Kim Colvin is Executive Vice President at i.e.SmartSystems. On a daily basis, she drives sales strategy and establishes and maintains client relationships in a way that expands the company’s client base, making her the go-to employee for sales planning and the key developer of new business. Prior to i.e.SmartSystems, Kim worked for Wachovia Securities where she planned and conducted strategic client meetings. Some of her current clients at i.e.SmartSystems include Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, ExxonMobil, Southern Union, Shell Oil and El Paso Energy.
Kim also devotes countless hours to community service and volunteer projects. She sits on the Board of Directors for IFMA as the Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee and Social Committee and holds a Green Advantage certification. Prior to entering the business world, Kim was a varsity athlete on the National Champion Aggie Equestrian Team while attending Texas A&M on an athletic scholarship. She continues to support the team through donations and serves on the Texas A&M Equine Initiative Development Committee. Kim also currently competes in events held by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and the Texas Reining Horse Association (TRHA). Kim’s Dallas corporate headshot was created in the studio by Alex Cena
Peter Hurley has been my headshot photography mentor for a few years now. In fact, I have attended two of his “Headshot Intensives“ which teaches professional photographers the concepts that made Peter Hurley’s studio what it is today. The two-day workshop spends very little time on gear so it is best to be there prepared by already knowing the technical aspects of photography and your personal gear in particular. The time is mostly spent on what to do once you have someone in front of your camera to generate a dynamite headshot with an interesting expression.
I see so many Dallas headshot photographers cranking out image after image where the client does not look flattering either because of poor lighting techniques or an uninteresting expression. In fact, many local photographer’s are now copying the PH2Pro style, which I like to call cinematic, but fail miserably because they think it’s all about the white background and chopping off the top of people’s heads. Well, it’s not. The photography part is less than 10% of what is required to getting a headshot, the other 90% is all about getting the right expression. When Peter looks at one of your headshots and shouts “Shabang!” it was because you’ve created an interesting expression. After all, the headshot is about marketing a very special product…you! One of the many tips Peter taught me to getting an interesting expression was “The Squinch.”
I typically ask people to squint when I photograph them. It’s a significantly better look than when my subject has their eyes-wide-open, which denotes, fear and surprise so a person ends up looking psychotic. There are lots of tricks I use to get someone to squint just right. However, Peter’s 15-minute video below does a much better job explaining how to get it just right. Give it a try the next time you photograph someone or do a selfie. If you’re not sure what to do, just scan magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue. There are lots of sample there. When the Squinch is combined with a hint of a smile and a flattering pose, you’re on your way to a fantastic headshot that will make viewers stop, pay attention to your initial message and potentially look deeper into your website or other marketing materials. It’s not as easy as it sounds, so be sure to practice because the expression is all about the eyes, eyebrows and lips working together to deliver the right message..
Greg Moakes, was recently photographed by Alex Cena, a Dallas corporate headshot photographer in McKinney, TX. Greg is the North American New Business Development manager for Emulsions at Celanese. In his spare time, Greg enjoys watching local bands, playing guitar and keeping abreast of scientific developments. Spare time is far and few between as his responsibilities include travel throughout the world. In fact, he just returned from an extended trip to China. You can learn more about Greg by going to his LinkedIn profile or reading one of his posts on the Celanese blog about his Search For The Truth. As an aside, I recently spoke to Greg who mentioned that he used our posing suggestions when he renewed one of his government issued identification cards so we are sure he now has one of the best looking driver’s licenses out there.
I proudly claim that I will charge you more for a headshot than most other guys in the area. So why do my headshot sessions in the studio “start” at $225 for business professionals, and $345 for performing artists while most in the area charge $150 and some will even come to you for as low as $40 in order to compete with Wal-Mart and JC Penny? I treat my headshots as a personal branding session for you. It’s not just about setting up a few lights, snapping a few images, making a selection in 10 minutes and handing you the file. You may prefer or can only afford a quickie like that, but what is your personal brand worth? I am much slower, smoother and methodical about creating your personal brand for use across all of print and social media.
Yes, I can make the first shot look technically perfect just about every time, but a little extra effort goes a long way: 1) I spend more time with you to pull the right expression that conveys the message you want to deliver to viewers; 2) Consistent quality so you get exactly what you see in my portfolio. My images look similar from shot to shot session to session other than the background, which varies from white to gray to black; 3) for women I arrange for one of my make-up and hair artists to be on site; and 4) your final selection will be retouched by a professional who only retouches images all day everyday. When you consider all these issues together, I am actually the best deal in town if you are looking for a Dallas headshot photographer with a cinematic style.
To get the right expression, I spend more time with you in the studio. 30 minutes is usually sufficient for a business professional, while an aspiring actor may need at least an hour preferably three to get the right expression. A headshot is about how you want to be perceived by others so my headshot sessions are about getting the right expression from you. In other words, you ARE the product. Most headshots I see from local photographers make their clients look bland, expressionless or out to lunch. If you are a business professional, you want to look confident and approachable. If you are an aspiring actress or actor, you will need that plus many more depending on the audition you would like to participate. The perfect headshot, in my opinion should make the viewer try to imagine what you are thinking about.
Yes I can make your image technically perfect on the first shot or two. That includes lighting, exposure and your body position so you do not have an unflattering double chin for example. A lot of photographers will often show you an image, that’s too dark, out of focus, lighting looks horrible, or the color looks whacky then will often say “We can fix that in PhotoShop.” My answer is why? You should always start with an image that is already near perfect. The more you do to an image in post-production, the more fake it looks.
But that is not enough! Every client want some retouching and every photographer promises it with varying results. I know I can do a fine job, but I want my clients to have the best service. That is why I use a professional retoucher, who only does headshots. He and his team retouch headshots all day everyday for business professionals and performing artists. There is no limit as to what they can do. They are that good. A lot of photographers do their own post-production to save money or to put more money in their pocket. Some do a fantastic job, some do an okay job, but most will do a horrible job. The worst retouching jobs are those that make you look like a mannequin or definitely fake. The best result is when people are uncertain whether a final image was retouched or not. If you start with a near technically perfect image, there will be a greater chance that the final retouched image will not look as if it were retouched. In fact, click here to look at some of my before and after retouching shots.
Most people have varying definitions of what retouching or editing means. It could range from simple color correction and exposure adjustment all the way to wardrobe changes and replacement of body parts. My basic retouching package includes color correction, facial lines, shadows, eyes, and teeth, smoothing skin, hair and make-up.
For women, I also highly recommend using a professional hair and make-up artist to pamper you on-site. It’s worth the extra money. Not only will they do a much better job making you look perfect for the camera, but you will automatically feel much more confident before the session.
So yes you will spend more time and money on your headshot when you come to me. However, you will leave feeling confident that you have a finished image that will serve as your personal brand in print as well as online throughout all of social media.
Casting for 2 TV Commercials for a local medical center. Both of the spots are about surgical weight loss options and treatments.
All roles are on camera only – no voice on camera – no lines – no acting experience necessary.
Female, 30′s. Caucasian or Hispanic. Attractive, Overweight, heavy but not obese.
Think Alison Sweeney hosting Biggest Loser type. Shoot date October 27 or November 3.
30′s – 40′s. Caucasian or Hispanic. Overweight, heavy but not obese. Waiting in a doctors office at a bariatric clinic. Shoot date October 27.
30′s – 40′s .Caucasian or Hispanic. Overweight, heavy but not obese. Waiting in a doctors office at a bariatric clinic. Shoot date October 27.
Males and females. 30′s-50′s. Any ethnicity. Shoot date October 27.
Audition Date – Friday October 18, 2013.
Shoot/Start Date – 10/27 and 11/3. Talent cast will work one day.
Pay Rate – $1,320 for principals per spot, $250 for extras per spot. Non-union.
Use – 1 year in the regional market with web but no print.
Conflicts – Medical in the Texas Regional Market.
Shoot Location – DFW area location.
Casting Director – Tisha Blood + Matthew Taylor of Buffalo Casting
To Be Considered – Please send an email to email@example.com with the subject line ‘medical center gig’ – include a recent picture of yourself, the role you are applying for and contact information.
Due to the large number of responses we may not respond to each email but all submissions will be reviewed.