Thanks for your answers, everybody. I personally do not use photos on my business cards or marketing materials, and never have. It seems I am in the minority here, but somehow using my face as a means to brand myself seems vain -- I believe the real estate industry should be customer-centered and not agent-centered. In the entertainment industry, I can certainly understand the correlation between face and marketing... but in real estate?
Deborah, I've heard the accountant example as well, and I see what you say about how the relationship with an agent is more personal. But to cite another example, I've never seen my doctor's or gynecologist's face on their marketing materials, and I don't think it can get more personal than that.
I don't know, I may be wrong -- I actually enjoy seeing your pictures next to your comments because it does give me a sense of talking to an actual person -- but I still struggle with whether or not I should cave and start using photos as part of my marketing.
Thanks for the 'food for thought'!
P.S. Erin - is that really your dog? Beautiful dog -- looks like he's taking YOU for a walk! ;o)