Have you ever heard someone say I wish I could tell my 15 year old self what a incredible journey my life would lead me too? I guess we have all struggled and felt pain within ourselves as we built identies, with our Art. And each day I remind myself to find peace in my creativity. And finding peace with your Creativity will allow your art to grow.
But what is finding peace within your Creativity? And how does one filter out all the other messages that cloud the reception of the creative mind? These messages that I talk of are the ones that hold most Artist back from obtaining a satisfying life in which they utilize thier art to create income.
I find it amazing that some of the most successful people I admire have spent the least amount of time in College classes. Why is this? Is it because college has no courses aimed at Creativity awareness?
So perhaps these entrupaneurs that I admire have learned the lesson of creativity awareness on their own. I found for myself personally the most rewarding time spent in Collegeite courses was when I was studying with a agenda. And that agenda was to allow myself to learn to create. Allow yourself to create is a big statement it's vague and encompasses a inner chain of thought.
Is it a day where the sun gently warms your arms is it when a sparrow lands next to you and you find comfort in the sound of its wings message? I think it's something different for everyone. Some people just haven't allowed themselves to find peace inside their heads yet. They struggle with the constraints of life, job, Relationships and all things material.
Creatives must learn to engage freedom of thought to best utilize the combined strength of Art into entrepreneurship.
I am learning to let myself find peace within my Art. What I learned by this is just about everything out there in life reflects peace as long as I allow it to remind me of the inherit message. And through this my Art has flourished and grows daily.
As I was falling asleep my wife said to me " you know they say in space there is no time." I responded sleepily what do you mean? She relied " people who space travel say the concept of time is a earthly conception." I thought for a bit and then fell gently to sleep next to her knowing that all was well with the world and that in space time did not exist and I love that and I love the way she calms my head. Finding peace is allowing it to find you.
I am a Kansas City Portrait Photographer my name is Kimberly Pimentel and I create contemporary Portraits that capture a moment and create a lifetime piece of Art.
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One of the best ways to maintain and gear up my creativity is to expeience new things visually. Travel encompasses all the senses. Which in turn resparks my creative process.
"What do you remember the most from Germany ?" She asked
"that coocoo bird ever morning at Cousin Iris's house " every morning this solitary bird would beckon me to arise shake off my jetlag and go out and experience the Countryside.
What will I experience next? What will I take back with me? A sight? A sound? A taste? A feeling?
I love travel the flying the adrenaline the arriving to a new place. All the travel I have been fortunate to experience engages my mind and allows me to spark my creativity.
Discussing a upcoming shoot with my Creative director in the desert air last evening. Allowing our minds to engage in some free thought ideals for our client. We scramble down a few notes to the makeup artist.
Then shoot the client a email engaging her ideals and letting her know we are constantly creating images for her shoot already in our creative process time.
Every part of the creative process is gift to me I can engage a part of my mind and spirit and then transpire a image of that moment to my subject.
"Cool wind in my hair Warm smell of a colitas rising up through the air " Hotel California The Eagles.
As we exited the small plane into the turmac of the Palm Springs airport a stewardess said to us. " you were really having a great time I wanted to join you".
We had been engaging in a creative moment a game we had made out of pantomime and word description where we each took a turn at describing her boring escape and safety spiel into a show. You know life is short and every second I am humbled enough to laugh and enjoy it.
I am a Kansas City Photographer, my name is Kimberly Pimentel
and my website is http://pimentelportfolio.com/
There are many Photographers on today's Social media sites, as we all know. And just about everybody has a Aunt, cousin or neighbor who "shoots images". I personally love that so many people are enjoying photography as a hobby. With so many in the market one must stand out to be seen.
In order to stand out with your portraiture in today's market you must have unique appeal. It takes much work to create a style that is not the mainstream. It's harder to fit the mainstream when your images are different and your style is unique. But to creatives there's is a big aestethic victory and satisfaction of knowing your "style" is unique.
Im by no means a expert in developing a style of images but I do know what I like visually and what I have done to tap into my creative flow and it may or may not work for you. But hey! It's worth a shot and if you grow to love Photography and creating as much as I do and start to see your creative self flourish then it was worth it to me to tell you these STEPS I took to start allowing myself to DEVELOP A UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE.
1. Get acquainted with the Photographic community. Join a shoot club. Get to know other photographers. It's helpful to have others as sounding boards for the questions you may have about anything from lighting to copyright. And joining these groups where others are also developing as creatives helps you learn technique and perhaps question your own techniques.
2. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE DIFFERENT. That being said here's the kicker to the first item- learn to live out of the popular bubble. And here's why. We all learn in patterns we learn to draw within the line, cut a straight line ect ect. Challenge yourself to be different allow your inner weirdness to be boss. Creatives think differently. We see things differently and it's ok to BE DIFFERENT. It's ok to not have everyone love your images or even Like them. For many years I leaned to hide my creative self afraid that when others would see my unique point of view I'd I'd .... what be less popular. Who cares? Be YOU. When you learn to embrace your unique eye you'll love the results and things will start to change.
3. Enjoy and surround yourself with the Arts. What do I mean by this go see a ballet ? Maybe, not your thing go listen to a symphony, umm read a classic. Go to the local museum. Just be in the Arts. When I found myself struggling to define personal style I hopped into a University Class at UNM in New Mexico where I was living at the time. I went back to the basics building cameras out of paint cans, spending days in the darkroom. Through it all did I learn more about my style of photography? No, but I had a professor who challenged me and didn't tell me "hey your images are great" instead he told me you need to pick up a canvas and paint, your a painter inside." I scoffed no way. I'm a lefthander who scribbles illegibly. I can't paint. But years later I did just what he had told me. I picked up canvas and paints and you know what happened? I set aside my camera and I painted. Furiously I threw paint everywhere. Thinking I'll show him! I'm no painter. But what happened is I discovered that I do love to paint. Why? because I have no preconceived issues in what I should be as a Painter. Instead I was just a ceator. I learned to let my style not over define me but I learned to jus let creativity be. So surround yourself with the arts, write prose, paint, learn flamenco dance do something to engage your creative Brain.
So get out there and meet people engage in ideals. Learn to enjoy your creative self and not take it to personally when others do or don't enjoy your aesthetics. And enjoy doing things that will engage your brain. Your art will prosper as you develop a unique aesthetic.
Clients ask me what's your concept for my shoot. This to a creative can be a loaded question. First, it's my job as a professional to deliver what you request. But, what if you don't know what it is that you are looking for in a Portrait, it's my job as a creative to bring my creatvity to the table and give you a image that is unique to my eye. And pleasing to you.
Many things go into making your shoot a success. Pre-planning is cruicial and we consider concept as major factor.
1. Concept comes to me through many variables, I like to use vision palletes of color, sketches patterns anything that to me triggers that "look" I want for your portrait. I find ideals in movies, music, actors, magazines books really anything that catches my eye.
My vision book includes ads from fashion magazines that have caught my eye - combined with your color pallete info to be used for makeup. And costume planning and any notes about you. Concept planning is a way to strength the end product of your look.
2. The next thing wardrobe and hair and makeup. When a vision leads us to a look we start thinking of you and transforming or enhancing your best features. My creative assistant and I hunt down wardrobe at a variety of outlets including thrift, rental or your own closet. These costumes may change. I'll ask you to bring 3 looks of your own. Hair and makeup join in here to stlyize your look. We love to get creative at a shoot and create the usual into the unusual.
3. Then comes the Mechanics of it all. The nuts and bolts so to speak of your shoot. This can include lighting equipment, light meters, hand painted canvas backgrounds, camera and lenses computer to tether your shoot.
And then, when everything works just right we nail it! We create for you a look that is unique and yours.
Of course there are many, many other details that come into play when you choose to let a Professional Photographer create a portrait for you, we jus considered this a starting list of our top 3 Things that go into planning your Photoshoot.
Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer at (913) 687-1464. to set up your preliminary consult then we'll get to work creating for you.
My shoot with Roxane Carmen Petra Henrici.
Kansas City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel
As we were driving from the Houston airport " I grew up in. Trailer park near by. You don't wanna see that."
I love to create images, portraits, moments
2016 was a great year for me. I'm kind of sad to see it leave. I married my soulmate. I traveled to Europe photographing in Germany and Holland. And I allowed myself to grow as a Photgrapher. Hiiiii- Hooooooo!
First session of 2017
The Wheels of Amsterdam Everyday I was drawn to Photograph them- they were more then modes of transportation- they to me became the pulse of the city
All images by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer.
I would capture streams of images
I would move fluidly with them clicking mechanical time
I loved the bicycles of Amsterdam
The Reds of Amsterdam
This city will capture your heart with all its visual beauty
As a creator it was easy to become overwhelmed by all the visual stimulation - so as I captured images I would focus on a theme - this walk was color- Red
I loved the Juxtoposition of all the bikes anchored to homes and bridges - the velocity of the city -Amsterdam
All images taken by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Phorographer at
Street Photography has been a passion of mine for decades. This Summer I spent two weeks in Europe Shooting. These images are from a project called The dogs of Ansterdam-
Another image I caught while walking thru Amsterdam. We would walk and shoot, then stop at a cafe. I loved seeing all the Dogs of Amsterdam and Europe. One dog we met was named Georgie- he had been rescued in Romania.
I have two rescue pups and have learned so much from them. Enjoy the day as my dogs do smell the earth.
I am a Kansas City Photographer and my images can be purchased contact me at. http://kimberlypimentel.com/
Travel street Photography is Amazing in Amsterdam. Bikes, people , canals. It was worth carrying the extra 5-8 lbs of camera equipment.
The Bokeh in my Canon 50mm 1.2 is as creamy as ice cream. I shot this with my Canon 5D Mark ll - Shot in Ansterdam all images by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer at
So creamy .......