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Sweet Shots from Edolyn’s Pies

Delicious images straight out of the kitchen.

These new images of Edolyn’s Pies show how a few carefully selected props can enhance an image, and how repetition can add interest. The fresh ingredients surrounding the finished product communicate the all-natural quality that goes into every pie, while the kitchen utensils hint at the homemade goodness baked inside.

Food Photography

Food Photography

Whatever you’re baking up in your kitchen, you can count on the expertise and experience of kpstudios to style and capture the delicious flavor of your food.
Take a look at our Food Photography Portfolio to see for yourself, and drop us a line when you need to capture your creations.

Acting Out in the Studio

Beautiful headshots for young actors and actresses.

The young actors from Acting Out Academy came by the studio to get headshots done for their portfolio. Check out some of the top picks of the session for this amazing group.

Child Acting Headshots
Child Acting Photography

If these shots are any indication, these young people have a bright future ahead of them!

If you need a new headshot, check out our Acting and Modeling Headshots Portfolio and contact kpstudios to schedule your photo shoot.

Preparing for a Group Business Photo

Getting the best shot of your team.

 

Group photos are a great marketing tool for your business. When done correctly, they can communicate the value of combined experience and teamwork that you bring to your clients. They can engender trust and foster a sense of familiarity with your organization, and can convey authority and promote long-term relationships with your clients. Getting the best shot of your group is vitally important. Here are a few tips to help your team prepare for your session.

group photography

Consider the message.

Think about what you want to convey in your group photo. Do you want to look tough or do you want to seem more relaxed, friendly, and approachable? Discuss this with your photographer so they can help you achieve the desired results.

Scout out a location.

Look around the office with your photographer, and see what possibilities you have. If your office is not suitable for the portraits, then you might look elsewhere. You may choose to take your group photo in the lobby or a local club office. Your photographer will have some experience with this and can help you make these decisions.

Timing is everything.

Think ahead about how many people will be in the image. Plan a time when everyone is likely to be there. If you are photographing a larger group that needs to be broken down into smaller groups, consider that when making your schedule.

Dress professionally.

Wear professional clothes that fit you well. Avoid busy patterns and large lines or stripes that draw attention away from your face. Do not wear turtlenecks since they crowd the face. Including company colors in your wardrobe can provide a sense of unity.

Don’t overdo accessories.

Keep jewelry simple to avoid drawing attention away from your face. Style your hair naturally, and avoid using makeup or product that shines or sparkles.

 

With a little planning and a great photographer, you can ensure that you are putting a great face to your company name. Contact kpstudios to help with your next photo shoot.

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 else 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. Keep a natural look with your makeup.

These aren’t glamour shots, so keep the makeup looking natural. 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, and if choosing a multiple look package change it up a bit to show off your different personalities.

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.

Child Acting Headshots

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.

Architectural Photography

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.

increase sales with retail signage

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.

bud's best retail signage

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.

Portfolio Photography

Artwork Photography

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.

Communicating Change

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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