Anatomy of a photo shoot

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Anatomy of a business photo shoot: it's not all glitz and glamour; we are indeed human. Good thing we make a living at real estate instead of modeling!

The photographer wanted to start in our kitchen, and with 3 teenagers, a dog, and 2 busy careers, getting the house ready to be in pictures meant it just had to be "clean enough". That's code for move all the STUFF to areas of the house that won't be in the pictures. 

Our rescue Weimaraner, who always needs to be around people and be the center of attention, just couldn't stay out of the way. And each time we tried to get her to sit with us for some pictures, she got bored with it all and walked away. Only to come back seconds later to be right back in the mix.

Then we moved it out to our porch. And there was our oldest son, who (much to our surprise) agreed to take some pictures of the photo shoot happening. But of course, along with that came lots of goofing off. Is he a ninja??

In the meantime, I got bored waiting for my turn and started taking pictures of the behind the scenes.

Awkward photo shoot at home in the middle of the workday, you say? And we don't have to drive anywhere later today? We think that's shorthand for, "Pour a glass of wine"!

It's really a good thing we don't make a living as models...not that we have talent scouts beating a path to our door!

But when all was said and done, the photographer did a fantastic job, and the finished product is way better than we could have expected. And we're glad we could have a little fun along the way!

Comments (10)

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Fun way to show the pictures that don't belong exposed to the general public, unless done in a blog.  I tell the sellers to go take a ride and let the know where I threw the stuff that didn't belong in the photos.

Nov 14, 2023 06:15 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

You have to be able to laugh at yourself, right?

Nov 14, 2023 06:24 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Fun way to show us what not to do in a photo session.

Nov 14, 2023 06:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and great way of showing us the do's and don't of taking pictures.  Love of how some are ready for pictures and others not so much.


Nov 14, 2023 08:59 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post, I always ask my sellers and their pets and children to leave the house when we are about to do a photo shoot:)Endre

Nov 14, 2023 09:03 PM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

This was for new headshots/lifestyle pictures of us at our own home, not a house we are listing.

Nov 18, 2023 08:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What fun! I'd love to see the final shots!

Nov 18, 2023 05:20 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Carmine & Debbie Rauso, your candid recount of your photo shoot experience brings a human touch to the world of real estate. 🏠 It's refreshing to see professionals embrace the unpredictability of balancing work and home life, especially in a light-hearted manner. Your story is a great reminder that real estate isn't just about properties, it's about the people and the genuine moments that happen along the way. Keep sharing these wonderful experiences! 👏 #RealEstateRealness #WorkLifeBalance 🤗

Nov 18, 2023 05:23 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Carmine and Debbie. I once had a professional photographer that was excellent and included a few don't photos his submissions for a little humor. You just never knew until he provided the finished product. Surprise! Enjoy your day.

Nov 18, 2023 05:42 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Great photos and how to have fun in spite of a needy dog.

Nov 18, 2023 05:51 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really enjoyed your blog post and I've seen about everyone of these circumstances unfold in my lens. I don't know which is worse, shooting unrehearsed or having someone actually act 🙂

Nov 19, 2023 07:08 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for relating your challenges and experience in getting a photo shoot done. I think that few of us have had a similar experience.

Nov 25, 2023 08:01 AM