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.

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I need at least five, class of 2017 high school seniors – three girls, two guys would be perfect – that would be willing to model for me to create a few promotional images for senior pictures.

I’m working on “a Look” that I’ve greatly admired for some time now (not my invention). This “Look” is quite recognizable in pop culture, but rarely created (very rarely), by photographers in general. That’s all I’m willing to divulge to you right now, just suffice it to say that it’s fun, creative, and today’s senior class is going to LOVE IT!

Requirements are:

  • Must be Animated – Expressions and Body Language
  • Must be Creative – Able to improvise with stage props, for example
  • Images will be used to promote “the Look” in Newsome’s promotional material
  • One hour of time in the studio

In exchange for their cooperation, each senior will receive one high res digital image created from “the Look” session, and a 15% discount off any prints on our high school senior price list should they decide to purchase anything (no purchases are required at all).

If you have a 2017 senior at home, or know of one that you believe will be a good candidate, please have them call the studio at 813-968-2810 as soon as possible. Candidates will be screened and models selected by Friday, August 26th.

Thank you!

A Second Web Site for Newsome’s Studio

If one website is a good thing, two must be better, correct? Well, we’ll soon find out!

I’ve owned the domain name www.newsomesstudio.com for over 20 years now. The only trouble with it, is that my email address (kevin@newsomesstudio.com) is often misspelled when someone new is sending me an email. They often leave out an “s,” and I never received the email. Sometimes it bounces back to them, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, the mistake happens often enough for me to finally break down and do something.

So I bought http://www.newsomestudio.com

By buying www.newsomestudio.com (with only one “s” in the middle), I could now create an email account to match (kevin@newsomestudio.com) and redirect any emails that are sent there to my original email account.

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So Why Not a Whole New Web Site?

Great question. Why not? So I took Kira Derryberry‘s WordPress for Photographers, four day class at the FPP sponsored Florida Photography Workshops in Daytona this past June, and in no time at all I had a completely different website. Some images are the same, some are new, but it allows me one more opportunity to occupy another position on page one of any number of Google searches. And that’s the best part; the SEO techniques I learned, along with the new tools available to me as my own WordPress site designer, have given me a whole new perspective on what and how to reach my target audience via the Internet.

Armed with two websites, five blogs, and five domain names, I’m positioning Newsome’s Studio to be found more often, and without the added expense/frustration of paying for and working with an outside Google adword salesman.

Results are already promising, but I know the payoff doesn’t happen overnight. All I can do is try, and without trying, nothing ever gets done. I see Google as a charter fishing boat. They only allow ten lines in the water at a time (page one). Why step on board with only one fishing pole? I’m not here to fish, I’m here to catch.

Hop on over and browse around. If you like what you see, land a comment on my blog. If you don’t, just go away – you’ll scare the fish.

Photoshop World Las Vegas

For the second year in a row, I was hired to document the Las Vegas convention for Photoshop World, produced by KelbyOne Media.

The four day convention, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was attended by approximately 1,500 photographers and featured some of the industry’s top professional shooters, presenting educational instruction on everything from Photoshop and Lightroom techniques, to lighting, posing, business, and marketing for professionals in the industry.

My assignment is to create the images that will be used, not only to create a history book of THIS convention, but in the marketing material for NEXT year’s convention. Many of the images were delivered daily, so KelbyOne Media and Photoshop World could use in their daily social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

As an event photographer based in Tampa, I find myself traveling quite a bit for different companies who value my perspective, imagery, and ability to keep pace with their event schedule.

If you are in the event or convention planning business and are looking for an experienced professional photographer to provide quality photography coverage, please check out our Corporate Events page and give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your needs and goals, and show you how we can help you showcase your hard work with great photography.

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Time Magazine cover photographer, Gregory Heisler

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Scott Kelby of KelbyOne Media

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Larry Becker at the closing ceremonies.

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Macro Photography using window light.

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Convention Attendees, reaching for the stars!

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Russell Brown, performing with Cirque du Soleil as part of a seminar.

Copy & Restoration

Finding a photographer in the Tampa area who can restore an old photo in need of repair isn’t easy. There aren’t many commercially-located retail studios left in the Tampa market. Newsome’s Studio of Photography, has not only had a commercially-located retail location for the last three decades, but it has been in the photo restoration business since the very beginning.

Imagine rummaging through your grandparent’s shoe box of old photos and finding treasures you never knew existed. They may be faded, torn, wrinkled, or literally withered into pieces. Bring them to us and allow Newsome’s to advise you on how to restore that old photograph, and bring new life to it so future generations can enjoy.

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Newsome’s Studio is located in North Tampa (Carrollwood) in Cypress Point Office Park, 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa. It’s behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh and N. Dale Mabry Hwy, just north of Busch Blvd. Call 813-968-2810 for more info.

Dept of Army Military Photos for Retired Personnel

We used to get a lot of requests to create military”promotion photos” years ago when the studio was located in South Tampa near MacDill AFB. These days, the official DA Photo is done digitally on base by the base photographer, and uploaded to the DA Photograph Management Information System (DAPMIS) on the spot.

We can no longer create this for active duty use, however, for retired military personnel who are in need of a print that conforms to the same specs, we can provide it to match those specs exactly. The most common reason a retired personnel might be in need of an image that matches the official DA photo specs, is when they’re applying for a job as a contracted ROTC or JROTC instructor.

NOTE: Our “Newsome’s” logo you see at the bottom of this image, will NOT appear in the final print.

And I humbly and gratefully offer a 10% discount off all our photography services to any active military personnel.

Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country!

 

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I’m honored to have been selected to photograph the first annual Women’s Conference of Florida. Approximately a thousand women converged in downtown Tampa at the Marriott Waterside to attend and participate in presentations by some incredibly successful women in business, finance, and the arts.

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The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Waterside.

The event kicked off Thursday evening at the famed Tampa Theater, built in 1926, with author Cheryl Strayed, who was portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the autobiographical movie “Wild.”

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The Tampa Theater, built in 1926.

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Cheryl Strayed, author of several books including “Wild,” a depiction of her hike up the Pacific Coast Trail.

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Anna Maria Chavez began her career journey in the same Movement she now leads, Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award winning community leader, she developed the leadership skills that propelled her to CEO of GSUSA.

 

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Randi Zuckerberg, the former director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook, is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated.

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Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV.

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Arlene DiBenigno, President and CEO of WCOFFL presided over the conference.

I asked someone why they hired a man to photograph the conference.
They responded “We didn’t hire a man, we hired a photographer.”
And for that, I thank, and commend you.

It was an incredible two days of inspirational stories and thought provoking talks. It was about achieving goals that at one time seemed impossible for most women. I assure you, NOTHING is impossible for those that attended this conference.