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Shooting from the Hip, or why’d I get a drone anyway?

Just because you have a drone doesn’t mean you have to shoot from super way up high! Shoot from the hip you fools. All sharp-shooter, rooting-tooting cowboy, video junkies do!!!!

When I started getting intrigued with drone photography and the videos drones captured, I looked first at the Anafi (a drone by a French company called Parrot.)

The Anafi Drone… sure, sure it has all the usual bells and whistles. (Insert my boring monotone voice here). Giving you a ton of sleep inducing specs; I’ll wake you when this painful part is over, and we get back to the fun stuff.

It’s got 4K video, yada yada…. 21 megapixel DNG capabilities, blah blah blah. Pssst, it’s safe to come out now, the nerdology has left.

Movie made with Parrot anafi Drone Drone Parrot Anafi edited DNG in PS video edited in divimci Resolve Still loving the 4k capabilities of this drone by Parrot. It's the PARROT ANAFI check it out!!! and please like and subscribe to my channel and check out my work at: http://www.pimentelportfolio.com instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drone_portf...

If you know me and are reading this after watching my YouTube video, you are either a Portrait Photographer, someone I’ve shot in studio, or someone who knows me and my love for nerdy photo, techie stuff. So, endure, you might learn something new, useful or something that the next time you see me you can talk about and I’ll pay attention to our convo for 3.5 seconds, before my mind drifts off to…where can I get a cold brewed grande with salted Carmel infused whip? Or is that an Apple Watch you have on?

So, now that we are back. I’ve prob told you over a chipotle burrito the following:

(Insert my monotone voice)

The Anafi had me at 21 mega- whatever and 4K whatcha-ma-call-it video.

But, pssstttt , before you tap outta the tech headlock I have you in….here’s a little something I’ll let you in on about the Anafi…

Ok, insider info here, listen up Girl Scouts. If you wanna get your diddy badge in Drone Video… so you can:

  1. Obtain a Merit for your sash.

  2. Create really cool, cinematic footage.

  3. Be one of the Uber cool kids riding one-wheeled skateboards, chewing watermelon flavored sour patch kids. (Which I love by the way)

    Then; you must know that the thing that makes the Anafi Drone a Videógrafo dream come true isnt all my boring monotone voices info. No, kids of Toyland, my pretties, my techie- junkies, goo-goo doll loving idiots. The thing that makes it so Ice cream cool is, that it has no sensors blocking ground-up shooting.

    Oh ! HELL YES BROTHER!!

    and….. the piece de resistance is, it also has a camera gimble that swings 180 degrees up or down. So yes sports Fans! You can shoot from down low looking up! Or way up high and look strait down with no prop blades in the shot.

    Case in point. Do not rinse and keep repeating the same thing; do something, anything Different. Be who you are. Be A Creative.

    Cheers,

    Oh, P.S.

    I can listen to you for longer then 3.5 seconds if you include the following words in your lingo: Camera, tacos, editing, Subaru, dog, espresso and a few others 😎 Cheers till next time.

    Keep it real!

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.

Kansas City Photographer

We are Pimentel Portfolio and we specialize in Contemporary Portraits.

We are a unique duo of a Photographer and a Artistic Visionary. 

Kimberly Pimentel and Roxi Henrici of Pimentel Portfolio 

Kimberly Pimentel and Roxi Henrici of Pimentel Portfolio 

 Current  work can be seen at :

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contact us at (913) 687-1464 

email at: 

Kimberly@Kimberlypimentel.com

To set up your Portrait session 

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Creative teams enhance your photo shoots.

There are many components that make a sucsessful Studio Shoot.  The equipment, the Lighting all the technical elements.  But to take your images to the next level you must have a creative team.

Makeup Artistry touches being added by Chandra Cheyenne 

Makeup Artistry touches being added by Chandra Cheyenne 

It's important on many levels that your creative team be able to communicate effectively.  Makeup artist, Model, wardrobe and Artistic directors all have input. As creatives the struggle to bring to fruition ideals and concepts can seem daunting, but with a creative team you can let artistic ideals drive the momentum of your shoot.

 

Model Mikaela Carson, Miss Northwest 2016 is also a creator of amazing Headpieces as displayed.

Model Mikaela Carson, Miss Northwest 2016 is also a creator of amazing Headpieces as displayed.

I am  Kimberly Pimentel I am a Kansas City Photographer That loves to create beautiful images of people.  My current work can be seen at: 

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Top 3 Things that go into a Portrait shoot by Kansas City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel

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.  

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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.

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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.

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Contact:

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.

 

Fashion Photography Behind the Scenes Peek

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Assistant doing a light reading on a model

Assistant doing a light reading on a model

A lot of coordinating goes into one image. These behind the scene images to me share the concept of the shoot with the technical and artistic aspects.

 

 

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  

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Roxane and Una 

Roxane and Una 

Achieving Different looks in one Portrait session

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If your session is limited on time and the model has one set of wardrobe, you can still achieve different looks. To do this try the following: Have your client use different accessories, such as sunglasses or jewelry.

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Another way to achieve a different look  is to use a different angle to shoot from. Though this may seem simple, most people forget to do this. The same pose can look completely different from a another angle; lighting and reflection can change the mood.

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Creating Moods in your locations for your Photoshoot by http://kimberlypimentel.com/

I am a Kansas City Phorographer contact me at 

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After you have decided where to shoot and who your subject will be then you must start your vision to create.  As a creative this can be a difficult thing to explain. For me the creating comes before a shoot. I will plan my images and how I want my final product to look but the real creating is a teamwork of model and photographer and light and mood.

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How do we enable a creative mood on set? This can be a challange. As we all become absorbed with lighting, lenses and wardrobe. Sometimes the place we shoot becomes our mood. As in the above image Kansas City's West Bottoms. The Mood becomes almost a challange in the shooting. So how to stay focused and let mood become creative try these three tips on your next shoot. To create a artistic mood.

1.  Plan ahead and have your game plan and vision available for your model and. Assistants. You'll find that pre-planning frees up your creative mind space.  

2. Challange yourself to create images that are out of your comfort zone. This will surprise you and you'll find new ways to create.  

3. Trust your creative inner voice. It is never wrong. Learn to listen to it and you'll find your images and your creative Mood inspiring those you work with. 

Creating mood in your shoots is all about you. As a creative you must balance art technique and interpersonal skills.  No one becomes a expert at anything in one day. The expertise lies in realizing that everyday you shoot you develop and enable your creative side to flourish.

Get out there and Shoot! 

Cheers-  

Kimberly Pimentel. 

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Top 5 Things to do before a Photoshoot. By http://kimberlypimentel.com/

It's important to prep before a shoot.  Here's my list of top 5 things to do before a shoot.

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1.  Plan your location and time. Consider  weather, Time of day, and limitations to your shooting area.  We shot the above portrait in a Industrial area of Kansas City. Though quite trendy, it can be dangerous with trains, rust and dirt.

2.  Have your model bring several outfits so you have choices during final edits. 

3. Make sure your equipment batteries and memory are ready and backups are available.

4. Have some idea about what poses to consider for your model. This will help them to feel more at ease, if you have ideas on how to pose them. 

5. Prepare for the unexpected. Well what the heck does that mean? Exactly,  your client is expecting you to have all bases covered so you can be creative and make them an artistic image. Anybody can point a camera nowadays and shoot. But as a artist, to be comfortable and in the creative zone you must be relaxed and that can only occur if you are ready to go and have gone over your pre-shoot game prep.

Get out there and Shoot! 

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Dance Day KC 2016 by http://kimberlypimentel.com/

Dance Day was held at KC Ballet on August 27, 2016. This is a annual  event that celebrates a multitude of dances from around the world. From early morning through late afternoon, free dance classes are offered in a variety of styles for the young and the mature.  Also available throughout the day, are free dance performances that inspire and ease the creative palette.

Dance is a great way to develop a mind-body connection, while having fun and getting fit. Honing ones artistry and exuding self expression, regardless of experience or dance know-how, are some of the benefits. 

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity is a spectacularly renovated architectural phenom that inspires creativity itself. It houses the amateur and professional dancers of Kansas City's premiere dance company. 

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All images taken by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer. 

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Flamenco Class was instructed by Tamara Carson. 

A Schedule of classes was handed out that enabled the participants, young and old, experienced, or just having fun, to dance all day.   Classes were 45 minutes long and all were encouraged to let thier inner dancer shine.

An outside tent was set up with a lunch from Two Guys and a Grill.  The social hour provided a much needed refueling, while dancers of all experience munched and chatted about goals, dance, and issues that the Arts in general face. At one table a Dance Instructor from England sat next to a Collegiate Dancer and a trio of pre-high school enthusiasts and all talked about thier dance and love of the arts, and how limited funding is for this mind growing endeavor.

Dancers were instructed to look at themselves and be powerful!

Dance has been shown to improve cognitive function, balance, creativity, and fitness.  As dancers, young and old, gathered at studio doors, ideas and greetings were exchanged. The Arts were alive and generating kinships of creation at the Todd Bolender Center.

All images shot by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer.  

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Bicycles of Amsterdam

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.  

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I would capture streams of images 

I would move fluidly with them clicking mechanical time 

All images by Kimberly Pimetel A Kansas City Photography    http://kimberlypimentel.com/

All images by Kimberly Pimetel A Kansas City Photography 

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I loved the bicycles of Amsterdam 

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 

The Dogs of Amsterdam

Summer 2016

All images taken by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Phorographer at  

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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/ 

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!

Photoshoot Portrait

Capturing someone in a portrait is both a Creative endeavor and a technical task. All images by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photgrapher.

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Book your session today at 

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We shot this Portrait today - 

Happy Fourth of July from http://kimberlypimentel.com/

It's easy to create when your model is so fluid and at ease in front of the lens. 

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This image was created by Kimberly Pimentel a Kansas City Photographer. 

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