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For over thirty years,
Wen Saunders has marketed & photographed real estate
in several states including Virginia, Florida, & Colorado.  


Wen Saunders is president of The Wendy Saunders Companies, Inc., specializing in web site design, graphic design, marketing seminars and  photojournalism services company/ www.wendysaunders.com) for small businesses.   Saunders has resided in Pagosa Springs, Colorado for the past seven years.  Directly from college, she was hired as Marketing Director for Ingram & Houser Real Estate (Hopewell, VA), which became one of Virginia’s most successful and largest real estate companies.  Wen's duties included all phases of marketing including magazine & newspaper ads, billboard design and production, and print media (agent and property marketing).  Her advertising designs produced national awards for the company. She also conducted company and agent marketing seminars. The company partners eventually ventured into two separate companies, Ingram & Associates and Houser & Company.  Today and over thirty years later, Ingram & Associates still uses her originally designed logo! 

Life With Purpose

Wen Saunders believes in chasing dreams and that hard work can change lives. She’s no stranger to individual success. Top-performing photographer. National speaker.  Sales and marketing business coach. Saunders has achieved all those titles in throughout her photojournalism and marketing 35-year career.

After semi retiring from a photojournalism and marketing career, she soon discovered a passion for real estate. After all upon graduation from college, she worked for one of Virginia’s largest independent real estate companies as their marketing director.  Licensed during the downward real estate spiral which included a large number of short sales, falling prices, and foreclosure, she was told it would be impossible to start a profitable real estate career. She wasn’t daunted.  She incorporates technology into all parts of her business, from house signs and fliers  with QR codes for more information and details of the listing to designing her own created and branded magazine and newspaper advertisements.  She quadrupled her sales in 2012, which was only her second full year in real estate!

With Saunders, Integrity is a nonnegotiable quality. Her simple philosophy to put customers first, while upholding herself to the highest standards allows her to stay focused on the best possible outcome. Saunders understands clients want efficient communication, a can-do attitude, and  want to work with someone with the know-how to overcome obstacles, especially in today’s real estate market. Saunders has certification as  a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and has taken over 60 hours of additional real estate courses (only 24 hours are required in three years).   She manages to find the time to educate herself in this ever changing real estate market; providing the best possible service to both buyers and sellers.

Previously she resided in the cities of Hopewell, (Virginia), St. Augustine (Florida), Boulder and Lafayette (Colorado), and Durango (Colorado).   At one point, she had photography studios in three cities and produced every event from all of them personally. In addition, over the ten year period, Wendy lectured at 20 or 30 National PPA (Professional Photographer of America) and WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographers International) photography conventions, plus state and local conventions to crowds of 10 people and up to 2,000+ professional photographers each, enrolling them with her exquisite marketing, print technique, and photojournalistic story telling eye. She represented Hasselblad USA, Tamron, Canon, Kodak, and Fuji photo manufacturers, attending national conventions as their product speaker and educator. 

Today, she continues to work with Tamron (nation’s largest lens manufacturer) through lecturing.  Tamron also continues to use her images in their product marketing and trade show booths and frequently looks for her expertise in testing their product in the field. She was profiled in a book by the President of the Professional Photographers of America, Ann Montieth, “The 25 Best Wedding Photographers in America”. And she was interviewed by The Knot, the Wall Street Journal, and Martha Stewart Living for her views on the difference between photojournalistic wedding story creation versus ‘candid’ snap shot weddings and the marketing thereof. Tamron features her images in their e-magazines, including western (rodeo), street rod, and amateur photo assignments.  She has participated as an artist in the Greeley Stampede Western Art Show, The Sedona Art Show, The Durango Street Art Show, and several galleries throughout Colorado and the United States.

For years, she was the lead photo moderator on the AOL Photography Forum(when AOL was the internet and they had 30,000,000 subscribers and that meant something very powerful). She was in demand for week long private seminars and as a studio development consultant. Her educational materials were widely viewed by the professional community. Articles and interviews about her work and philosophy appeared in virtually every industry related publication.

Saunders served as Publicity Director at Fort Lewis College Theatre (2003-05) producing print media and public relations for college theatre productions. She served as Vice-President, Pagosa Springs Art Council, and is Art Line columnist for the Pagosa Sun newspaper (writing a weekly column for the arts in Pagosa Springs and surrounding area).  She also produced an Arts & Entertainment section bi-weekly for the Southwest Free Press newspaper. She continues to serve as marketing director for The Pagosa Quality Fishing Project (a volunteer organization who releases trout into the San Juan River thru town in Pagosa, visit www.pagosaqualityfishingproject.com).

Wen Saunders has been a small business owner and photojournalist covering life’s events for over thirty years.  She continues to photograph and hand-print custom print black and white photographic images in the traditional darkroom on fiber archival papers, almost a lost art in today’s digital photography world.   Displayed art show images are a few of over 5,000+ images she photographs during the year. This series of images is part of a 100 limited edition series of photographs, signed and numbered by Saunders.  Saunders covers events throughout the nation, with a specialty in Colorado including the western slope (Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Keystone) and the Front Range (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs) and Grand Junction.  Saunders is familiar with the marketing mindset of Colorado towns and the struggle to gain market share toward tourism dollars. She is a superb artist and craftsman of public relations and photojournalistic story telling style, a strong designer, and tireless worker. She serves her clients’ needs, eschewing many industry honors and recognition that would be showered on her to focus on creating the 'perfect' reportage of the wedding day or event in an artistic and timeless style for the satisfaction of each client. 

In 2009, she also opened Artisans of the Southwest Gallery and Wine Tasting Room in Pagosa Springs. The facility provided an opportunity for hundreds of artists to display and sell their work in a creative gallery and wine tasting room environment.  In the summer of 2010, the gallery was inundated with rainwater on two occasions and the gallery sought a new location.  After spending most of her financial resources to renovate the original gallery, she searched for a property that would not need another large investment.  A new location could not be found and the facility closed. It is that strange and devastating circumstance which began her serious commitment to venture toward a second career passion - real estate.  Today, she is a full-time agent with RE/MAX Eagle's Nest in Pagosa Springs.

She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Communications Arts & Design.  Saunders is also recognized as one of the leading event photojournalist in the U.S. and credited with the re-emergence of black and white photography during the wedding day coverage.  Saunders also conducts PhotoLEARN Children’s Camps, PhotoLEARN Adult Sessions, Marketing and Web Site Day Seminars, and private web site training sessions (visit www.wendysaunders.com).  She completed the CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) coursework and is helping homeowners with selling and buying.  In her first six months of real estate, Wen was a 2011 Million Dollar Producer and Top EXIT Realty Colorado Regional Producer in November, 2011. In 2012, 2013 Wen received the RE/MAX 100% Club recognition.

In 2014 Wen joined  Keller Williams Realty Southwest Associates, LLC.  KW is the fastest growing real estate firm in North America  (according to Real Estate Trend Magazine) and changing the WORLD in real estate! Keller Williams Realty southwest Associates, LLC has over 50 agents (and still growing when most companies are shrinking) in their downtown Durango office.  KW, which started in Austin, Texas (1983), is now expanding into the Pagosa Springs market.  Wen was chosen as their first agent to live and work the Pagosa market!   The KW philosophy is to “build the career of our people, they will build the company”.  Wen is pleased  they are approaching the Pagosa Springs market and will grow an office here. For Pagosa listing clients, KW is a grand opportunity to network your property not only throughout Pagosa Springs, but in Durango as well!  I now will be a member of both Realtor Boards (Pagosa Springs and Durango), and marketing your properties throughout southwest Colorado.   KW Durango agents whom have clients interested in Pagosa Springs now have a known fellow KW agent to refer those clients.  Wen is honored to help individuals and families - whether Buying or Selling.  Her attention to detail makes her clients experience in purchasing and selling a most pleasant one!  

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