A Very Important Question To Ask Yourself Before Photographing Listings

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

A good lesson from Sharon Tara for all listing agents who take their own photos....OR FSBO's who take photos for marketing...

Original content by Sharon Tara

So, I'm watching tv last night and get a text from a close friend. 

Never saw this one coming.

Text included a photo. A local listing photo. An OMG local listing photo.

My friend is a real estate agent and someone in her office found this photo on Zillow.


The photo was quickly deleted, but not before it was saved. That is what happens on the internet.

Remember, when you post something it is forever.


You've seen listing photos with the agent caught in the mirror.

Sure, we see those all the time.


What I haven't seen before, in a listing photo, is a person in the mirror with nothing on from the waist down.

Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh style...

nothing but a shirt.


Female...in all her glory.

I told you it was an OMG  photo.


The house is listed fsbo so I assume it is the owner in the picture.

I mean, she didn't hire a real estate agent so she probably didn't hire a photographer either. 


Maybe you can save a lot of money if you hire a pantsless photographer???

God, I hope not. Just how badly do you want to save money?


I have to believe it is the seller, caught with her pants down. Literally.


My friend said this is a good example of the importance of hiring a real estate agent.

It is...but there are some pretty bad agents out there based on mls photos I see.


How about this being a good example of the importance of hiring a professional photographer!


For those of you who don't use a professional photographer...

One very important question to ask yourself


photographing your listings:





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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So insane. It's not easy getting that picture out of my head. LOL

Apr 09, 2019 12:31 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I loved this post, it just illustrates what happens when people are cheap and take their own shots, instead of hiring a REAL SAVVY photographer.  A

Apr 09, 2019 01:52 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

While I've heard of such photos, I've never seen one.  I'm sure the photographer is embarrassed beyond words

Apr 10, 2019 02:10 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This certainly gives a whole new meaning to "full disclosure" !

Apr 10, 2019 02:28 AM #4
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Barbara, when I read Sharon's post it gave me the biggest laugh. Too funny! You get what you pay for always applies. 

Apr 10, 2019 04:52 AM #5
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Wow! Just wow! Photos truly make all the difference.

Apr 10, 2019 04:55 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Barbara. I read this one yesterday and laughed out loud.

Apr 10, 2019 05:57 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are some things that you can't just unsee, haha.  Great choice for a reblog my dear friend!

Apr 10, 2019 06:22 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 ~That is so Zillow Barbara Todaro. Maybe I should start taking my listing photographs in the nude to see if people are paying attention. No, I don’t wanna make people sick.

Apr 10, 2019 08:36 AM #9
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I enjoyed this post and told Sharon it gives a new meaning to transparency in real estate.

Apr 11, 2019 04:41 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Apr 11, 2019 08:34 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara, Funny as can be and a excellent point that Sharon Tara made.



Apr 12, 2019 09:11 AM #12
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