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My (Then Our) Trilogy of Real Estate Profile Photos - Plus BONUS PICS!

My (Then Our) Trilogy of Real Estate Profile Photos - Plus BONUS PICS!

I was only 27 years old (and married to Bob for 2 years) when I first got my real estate license and this is the photo I used when I joined Prudential California Realty in Discovery Bay, CA. Interestingly enough, the owner switched franchises from Prudential California Realty to Alain Pinel Realtors a few months later and our business cards no longer had our pictures, so I only used my photo on flyers and on the internet for the next few years. By the way, Bob was a loan consultant for Full Spectrum Lending (a division of Countrywide Home Loans) at the time, so that's why he isn't in the picture with me. :)

1999

Bob became a real estate agent in 2002 and together we worked as a team for our own company, Realty World Platinum in downtown Brentwood, CA. This is a photo we used for our business card, marketing materials and on websites. I have to admit that since it's a chore to get our professional photograph taken (Bob drags his feet on this one!), we used this photo for waaaaaaaaaaaaay too long!

2002

Finally...after 10 years...we got a new photo!!! After 15 years of marriage, I realized that the only way to get our photo taken was to make an appointment at the photography studio and then tell Bob he has a commitment on this day and time. So that's what I did. :)

2012

BONUS PICS: These photos below were used on occasion (just for fun!) but never appeared on our business cards. This particular one was used on postcard mailers for the 4th of July, hence our USA sweatshirts. Anyway, I just thought I had to share these two bonus pics because our four-legged family members are all just so darn cute! Look at our first two puppies (Giulietta - left, Romeo - right) when they were just a few months old...wow, how time flies! My white Persian wasn't too fond of her fur being clenched in my right hand (poor thing) but she adapted to her canine brother and sister very well. She passed away at 14 1/2 years old.

2002

This is our family photo, my favorite picture in the whole wide world! If you've been following my blog for the past year or so, you may remember seeing this profile pic here on ActiveRain. It was what we used before our most current one. Anyway, we have this photo on a large canvas in our home and I smile every time I see it. Giulietta (lower left) and Romeo (lower right) are both 10 years old in this pic and their children Cyrano (middle left) and Cypress (middle right) were almost 8 when this photo was taken. Bob (upper left) and I (upper right) have added a lot of years and a lot of pounds since our first photos were taken. But it's us and we're both happier now than we've ever been! :)

2011

This is an entry to the Photos Make A Difference - Then and Now contest

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BOB & LEILANI SOUZA

Souza Realty, Bob & Leilani Souza - Real Estate Investment Specialists in Southwest Placer County, CA

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Comment balloon 30 commentsBob & Leilani Souza • November 30 2012 06:31PM

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Hi Leilani and Bob, love the pictures! So..where are the ones of you older and heavier??? :) You guys look great!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 6 years ago

Awww...thanks, Cindy! It's the ones marked "2011" and "2012". :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Hi Leilani and Bob -- thanks for sharing this trip down your photography memory lane -- wow -- those are big and growing children --- I can't even imagine your monthly dog food bills.     

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 6 years ago

My favorite is the one with all of the dogs. I LOVE IT. You two look great AND VERY HAPPY! That makes me happy!! ♥

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) almost 6 years ago

Leilani,

You haven't changed a bit!!!  I remember you and Bob in the pic with your red coat!  Love your new one though and the arrangement the photographer used.

Thanks for sharing!  I have to get my then and now post done soon!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 6 years ago

I know what you mean about Bob dragging his feet. Larry usually only gives in to it when we're at some kind of function where I can sneak him over to a photographer. Great photos and story!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 6 years ago

YOU have NOT changed at all over the years, Leilani! I would have thought that 1999 photo was taken recently! What a beautiful photo and what a beautiful face!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 6 years ago

Wow, you guys went all out with a great set of pics.  That casual photo of you from 2011 is great - you both look just plain relaxed and happy.

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

Leilani, these before and now photos are lots of see!     You have not changed, neither has Bob, and love your photo with your "kids"!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 6 years ago

Bob and Leilani,  Really enjoyed the bonus pics!

Posted by Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Porter Co.) almost 6 years ago

Leilani, you haven't changed a bit. Are you the woman that everyone hates at the high school reunions?  :)

Enjoyed the post!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 6 years ago

Wow!  What a great transformation!  You still look great!  And the dogs are beautiful but 4?  Wow, that's a handful.  Happy Holidays.

Posted by Mike Reyman, Delaware County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Leilani... I think you just keep getting prettier in each one!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 6 years ago

Leilani, how is it possible not to age between 1999 and 2012? I haven't figured that out, but you have! I love your pictures--you're both very photogenic.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 6 years ago

Michael, the monthly dog food bills aren't so bad...and even then, our furkids are definitely worth it and much, much more! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

The one with all the dogs is my favorite too, Joni...and I'm glad that you're happy that we're happy! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Awww...thanks, DeeDee! You are a long-time reader of our blog to remember the "old" pic. Can't wait to read your "then and now" post! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Sheila, that's typical I guess of our husbands and photo sessions...at least he didn't have to "suit up" like he did for our first real estate photo! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Awww...thank you, Barbara-Jo! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Thanks, Bryan! It was easy to "dig up" the old photos since I now have (most of) our digital photos stored on a single backup hard drive. The photo from 2011 is a great example of us being us...happy with our family of four furkids! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Thanks, Joan! You're as kind as ever...as always. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Thank you, Christine! Glad you enjoyed the bonus pics...I just HAD to throw them in! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Thanks, Tom! I wish I knew if I was, but unfortunately I haven't been to any high school reunion. I went to HS in Germany, so the reunions I've heard about have been either on the east coast or in the midwest. Nothing in California so far. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Mike, 4 dogs are a breeze. We've even had 6 in the past, which was a little more challenging when it comes to traveling. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Oh, thank you, Kathy...you are just too sweet! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

Thank you, Lottie! I've definitely aged in the last 13 years, but I guess I just don't notice it much. They say aging is "all in the mind" and for the most part, I believe that. Except when I tried kickboxing for the first time recently...that made me feel OLD! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

You and Bob and the "kids" look great in all of the photos.  Of course, my favorite is the last one with you and Bob and the four dogs!  I use to use Countrywide and Full Spectrum all of the time in NJ, amazing how the years have changed a lot of things!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) almost 6 years ago

Thanks, Christine! It's nice to share some of these real estate memories with someone who remembers way back when. Yes, things sure have changed a lot in the mortgage and real estate industry throughout the years. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

You definitely have the best dogs in the contest. I love that last photo. Looks genuine and friendly.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) almost 6 years ago

Thank you, Leslie! So far I haven't seen any other dogs in the contest, but I'm going to look through all of the entries now. I wonder if there are any other animals in the entries, maybe a cat or a horse? :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 6 years ago

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