CNN Features My Photos and Comments ~ Thank you Flickr!

Real Estate Agent with Novella Real Estate

Ski TrainLast week I received an email from a writer.  He was doing a feature on Denver's  Ski Train.  He found several of my photos on Flickr and wanted to know if I would give him permission to use them.  Of course I said yes!

For those who enjoy social media and photography, Flickr might be a great way to express yourself.  I've been a Pro Member for several years now.

Initially, when Active Rain started, we weren't able to post photos on our blog. We had to post the photos on another host, i.e. Flickr then bring them into our Active Rain blogs with a link.  Yes, the old days things were a bit wonky.

Just the same, I learned how to use Flickr thanks to Active Rain and I am still using it today.

The CNN reporter is not the first media person who has contacted me through my photos on Flickr. I've been published in several venues, not that my photos are so good but probably because I don't ask for a fee! (note to self...Think $!)

Flickr is also a great social media platform.  I am finding local people who share my same interests.  We chat and comment on line and occasionally meet for a PhotoWalk.  Discovering new contacts used to take a very long time.  Today with the convenience of social media we can plug ourselves into a variety of interests within a short period of time.


Optimize Your Flickr Experience


  • Upload your photos and give them a title, tags and maybe a brief story
  • Join groups (preferably local) just like AR there are thousands of photo groups
  • Cruise around and comment on the photos you like
  • Make friends by being a friend
  • Consider joining or leading a photowalk
  • Socialize, relax and enjoy

The benefits of participating in social media aren't always readily apparent. Sometimes we just have to do things for the shear pleasure of expanding our minds. The rest will follow.

For me the recognition of having my photo chosen was fun, but the biggest reward are the lessons I've learned and the friends I've made.


Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Come follow me on  Flickr I'm at



Kristal Kraft
Broker Associate
The Berkshire Group Realtors
3801 E. Florida Ave. Suite 400
Denver, Colorado, 80210
Mobile: 303-589-2022
Fax: 303-953-5362
Selling Denver and the 'burbs

Comments (86)

Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX


(note to self...Think $!)

Listen to your advice! I congratulate you!!!! How awesome is this? I'm impressed so again... Congrats!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 09, 2009 02:50 PM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty

Kristal: Congratulations on the CNN feature. This is great.. I will take a closer look at Flicker ..


Jan 09, 2009 03:05 PM
Diana Santos
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
Real Estate Salesperson in New York & Connecticut

Kristal - Great photos!  I am a HUGE fan of Flickr!  Lots of Luck in the New Year!


Jan 09, 2009 03:09 PM
Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Kristal:  Maybe you should change professions :: Photos my Kristal!  Congrats.  I use Flickr and have joined a few groups, but I have not been so active.  Maybe I really need to start utilizing Flickr to its full benefits!  Any idea where your picture is going to be used? 

Jan 09, 2009 03:49 PM
Jason Neumann
Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. - Kelowna, BC
Realtor -

Kristal you take some pretty nice photos and major congrats on your media exposure through Flikr.  Take care and happy blogging!

Jan 09, 2009 05:10 PM
Brett Duaretto


Jan 09, 2009 07:32 PM

Lot's of power in that photo. Looks like you might have been about 3ft off of the ground. Were you using a Tripod?

Jan 09, 2009 11:12 PM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

Wow I will have to check out Flcker and see if I have the same luck on my pictures. I know I do not post that many, but what the heck.

Jan 10, 2009 05:13 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

congratulations on your cnn connection.  I hope they mentioned you in their writings!

Jan 10, 2009 05:20 AM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Krystal, Congrats on you celebrity status.  The pictures are great and nice of them to give you due credit.   I just recently started using Flickr.  Continued success to you.

Jan 10, 2009 06:14 AM
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

Kristal, congratulations on having your photo used by CNN.  Do I sense a sideline career as a photojournalist?

Jan 10, 2009 09:31 AM
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE - Carmel, IN
Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert

Kristal - And you will be adding this to your website to let people know you are also an established photographer?  Just have to ask what kind of camera you use---can't imagine ever taking such a neat photo myself!

Jan 10, 2009 10:09 AM

Wow what a beautiful photo!  I can see why CNN would use them  though you always do such beautiful work.  Congratulations!:)

Jan 10, 2009 03:21 PM
Chris Shouse
Lyoness USA - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor - Las Vegas

Wow what a beautiful photo!  I can see why CNN would use them  though you always do such beautiful work.  Congratulations!:)



Jan 10, 2009 03:28 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi KK - Longtime Rainers have known for years that you take great photos. And you're right about the whole process -- it's the people we meet and things we learn along the way that are even more worthwhile than the final images.

Jan 10, 2009 03:33 PM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Congrats on the CNN contact.  Great job.

Jan 10, 2009 03:43 PM
Sonja Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Purcellville, VA

Great photo....I have not started using Flickr yet, but I need to - I have a ton of photos that I need to put somewhere and I just bought a great Nikon D80....will look you up!

Jan 11, 2009 02:43 AM
Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
Hughesville MD Real Estate

Your photos are fabulous.

Jan 12, 2009 12:22 PM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale totally cool! What a great feature for you! I was just featured in our local paper about the real estate market!

And the train ride sounds like a blast. I'd have to do the shopping part, or the ski lodge, as a bum knee no longer allows me on the slopes!


Jan 12, 2009 02:58 PM
Mary Thompson
Lanier Appraisal Service - Flowery Branch, GA
Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia

Very cool, thanks for the info!

Mary T

Feb 16, 2009 03:52 AM