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CONTEST: Photos Make A Difference - Then and Now

This is a contest that I hope all my friends here on Active Rain will participate in.  I think it is a great way to show how gracefully we have aged.  I have only been in business for 7 years, but I have definitely seen some changes in myself.  I hope you will see them also.   

Your personal photo is a critical part of your marketing for more agents.  Most of the time, prospects will see your photo before they see you in person.  While it’s funny to say that many agents use their “high school yearbook photo” for marketing, there are more than a few who have pictures 10+ years old that look nothing like themselves today.  If you have an old photo but haven’t changed, that’s one thing.  Regardless, a good photo represents the professional you are today.


Compare a photo of yourself when you started in the business and the photo you use now.  Tell us how that original photo made impressions on people and compare it to how the current photo makes impressions.  BE FUNNY!!  The idea is to contrast how your photo has made a difference in your business but have fun.  Got a story about something someone said about your old picture?  How about the new one?  Did you try something different in between? Do you dread your old clothes or hairstyle? Did your old photo embarrass you? BONUS POINTS:  Add a third photo that reflects a point “mid career”.    You won’t get more points but it will make a timeline more interesting.


  1. All photos must be your profile pictures used in your business
  2. You must include the photo you used when you started and you must use your current photo
  3. If your photo hasn’t changed (you've been in the business a short time) then tell us how you would change your photo
  4. Have fun! Tell us something that makes us laugh
  5. Post a link to your story here
  6. Contest starts November 26th, 2012 and ends Dec 10th 2012 at 11:59PM PST


Every entry gets 500 points just for putting up a couple of pictures and a story.  If you want to go for the big points, you just need to win!  Our celebrity guest judges, Leslie Ebersole and Greg Nino,will join me to vote on the winners who can get:

  • First Place - 2000 points
  • Second Place - 1500 points
  • Third Place - 1000 points

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Comment balloon 3 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • November 26 2012 07:30PM


This one is too complicated for me as i didn't use photos in the beginning.  Don't think I can use this one.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago
Lloyd, I think this will be a fun one! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's photos, then and now!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago

Thanks for reposting this one Lloyd!  I can't wait to see the past and present photos of everyone.  I know a few agents in our area that could use the contest as a hint to update their photo.  Unfortunately they are not on AR. 

Posted by Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co.) over 6 years ago