A Realtor’s Refresh with Professional Brand Photos

March 18, 2024

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Let’s face it, in the competitive world of real estate, first impressions matter. And in today’s digital age, those first impressions often happen online. I was thrilled to collaborate with Margaret O’Gorman, a dedicated real estate agent in Northern Virginia. Together, we worked on a realtor’s brand refresh, focusing on professional brand photos. Our goal was to elevate her online presence and showcase her expertise in the real estate industry.

Margaret, like many successful real estate agents, wears many hats. She juggles the demands of her clients with the desire for a healthy work-life balance. During our initial consultation, it became clear that Margaret wanted photos that showcased both her professionalism and her approachability. Basically she needed a visual language that said she will guide her clients through the process with expertise and a smile.

Bridging the Gap Between Serious and Approachable

Although Margaret already had a handful of photos, but they weren’t quite capturing her full essence. Therefore, we needed to bridge the gap between serious authority and friendly relatability. To achieve this, we incorporated a variety of elements in our realtor’s refresh with professional brand photos:

  • Strategic Clothing: Michelle, my amazing wardrobe stylist, curated a selection of three outfits that walked the line between professional, business casual, and a touch of fun. Think crisp blazers with pops of color, all within a palette of blues, blacks/grays, and reds that reflected Margaret’s brand.
  • Staged Authenticity: Gone are the days of stiff, posed headshots. Our photoshoot took place in a photo studio meticulously staged to resemble Margaret’s workspace. We incorporated props like paperwork, a sold sign, keys, brochures, and a laptop to subtly hint at her expertise. More importantly, we captured Margaret interacting naturally with these props, letting her personality shine through genuine smiles and relaxed conversation with my assistant (who acted as a stand-in for an engaged client).

Warmth, Dedication, and the Four Seasons Touch

Margaret wanted her photos to convey not just professionalism, but also warmth and dedication to her clients. To achieve this, we focused on capturing genuine emotions during the realtor’s refresh with professional brand photos. We got Margaret laughing, relaxed, and fully present in the moment. Think of it as bottling the essence of the reassuring conversation you have with a trusted advisor. Margaret also expressed admiration for The Four Seasons’ client-focused approach to luxury. We used this as inspiration, ensuring that every photo exuded a sense of personalized service and a commitment to making Margaret’s clients feel valued throughout their real estate journey.

A Visual Arsenal for Every Platform

The final images will be Margaret’s new visual calling card. She plans to use them across a wide range of platforms, including her website, social media (think Instagram stories, feed, and Facebook), blog posts, newsletters, digital products, and even postcards mailed to homeowners in Reston. This photoshoot wasn’t just about taking photos; it was about crafting a visual narrative that captures the essence of Margaret’s brand. With these new images, Margaret is well on her way to exceeding her business goals for the rest of 2024, all while ensuring her family remains her top priority. Are you a real estate agent looking to elevate your online presence? Let’s chat about how professional brand photos can help you build trust and attract new clients!

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Jenny Sessoms is a professional people photographer with a BFA in photography from RIT in New York. She has over 20 years of experience and has won awards and been published on billboards, in magazines and online. Jenny offers photoshoots that are relaxed and stress-free for everyone. Services available in the Northern Virginia area including Ashburn, Leesburg, Chantilly, Middleburg, Fairfax and more.