Posts Tagged ‘professional photographer’

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.

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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!

Yes, you can go to the drug store to get your US Passport photo updated. Yes, it’s very inexpensive and you don’t need an appointment. Yes, they will use a low resolution, consumer grade, point and shoot camera, under fluorescent lighting conditions (explaining the green tint on your face), against a window shade (that’s going to be gray instead of white). Yes, it has a good chance of being slightly blurry, because no flash was used to freeze the exposure, and yes, it has a chance of getting rejected by the US Passport Office for not conforming to their stated quality standards. But hey, you got toothpaste while you were there, right? Good for you.

Yes, you can come to Newsome’s Studio of Photography for your US Passport photo. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than a drug store and an appointment is highly recommended. Yes, we will use a very high resolution, professional grade camera, and a professional three light with a reflector flash system (explaining the perfect color on your face), against a pure white background (avoiding shadows because of the additional background light). Yes, it is guaranteed to be razor sharp, because that’s how we roll, and yes, it has a 100% chance of being accepted by the US Passport Office, not only conforming to their stated quality standards, but totally blowing them away. But hey, I didn’t sell you any toothpaste, but then again, I’m not a drug store pretending to be a photography studio.

Newsome’s Studio. Where people go to have professional photographs taken. Not buy toothpaste.

We don't sell toothpaste. We do sell passport photos.

We don’t sell toothpaste. We do sell passport photos.