At Newsome’s Studio of Photography, we’re not fond of saying “we specialize in…” anything. We’re much more confident just saying that we’re extremely competent and experienced at a few genres of professional photography, such as executive and business headshots, high school senior pictures, family portraits, and passport photos.

HOWEVER… in the much-misunderstood world of passport photography, Newsome’s Studio is not shy about declaring a high degree of success in providing specialty passport photos. That would be, passport photos required by citizens of foreign countries, largely because they’re measured in millimeters, not inches.

For instance, a British passport photo is 35x45mm, a Greek passport photo is 40×60, a Canadian passport photo is 50x70mm and a Chinese Visa photo is 33x48mm. NONE of these can be obtained by your local drug store, auto club, or post office. Those hard working folks can only create passport photos measured in inches (2×2″), millimeters are a very foreign concept to them (because… metric).

So, yes, Virginia, Newsome’s Studio of Photography specializes in specialty passport photos for ALL foreign countries, ALL international requirements, and citizens of ALL lands, far and wide!

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL. We work by appointment only, takes all of ten minutes! Call at 813-968-2810.

Tampa’s Bumper Shot Photographer

The high school senior picture season is just getting underway, and there will soon be a mad rush to get an appointment with your school’s contracted yearbook photographer. I feel for those poor guys – they have to shuffle no less than 10k students past their camera in a few short months. They beef up their staff for the summer, then thin it back out by fall. Wow.

Fortunately for independent professional photographers like Newsome’s, we have the luxury of scheduling as much time as necessary to provide high school seniors with what they really want – a chance to be photographed like the star they are!

Thus, was born, the Bumper Shot!

At Newsome’s Studio, we provide the traditional, classic, head & shoulders in a tux or drape (but always on a classic black background, never BLUE!), then we do a few casual images in outfits our seniors bring, and then… we launch into the BUMPER SHOT!

In the television industry, a Bumper Shot (also known as an ID Bumper), is the image that “bumps” up against the return of a show from commercial break. It often lasts all of three seconds, but features the show’s logo and guest host or musical guest for that particular show. You’ll see it five to six times during every episode of Saturday Night Live.

This is where our seniors get the opportunity to break with tradition, and really ham it up for the camera. Props are encouraged, anything from a jar of peanut butter to a lampshade have been brought in and utilized. It helps to be animated, comedic, and playful, which our seniors today seem to have no problem with.

So, if you’re a high school senior, feel free to tap your “inner guest host persona,” bring us a banana, a Mother Goose book, or a tool from the garage, and let’s have a bit of fun creating your own personal Bumper Shot!

This is 2017. Let’s have some fun with your senior pictures.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t always get your team or your board all in the same place at the same time. That’s when you need to call a professional photographer who is experienced at “group composite photos.”

A group composite photo is a single photograph that has been created, using more than one image. Essentially, adding one or more individuals to a group photograph when they weren’t really there when the group photo was taken – and doing so convincingly.

Newsome’s Studio has been creating group composites for years, and has found more than one reason they’re great for business. Law firms, Dr offices, Insurance companies, and many other places of business may want a group photo taken for their “Meet the Team” page on their company website. If they ARE lucky enough to assemble everyone in one place for a photo, it is rare that everyone looks their absolute best – all at the same time – in ONE PHOTO! And even if they do, within a year or less, someone leaves the firm, someone gets transferred out of state, someone gets terminated, and BOOM!… the group photo is suddenly rendered useless!

Kevin Newsome has solved this problem for several businesses in recent years. He has photographed the team, board, and staff photo of as many of 20 individuals – separately – and composited them into one “near-perfect” group photo. When one partner leaves the firm, no problem. Delete them and add the new person in their spot, avoiding the need to re-photograph the entire group, saving the firm HUNDREDS of dollars!

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Quality Consulting Group

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Strategis CPAs & Consulting

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West Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Carrollwood Area Business Association

I asked a recent passport photo client how they’d found me, and he answered “I just Googled ‘Best Passport Photographer in Tampa’ and you came up number one, three, five, six, seven, and eight, so I knew I’d found the right guy.”

No kidding.

I had to check it myself, and he was right. There I was, all over page one, being proclaimed by Google as the “best passport photographer in Tampa.” You can’t make this stuff up!  How does something like this happen? Well, 30 years of doing something correctly will get you on the “preferred photographer” list for several embassies of foreign governments. And when THAT happens, look out. There are days where all I may do are passport photos, but I’ll do a lot of them!

When it’s time for you to update YOUR passport photo, call “Tampa’s Best Passport Photographer” at 813-968-2810. You’ll be glad you did.

Located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, in North Tampa (Carrollwood).

An appointment is HIGHLY recommended!

We were alerted this week, that as of November 1st, the US Passport Office will no longer accept US Passport Photos if you are wearing eyeglasses. You must remove your eyeglasses for the photo. WOW! Didn’t SEE that coming!

According to the US Passport and International Travel website, there is only one exception to the rule…

  • If you cannot remove your glasses for medical reasons, please include a signed note from your doctor with your application.

This will undoubtedly cause a bit of angst with those who wear their glasses all the time, but fear not, the only people who will ever look at your passport photo are you, and some guy or gal in a foreign country, who views a thousand photos a day, and really couldn’t care less. Just follow the new guidelines and don’t worry about it.

To get the very best US Passport Photos allowable, contact Newsome’s Studio of Photography in North Tampa (Carrollwood), located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219. They are in Cypress Point Office Park, behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and N. Dale Mabry, just one block north of Busch Blvd.

All photography is by appointment only – 813-968-2810.

SEE you soon!

Directly from the US Dept of State: “The entry submission period for DV-2018 is from 12:00PM EDT (GMT -4) on October 4, 2016 to 12:00PM EST (GMT -5) on November 7, 2016.”

If you intend on applying for a Visa via the DV Lottery system, you MUST get your DV Lottery Photos taken NOW!

Newsome’s Studio of Photography, located at 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, is Central Florida’s number one destination for your DV Lottery photo needs. A professional photographer with over three decades of experience in providing high quality passport and visa styled photos is exactly what you need. The drug stores or auto clubs will not and can not provide you with the electronic version of the Visa photo you need.

Call Newsome’s Studio for an appointment and get the perfect image in a matter of minutes. 813-968-2810

I have a deep admiration for the work done by Mary Ellen Matthews, the talented artist behind the lens for the SNL bumper shots each week. A bumper shot is the image you see of that week’s guest host or musical guest, that appear for all of three seconds as the show returns from commercial.

Mary Ellen Matthews has been creating those images since 1999, and her body of work to date, is an incredible gallery of musical, theater, and political icons of the last twenty years. Celebrity subjects aside, the images are fun, creative, zany, off-the-wall, dramatic, and utilize a slightly softer color palette than Peter Max used when stormed the art world in the 60’s.

The beauty in her assignment, is that she is working with professionals. She has an incredible team surrounding her, a world class wardrobe and prop department, and the most animated human beings on the planet – all with a terrific sense of humor and are game for anything. Some are among the most beautiful beings on the planet, some are as cosmetically challenged as the rest of us, but ALL are willing have some fun and mug it up for Mary Ellen’s lens.

This got me thinking… who among MY world as a professional photographer/studio owner would/could/might fit into that category? Who are my most animated clients? Who would mug it up for the camera? Who would enjoy the challenge of taking a common household object and turning it into an improv routine, just long enough for me to light, compose, and capture an image that could very well be THEIR bumper shot in life?

High School Seniors, that’s who.

So my challenge is on. My on-going project for the next few weeks is to photograph a handful of students and feebly and humbly attempt to create a bumper shot or two for each of them. With all due respect to the genius of Mary Ellen Matthews and her creative team, I know good and well that I can never fully re-create the incredible look that has gained her recognition on SNL, but my knock-off bumper shots are still a lot of fun for my seniors and worth the attempt.