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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #76

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

Happy Victoria Day – hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.

Thank goodness it’s over. No more bad photos from me. I’ll return to my armchair and resume cynicism tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the humble pie. I know I did; it was fun to go back and remember the not-so-great shots I used to take. Good photography takes time and practice. Keep at it!

May 19th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 19th, 2008

Last but not least”

For the last shot of HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition, I leave you with this hopelessly ordinary and also not level shot of a bedroom. Beds always look better photographed at an angle, and I neglected to turn on that chandelier, which would have looked great.

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #75

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 18th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 18th, 2008

Dazed And Confused”

I have no idea where my mind was when I shot this picture. It doesn’t really appear to be of anything in particular, yet manages to capture bits of the dining room, kitchen and patio, all in one poorly composed, poorly exposed and aligned mess. Quite an achievement, no?

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #74

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 17th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 17th, 2008

Flower Power?”

A great example of a trite photo! Don’t waste space on the MLS with shots like these. This photo tells the buyer more about the two houses pictured in the background than it does about the subject home. A cramped-looking eating area is all we have to go on!

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #73

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 16th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 16th, 2008

Whitewashed”

This was a weird old house that had been the subject of a rushed reno that included finishing the attic, which is where this nightmare came from. A better camera/wide angle lens would have helped.

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #72

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 15th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 15th, 2008

Decisions, Decisions”

When your camera won’t allow you to fit the whole room in one shot, what is a REALTOR® to do? The nicest part of this room happened to be the hardwood flooring, so I wanted to emphasize it in the shot, but in doing so I left out the rest of the room and even managed to catch a corner of the door in the shot.

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #71

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 14th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 14th, 2008

Clutter-rama”

A nice living room is transformed into a bachelor-pad nightmare – more at 11. This is from one of the first listings I ever had. One of the things you can’t learn in pre-licensing training is how to talk to your clients about cleaning the place up a bit before you shoot photos. That, combined with a terrible angle, and flashy-burny syndrome, makes this a horrible shot.

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #70

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 13th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 13, 2008

Green with Envy, AMIRITE?”

Sometimes, as REALTORS®, we’re not given much to work with… But believe it or not, this shot WAS taken in the daytime, but the dark colour of the room makes it look like night. Before I learned to use a tripod and got a camera that could do longer exposures, ugly flash-burned pictures like this were all too common.

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Tim Ayres


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Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day #69

HMLSPOTD: Humble Pie Edition. This week, for the first time ever, I’m going to name the culprit responsible for these atrocities. I am to blame for all these crimes against real estate photography. Join me, won’t you, as I take a walk down [bad] memory lane and relive my past transgressions.

May 12th, 2008

Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day - May 12th, 2008

Cookin’ up some Crappy Photos!”

I remember this one. It was a small condo in town, with an odd layout and a cramped kitchen. The lack of a good camera and wide-angle lens certainly didn’t help. At least it was clean.

Oh boy, this is going to be fun!

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Tim Ayres


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Moral Dilemma

I missed a Horrible MLS Photo yesterday. I had a bit of thinking to do on the future of this part of my blog.

On Friday, I had a call from a member of our real estate board who had noticed one of his pictures on the blog last week. He wasn’t upset about the fact that his photo had ended up on my blog, but was more concerned that I was skating on thin ice by pointing out the inadequacies of other members’ photography skills, which could be construed as discrediting another member, which isn’t allowed under our code of ethics.

I explained that I never ever mention the name of the REALTOR®, the address or even the MLS® number of the subject photo. In fact, I rarely even know these things myself; I usually just scan the photos section of the listing without looking at such details.

Often, the photos are from out of the area or are e-mailed to me by readers.

And the whole point of this exercise (other than entertaining you, the reader), is to encourage real estate agents to get better at what we do. I’ve even posted some of my own photos before.

This agent that called was concerned that I was poking fun at other agents in our area, which is inappropriate, especially now that I’ve been elected as a director for our real estate board. It really struck me when he told me that he had in fact voted for me. I felt like a complete jerk.

So I had a bit of a dilemma on my hands. On the one hand, I don’t feel I’m doing anything wrong. Usually my comments are more helpful tips on how to make the photo better rather than biting remarks ridiculing the agent that took the photo (whose identity is never revealed). On the other hand, I do have a duty to respect and represent the agents who elected me to sit on the board for the next two years, and I feel I’m held to a higher standard in that regard.

What I’ve decided is that I’ll continue the Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day. However, I will no longer use pictures from the Victoria Real Estate Board, and wherever possible, I’ll search for them outside the province. I will also begin to accept reader submissions from outside our trading area. I will also make sure that my comments about the photos, if any, will be constructive in nature and not demeaning.

And my policy stands as it always has, that if you’ve found one of your photos on this blog and want it removed, simply let me know and I’ll take it down.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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