The photos and written insights you submit to Agent Insight create a rich tapestry of community life that enables the consumer to visual their potential future home. The photos in particular enhance the site with color and vibrancy, and including people in a picture can bring an otherwise static scene to life and enrich the story behind the photo. For example, an attractive shopping area or a beach scene might look much more exciting and animated if the viewer sees others enjoying the place.
Unfortunately, photos that include recognizable faces of people cannot be posted through Agent Insight. You may have already received that dreaded email, “Regarding Your Recent Submission…,” where you were notified that your photo was not usable. As much as our moderators dislike sending out these emails, it is necessary. For privacy and copyright reasons, pictures that include identifiable people cannot be published – even if the subject is from your own family or is someone you personally know.
But that doesn’t mean that people can’t be in photos.
There are many different ways to photograph a person without capturing a recognizable image. You can photograph them from behind, or if the lighting is right, you can capture a person in silhouette. Since the objective is to avoid showing a person’s face, faces covered by sports’ helmets or Halloween masks don’t pose a problem.
Crowd pictures are another good way to bring life to a picture as long as you are far enough away to ensure that individual faces are too small to recognize. A giant stadium filled with fans will nearly always work. Smaller venues like parades, county fairs, or concerts can also be a great photo subject that will be of interest to potential clients.
Just keep a good photographer’s eye on the finished product. Take a look at these excellent examples of people pictures.
Photos by Kathy Madore, RE/MAX North Country, Plattsburgh, NY; Kathleen Ramos, RE/MAX Platinum Group, Sparta, NY; Karen Trebes, RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, Metairie, LA; and Charles Ross, RE/MAX Advantage, Salina, KS.