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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

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 .

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: 

http://pimentelportfolio.com/

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.

 

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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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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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!

Top 5 Lenses to own- 70-200 Canon L Series 2.8

I am a Kansas City Photographer and can be found at http://kimberlypimentel.com/ 

The Canon 70-200 2.8 L series with IS- and it does not disappoint.  I have used this lens before as I have suggested always Rent first I did at Borrowlenses.com.  I rented a 70-200mm f4 with no stabilization and was not impressed the images lacked the crispness that I wanted.  

The canon 70-200 2.8 with IS had what I needed.  For me having smaller hands this is a big lens and heavy after a day of shooting you will feel this lens.  The IS is needed to provide that extra edge for your images.  This beauty of a lens provides incredible prime like images at 70mm and 200 mm.  The quality  is apparent with superb depth and accurate saturations not to mention a spot on focus  that can best be described as  tack sharp.  I would have to say that this lens is the BMW of camera lenses- Quality, Speed, Agility, Craftsmanship-you get what you pay for as the saying goes- and with this canon L Series piece I will be getting a lifetime of quality Portraiture.

Captured with a Canon L Series 70-200 EF 2.8 IS II

Captured with a Canon L Series 70-200 EF 2.8 IS II

Captured with a canon L Series 70-200 EF 2.8 IS II      

Captured with a canon L Series 70-200 EF 2.8 IS II

 

 

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Lens purchases  for a Photographer are  definitely costly when one starts to consider the L Series of Canon glass.  I would suggest renting glass before buying so that hasty purchases are not made.  My first L series lens purchase was the 50mm 1.2, the second was my 70-200 mm 2.8 with IS stabilization.