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Sharon Felton, Real Estate Pro in Nashville, TN

Share with the other agents on this site your PET PEEVES regarding home photographs! Mine? Posting a photo of the ceiling fan...

Asked by Sharon Felton, Nashville, TN Thu Apr 3, 2014

I think we all agree how frustrating sideways shots are...

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My favorite is green grass in the winter and snow covering the yard in July. But what is un-nerving is the shots taken with a cell phone camera the long way so there is a space on either side.
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Having people or animals in the shots.
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Capturing themselves in the mirror is one - pets in a picture is another...
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I'll second getting themselves in the shot. If I'm honest, it always makes me crack up when I see it, but it obviously doesn't do much for the marketing.
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Pictures of the bed only for the bedroom.
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I would have to say when people use their cell phones for a camera instead of using a nice camera. The pictures are such better quality with a professional camera.
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Dark photos are so frustrating. Turn on some lights, open the blinds or use a flash. But a dark photo is inexcusable and it doesn't help your seller market their home.
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- Pictures of the toilet with the seat up are on my list, too. What I find especially egregious are the photos looking straight into the toilet bowl.

- Photos that feature part of the car's side view mirror are lovely and let everyone know the agent was too lazy to get out of the car.

- Photos that look spectacularly good and offer no resemblance to the subject property.

- Photos featuring the reflection of the picture taker.
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I think every :REALTORĀ® is guilty of bad photos. I know I am at times. Back before digital, I would cut off a portion of the roof but would not realize it until the photos were developed. Can't tell you how many times I had to go back for the photos.
My pet peeves are open toilet seats, animals in photo, kids toys all over the room and lead photos in the mls that show a room instead of the outside of the house. But let's face it, we are all guilty of bad photos either of something irrelevant, multiples of the same thing, fuzzy or blurry and sometimes tilted.
I think all of us need to spend more time taking and composing our photos so that it shows the house at its best with any significant details.
I guess all of us need to remember "Every Picture Tells A Story" and it can either be about the listing or about the agent's ability. One thing about photos is they should be honest and accurate and not photo shopped.
Debbie Shickel, GRI
Bishop Realty
459 Lee Jackson Hwy.
Staunton, Va. 24401
Licensed for Real Estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia
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I also hate these wide angle or panaramic pictures a lot of agents are taking now. It distorts everything to the point you can't tell if the room is 4 x 10 or 40 x 100.
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I'll cast another vote for crooked or oddly angled shots. There's an agent in my market whose listing photos make me dizzy - every one is at a different angle.

Photos of flowers - not flower beds - flowers (or flower) - Oh look honey! Let's buy this tulip for $500,000!

Photos of empty rooms with just a corner - two walls meeting and some floor in the photo.

Almost all bathroom photos.

Ugly photos of messy rooms.

Repetitive photos. Multiple shots of the same room or facade.

Another pet peeve -- please - somebody tell me what it is - are the "enhanced" photos. There's some program, app or somethingorother out there - that makes the photos look different - it's hard to explain but they sort of glow in a creepy sort of throbbing way. I remember reading about it on ActiveRain years ago. I don't know what it is but I HATE the photos. People are hooked on it. I even came across a calendar of scenes in Boston that I would have loved but the photos were "enhanced" in that way - yuck!
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The agent capturing their own image in the mirror. Animals in the pictures, especially on the furniture. I guess that is a "pet pet peeve." Pictures of a piece of furniture that has nothing to do with the house.
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Agree with the furniture. Once saw a pic of a dog relieving himself in a shot of the lovely backyard!
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worst one was a picture of the living room, window clearly in the picture, with a bullet hole in it, geeze!
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Note to self: No bullet holes. Haha... That's great.
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That's truth in advertising.
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For me it has to be those "front of the house" photos!! A chunk of exterior wall and half a window is NOT the front of the house!! Even more amazing, they post 3 - 4 of those, are we supposed to put the puzzle together?
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Crooked or fuzzy pictures, people in the pictures, trash containers in the picture, toilet seats up, super dark pictures... I could go on and on.
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Please note I have seen pictures on our MLS with people striking a pose, beer belly and all, absolutely disturbing.
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My biggest one is open toilets but it also amazes me to see crooked pictures when it is such a simple fix.
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Hands down it's open toilets for me.
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Regarding those sideways shots...
Pollitely call the listing agent and commend them on their wonderful listing.
In the conversation reveal, "I fell out of my office chair and wrenched my wrist because the pics are sideways."

'I know! But I don't know how to fix it." blurts newbie.

"Oy vey!" Who will save this one.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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You are kind and discreet: great qualities. Thank you.
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