The real estate business photo...
I was reading a featured blog yesterday regarding real estate agent pictures. Grandma at 30? I have been feeling guilty about my business picture almost from the time I took it, since I put on a lot of weight right after. I have only had one person tell me I don't look at all like on my pictures. From that moment on, whenever I am going to meet a new client that I know has seen my picture, I let them know that I have put on a lot of weight. I could consider taking another picture, but I paid $500 for this one. How I ended up paying so much for it is a ridiculous story on it's own, but I spent the money and by golly I am going to use that picture.
I received a coupon on the mail from Glamour Shots for about $15. What a bargain I thought. I should have done my research first, but I just showed up with a couple of business suits, and they proceeded to put on make-up on me for about half hour until it was my turn with the photographer. At the time that I was there changing, I saw several changes on other clients, and they were all personal pictures and the usual hat Glamour shots pose that we have all seen in peoples homes. Lots of lace and jewelery should let you know.....
I don't think my young photographer had much experience with business photos, so I ended up coming up with the poses. I just did things that I had seen on advertising of other agents on the magazines.
When I was done, they sat me in front of the computer and a sales girl showed me the shots. 53 shots, and in most of them I looked terrible. I decided on 7 of them, and I figured that I would use them in separate marketing campaings. By the time we got to the price, I almost had a heart attack. The minimum purchase was $100 or $150, I can't remeber. But I could get any other for $100 plus the originals for me to use at my disposal. I walked away with 5 photos and a $500 bill. In hind sight, I should have just got the one picture and walk away, but some how I really had my mind set on five of them. All this time I have thought that I look very profesional and that I am very photogenic, but in conversation with my daughter (the sweetest girl in the world) today, she told me, she didn't like the picture because it made my nose look to big. Up until today, I never thought I had a big nose. Now it looks like half my face. That ends the story of my business photo..Update: After re-reading this post, I was strongly encouraged to loose weight. I am happy to say that I have lost all the weight and a little extra. Thanks to Denise Austin and all her Yoga and pilates DVDs. It has taken me several months, but I will soon be back at my healthy 4-6 size. Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah!!..
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