and after seeing so many years' worth of high resolution, PhotoShop-enhanced listing photos, it's funny to look back now and see the difference.

With the new trend towards aerial photography and video footage instead of still photos, I'm sure we'll be seeing even more changes in this contest year over year!

Category: Real Estate (Exterior)

Lee Keadle is a Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate in Charleston, SC.

Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Loving the ripples in the water.  Nice shot.

Oct 02, 2017 10:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi, Lee -- in a relatively short time, the world of real estate photography has changed dramatically.   Nice entry.   

Oct 02, 2017 11:01 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is a great shot.  Nothing like a water view to lower your blood pressure!

Nice entry.

Oct 02, 2017 11:05 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Lee - Even  by today's standards, that's an attractive photo. Thanks for your contest entry!

Oct 02, 2017 12:36 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Guaranteed Offer for your Home - eXp realty - Atlanta, GA

That photo is proof that professional photographers have nothing on you. Very nice shot.

Oct 02, 2017 06:51 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great shot and wishing I was sitting on the dock, looks so peaceful there.

Oct 02, 2017 07:01 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

You don't need a perfect picture to convey the beauty of this property

Oct 02, 2017 08:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thanks for sharing! You captured the puffy clouds, the ripples in the water. Wonderful!

Oct 03, 2017 03:53 AM
Brenda J. Andrew RENE, PSA, MRP, SRS
Professional Realtor in N Houston & Corpus Christi

It's still a great picture Lee Keadle .  So much has changed since that time and camera's and phones take so much better pictures now.  I think you did a great job on this one for the time frame it was taken in.  Sounds like everyone here loves it!

Oct 03, 2017 04:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Lee it tells the story about lifestyle!  Would love to see the color POP out!

Oct 03, 2017 10:51 AM
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

Didn't expect to get so many compliments!  Thanks to everyone for stopping by, and good luck with your submissions!

Oct 03, 2017 11:47 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Lee Keadle - in this internet age where 90% of buyers start their search online, there is no excuse for a listing agent to not hire a professional photographer to best reflect their seller's property. Money very well spent!

Oct 03, 2017 08:48 PM
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Like the image!  It actually looks like it could be a movie set.  Romance, action, mystery ... could work for any move.  Great submission.


Oct 04, 2017 10:46 PM
Elva Branson-Lee
Best Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Marketing Specialist, Atlanta Short Sale Pr

Lee, I would love to see the panoramic view from this dock, but what you've captured here is tantalizing.

Oct 19, 2017 06:07 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

This was a great entry.  I love Charleston, SC! :)   Funny I think I was the first agent to use professional pictures for all my listings -  not almost everyone does.  Definitely the way to go - our homes are "valued" on the Internet by the pictures!



Oct 21, 2017 08:38 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Lee, it's still quite inviting! I really like the perspective and how it draws you in. Good for you for not cheating and for your story and honesty! 

Oct 22, 2017 08:00 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's never easy to get a good scenery shot to portray the reality, but then again it's nice when the buyers see the scene and exclaim how much better it looks in real life.

Oct 27, 2017 05:15 PM