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5 Tips for Better Acting Headshots for Children

Guidelines for a great acting photography session

The Acting Headshot is the single most important marketing tool for an actor. It will be sent out and emailed to tons of casting directors and agents, who see hundreds of these every day, on their desk and on their computer. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a pro, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality, killer headshot. The purpose of an acting headshot is to see the soul in the eyes, to see spark, character, intensity- you cannot just pose if you want a casting director to respond well to your images. Following these tips will ensure that you are well received by agents who may be looking to sign you for future work.

1. Dress simply with a pop of color.

You want to stand out for the right reasons in your Acting Headshot. Wear a simple, solid colored t-shirt, think primary bright colors and no collared shirts or fancy dresses. We want to bring attention to your face and bring out your eyes. Anything elese will only take away from your face and distract from the range of emotion you can display, and that is what you are trying to sell.

2. Don’t go crazy with the makeup.

These aren’t glamour shots, so keep the makeup to a minimum. Focus on makeup to even out your skin tone and minimize the shine to enhance the lashes. Do your hair the way you would for any audition. You want to look the best for your headshot, but you don’t want to come across as looking fake.

3. It’s all about the eyes.

Just like with on-camera acting, it’s all about the eyes, and what’s happening behind them. It’s your closeup, your moment. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energized, and not dead and glazed over. There should be strong inner thoughts, implying a backstory and a life behind the eyes. Strong piercing eyes will bring a picture to life and help it stand out in a pile of hundreds.

4. Think about your character.

Will you be going for a tough guy role? The sensitive type? Think about what role you are going for, and take the time to put yourself in their shoes. What color would they wear? What is their backstory? What emotion are they going to bring to the camera? You want all of this to come through in a single shot.

5. Practice.

Rehearse at home in front of a mirror. Practice poses and expressions. Visualize different emotions while looking in the mirror, and watch how this changes your expression. If you’re having trouble with expressions, watch your face in the mirror while running lines from a favorite scene. Imagine you are acting out a scene and pause the recording at that perfect moment that conveys all of the emotion of your character. Pick a few of these moments and study your expressions.

We want you to be successful and by following these guidelines you will make your session the best it can be.

Show off your Space with Architectural Photography

Bring your building to life for prospects.

Many of your prospective clients have never visited your office in person, and they may never have seen your space alive, filled with human interaction, and performing as intended. They may not experience the sensibility of your space – the carefully conceived wash of light against plaster, steel, or stone, or the painstaking detail of a stair. Great photography can capture these details, and convey the outward representation of the careful consideration you have placed in how your business operates.

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Don’t sell yourself short by relying on snapshots of your business. Count on kpstudios for images that reflect your aspirations and bring your vision to life. Visit our Architectural Photography Portfolio for more images, and contact us for help with your next project.

Increase your Sales with Retail Signage

Build a lasting first impression that sells.

It’s estimated that around half of all in-store purchases are made spontaneously, and many of these are based on the information available to shoppers at the time of purchase. Attractive in-store signage can dress up an otherwise overlooked location as well as promote your products or services and increase your brand recognition.

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The window signage for It’s About Time Urgent Care in Helena transforms their otherwise plain storefront and increases awareness of their services. Pedestrians easily notice the bold colors from a vantage where the building sign isn’t visible, making their business easy to find and attractive.

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The Bud’s Best Cookies sign at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex alerts event attendees to the availability of product in a situation where purchases are often decided before customers get to the concession stand.

Contact kpstudios for fresh and unique solutions for your marketing.

The Unique Challenges of Artwork Photography

Getting the best image for your portfolio.

Photographing artwork presents a unique set of challenges. With online galleries and social media becoming major sources for artists to promote and sell their work, getting a good quality image is more important than ever.

Special attention must be paid to lighting in order to show contrast and texture, while avoiding excess bounce-back which can wash out colors or result in hot spots. On many pieces, the large size can make getting even light levels a challenge. Sometimes getting the best lighting can be a trial-and-error process. Generally, two equally spaced diffused light sources produce the best images.

Perspective is also important in photographing artwork. To avoid distortion, the camera must be centered directly on the piece. Some minor distortion can be corrected in post processing, but every effort should be made to get the image perfectly square.

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When Ellis Harper Advertising needed images of their work for their portfolio, they turned to kpstudios. When Fonde Taylor needs images of his artwork, he trusts kpstudios. No matter what medium you work in, kpstudios can help you get the best possible image to represent your artwork on social media, in an online portfolio, or for print reproduction. Contact us today.

Communicating Change – How to Keep Your Customers Informed

5 tips for effective business change communication.

If anything is constant in the world of business, it’s change. Employees come and go. Businesses grow, consolidate, or refocus. Keeping your customers or clients informed of changes in your business is vitally important to your continued success. These tips will help you make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Know the reasons.

Having a clear goal in mind is important whatever the reason for the change in your organization. Know what you want to accomplish by implementing a change, and include your goals in all communication.

Have a communication strategy from the beginning.

Too often, communication strategy comes after the backlash is in full force. Having someone qualified to understand how people will respond to change is essential for a seamless transition.

Share information with employees as soon as possible.

Fear and insecurity can be heightened in times of change. Once the rumor mills start turning, a lot of time and effort can be wasted on getting your organization back to a place of order and productivity.

Don’t confuse process with communication.

Planning meetings can be used as communication vehicles when designed mindfully and used as part of a broader strategy, but they aren’t adequate to meet communication needs by themselves.

Use a variety of vehicles.

Don’t make the mistake of using a single method of communication such as email or a website. Repetition and redundancy are helpful in getting your point across.

Whether you are opening a new location, adding staff, or changing your focus, kpstudios can help you make the change as seamless as possible. Contact us to help with all of your communication needs.

5 Ingredients for Getting Delicious Images of Your Food

Five tips for your Food Photography Session.

With our years of experience, kpstudios knows how to make people drool over images of your food. Getting the best shot, however, sometimes requires a collaborative effort. Following these five tips will help you prepare for your session.

 

Prepare your Location.

Natural light can bring out the colors in your food, but you need plenty of it. Choose a location next to a large window to ensure you have enough diffused light to bring out colors and contrast.

Timing is Everything.

Natural light brings out different colors at different times of the day. If you want to emphasize blues and greens, schedule your session earlier in the day. Choose a time in the evening if you want to bring out reds and yellows.

Make it Fresh!

If your food is supposed to be hot, it should be steaming. Make sure you have enough staff on hand to deliver your food at its best.

Dress for the Occasion.

Blandly colored food can look very unappetizing. Liven up the image with colorful garnish, and check the edges of plates for stray food.

Set the Stage.

Your food should be the center of attention, but being prepared with props can mean the difference between a good image and a great image. Be prepared with plates that harmonize with your food, elegant silverware, napkins, or tablecloths.

 

Browse our Food Photography Portfolio to get ideas on how to best portray your food.

Food Imagery – Jesse’s Steak and Seafood

Nothing sells food better than nice images. Ever been to a restaurant and looked at the menu and none of it looked appealing? We were able to help a local restaurant create some mouth watering images for some of their most popular dishes. Not only was the food delicious, the people were so great to work with. Looking for a place to grab a bite? Check out Jesse’s Steak and Seafood at Patton Creek.

 

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Industrial Photography – Poly One

One of the most exciting things to me is industiral photography. Why you say? Because it is a challenge to make industrial equipment look interesting and I get to use colored light to brighten up the images. I love how Poly One incorporated their team members into the photography. I think this instills a sense of ownership in employees and makes them proud to be apart of the team.

 

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Corporate Headshots – Hill Hill Carter, Montgomery

Corporate Headshots on Location is one of our niches. We bring the entire studio to your office including our wardrobe stylist/makeup artist. We can shoot at little as 5 or as many as 100+. Take a look at your website, do your team members photographs have a cohesive look to them or are they a hodgepodge of random images that do not match? Bring your team together and give them a look that sets you apart from your competition.

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Tips for getting the most out of your photography make-up

TABITHA-BOYD-makeup-artistTabitha Boyd our in-house stylist has given up a few tips for preparing your make-up for your next professional photoshoot. Check her out at www.tabithaboyd.com.

Photography make-up is NOT the same as everyday make-up. Not all imperfections can be smoothed or corrected in Photoshop.This is why it is important to hire a professional make-up artist or at least adhere to the following basic make-up guidelines.

It’s important to start with a fresh clean face. NO layering over already present make-up. Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your face. NO SPF!!!! Products with SPF make you look washed out and should be avoided the day of photos. Make sure your foundation is an exact match to assure it looks natural in the photos. Shine is the cameras worst enemy. You do NOT want a shiny face. Combat shine with a matte loose powder. Stay away from pressed powders as these tend to wash you out. Finally, choose products with NO shimmer in them to avoid looking like a disco ball.

I hope you found these tips helpful.

XOXO,

Tabulous