Posts Tagged ‘professional photographer’

This is a question I get most via phone, email, or messenger. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy to answer as all that.

One person may only need a simple studio head and shoulders image on a plain, neutral background, yet the next person’s idea of a headshot might involve a full-length image on a green screen with a desk full of props in the foreground, and drop in a law library in the background with a logo overlay and six levels of retouching to choose from. This is not what I would call “a headshot,” but it could very well be the client’s only terminology they have, to convey “a marketable digital image.”

In its simplest form, “a headshot” at Newsome’s Studio is $199 for the first image purchased.

If you want your headshot to become more involved (as in the latter example), it’s not what I call “a headshot,” it’s more of “a branding session.” A branding session is a collaboration between your ideas and my skill set in bringing them to life. The cost of which, is dictated by the level of time and talent needed to bring it all together. Sometimes, additional costs are incurred, via the need to purchase a stock image to use as a background or me going on location to create that image myself. Maybe you need several “reworks” of retouching because you don’t think you look slim enough, or young enough, or whatever!

Today’s digital world has opened up an ocean of possibilities when it comes to creating a great marketable image. Retouching is no longer a simple case of removing a few blemishes. In this day of Snapchat and Instagram filters, people are accustomed to presenting themselves as younger, slimmer, and more photogenic than they might actually be in person. There is actually a real danger to a client insisting that you go what might be considered “overboard” in retouching them beyond recognition. I caution clients of that, but still, they persist.

All of this boils down to time and talent, and time and talent are the only commodities left in the equation of running a profitable photography business. I don’t sell pixels, I sell my time and my talent.

So, how much is a headshot? Well, how much of my time and talent do you expect you’ll need? It could run anywhere from $199 to $999 for that first image. The only way I can accurately answer that question is for us to have a conversation about your particular needs, but suffice it to say that “a headshot” BEGINS at $199. And no, just because you “only need it for Linkedin” doesn’t make it any less valuable to you, or any less time and talent consuming for me.

If you’re going to market yourself with it, it should be taken seriously, by you AND your photographer.

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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

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!

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Urban Architecture used as background for a Corporate Head Shot

 

Objective: Client needed an environmental headshot/bio photo that can/will be used in an ad pieces and web pages. Verbiage to be on the left, image on the right. Semi-nondescript background blown out of focus.

Solution: Utilized select locations in an urban settings for background colors, combining (primarily) available light with reflectors and some supplemented modified flash. Kept client’s shoulders facing to camera left, into the image, offset by one third, leaving room for ad verbiage. One image cropped square to be used for LinkedIn/Facebook/etc.

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A wall of Bougainvillea provided color

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A square crop will provide a great bio photo for LinkedIn and other social media sites.

 

 

 

A professional portrait studio is a great place for executives to have business and bio photos taken, but it’s not the ONLY place that works. We work quite often in a client’s office, lobby, boardroom, etc, and if our client works remotely from home, we can utilize a neutral outdoor environment as well.

In this case, we were fortunate enough to be tapped for an outdoor executive portrait session, by the amazing Christel Aprigliano, former Director of Membership of the Professional Photographers of America. She left PPA a few years back and now resides in the Tampa area, running two non-profits as an advocate for Diabetes patients, the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition and the Diabetes UnConference.

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For use as a bio photo and for promotional material

All images were taken in horizontal format to be utilized on anything from business cards to billboards.

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Backlit image with a soft background

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Higher contrast image, using soft light on Christel

All of these images were taken in a single location, within just a few feet of each other. A shallow depth of field allows you to utilize just about any background without distracting from the subject.

Thank you Christel!