YouTube Thursdays - Camera Shy? Part 2

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Camera Shy - Part 2


If you’re camera shy, we know it’s hard to step in front of the lens. However, injecting your brand personality, the essence of you, into some of your videos is a powerful way to make connections and build relationships. 


Unlike other real estate oriented videos, we encourage you to tap into your passions and interests, first, and then establish that you sell real estate. It’s a big opportunity for authenticity to shine, and that’s when you start building trust. 


Here are some ideas for those of you reluctant to face the camera.


Utilize still photos. Use the Ken Burns effect to create the illusion of movement. Much more interesting than static, just don't over use it. Actual video is genearlly preferred. 




Short video clip(s) of you in action: Golfing, tennis, biking, hiking, kayaking, fly-fishing, cooking, gardening, exercising, dog-walking, coaching little league, shooting hoops, polishing the chrome on a classic car - you name it.  We think these short clips ring true to our brand - and our brand mascot. Hint, hint - who wants to look at us when he's around? 



Go-pro camera. Focus on the scene in front of you. 


     White water rafting, mountain biking, snow skiing…




4.  The object of your desire. For example, if you love coffee, do a series about local coffee shops and you tasting the house special. 


     Example, “ Today, I’m at Hidden Roasters in downtown Camas, sampling their latest creation, a honey lavender latte.” 



     Coffee Love from News and Views of Clark County on Vimeo.


   The “you” in the video is a clip of the beverage and your genuine excitement in tasting it. Yum.  


Optimally, these videos will benefit from a clear voice-over from you. Invest in a good microphone and create a story board for your video. Practice your script and try to relax and have fun. 


Tip. As a radio broadcaster, I (Debb), always visualized a loving and friendly face when I opened the microphone. It brought a smile to my face and my voice. Try it, it works.  


Remember, the goal isn’t a video of you talking for two minutes ( or more). We want these videos to showcase your interest(s) in a natural manner that’s informative, entertaining, and engaging. Leave them wanting more. 


Much like Anita Clark 's Facebook Fridays, we encourage you to subscribe to each other's YouTube Channels - and take a minute to "like" or leave a comment. You can also add your own YouTube Channel in the comments below, and ask for subscribers. Be sure to subscribe back though - it's quid pro quo! 


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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I wants had a friend who, actually I still have a friend who has trouble finding where to look in the camera when doing videos. Still photos can work very well! :)

Feb 14, 2019 04:02 PM #16
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

I have a question about why your quickie samples above were hosted on Vimeo and not You Tube?  Silly me, I tried and tried to get volume out of the videos until I figured out there was not music or naration!  (Duh)!!!!  You have such a great voice and I love the overview video - it is really well done!

Feb 14, 2019 06:11 PM #17
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Congratulations! You have been featured In Bananatude

Feb 14, 2019 06:15 PM #18
Mike & Cindy Jones
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Jacksonville, FL
Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl

As always...great information. Thank you for sharing

Feb 15, 2019 03:18 AM #19
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

You have described me perfectly. I am not sure why, I can talk to anyone in person, but get me in front of the camera and I freeze. I actually took a media class to try to break this but still today, i just dont like it. Perhaps it will take to do it, again and again fr it to become natural? But is do love your tips about alternatives

Feb 15, 2019 04:20 AM #22
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great tips as always and I have seen many videos as such that move the picture around a bit, they look pretty good.  I am now working with buyers from Camas!  I mentioned it on an earlier post of yours, but I guess you didn't see the comment.

Feb 15, 2019 05:24 AM #23
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

That plate of oysters took all my attention from the subject.....

Feb 15, 2019 07:03 AM #24
Wayne Turner
Turner Real Estate Group - Mandeville, LA
"The Only Name You'll Ever Need for Real Estate"

I would love to be the one in that kayak! Great peice!

Feb 15, 2019 07:38 AM #25
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!


loved this post

Feb 15, 2019 08:20 AM #26
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great tips as usual.

Feb 15, 2019 08:23 AM #27
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debb and Bernie- - -ah,  the Ken Burns effect. This makes sense as does your thought process in this post. 

Feb 15, 2019 08:45 AM #28
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Feb 15, 2019 11:01 AM #29
Stephen Turner
Gemcraft Homes (TriCorner Realty) - York, PA

Love it. Not exactly camera shy but I think the lifestyle clips (such as hiking or doing other activities) is a Fantastic idea. I'm sure if I use these, it would help others to relate to me more. More than just me standing in front of the home with a camera on myself!

Feb 15, 2019 12:11 PM #30
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Great information and I need to add video to my list of tools.

Feb 15, 2019 11:01 PM #31
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Bravo Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - your video techniques are very educational and exciting to see how much creativity can be appreciated in just a few seconds. They all make great first impressions of you and Bernie too!

Feb 17, 2019 03:45 AM #32
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - As always, great tips to share. Short clips are a great way to personalize our videos. Kudos on the gold star!

Feb 17, 2019 04:44 AM #33
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, still haven't ever done a video featuring me, but have done more with my voice, and have had to adjust the volume.  Thanks for the tips.

Feb 17, 2019 06:03 AM #34
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Great tips - I love the idea of using your adorable dog as a prop!

Feb 17, 2019 06:31 AM #35
Brian Fisk
Fisk Real Estate LLC - Bloomsburg, PA

Thank you for taking the time to share.

Feb 18, 2019 07:17 PM #36
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all for the comments and the visit. Hope the information is helpful to you. D 

Feb 23, 2019 09:22 AM #37
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