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Self Portrait

Rarely do I get in front of the Lens.

The Photographer poses. To understand the method experience all aspects of the Art.

The Photographer poses. To understand the method experience all aspects of the Art.

Today I was setting up Lighting and set for model Amber Botros of Kansas City.

When my assistant Roxane Henrici offered to take my image in my set-up. I hesitated then agreed.  It's a good experience as a Photographer to do this, to let your guard down and see what it's all about. It's not a Easy thing to do at all, but with the right direction and the right support and expertise it's 

a Pretty cool experience. And when you see your  portrait and you know it captured you, in your element it rocks.  So, don't be afraid, go to a pro who knows how to capture you in your light. The right team can be amazing and I love my team of creatives. Thank you. 

I am Kimberly Pimentel and I am a Kansas City Photographer.

Imagine, look, live

Finding Peace with your Creativity

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.

Postcards from Amsterdam turned into a Mobile in my Art space 

Postcards from Amsterdam turned into a Mobile in my Art space 

 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.

Postcard from the Van Goth museum that now floats from a modern wire Mobile I filled with cards from my trip to Amsterdam 

Postcard from the Van Goth museum that now floats from a modern wire Mobile I filled with cards from my trip to Amsterdam 

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?

The Masters in the Rjiks Museum image by Kimberly Pimentel.

The Masters in the Rjiks Museum image by Kimberly Pimentel.

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.

Rooftop 360 degree Bistro in Amsterdam image by Kimberly Pimentel 

Rooftop 360 degree Bistro in Amsterdam image by Kimberly Pimentel 

 

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.

Breakfast before Museums Daam Square Amsterdam 

Breakfast before Museums Daam Square Amsterdam 

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. 

Audio tour walking Holland 

Audio tour walking Holland 

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. 

Find peace  

cheers  

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.

My website is at 

http://pimentelportfolio.com/

It's not about the Gear

When inquisitors approach me with questions about photography I'm always happy to answer their questions. But more often then not I will answer "it's not about the gear".

My trio of current go to lenses posing in afternoon California soft light. Image taken with a IPhone 6+   http://pimentelportfolio.com/

My trio of current go to lenses posing in afternoon California soft light. Image taken with a IPhone 6+

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It's not about the gear.  It's so much More then the gear. I have this image that to this day when I look at it reminds me of this statement.  I took the image while living in New Mexico, attending UNM.  The concept of the image was to go outside of the bounds of camera equipment. We spent the days using cameras made from paint cans and Holga cameras. ( Holga cameras are actually Japanese toy plastic cameras that actually shoot film but have light leaks in the body that create beautiful eerie images). If you've never used one before and are interested in Photography do yourself a favor and spend the $20 to get a Holga and $20 for b&w 120 film and start here. 

  The reason I beg you to do this is so you will learn the simplest lesson about photography. And that is "it's not about the gear".  It doesn't matter what camera you have the brand the lens when you are wanting to truly learn about the art of images. The art is seeing, looking and connecting to a aspect a visual glimpse,  and teaching your mind to relay to your eye to capture it and compose it.  

My Holga images that I took that day in New Mexico I developed  the film by hand. I scanned the large digital 120 film formats on my Epson scanner and printed 11x16 prints. And the one print that captures my mind everytime I look at it isn't in crisp focus, it's not accurately exposed (it's actually double exposed due to the nature of the Holga). This image is far from perfect. But to me a Photographer who practices the art of Photography it's perfect. It's beyond perfect it's F'ing ART!!  And I love it's shortcomings because it taught me to look deeper. 

So ask me anything you want about Photography, but if you really want to know about cameras and ask me what type to get I will suggest a Holga!  

Cheers

Shoot more talk less!  

My name is Kimberly Pimentel and I am a Kansas City Photographer.  

My website is  

http://pimentelportfolio.com/

Altitude Attitude

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.

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"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? 

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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.

A quiet moment on a Palm Springs evening.

A quiet moment on a Palm Springs evening.

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. 

A flowered vine on a wall in Palm Springs California 

A flowered vine on a wall in Palm Springs California 

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. 

Cheers!

I am a Kansas City Photographer, my name is Kimberly Pimentel 

and my website is  http://pimentelportfolio.com/

 and I am ready to create a magnificient portrait for you .

Former Ballerina and Flamenco dancer poses on a Sunday afternoon

Roxane Petra Carmen Henrici  is the daughter of German born parents, Bernd and Inge.   She has lived and loved dance her whole life. She tells me, as a child her first experience in the arts was a class in gymnastics and she excelled in this. 

But, it was Ballet that captured her soul. When you read her dance resume you wonder what can drive a young person to be so captured, so driven by an art form.  She danced in The Houston Opera for a season. Telling me that the stage was always a place of safety and expressionism for her.  

On this quiet Sunday afternoon her only audience was her rescue dog Uma.          Roxane has a stage presence that can give you chills. She is so fluid and expressive in her movements.

     Her dance schooling continued at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.   Her parents' hard blue collar ethics enabled her to attend this arts High School. They  knew that their daughter was an Artist and needed to be in this type of environment to develop her skills.

      Roxane has told  me being so young and away from family was hard, but a growth experience. While attending arts school she missed out on family trips back to Europe and many occasions and celebrations.  

     After highschool Roxane studied dance at the University of New Mexico earning a scholarship in Flamenco. 

"A Dame and her dog"- image by http://kimberlypimentel.com

"A Dame and her dog"- image by http://kimberlypimentel.com

On this  Sunday afternoon I captured this portrait of Roxane ballerina flamenco dancer and artist.  Always a dancer always a performer. Life is her stage and we are all her audience. Bravo Roxane bravo!

Images by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photography  

http://kimberlypimentel.com

Roxane and Una 

Roxane and Una 

Amsterdam's Colors

The Reds of Amsterdam 

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This city will capture your heart with all its visual beauty 

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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

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I loved the Juxtoposition of all the bikes anchored to homes and bridges - the velocity of the city -Amsterdam 

How We Did the Shoot

To see the set up as a Photographer it's Important to Remember the Process so that I can Improve, Replicate and Teach others. Because as I improve and share I also learn more.  Our wardrobe we secured from our collection we have gathered from second shops.

   Makeup was done by Roxane Henrici. Using the following :Tartelette in bloom 2 eyeshadow palette, Estee lauder doublewear foundation, Clinique blush, Estee lauder doublewear eyeliner, and Lancome mascara.

Model Credit : Roxane Henrici  

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We did this series using a light bounce, gold side up and a Hensel Octogon, I metered with a Sekonic 478D and shot standing on a ladder- we used the Canon L series 70-200 and 50mm

Did a few more different poses - it was bright sunlight but we shot under a awning deck 

Did a few more different poses - it was bright sunlight but we shot under a awning deck 

Modifying light is the technical part I enjoy.

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And this was my stance- stepladders are essential tools in Portait photography

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Bounced a gold diffuser for this one.

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Model Credit: Roxane Henrici

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Makeup by: Roxane Henrici

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Styling Credit: Roxane Henrici

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Dancers make the best Models as they are so fluid and comfortable in front of the camera- Cheers!