Business portrait

You Are Your Brand

Kansas City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel created  this Portrait of business  owner  Jason Williams.  

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I’ve been creating portraits for Jason since 2017, and this year we also photographed his fiancé.  

Each time Jason is photographed it’s a journey. He  is a intellectual sensitive energetic man and I know when we photograph him it will be a lesson in branding.

Headshot portraits are the first step of creating your social media look. You have to present yourself in a professional way. Jason knows this and that’s why he chooses professional photographers to capture and create his yearly look.  We do business branding headshots for people who know that their look must be honest and professional in order to be effective.  They chose me to create the look for them. Because they can trust me with their image and know I will not let them down.

In order for branding to be effective the main rule of thumb is, it must be honest and Jason portrait’s encompass him completely and honestly.  He is his one man. There are no pretentious feelings when he sits for me. It’s all him 100 percent and in this honesty we create these intense portraits of him, for him.  

Im sure I’ll Photograph Jason next year and continue to capture him in branding portraits.  Watching him become more successful as we also grow our portrait business it’s a interesting symbiotic relationship and I’m glad I met him and and thankful he trusted me with making his portrait. I enjoy seeing people grow and become the portrait and embrace their self strengths. And creating portraits for them gives me a unique window to see them grow. 

We can assist you by creating a Professional Headshot that will capture you.  

 Kimberly Pimentel is  owner and Photographer at Pimentel Portfolio a Kansas City based Portrait business.

She is a member of the Professional Photographers ( PPA) of America, also, member of Professional Photographers of Greater Kansas City( PPGKC). 

She is also a Accredited Portrait Masters Photographer. Her images have been awarded and published.

And can be reached to set up your session at (913)687-1464

 

 

Marketing Yourself on Social Media

The beauty of today’s Social Media Market is that the world of Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat are FREE. And as a business owner FREE is GREAT. But, no one ever handed out a Manuel on how to market on social media the right  way. 

Here’s our top 5 points to consider when starting your buisness media presence. 

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Headshot created by Kansas City Photographers Pimentel Portfolio LLC.

1. Your face is the face of your new Buisness. Get a professional headshot of yourself. Use your headshot for all your media outlets.  It often amazes us when we do sessions for clients and then go to look at thier media links and never see the images they paid for to be made in action.

2.  First appearances are everything !  Your mom used to tell you that and it’s true! As a representative of your business it’s up to you to display professionalism.  Have a professional Social Media Video made for your business.

3.  Be Neutral, Truth Hurts.  Ok this one is a bit political but hang in there. It’s for your own good. Be careful with your posts to be neutral. Don’t take this personally.  It just allows you to reach more customers who want to hire you.  

4. Don’t be repetitive on your media business posts. You know you hate it when a buddy post his football party pics on Facebook and the same one on Instagram. Switch it up a bit. 

5.  Media presence is the knock on the door in today’s selling world. And quite frankly it’s no longer a “Hi! This is me!” But a “ Hi, this is what I can produce for you !” Be yourself and show your stuff!  

The opportunity to grow yourself comes hand in hand with growing your business base. Network, chat, meet and greet as many people as you can. And remember EVERYONE is a potential client. 

Cheers! 

 

Pimentel Portfolio LLC is an Award Winning, Published, Kansas City based, creative group that specializes in Portraits and  Creating Marketing Profile Videos. 

They can be contacted and inquiries made at  (913)687-1464. 

The Portrait by Kimberly Pimentel

 

I am a Portrait Photographer.

I capture and preserve portraits for people so they can see and embrace their real selves as others see them.

I remember with fondness years ago as I was purchasing my first L series professional lens. It was a Canon 50 mm 1.2 L. As the young clerk at the local electronics store where I had  purchased  the lens smiled at me and said, 

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Portrait of Flamenco Dancer

 

“Wow your getting the 50mm 1.2! That’s a amazing lens you must shoot a lot of portraits?”

I replied “yes I Shoot only Portraits”

#thebeautyofyou

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Portrait of Ballet Dancer Roxi Henrici

 

 

     He replied , “ Someday.... I’d love to own that lens , but portraits are hard to shoot.”

     - I thought as I walking out the door  clutching  my new glass  to my chest I love creating Portraits and  for me Someday had begun.

I have throughout my career as a Photographer shot many  different Prime lenses. I’ve owned a 28mm, a 85mm a 135mm, but never have I owned a Pro Canon Lens. Nor would I ever have thought I could own a Canon Pro lens.

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Portrait of Entrepreneur.

   Let’s start with where I came from to explain who I am as a Photographer.  I came from very meager beginnings don’t get me wrong I was by all means from a middle class family, But my family worked very hard  to achieve where they are now.

     My grandparents had been struggling Migrant workers from the City of Chiuauau Mexico.  And they came to America to better themselves . And, my parents  with this same ethic had instilled in us from a very young age that to get anywhere in life one must become educated and work hard. We had a good life growing up in the country , fishing and playing in the fields instead of working in them. All because my grandparents had a dream and changed their lives for my parents and then me.  

#thebeautyofyou

 

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Portrait of Male Model

 

      Who know where my love of Photography and capturing portraits comes from? I like to think of  it as starting early in myself as a way of learning about people. Studying their eyes and. Facial features, As my grandparents spoke no English and I no Spanish and growing up in a bilingual family.  We, my brother and sisters would sit at the dinner table with our families trying to comprehend conversations through the facial emotions. 

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Maybe my love for capturing portraits comes from the struggle of my grandparents. Maybe it’s because I know that everyone deserves the opportunity to tell their story.

And that the story can be seen through the eyes of the people I Create portraits for.

#thebeautyofyou

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      In the eyes of the young Actor, the emotive eyes of a  dancer, and loving eyes of the bride for her groom, they all tell a story.  What story do your eyes tell?

Let me help you tell your story and capture it in time.  So that long after you and I have left this world , your story will live on.  I am a Portrait Photographer and my images tell your story. 

When was the last time you were photographed? 

 

💃🏻Flamenco Dancers Portraits by Pimentel Portfolio a Kansas City Photographer 📷

We had the pleaseure of Photographing several Flamenco 💃🏻 dancers and creating for them some fantastic dance portraits.  Below Roxane Henrici strikes a pose in a dancerly way at Kansas City's historic Union Station.  

Roxane Henrici dancer 

Roxane Henrici dancer 

The colorful outfits were eye catching and their Flamenco 💃🏻 shoes clicked on the marbel floors of the beautiful Union Station as we captured images of these ladies of dance.  

Cheryl McMorris displays her Flamenco dance dress.

Cheryl McMorris displays her Flamenco dance dress.

Dueling Dancers 💃🏻 below.  At Kansas City's Union Station.

Vanessa Dominguez and Cheryl McMorris dance out a rhythm.

Vanessa Dominguez and Cheryl McMorris dance out a rhythm.

www.pimentelportfolio.com

Is a Kansas City based photography business. That can be contacted to schedule your Portrait session at (913)687-1464.

Portraits Done Right

We are a creative team that LOVES to create images. It's simple; you probably haven't ever had a Professional photographer shoot images of you, have you?

Well, it's time to change that.  And with Pimentel Portfolio we can make this process as fun as possible.  

Amy Stegman poses in the ambient light reflected off the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City

Amy Stegman poses in the ambient light reflected off the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City

We will detail your shoot to fit your needs. Maybe you and your loved ones need a family image. Or you are a modern millennial who marches to a drum of uniqueness. Or you are a business owner who needs to replace that tired selfie with a professional image.  Either way we can put together an incredible shoot for you so your memories can be viewed and cherished.

    On your shoot we will make you feel at ease in front of the camera so your true personality will shine through,and create a glimpse of the truly unique person that you are.  

Kansas City landmark the Kauffman provides a backdrop for Amy Stegman's Session 

Kansas City landmark the Kauffman provides a backdrop for Amy Stegman's Session 

After your session we will Taylor make a gallery of your images and you can create a package of prints, wall art or both to enjoy and share. 

Here Kimberly Pimentel of Pimentel Portfolio shows Amy  Stegman her images. 

Here Kimberly Pimentel of Pimentel Portfolio shows Amy  Stegman her images. 

Pimentel Portfolio LLC is a Kansas City based portrait photography business.  Call us at (913)687-1464  to find out more.  

Kansas City Business Owner Media Portrait

Portrait of Kansas City Business Owner Dawn Hupp.  Anytime we do a Portrait for someone we learn about them, and we learn from them.  Dawn is a millennial entrepreneur who owns Houndstooth Planning Company in Kansas City.  

Image done by Kimberly Pimentel owner of Pimentel Portfolio LLC, for Dawn Hupp Kansas City Buisness owner . 

Image done by Kimberly Pimentel owner of Pimentel Portfolio LLC, for Dawn Hupp Kansas City Buisness owner . 

As we culled through her portrait gallery, we chatted about images and being women  business owners.  She asked me what my opinion was on the above image being a sureshot Media Portrait.  I told her I loved the image but I saw the ones where she was looking straight at camera as being more approachable and powerful .  She thought about that for a moment and said

'Yeah, but I'm a millinial and we do things differently.'

As business owners it's essential that we do whats good for the process not just the moment.  Be yourself and trust your decisions.  And trust that gut instinct that you have to value yourself and place a high value on your self worth and what you do.   

   When your ready to let us create a powerful media for your platform we are ready! 

Pimentel Portfolio LLC, is a Kansas City  based portrait Photographer Buisness. Contact us at (913) 687-1464

Portrait Session for Kansas City Buisness Owner

  We were fortunate to shoot with Marlene Ollier a Local Kansas City Buisness owner.  Aesthetician and Owner of The Clearest Hydrafacial Skin Care, Marlene called us after being gifted a Portrait session for her birthday. 

We consulted with Marlene and determined that she was interested in shooting in Historical Dearborn Missouri's downtown. 

The client Marlene Ollier and Photographer Kimberly Pimentel owner of Kansas City Buisness PimentelPortfolio LLC 

The client Marlene Ollier and Photographer Kimberly Pimentel owner of Kansas City Buisness PimentelPortfolio LLC 

After we knew the location. We scouted the area.  This step of location scouting is a imperative step in your session workflow. It allows your creative team to develop a pathway of creating.  

Below is a image of the Hotel in Dearborn MO. That remains a iconic landmark in this small town with history that dates back to the Civil War.  

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  The owner of the above Hotel and a city matron of the area  both came up to us during the shoot. We chatted about history and Due to our researching the area and knowing some town facts, they shared more knowledge and we were invited to shoot thier again.

This step of researching and communication, is imperative as a professional photographer to let people in the area know who you are and what you are doing. Remain within the public areas of a location. Stay on public sidewalks and be respectful of the area. 

Client Marlene Ollier And Lighting assistant Roxane Henrici enjoy a giggle before the shoot.

Client Marlene Ollier And Lighting assistant Roxane Henrici enjoy a giggle before the shoot.

We all enjoyed our journey back in time in this quaint Missouri City.  I encourage you to read of this city and learn about it's history.  And thank you Dearborn Missouri for allowing us to capture another moment in your cities history.

Pimentel Portfolio LLC is a Portrait Photography Buisness located in Kansas City Missouri. We can be contacted at (913)687-1464. Our work can be viewed at our website www.pimentelportfolio.com

Cheers!!!

Kansas City Photographer on Entrepreneurship.

    Do what you love in life, and you'll love your life. Entrepreneurs often walk to the best of a different drum.  They live life facing challenges of career moves and often self doubt thier creative skills.

     People will doubt your ideals and question your paths at times. I still cringe when I think of someone telling me  " yeah someday that might be a business for you!", or things like " I've seen you do way better". Comments like these and self doubt can lead some entrepreneurs to kick their dreams to the wayside.  

    But at the end of my day running my Photography Portrait business I know two  definitive things:  

   1. It's my dream  

   2. It's what I love to do

and what it all boils down to in life is "what you create is a biproduct of who you are and your love to create. "

I feel lucky everyday to do what I do.  I meet interesting people learn about them and capture their energy in a portrait session. I couldn't ask for a better medium for my creative inner nature.

Pimentel Portfolio Studio creating a Look for a client.

Pimentel Portfolio Studio creating a Look for a client.

We all walk through our lives placing markers on events that are meaningful to us.  Journeys we've been on good and trying. We all look back on memories. The thoughts we carry with us become postcards of the mind. 

When your lucky enough to be doing a Profession that you love, you soon realize how the pieces of the puzzle fit so well. When  your engaged in tasks that allow you to create and be in your element the workflow is rewarding instead of daunting.

Tether shooting a session for Male Model Jacoby of Kansas City.

Tether shooting a session for Male Model Jacoby of Kansas City.

Life does move so fast it's a challenge  to keep up the pace at times. But, I have realized that if you are involved in a career that you Love you will Love your Career.

     Nothing's ever perfect and it all takes work and commitment to the goal. But, heres my list of three pivotal steps, to increasing your life happiness ratio.

   First, find what you love to do. Really think about this. Some of us take decades to find this key. Try on many hats and explore.

  Build a a footpath to your goal. look at others journeys. Learn and research your ideals. Educate yourself as much as possible. The most beautiful of bridges have crumbled when the dreamer forgot to see the river nearby and how it flooded occasionally.

Surround yourself with a Army of associates, family and creatives. You need have to have sounding boards for your visions, in all facets. From the accountant, the banker, the lawyer the spouse the best friend all will become your extension into your new world, and all are necessary.

Entrepreneurs face difficulties daily when starting new ventures. I have made mistakes on my path, have doubted my art, my self. But defeating attitudes breed defeated ideals. I choose these days to wake up each morning and think of ideals and plans to make Pimentel Portfolio bigger and better.  For now it's my creative niche but someday I would love to help others pursue their dreams. Everyone deserves to see a dream come true. For me right now this path is a dream. I can't wait to see where it leads me.

Branding, Media Portraits in Kansas City

#BrandiSharp a local Kansas City buisness owner came to PimentelPortfolio.com for a Social Media Branding Session.  She was in the process of creating and inspiring others in her Journey and was ready to show the World.   And we were there to create and capture her Media Branding Look.

Brandi Sharp local  Kansas City business owner discussing her Media Shoot 

Brandi Sharp local  Kansas City business owner discussing her Media Shoot 

Your Brand as a Entruapneur starts with You. And we all know first impressions are a game changer. And a envoking connectable  polished Social Media Portrait is a part of your Journey. For Brandi,  we did a thinktank Consult with her input.  Her needs were to have a Media Portrait that was Approachable, Energetic and Glamourous because she is #glamlife .

Post Shoot captures dialing in the Look

Post Shoot captures dialing in the Look

To make your Branding Social Media Portrait Session a success create a game plan. Start with hiring a Photographer who can caputure the energy of your look.  Then discuss with your creative your Brand, who are you what's your journey. Then assemble your wardrobe looks. Then book your session.

 I am Kimberly Pimentel a  Kansas City Photographer and owner of Pimentel Portfolio.  I can be booked for Social Media Branding Portrait Sessions. Contact me Kimberly@kimberlypimentel.com

 

What is Shutterfest?

Remember the night before your birthday as a kid?  How you would lay in bed thinking about all the cool presents  you were going to get the next day? Well, that combined with sleepless nights, more new professional acquaintances you've ever met, and endless photographic shoots kind of explains Shutterfest.

Shutterfest swag

Shutterfest swag

We, from PimentelPortfolio, had never been to a Shutterfest convention before. So, we packed everything we've ever used to shoot, and I mean EVERYTHING, including two Military grade parachutes we use for concept shoots. 

Back of our Outback Subaru 

Back of our Outback Subaru 

So we started our  journey to St Louis Union Station; home base of Shutterfest and Photographic Guru Sal Cincotta, a world renowned St. Louis photographer and Papa to the Shutterfest Convention.

On our way discussing our plans

On our way discussing our plans

We Arrived and met Dorothy, the queen of all shutter festers. 

We Arrived and met Dorothy, the queen of all shutter festers. 

We arrived at Union Station in St Louis and saw carloads of other photographers unloading bag after bag of gear. We had arrived!! We were in Utopia!! The sidewalks were already filled with people starting to set up shoots.

Union Station 

Union Station 

Elevator madness

Elevator madness

We hustled into the Hotel to check in. I turned around and there stood Editorial and fashion photographer Michael Corsentino. We exchanged salutations and then in another turn I spied New York Fashion Photographer and Author of the book "Photographing Men", Jeff Rojas. At this point we knew this was going to be a great week!

Opening Of the Games

Opening Of the Games

And what a week it was!  We went to classes throughout the day with some of the Industries Top Dogs, people like Craig Lamere, Kerri Jean and Justin Houng. After classes we mingled and then ran back to our room to prep for what the festers call "After hour" shoots.

We even posed for a couple self portraits  . 

We even posed for a couple self portraits

The time flew by.  We had arranged a few shoots, concentrating our game on the Male Models, who we really wanted to photograph.

Aspiring actor Ryan Rodriguez, image we captured 

Aspiring actor Ryan Rodriguez, image we captured 

We met some pretty amazing people along the way.

 

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St. Louis Model Jason Williams 

I honed my skills and was surrounded by so many other crazy creative photographers, so many that at several times our radio controlled flashes went completely ghost in the machine from others signals.

Shooting a late night session 

Shooting a late night session 

With Model Jason Williams.

With Model Jason Williams.

We danced the night away to a 90's themed party, running outside to catch some air and boom there was a shoot in session with 100's of photogs all clicking away.

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90s 🎉 

Epic shoot set up by the Tonkins amazing photogs

Epic shoot set up by the Tonkins amazing photogs

I grabbed the camera I had on hand and started shooting.  It was fun. It was freedom. I wasn't shooting for anybody but myself and I was not bogged down by equipment; just me and my iPhone 📱.

A scene to remember 

A scene to remember 

We even took a class with the master himself, Sal Cincotta, and it was, as he says, "Epic". We learned how to see greatness and capture it in the Cincotta style. We were humbled and engaged to the coolness of this.

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With The Godfather of Shutterfest, Sal Cincotta, in downtown St. Louis.

The next few days we met more cool models, and other Shutterfest legends.

Models mingle with the photogs

Models mingle with the photogs

Meeting new friends; where's KC?

Larry and us share a laugh

Larry and us share a laugh

We met a few local models that we will return to St. Louis to shoot.

exchanging ideal with model Kelsey Eckelkamp 

exchanging ideal with model Kelsey Eckelkamp 

After two days of Shutterfest, the business of the buisness began with Shutterfest Extreme; an intensive with several speakers.

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Who taught us Branding and Marketing hints. 

We gained some self confidence 

We gained some self confidence 

Man did we gain some confidence. It was intense to be surrounded by other creatives who all spoke the same language. For a kid who's Always felt like an outsider, for once I was inside the loop and it was.... well It was Shutterfest!!!!!!

The Photographer 

The Photographer 

We will return next year and we will be attending Lunacy, the spinoff Photo experience to Shutterfest, in Las Vegas.

And.. we can't wait!!! 

Studio Shoot for Business Look

Today's Business Portrait Shoot with Kansas City Business Owner Dawn Hupp owner of Houndstooth Planning. 

When you decide to do your Business Portrait you want to make sure you choose a Photographer who can capture your personal style elements.  

Your Business Portrait is a Visual calling  card it's the first thing some of your clients will look at as they reference you.  

Kimberly Pimentel of Pimentel Portfolio shooting client images.

Kimberly Pimentel of Pimentel Portfolio shooting client images.

A few key things to do to ensure your shoot is top notch.  Talk with your photographer prior about wardrobe.  We suggest clients bring 3 outfits so we have a few options darker colors works best, but a pop of color here or there is a nice element for the eye. A contemporary piece of jewlery or your favorite watch or professional handwriting tool is always a plus.

Prior to your shoot ladies and gents a day at the nail Salon and a trip to your hair care Pro is a must.  Also get plenty of sleep before your shoot and hydrate and eat well. Photoshoots can be fun and should make you feel like a Star!

Cute ice breaker shot a before the shoot "No Paperazzi Please Pose!"

Cute ice breaker shot a before the shoot "No Paperazzi Please Pose!"

Contact us at Pimentel Portfolio to discuss your image campaign. 

Email at Kimberly@kimberlypimentel.com

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