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When Everything About A Portrait is You....

Your Portrait, is a way to show people who you are.  It should be a Beautiful timeless, Sonnet.  When we consult with you, its a way for us to get to know you.  And to find out more about you so we can start thinking about how to create your Portrait masterpiece.  

When you call us at Pimentel Portfoliotfolio LLC and Book your portrait session.  We will schedule a time and date for your consult.  At this meeting we will discuss you. We will talk about your session and what to expect.

We will provide you with a List of suggest wardrobe choices. And show you a some of our selected portrait wardrobe that is available for your session.  We've assisted Branding customers in details of how to project that special something into their shoot.  

Call us at (913)687-1464  to learn more about your session.  Because, when everything about a portrait is you, it really is..............

Portrait by Pimentel Portfolio.com

Portrait by Pimentel Portfolio.com

What Should you bring to your shoot?

As you prepare for your shoot day we will stay in contact with you to assist with your planning.

The Day of your shoot we will send you a Prep List that included the date, time and location of your shoot along with all our contact information.  We will also include your wardrobe guidelines that we will discuss with you at the initial consult.  Below is a list of things we will ask you to consider bringing to enhance your shoot.

Prep List for your In-Studio Photo Shoot:

1.  Wardrobe should consist of solid colors, varying degrees of subtle color with few or no large patterns.  Gentlemen no checkered patterns on shirts, jackets or ties as they reflect light aberrations.  For the ladies we have a selection of wardrobe that we will gladly offer for use to enhance your beauty.

2.  Bring a kit the will have your favorite lip balm, and hand lotion so we can keep your skin fabulous looking.  We will provide bottled water to keep you hydrated.

3.  Your favorite hair product finishing products so we can touch you up as needed.

4.  Accessories for the guys your favorite watch, jewelry, cufflinks.  And for the ladies your favorite scarf, jewelry make an image shine with your personality.  

5.  Lastly bring yourself prepared to have a great time.  Get plenty of rest the day before and give yourself plenty of time to arrive.  You are going to have a blast with us!! 

 

Portrait of Jackson by Pimentel Portfolio LLC

Portrait of Jackson by Pimentel Portfolio LLC

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!!!

Take the Moment

I try to shoot images daily.  IPhone or my digital gear,  Im always composing images.  The key to Gaining confidence in Photography Skills lies in Knowledge, Practice and love of the Art.  When you are shooting challenge yourself to focus on one aspect at a time.  Choose a theme,  maybe people, composition, lighting or abstract.  On the day we shot these images we were In  Palm Springs California   the only light we had to work with was natural sun from a doorway.   I filtered with with a soft blind and we grabbed a white folder for a bounce to even both sides of the face and shot.  

Black and white with Natural Light Bounce

Black and white with Natural Light Bounce

Palm Springs California Natural light capture color soft light, with sunlight adding a Hair accent.

Palm Springs California Natural light capture color soft light, with sunlight adding a Hair accent.

Shoot daily with whatever you have.  Your skills and love of the Art will grow as your confidence does.

Cheer! 

My name is Kimberly Pimentel and I am a Kansas City Portrait Photographer.  My website can be seen at :

       http://pimentelportfolio

He had that Johnny Depp coolness

This guy pulls up to his shoot in his brand new BMW convertible. With a killer smile and I jus knew it was gonna be a cool cat kinda shoot.

Kelley Kemble Kansas City Model

Kelley Kemble Kansas City Model

We got him under the lights and I captured this look from him. It was like Lou Diamond Phillips and Johnny Depp posed for me in one day! 

Kimberly Pimentel Photographer 

Chandra Cheyenne Makeup 

Roxane Henrici  Creative Assisstant 

Creating a Unique Photographic Style

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.

Photographer Kimberly Pimentel, Model Mikaela Carson, Makeup Chandra Cheyenne, Artistic Direction Roxane Henrici 

Photographer Kimberly Pimentel, Model Mikaela Carson, Makeup Chandra Cheyenne, Artistic Direction Roxane Henrici 

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. 

 

 

 

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.

 

Social Media Headshot Starter Kit

Twitter, Snapchap, Instagram, Youtube.  Time to put yourself out there It moves fast. The Millen's know that you better say what you have to say in 30 seconds. Why do I call this your starter Kit? Because you HAVE to define YOU with your social Media Headshot.

Look, you have one shot at catching the attention of the Web Audience. Why not give em all you got?

 

Let me capture it for you- this social media headshot is Your Starter Kit, your sounding board, your ampersand.  

I remember being in Florida with my niece a Mellinial kid we were at a superhero store and her and I posed in front of a grey board and became super hero for a day. That image I still look at it daily- we captured a dream her dream. They know the Millens that they create what they want through the dream, so dream on.

And now that your ready to let dreams become life let us create your first page. 

Im a kansas City Photographer Contact me when your ready to kick your social media image into gear.

Contact me to set up a session

Kimberly@KimberlyPimentel.com

 

 

 

 

Kansas City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel

First photo shoot of the year

My shoot with Roxane Carmen Petra Henrici. 

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Kansas City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel

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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!

 

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First session of 2017 

Fashion Photography Behind the Scenes Peek

I'm a Kansas City Photographer and can be contacted at:

http://kimberlypimentel.com

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.

 

 

Portraits of Men

I love creating solid images with impact and adding architectural detail, and a male model ups that ante.  For this Saturday's portrait I used male model Kelley Kimbley and Kansas City's Westbottoms to Create a set of male fashion images. I am Kimberly Pimentel a Photographer in Kansas City.  I can be contacted at:

http://kimberlypimentel.com

Model Kelley Kimbley  Kansae City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel  

Model Kelley Kimbley

Kansae City Photographer Kimberly Pimentel  

While shooting men focus on creating strong jaw lines. Powerful angles in arms and leg position adds impact.

 

Contrasting boots added dimension to the background 

Contrasting boots added dimension to the background 

 

 

Create visual impact by engaging your model to the surroundings. A great place to shoot Kansas City's West Bottoms has the look.  I love shooting in Kansas City's diverse cityscapes.

I can be contacted at: 

http://kimberlypimentel.com

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 

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/

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http://kimberlypimentel.com/

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. 

http://kimberlypimentel.com/

 

 

 

 

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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Top Places in Kansas City for Portrait Photgraphy

West Bottoms in Kansas City is one of my favorite places in Kansas City to take images of people.  For years this was a go-to place for Kansas City Photographers, but as of late, most of the abandoned buildings have been converted to flea markets, so you'll have difficulty finding a place with no people. 

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But if what you are looking for is Urban decay and coolness then this is still one of my favorite top places In Kansas City.

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