I like to look at what else is in the photograph and for a moment ignore the item for sale. Look at the props in the background. The surrounding landscape.
And I tell myself that I'm catching a tiny glimpse into someone else's life. Or the life they dream about.
A window in the background, a strategically placed tea cup, a model on a rooftop can say a lot about a person.
Today, I found myself using some props from around the house for one of the photos used in my latest agent jane listing: Joe's O's. Reduced fat Cheez-Its. TLC crackers.
What do they reveal about me? Nothing deep, I suppose.
The Joe's O's... well that's pretty obvious, I guess. My daughter loves them. Could live off of them if I let her. The Cheez-Its... hubby loves them and goes through a couple of boxes a week. And the TLC crackers... another failed attempt to add diversity to my daughter's diet. She still loves her cheese, fruit, beans and rice.
I wonder if other people will look for clues about me in this picture. I can't imagine I'm the only one who looks in the background for something hidden, something revealing.