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Donna Harris - Through the Years - My Marketing Pictures Then and Now

I got my real estate license back in October 2000. That's 12 years ago. I looked very different back then.  I looked like I was 18 years old. I cut my hair short, because I was told only young people had long hair, and I got all dressed up. I got pictures taken for my business card. At the time, I thought it was the best picture I had ever taken!  I thought I looked so mature and much older... but looking back, I still looked very young. (I don't have a picture on my computer, so this is a picture of a picture from an old marketing piece I found.)

donna harris 2000

I used two different business cards. One card had my picture that I gave to people after meeting with them so they could always put the face to my name. The second card didn't have my picture. This was a card that was given to people to hand out or placed inside any marketing that was mailed out. If they didn't already know me, they didn't need to know how young I was.

In 2001, I decided to not put my picture on my card anymore. I thought it was hindering my business. I was asked by many people why there wasn't a picture, and I just said that I didn't think it was necessary.

In 2006, I was older and wiser and decided to get new pictures taken. It didn't look half bad. I really liked it. I looked approachable and friendly.

donna harris 2006

In fact, I liked that picture so much, I tried to duplicate it in 2009 when I thought it was time for a new picture. I mean, I was now a Mom, so I had to look more mature, right?  I still use this picture today in much of my marketing.

donna harris 2009

I did get another picture taken in 2010 just for a new look. I didn't like that picture as much so I don't use it as much.

donna harris 2010

I don't think I've changed much since then.  However, one of my lead sources required me to take a new, updated picture. It couldn't be a headshot. It had to be either a full or half body shot.  Really?  I still have 5 pregnancy pounds to lose. I didn't really want my body in a picture, but I understand that some comsumers might feel mislead when they see a face and then see their agent in person and it looks like a totally different person.

donna harris austin texas real estate agent

Got it, so I got this picture taken.  I don't have it on my business card. Actually, I don't have business cards at all right now as I'm thinking they're old school. If someone wants to refer me, they don't give a business card, they send an email to the person with my contact information.  If I've met the buyers or sellers in person, I've cooresponded at least one time with an email, and they have my contact information from my signature in the email.

Anyway, these are the pictures of Donna over the years. Do I still look 18? I better not as it's more than 12 years later!!

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Comment balloon 14 commentsDonna Harris • December 07 2012 05:22PM


Donna - You still look very young!  I like your new photo:)  (put that photo on your new business cards)

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) about 6 years ago


Ah, love it especially the thought that maybe you don't need business cards any more.  I am just about to get a new picture card, most especially to update the picture, BUT not sure so critical.  

It's amazing how fast time flies in this business.  You've done a good job keeping up with professional pictures.  Don't think you have changed that much in the last six years:-)

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

I think you look great in all your pictures.  What's really amazing it you look pretty much the same over the years.  That's a good thing!

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Great photos, Donna!   May I respectfully say, you are rather "Timeless".   You look almost the same in each picture!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago
Donna, It seems the years have been kind to you. You look like a polished, professional-what more could be asked for?
Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORSĀ®) about 6 years ago

Donna, "I guess I am old school":)))) I have  no picture on my card....I find that international clients and business people in my market still like to exchange business cards....but now to your pictures I was going to say you look younger every year!

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 6 years ago

Congratulations Donna because whatever you are doing is working so good luck and HAppy Holidays

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) about 6 years ago

It fun to watch the stream of pictures and the logic behind each.  Oh and so agree w/ you.. I never give/get referrals from biz cards.  Most I will write it down for people or email and that's usually how others have gotten my info.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 6 years ago

Wow, you haven't changed much I will say that for you.  Great pictures!

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) about 6 years ago

You looked great then and you look even better now Donna.                                                                                               

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 6 years ago

Donna: All your photos look great. What I don't understand is why would you need a body shot for a real estate photo? Yours is super, still business but casual and friendly.

Posted by Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker ((831) 626-4000) about 6 years ago

You guys are all so sweet... maybe I photo-shopped too many wrinkles out... j/k, it was just the bags under my eyes!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 6 years ago

Donna  You really are very photogenic.  Like you, my pictures are never more than 2 years old - I don't want to have prospects wonder if I'm me when we meet for the first

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 6 years ago
You are pretty and professional in all the photos. Thanks for sharing your journey in pictures.
Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago