InkStudios LLC: Blog en-us (C) Kris Hanke | InkStudios LLC | Kansas City Wedding & Family Photographer [email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:09:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:09:00 GMT InkStudios LLC: Blog 120 47 Strongpoint Refuge


About a little over a year ago, I was approached by a friend of mine to help out with a mission targeted at Veterans.   They asked me to help with photos and possibly a video for the effort.  I met with them and heard the mission and was sold on the direction they were headed.   Being a veteran and speaking to all the veterans that were apart of this group had me in Suspense and wanting to help right away.

Since then, we have done quite a few images for them, but it evolved into a mission targeting not only veterans, but Law enforcement and first responders.  There mission is  a Christ centered ministry, dedicated to serving our US military , first responders, veterans & their families by leading them to the truths that can positively transform their lives.  There are so many who have served in this capacity by serving in one of those areas, but it cost them.  Some it cost their life, some it cost their mental stability, others their family and more. 

So many want to help but just do not know where to begin.  They want to reach out to those with PTSD and other disorders where these "servants" have paid the cost and now are just trying to get back into the normal life pattern, but are finding it difficult. 

Strongpoint is the place.  This group of people is dedicated to offering their service to reconnect those seeking help.  So whether you can help with a donation or help by serving or even directing someone you know who is going through this challenge , Reach out to Strongpoint Refuge.



Here is the commercial we produced for them....I sincerely hope that this touches each and everyone who views it.



[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas City Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer first responders kansas city kansas city videographer law enforcement photography pstd strongpoint refuge veteran veterans Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:27:19 GMT
Word First Bible Publishing Ministry Cinematography is always fun.  After working in a TV studio for several years during college, it is always refreshing to do these kinds of videos.  Word First Bible Publishing is a great Ministry putting together Bibles in many languages.   There are approximately 160 million people who still do not have access to a Bible that contains the Old and New Testament in their own language.

It is an awesome work that these guys do every year.  Keep it up


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[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Commercial Cinematographer Kansas City videographer Kris Hanke Photographer commercial photographer kansas city photography wedding photographer Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:10:11 GMT
Abby and Kevin Story So its Friday morning and I'm working away,  Trying to finish up several things.  Getting ready to hit the road with my family to head off for a birthday celebration with my wife's family  4hrs away.  We celebrate all October birthdays in one week-end generally to make it easier and less road-trips.  My daughter was so pumped for the trip as its a four hour ride and she and I have been reading the 2nd book in the Disney "Descendants" series.  Well, I won't digress, but its getting pretty good and my daughter wanted me to read to her for four hours on the trip.  Which would have been awesome.   Family time is always amazing. That would have been it for me anyway, once we would have gotten to the destination, she would have left me to be with her Tio Angel and Tia JoJo.

Anyway, I get this message from my buddy Daniel who was doing Video for this wedding ( togger/videographer/opera singer/#doeseverything) and he asks if I know of any amazing photographers that just might be available this week-end for a stellar wedding.  I said, Dude, its are you going to find a good one the day before the wedding? He proceeded to explain that the Bride had received an email from her photographer that morning (yea I know right, the day before the wedding??? ) and that he wasn't going to make the wedding.   WOW.  Imagine the feeling you would have after hiring someone and paying a lot of money to document this once in a lifetime day and then the day before he says "Uh, Sorry, I can't make your special day that you've been planning for the last year and paid me for"...but I'm sending two other people that really know nothing of shooting weddings, but do have cameras....Really???!!!  I really felt for the Bride and Groom.   Someone in my industry who just totally could have ruined a wedding day which happens once in a lifetime.

So, knowing it might crush my daughter a bit, I texted my wife and let her know the situation and she was in agreement that I should offer to do the wedding since I know the location well as well as the staff there and the bride and groom were really in a bind.  Birthday celebrations could take a back seat since I've had 47 of them already.  the 48th was no big deal.  Besides, God works in these kinds of ways...........Which, just was so true in this case.  With the relationship Daniel and I have and our artistic skills being able to gel so well, this could potentially be an incredible day and turn something horrible into something that was meant  to be......Just like These two getting married....Right?  Ok, Sap filter off.....But it really did feel that way.

So I talked with my buddy, then called the Bride.   The Bride had this very friendly/approachable personality that seemed like she would be great to shoot as a bride. Not to mention that I had already seen pictures and knew that I could really get some great images with this couple......The bride being STUNNING and all. After our conversation and her having seen my work it Looked like was a GO.  Now, the next task I had was to get my 2nd togger lined up.  I typically only use Mark for my wedding because I can always count on his work.  It just so happens that My 2nd was available (he had to get approval from his boss as well, by boss I mean wife).  So Mark confirms and it looks like everything was in line and ready for the wedding day in less than an hr.  Yea, we work like that. 

Since the location is Longview Mansion, which I know very well after shooting there many many times, I felt pretty excited because the Bride had this incredible personality despite her dire situation and the couple had this very genuine feel to them.  It just seemed like it was going to be a fantastic day.

I forgot to mention, I met up with them Friday night to handle some logistics at Lonview Mansion and at first sight, then realized that OH ........The bride is 6' tall and Groom was probably 6'4" or 6'5"..........So I joking said "I think I'll need my step ladder".......Not mentioning my height in this blog......ever. Needless to say, the couple was in fact a charming and warm couple that were just happy about their overall being in love and getting Married.   For those of you who are not photographers, this is an important piece to weddings.........When you find a couple like this, it is GOLDEN.  They were excited to be getting Married and were very captivating to be around.


 I hope you are able to feel the emotion and marvelous personalities of this couple from this short preview of the day.


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A wedding with Dogs is ALWAYS going to be Stellar! Walter and Lila are amazing dogs.  They were exhausted by the end of the day.  But were troopers for photos.

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GroomGroomGroom in black and white

Help from the sisters

Sister helping Bride Get ReadySister helping Bride Get ReadySisters helping Bride put on her dress.

Model Bride!

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Wedding ParadiseWedding ParadiseBride and Groom FInally alone in a paradise where they can just gaze in each others eyes.

Wedding Bull DogsWedding Bull DogsBride and groom walking their bull dogs down the aisle   Sunset FinaleSunset FinaleBride and Groom in black and white as the sun sets behind them The KissThe KissBride and Groom escape for a moments kiss Deep in LoveDeep in LoveWedding Couple gaze into each others eyes while their wedding dogs stand near them. Black and White

After 11 hrs shooting and having fun and collaborating with the entire team.  We got some amazing amazing Stuff.  The artistic nature of everyone on the team from Daniel, Mark, Olivia and myself, working together to make sure we got the right stuff......I just don't know how to say this but ....It was a God thing....It just worked out superbly as it was meant to be. At the end of the day, All of us were exhausted after going non-stop that day, but it was a good exhaustion,  if there is such a thing.

It was an incredible wedding to be a part of and I'm happy I was able to rearrange my schedule to accommodate them.  They deserved to have the very best images.  Just remember things do happen for a reason and always look back on this story as a "PLOT TWIST" that lead to the right plan.  Thanks Abby and Kevin for letting me be a part of your day. I wish you guys all the best on your new journey together.


To see the Video short by Daniel Welch (Videographer)  Video Short Click Here

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas City Photographer Kansas City Portrait Photographer Kansas City Wedding Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer bride copyright kansas city photography portrait photographer wedding wedding photographer Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:37:31 GMT
Sylvan Wedding Yesterday I had the privilege of being a part of an amazing couples special day.  Anthony and Ida are a truly genuine couple that are constantly smiling and always great to be around.    Anthony is one of the most calm people I have ever met, while Ida brightens every room she walks into.  This couple make an excellent pair and it will be awesome to see them grow together with God leading their path.

Thanks for letting us be a part of your day Anthony and Ida and we wish you the very best on your new journey.


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[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas City Photographer Kansas City Portrait Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer bride copyright kansas city photography wedding wedding photographer Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:03:22 GMT
Strongpoint Recently I signed on a new client that is very close to where my heart is.  This is a group of Veterans, from all flavors of military, that have come together under one roof to provide security to meet specific needs both here in the US and internationally.  This group of veterans head up "Strongpoint International".   When you meet them, if you are a veteran, you immediately understand their mission and their passion for what they are doing.   If you are not prior military, they definitely make you feel welcome and comfortable, with a little bit of the unease that these guys are aware of everything that is happening around them.

This group is strong mentally and physically, full of integrity, and focused.  To say focused doesn't even capture the passion they have for the direction they are headed.

I will tell you, that when these guys are around, you will definitely have a peace about you knowing that they are in the room or by your side.   I cannot wait to see this company grow and do more work for them.  They are rock solid veterans who are here to protect those that cannot protect themselves.  I am honored to be a veteran with them.

If you are looking for a dedicated company full of highly trained protection specialists, Look no further than Strongpoint International

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas City Photographer Kansas City Portrait Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer kansas city photography portrait photographer wedding photographer Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:19:14 GMT
HOT HOT HOT shoot! Fun in the in Sun This week was a busy week.  The HOT HOT summer that has been here the entire summer was rearing its ugly Head. All week I had been watching the weather hoping that there would be a break.  Alas, NO Break. In fact, the weather had been predicted to be about 95 with a heat index of about 110.  They had sad overcast skies in the early part of the day that would keep the heat down for a bit.  Well, the overcast disappeared pretty quickly and the heat began to set in. Its been hitting the highest temps usually about 4pm.  When I looked at the temps, I about fell to the floor.  It was 101 degrees F. 

I knew it was going to be hot, but this HOT was going to make things difficult for an outdoor shoot with Models, Full on clothing (long sleeves and long pants) and a black portable changing room.  The models were completely HOT and sweating like crazy.  The humidity was KILLING any work they had done on their hair.  So many more things to think about when shooting in the extreme weather.  Heat just brings even more issues

Well, Everyone was terrific.  We got it shot, drinking tons of water with me pouring most of it on me to keep me cool.

These models were awesome and deserve ton a praise.  They have always been great models to work with. Rebecca and Misty are simply amazing people and incredible models.


Here are few teasers from this week:

Sunset FashionSunset FashionGirl in park modeling Amandu Blu Clothing

Sunset FashionSunset FashionGirl in park modeling Amandu Blu Clothing

Sunset FashionSunset FashionGirl in park modeling Amandu Blu Clothing


[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas City Photographer Kansas City Portrait Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer copyright kansas city kansas city commercial photographer modeling photography portrait photographer wedding photographer Sun, 07 Aug 2016 20:09:12 GMT
Baby Turning ONE Last year I had the privilege of shooting the Huonker family portraits.

The images came out amazing and I had a ton of fun getting to know them and capture some great images of this incredible family.

In these images you will see the brand new addition to the family. I call him C-note for short.

This Year, I was lucky to be able to photograph the new additions' 1st birthday images.  This is Katie and  Josh's first baby. And they did it right. C-note is a vibrant, full of smiles, everyone loves him, little boy.

So excited as he probably was the best 1 year old to shoot ever and was amazingly cooperative.

He is such a cool little human and brings a ton of personality already in his 1st year. 

Here is a fun shot from the shoot.  More to come later.

Check it out.....

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Naomi It's always amazing to shoot bright and talented young seniors. Naomi has an incredible future ahead of her.

We had so much fun shooting today and she was so carefree in front of the camera (keeping her on the list for models in the future :-) )

Naomi has so much talent and a Huge heart.  You can clearly see God directing her path.  What a blessing it was to shoot her and be a small part of her path.  Congrats Naomi on your graduation.  Can't wait to see where you end up on your future journey!


[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Inkstudios LLC Kansas Kansas City Photographer Kansas City Portrait Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer Senior Photos Senior Portraits inkstudios kansas city photography Thu, 05 May 2016 01:49:26 GMT
Andrew Had fun the other day shooting Andrews Senior Photos. 

This kid is one awesome guy. He knows where he is going, has a ton of talent and involved in a lot through-out high school. Plays Drums, in Drumline, Plays sports, Fishes, FFA and more.  Wish you the best on your new journey Andrew.  Was a great pleasure to do your Senior Portraits.

This image really shows Andrew easy going attitude.

Fishin.  This old shed with his fishin pole was a perfect spot.  The real fishing places were too far down the road. 

Kris Hanke, InkStudios LLC , Kansas CIty Portrait PhotographerAndrew Senior PhotosFIshin

Andrew and his Truck in the middle of a corn field.  Pretty cool old truck in amazing condition.



Kansas City Portrait Photographer, Kris Hanke, Inkstudios LLCAndrew Senior PhotoTruck

Just happened to be some Farm equipment in the background. Well placed for the photo. Andrew has been in FFA for quite a while.


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Earn some extra cash......Anyone with a Beard Hey Everyone,

If you are looking for a fast way to earn a little extra cash, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE.

If you have a beard that is well groomed and would like to get some photos. This is it.

I need several different types of beards from Full beards, long beards, short beards, gotees, fumanchu etc. Send me an image of your current beard.  This would be for a client of mine to use on their website.

Requirements:  Must well groomed, (long or short hair doesn't matter, just need to be neat)

Payment arrangement and details will be communicated with individuals chosen.

Send an image to me at [email protected] if interested along with contact information.

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[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Beards Inkstudios Kansas City Commercial Photographer Kansas City Photographer Kris Hanke Photographer beard photos commercial Photographer kansas city photography Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:17:52 GMT
Catalog Shoot Shooting Catalog is one of the coolest things for me. I've always loved marketing, but when you are telling a little story about each product, its just awesome for me to work with a client and have them be super excited  with the images we get at the end of the day. 

I thoroughly enjoy finding an amazing place to shoot in that will speak to the clothing or product, plan the time of year to shoot, plan the time of day, and get it lit the way it will sell the best.  

Here is a recent catalog shoot done for one of my clients. 

The great thing is also having amazing models that knows how to work with the product and bring some amazing shots. Misty and Rebecca are incredible to work with and really don't need any coaching during a shoot at all.   Everytime I shoot with these two simply do a stunning job.


Here are some of the examples below


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[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Kansas City Commercial Photographer Photographer city commercial photography kansas kansas city kris hanke photographer" photography portrait Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:17:09 GMT
Mommy and Me This Mother's day, Give the Gift that is perfect for any Mother. A mini Session with us.  We are discounting these sessions significantly for all those moms who love to get photos with their kids.  These sessions will be done at an outdoor location that will be given to you once your session is booked.  Contact us today to book your session.


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Spring Family Portraits

Spring is Here....Well, Kansas City Spring is here.  Which means we have some 20 degree weather with snow, some 70 degree weather and some rain.  Anyway,  Its here. So time to start thinking about Spring family photos. Its the greatest time of year to get those family portraits done.  The trees are amazing colors, flowers are blooming, the Sun has a pretty cool effect and the images just come out EPIC. 

But you have to start thinking, what kind of photos you want. Well, for me, we try and make the images fit your family personalities. So start thinking themes.  What themes fit you the best?  An outdoor crazy photoshoot?  Part of the great thing about spring is doing the images outside and not doing them the same as everyone else. Doing photos where you look like you were at a family picnic and everyone is in a standard order is ok.  However, taking it to a new creative level by doing something in the photo, making it memorable, making it fun or just plain cool can be a great family fun event.

So for this Spring Season, I'm offering $75 dollars off of a 60 min session for the first 5 families to sign up.  I have 5 new creative themes I want to do with some very dynamic families.  Those first 5 families will get their choice of 1 of the 5, or choose their own them.

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Family portrait photographer InkStudios Kansas CIty Photography Kris Hanke Photography Spring Spring Photos family portraits spring family photos Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:17:57 GMT
Throwing your money away on digital negatives. Wasting your Money on the Digital Negatives?

So you just had your Images taken.  You have the CD,DVD or thumb drive with all the images. You've now placed them on your computer. Annnnnd there they month goes by.  Then two.....  Then six.....

Many will remember them a year later, and then think "Hey, I need to go get those printed".  Then rush down to the corner fast print place and print them out SUPER cheap but zero quality to the image.

I can tell you that in the digital age, everyone wants the digital negatives, but then doing something with them is the next problem they run into.  They take them to the local super store that has 1 hr prints or any other pharmacy that still does printing and are they really satisfied? Not really! I can tell you that I hear this all the time that either they sit on the computer or they are printed cheaply and they aren't satisfied with what they have. 


For some reason, the stigma of having the digital negatives equates to having some type of intellectual property or luxury item that no one else has and it so important that they couldn't live with out them.  I hear these questions all the time;  Do you give digital negatives?  How much do they cost?  I have to have the digital negatives?  Are they all inclusive in your packages?

After the shoot I hear, "where should I print them", "how do I print them", "how do I upload them", " How much does it cost".   A month later I hear: "Can you help me with my prints?", " I'm not sure how this all works", "I'm really not computer savvy", "can you describe how to download them to the printers site?"  (yes they ask download)

I want to help and am more than willing, but the problem is that it takes away from whatever I am currently working on. It costs time and money to get them to the point where they can do it themselves. Unfortunately, I do not teach a class on that.  So are they throwing their money away? If they aren't getting what they truly want, which I argue is the amazing wall art images and prints for their home to show off to family and friends and to remember many years down the road, then the answer is YES. For sure they are throwing their money away.

When you are getting photos done, the whole point is that it be something that you remember and share with your friends and family.  Hanging the images in your home to make that home KNOWN as your home and when people walk in they can Feel the family environment, see the images of your wedding, your family and all your kids or pets.  In the digital age, people want that physical digital negative, but then have no idea what to do with them.   I can't tell you how many weddings I have done where the couple came back to me a year later and still had not printed anything out.  (I even have brides contacting me 2-5 years later still saying they need to get their album done)


Everyone has a camera on their phone, and its great to run around taking images of your kids, your pets, your food and posting those on social media.  That's awesome. Even I do it. However, when I get images done of my family, or when my wife makes me set up the camera for family photos rather, Those are the images I want to print in high quality as art to display in the house. I don't want them to sit hidden in the computer to never be able to see them and not sharing them with everyone. They are works of Art to share.

Technology changes each and every day.  Over the years, the phones, digital formats have changed and been replaced.  Yes, that means that technology eventually goes away and dies. CDs have died, flash has died and other formats have gone away.  So what happens now when you come back to those images 10 years from now and want to print them. Well, Maybe you can print them or open them, but storing your images on a hard drive and leaving them there, eventually puts them at risk.  Another huge risk is hard drive crashes.  I've known several clients and friends that have lost years of family images from technical malfunctions. 

Trust your professional...

With the rapid change in technology, the only way to preserve your photographs so that they can be enjoyed for many years is by producing something tangible out of them.  What’s even greater, I can guarantee that you will be even happier with your investment in professional photography if you do so!   No one ever calls to say how much they love their DVD/CD.  They call to say how much their friends raved about their Family Wall Art this year, or how their wall art makes them smile every time they walk by, or how their little daughter looks at her own album every day!

I have done many DIY projects over the years, but have learned the hard way that it ends up taking me longer and ends up costing me more money.  I could share the story of where I was painting my kitchen in a DIY project where I started a fire. (got put on hold when we called 911)  Or the time where redoing my bathroom a wall fell in on me.  Yes this is technology, its different, but there is a lot of knowledge/education in producing great art from the photos.  

I believe very strongly that you should let the person who does it everyday, do it for you. I print images and process my images for print all day long.  Learning the cropping, knowing how to crop, color and edit for print, as well as post processing is a whole education in itself.  So the difference is, you can change your own oil and spend the month to learn how to do it, then do it in 12 hrs or hire someone who does it 50 times a day to do it and have it done in 15 minutes.

So when getting your images done, think about the end result.  Where do you want to hang them, display them, who to share them with.  Go ahead and get the digital negatives to share online, but make sure you are focused on the prints and trusting the person who does them everyday to get those done for you.   Then find the professional you can bond with and trust I guarantee you will be so much more satisfied looking at the art work in your home or sending our the cards to your family.




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10 Tips to Great Professional Business Photos Professional Headshots

I often get asked about professional photos.  Most often, the person is teetering whether or not he/she needs one.  Professional photos aren't just about you getting a picture. Its definitely not about you being narcissistic.  It most definitely is about branding you, making you look the best possible and showing what you are all about. Its either to brand you for a job and sell you and your skills or branding your own business with what you have formed, but sharing with the community and those interested in your business, what you are all about.  If the Brand is consistent, it just continues the story of the great things you are doing and have already done.

1. Hire a Professional

Sure, we all know you can ask your Bestie to come over and shoot your picture during the week. Or even the week-end you were out and about and you looked amazing so you grabbed a selfie.  However, There are so many things to consider when using an image for your professional photo. And most often those are things you weren't aware of or even thought about. 

One thing that is often missed or just not aware of is the "Background".  I've seen people use selfies that were taken in the bar as their professional image.  Imagine how that speaks to your clients or even your current company with what might be in the background. While a bar background might make sense for someone who works for the bar or the beer company, it doesn't really make sense for much more.   So now imagine the bathroom selfie as your business profile.......Yep, its happened.

If the question is whether you should have one or not, the answer is YES!.  Using a professional image to portray  you for your business or even in your current business role will definitely provide an impact.  Whether looking for a job or even looking to advance, it makes a clear statement. It definitely makes the statement that you are thinking ahead and are clearly concerned with looking professional.

People are also very visual, so seeing the picture with the resume or with the business background will many times be what attracts others to the business or to hiring you.

2. Plan your wardrobe

Think about what you want to portray. If its your own business, think about your own brand and stay consistent with your companies brand.  If its casual, make it casual.  Also think about your personality: Do you want it fun, happy, serious or just seriously EPIC.


3. What to wear:

  • Comfortable clothes- If you feel uncomfortable, you will look uncomfortable
  • Make sure your jacket and shirt fit you well. A poor fitting jacket or shirt will be obvious in the photos (especially around the neck)
  • Turtlenecks- Just....NO!
  • Clothes should be neatly pressed and should look new or like new
  • Certain colors or accent colors can help bring out your eye color
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes

        - for Men

  • Business look can be suit and shirt (white or color). For that power shot, bring a tie
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, shirt and tie (no jacket), or dress shirt on it's own
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring colored shirts - coordinate with a color that best goes with your skin tones.
  • Always bring a few jackets or shirts so that you can try a couple.  The lighting may change the look a bit.

       - for Women

  • Avoid crazy prints and busy patterns
  • Be stylish and fashionable, remember that less is more.
  • For a no-jacket casual look, various colored shirts/blouses work well
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety of styled shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • Accessories are great and good to bring, just remember that the Image is about YOU and not your latest fashion sense

4. Color tips

Plain colors are your best choice.   Choose mid- tones because they are universally flattering.  Avoid wearing tops in your flesh tones as they will blend your face into your clothes. Unless you’re feeling super confident, pass on bright red, orange or Yellow. Stark black and white are not good choices either because they play havoc with the camera’s exposure or the studio backdrop.  There are times when that is needed, but in general, try and avoid.  Substitute black with richer neutrals like chocolate, navy, maroon and forest green. Black is somber safe and guarded, not likely the vibe you want to project. The fail-safe tip is to pick a top that accentuates your eyes. That’s why jewel tones work so well.

5. Remember:

Select and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. Select something that makes you look and feel good.

6. Accessorize but minimize

  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - less is more...but pick what accents you while also speaks to your personality
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated

7. What to Bring to a headshot session

  • Your previous headshots (if possible)
  • Samples of what you might be looking for (often we do this ahead of the shoot)
  • Various Wardrobe changes
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Makeup and hair products you prefer (especially if you have allergies)
  • Mirror
  • Finally, bring yourself ready to have a EPIC experience

8. Hair and Makeup Tips

  • Make-up should be clean and natural
  • Wear a heavy layer of translucent powder - your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don't overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products-this can great interfere with lighting
  • Avoid frosts or overly-bright colors-this will distract from the purpose of your photos
  • Avoid doing a professional Headshot session right after a haircut.

9. Please Arrive With

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist) 

10. YOU are the most important element.

Your energy. Your killer "blue steel" look, Your Awesomesauce, These are the most important things.

Before you head to the shoot, sit quietly and remember your intentions in your work and life. Connect to your purpose and the same approach you take to your business and work,then take some deep breaths. Lets do this...

Then, as the photos are being shot, remember to be present in YOU as YOU present your product or your resume. Look into and through the camera lens. Act as if you’re looking into the eyes of your very best friend or a client you really want, or the job interview you know you will nail. Don’t be afraid to let loose and smile and laugh.

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Questions to Ask your Wedding Photographer  

The Essentials:

  1. Do you have my date available? When you see a photographers portfolio and like what you have seen, this question is a top question you should ask right up front before you dig too deep.
  2. How long have you been in business?
  3. How far in advance is it necessary to book you for our wedding?
  4. How many weddings have you shot? This is an important question because it will let you know if they know the routine, schedule, flow of a wedding and whether they have been successful in creating shot lists etc.  (note: this is why asking your BFF, cousin or Uncle Bill to photograph it can run you into nightmares no matter how much you want to save money)
  5. How would you describe your style? - Style is important because you want to see if the photographer has the ability to deliver what you are looking for  in the images.
  6. What does a typical wedding day look like when you photograph it?  This helps you understand how they work, who is in the background, how many people they bring, what equipment is there. Ultimately it lets you know if they are invisible or a distraction to the wedding day.  While you want a great photographer, having a photographer that is in the middle of everything can take away from you just soaking up the entire day.
  7. What do you think differentiates your work from that of other photographers? - while this is a good question, I think you can easily recognize quality and differences in poses, scenery, creativity etc when browsing photographers portfolios. The difference really may come in how they sell their packages. That is essential to know and understand. For example, InkStudios is all-inclusive packages.  Many photographers have packages that are targeted to up sell by adding on many other items.  Our goal is to provide the couple with everything they need in their package.
  8. What type of equipment do you use? - While this might be greek to you, its an important question.  Knowing whether they are shooting a pro camera that can handle lower light/tough lighting situations is vital in a wedding.  Weddings are not typically Beautiful Big Bright rooms. Its also whether or not their images will be sharp as a tack or not, whether they will be able to capture image sizes that will be able to print the art work and beautiful wedding albums you are wanting.
  9. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
  10. Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour? What about an "instant" slideshow of the ceremony?  Not every photographer will offer this. In fact MOST will not. At InkStudios LLC we do offer this.
  11. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
  12. Have you ever worked with my florist? DJ? Coordinator, etc.? Great working relationships between vendors can make things go more smoothly. It's especially helpful if your videographer and photographer work well together or if it is the same company.  When the vendors have worked with each other, they know how each other works and essentially can make things work like clockwork.

The Details:

  1. Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding? Important question here because sometimes they may be eluding to the fact that they will be shooting your wedding by talking about their incredible work, but in fact, they have someone else working for them, lesser skill, who might be shooting your wedding day.
  2. Do you have backup equipment? Pretty vital to that day. What happens if a battery dies, or a flash quits, or they drop one camera? If they are a professional, they will have other equipment to make sure the day happens.
  3. What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
  4. If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover? This normally is stated in their contract.  Oh, if no contract, you probably should move along and speak with someone else.
  5. Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
  6. How will you (and your assistants) be dressed? Some photographers like to dress in all black, some in suits, some look like waiters. Others dress pretty current and look like guests.
  7. Is it okay if other people take photos while you're taking photos? Any true professional will have rules around this.  So ask this question up front.
  8. Do you have Venue suggestions?
  9. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?  A true professional Photographer will familiarize themselves with a location ahead of time will be prepared for any lighting issues or restrictions, and will know how best to incorporate the site's architectural elements into the photos.
  10. What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot? This won't happen up front. Probably a question that comes later when more details and the days agenda are arranged.  Its also depends on the collection you have selected.

The Finale:

These are all questions to ask up front about what happens after the wedding day

  1. What packages do you offer?
  2. Can I customize a package based on my needs?
  3. Do you include engagement photos in your packages?
  4. What type of album designs do you offer? Do you provide any assistance in creating an album?
  5. Do digital negatives come with the collection?
  6. Is there an additional fee for digital negatives?
  7. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
  8. How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a thumb drive? (CDs are so outdated, ask for a thumb drive)
  9. What is the ordering process?
  10. How long after I order my photos/album will I get them?


Here is a link to a pdf version for you to download and carry with you as you begin your quest to find a photographer

The Essentials

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10 tips on what to wear for Family Portraits 10 tips on what to wear for Family Portraits

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What is it that you look for in your family portraits? Are you looking just to show up and let the photographer do the whole thing?  Are you looking to get some shots in a studio on a white background?   Do you just want to have someone get a camera and shoot everyone in your family all huddled up?

I frequently get people that ask me to shoot their family portraits. I always start to ask questions because I know in general they are in a state of mind, not always, but usually they are thinking of 10-15 years go where you show up and get some posed pictures of the family.   Well, today has changed significantly. Though there are photographers out there and store front drive thru photography centers that will do that for you. Today is the day to be creative. Make them memorable.  Talk to your photographer and get to know him/her.  If you don't have ideas, work with them and come up with a plan that will get images that speak to the personality and excitement that exists in your family. So when others look at your images you will hear "wow", that is so your family, amazing.

When you put that creative touch into your family images, they will be something you remember forever.  You will look back and have a huge smile on your face. It will be an "experience" not just a dreaded family picture session.

Ok,  so with all that said, now on to whats important for your family portraits:

10.  Location- When thinking of the location you choose (and time of year) think of how the colors are going to blend and mesh with that area.  For example if shooting in the middle of summer in a open grassy area, you might not want to wear green that matches the grass.  The examples I often see are families that all decide to wear black and the photographer shoots them on a black backdrop......(shame on that photographer) but the only thing you really see is their hands and heads and if they have jeans on.  CHOOSE your location and color wisely.....don't fade into the background

9.  Simple is better.  When picking texture, clothing or location make sure its NOT too busy.  Anything that is a distraction in the photo will take away from the subject. The subject being YOU and YOUR family.

8.  Cliche- Avoid the All white or All black cliche.  There are times when that is cool, even fun, but its in a very special and specific setting that this works.  But in general, the time when that was ok, was 20 years ago (grin)

Family photo, Kansas City Photographer, Kansas city family photographer, inkstudios LLC, Kris Hanke Photography, Family Portraits, Family photos, outdoors, family picturesFamily PortaitsSimple is better. The background lets the family here take the lead in what the viewer sees. The family smiles and baby in the air are the FULL focus of the image here.

7.  Yes I know you love Batman and Elsa  but its NOT going to be in the photos. And for your kids, try and avoid the other logos (grin).  This goes again to distractions. Busy designs, logos and characters will cause distraction in the photos.  Try and avoid them.  Let the image be all about the amazing faces and smiles in your family. (or the amazing tantrums that get thrown while posing)

6.  Test Run- lay all the clothes out next to each other and see if they work-

5. Plan Plan Plan- Talk with your photographer make a plan. It WILL Inevitably change, but having a base plan makes things go so much better.

Family photo, Kansas City Photographer, Kansas city family photographer, inkstudios LLC, Kris Hanke Photography, Family Portraits, Family photos, outdoors, family picturesFamily PortaitsLocation- Picking a location is key. But pick one that matches with your family and the personality it brings. Here this family, with the city back drop just fit well.

4. Props-think of props that fit your families personalities.  Talk with your photographer about the theme, then make it happen.  Bring instruments, sports equipment, chalkboards, balloons.

3. Theme - Think of a theme for that year.  What is currently happening. The personalities of your kids that year, what major events are happening that year.  Whats the most important things in your lives at that time. Many ways and ideas to create a theme that fits your family and will make your images pop.  Last year I had family that had their own superhero logo.  So, for part of the shoot we did a family superhero theme. It worked well and was a blast to shoot.

Family photo, Kansas City Photographer, Kansas city family photographer, inkstudios LLC, Kris Hanke Photography, Family Portraits, Family photos, outdoors, family picturesFamily Portaits - Superhero StyleSuperhero family portraits. This family already had their own superhero logo. So we put that logo on each shirt. Each logo is a bit different for each person. But it worked well for this amazing family. We had a blast shooting the superhero series.

2. Home Decor - Look at your walls and places inside the house where you will be hanging them.  Make sure you pick colors that go well with the color tones inside.  Blending is key.

1. Coordinate and do not match- Coordinating colors looks so much better than matching colors.  There are times when matching colors work, and colors that work when matching, but coordinating colors has so much more impact than matching the colors.  Matching colors was so 20 years ago....(grin) Try and coordinate colors well.   And for the girls, ACCESSORIZE.   Add the accent jewelry, hats, and other items that just add that finishing touch to the wardrobe.




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Cari and Jaden Congratulations to Cari and Jaden.  An amazing wedding in a beautiful facility.  (update, Cari is pregnant-EPIC)

Wedding SelfieThe bridesmaids taking cell phone pics of the bride. Wedding photographer

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Perfect Swoll Mates Wedding Its always amazing to shoot a friends wedding, but even more so when they actually connect with the Perfect soul mate.  In this case it was the perfect SWOLL mate.  Joel and Kelsey are amazing people.  I had been using Joel as a fitness model for a while and he connected with Kelsey.  Kelsey was just finishing Nursing school to be come an RN, but both of them were complete fitness guru's.

They seemed to connect quickly.  Joel brought her over to me to shoot prior to one of her fitness competitions.  The minute I saw them together, I just had this feeling it was a good match.

When they asked me to do their wedding, we sat down and had a a brainstorming session.  In the end, they went with a bohemian look and feel and fully decked out their wedding to make it look and feel as such. 

I had two extra photographers with me on this day. Both are amazing photographers.  Mark Stallbaumer, who I shoot with a lot, again showed his amazing talent at this and Michelle Henke (no relation, but cool)  also showed up.  Michelle also has her own video business and just happens to be in Nursing school. 

What an amazing wedding, amazing couple, and an amazing team to work with.

Take a look at the beautiful images we got with this wedding.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we did shooting them.

Joel and Kelsey,  we all wish you the best on your new Journey to the West Coast and we hope to see you from time to time.


Michell Brought her Light meter......We had to get a shot of that!


The Reveal.....

And in this one, you see why I would use either of them as models.

Gorgeous Kelsey, but check out those muscles!

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Runway and Posing For a few years now, I have been working with several models on runway skills and posing.  I often use the old reference that the model is a hanger and they are wearing the clothes of the designer.   I'm not sure if this ever sets in, but I often coach models on using props in a scene and that clothes are even a prop.  When it comes to showing off a designers outfits, it takes a lot of thinking and really concentrating on how you would normally act with the clothes and what type of poses you should do to highlight the designers work.  

It really takes a TON of practice to walk runway, and many models get into this thinking they can just walk down and either SMILE big or just look FIERCE and its all good.  You also get a few that walk down the runway with an attitude thinking that the runway is all about them. With any of these attitudes it never really shows off the amazing work of the designers, especially if the models walk the runway and are only walking with the intent to show their runway walk off...Truth is, the runway is about the CLOTHES. Its about amazing design elements designers have put together over long hours and tons of sewing and contemplating the details of the pieces.

So this past Fashion Week in Kansas City, I was able to see some incredible design work, some amazing pieces on the runway.  A few designs really stood out because the models really knew how to highlight the clothing.   At Kansas City Fashion Week, I am one of the Creative Directors and all of us on the committee for KCFW work very hard to try and help coach the walk on the runway with the models.  This year, some of the designs really stood out because the models were not out to show themselves off as much as they were showing off the designs.  Here is a great example:

If you notice, the model Walked with a great walk in the first image, crossing feet appropriately. The 2nd image she poses with the whole piece, then elegantly takes jacket down, and turns to reveal the detail of the back.  This is exactly how the designer, Andrea Howell of Tidal Cool Creations, intended the her work to be shown.  It was a perfect example of really showing off the clothing and the detail/work the designer had put into the designs.

The point here being that just walking down the runway is not what a model should be thinking about.  The model should be really asking the designer what details are important to be shown off and how did the designer intend the design to be shown.  Then the model can easily practice how the clothing should be highlighted down the runway. 

Kansas City Fashion Week was amazing last week-end.  Everyone who participated was just outstanding, but when I saw some of the models step it up with the designs, it was fantastic to see on the runway.

Here are a few other tips for the runway :

  • Watch the neck,  Try to elongate your neck for maximum extension.
  • Stay away from the BOUNCE......the less you strut your stuff and learn to walk "fashion walk" on the runway, the better it is.  Some try and shake the hips when their hips already shake.  Probably not the best idea, if you already walk that way, to accent them even more.
  • Do not be a limp noodle. Always pose with tension in your body completely from H2T (head to toe).
  • Try and practice your poses in the mirror before you do them anywhere else.
  • Communicate with the Designers.  Ask them what you are wearing and what details they think are best to highlight.
  • Practice your walk or even video tape your walk so you can see what you are doing
  • Do not let hating how your hair or makeup is done affect your performance. Model through it.  You are the model, they choose the clothes and makeup to be on the look.  If you don't like it, maybe you should rethink modeling and go back to the deer in headlights look.
  • Deer in Headlights looks- Yea, not a good idea.
  • Do not slouch on the runway; pretend you have a wire through your spine that is pulling you up to the ceiling.
  • Do not be forgettable. Make an impression by showing your distinctive personality while keeping in mind you are showing off clothes.
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Deregulation of the Hair and Makeup Industry Today it's so tempting for many models to jump in on any opportunity to do a photoshoot.  Often opportunities arise in trade situations and many will do it simply because its a neat idea, they like the concept, or its free.  However, when they end up in those situations, often those doing the hair and makeup are not licensed which can place you at risk.  Licensed Hair and Makeup are essential for safety purposes as well as the experience they bring.

Many states now are trying to deregulate this industry.   It places many at risk since there are many issues around safety, sanitation as well as disease prevention that are essential

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:47:49 GMT
What Should I have in my Modeling Portfolio
What type and size of images should I have to hand at the audition
The standard for the modeling industry is 9x12 or 11x14 books which are the most accepted and popular.   In New York, 9×12 and 11×14 books are popular and often required. Mini books in Miami are a popular trend.  Also, carrying your port on you iPad to an event seems to be a great trend today, but you can't leave the iPad behind.
In most metropolitan areas, like Kansas City, Chicago and San Diego, Baltimore, 8×10 and 8.5×11 books are the norm. I typically recommend 8x10 and also to carry other images on their phones or ipads as well as a zedcard.
How many photos do I need to have?

Less is always better! You will not impress with quantity – you will make a lasting impression with quality.  If your portfolio is littered with every photographers images you could possibly shoot with, it will generally only hurt your chances.   Make sure you choose your photographers carefully and look at the type of images as well as quality of images before you shoot with them.

If you think about it – I can take two good photos of you – a headshot and a full length shot – and show that you are beautiful and have a good, fit figure. So if this is the case – why all the stress about a portfolio?

The purpose of a modeling portfolio is to show your modeling capabilities, your look, size and your diversity in modeling.– it is to show your ability to portray different characters, age ranges and importantly personality!

As a new model – 6 – 12 pictures is adequate to present yourself to a new agency or job opportunity. 20 should be a maximum – but only if they are 20 “WOW” pictures. Just average pictures will only hurt your chances.  You have to have WOW pictures that make you stand out and show your very best capabilities.

Do I need to shoot with more than one photographer to develop my portfolio?

You don't have to work with several photographers, but it is a good idea to have a couple photographers with different styles that have shot you in your portfolio. Different Photographers styles will help show your diversity.

Should the pictures all be in Color?

Black and white is still a good medium used today.  It is a good idea to have both black and white and color images in your portfolio

Do I need to do photos in a swimsuit or lingerie?

The answer is NO.  Not every model is a swimsuit or lingerie model.  Yet there are a lot of agencies and small time photographers that are telling models they have to have lingerie and swimsuit images in their portfolio.  It really depends on what type of modeling you want to do. As a matter of fact, if a photographer/agency is insistent upon this, I would be very skeptical of their intentions.  There are many types of modeling today that aren't looking at whether or not a model looks good in a swimsuit or lingerie.  So keep that in mind when building your portfolio.

What type of images do models need in their portfolio?

 Two images definitely needed are a headshot and full body image with fitted clothing.  No makeup is preferable for these.  Then focus on what area of modeling you would like to be in and diversify it a bit. If its fashion modeling, then try to get some wearable fashion images as well as some HIGH fashion with clothing that you wouldn't see day to day.   If its lifestyle/commercial modeling, you need images that show you in different characters depending on your age.  This will show your ability to play the role and work with whatever is needed to get the shot.

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The Face of Xpressions Boutique by ColorXpressions     

  The Date has been announced as November 25th.    Location will be announced to all who have  indicated they want to audition via email.




Xpressions Boutique by colorXpressions will be holding an audition for anyone interested in    being the front model in all the campaigns and marketing for 2013. 

Xpressions Boutique is a local makeup company in Lee's Summit that focus' on healthy skin and womens' health.  The makeup is completely free of additives and anything that would be harmful to your skin.  In fact it is more like SKIN CARE cosmetics.

Keep an eye out for up coming dates.

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Payment Etiquette in Photography and Modeling today In this industry there seems to be a lot of confusion about who to pay, when to pay, "why pay" the people that are doing the work.  Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Photographers and models a like seem to be lost at how this works.  It seems that I have to explain this to a lot of people. 

Yea, everyone has a camera and people are looking for the cheapest way to get pictures. In many cases they get the cheapest cost, but also at the expense of the images and people are often disappointed.

A while back I read a post somewhere in Social Network Universe where a photographer was ranting that models should "NEVER" have to pay for images.  To some extent that could be right in that there are so many people wanting to be photographers that a model could go around shooting with everyone that wants to shoot them.  However, in todays world, your portfolio can get very messy when shooting with all those photographers and often it gets filled with unedited, poor concept, subpar photos that reflect on your skills as a model.  Not to mention the Predators that use

cameras to prey on young models to get them to pose nude or in less clothing. Remember that your portfolio is your brand.  And in making your brand standout, it becomes vital that what you keep in your portfolio shows ONLY your very best. 

I often get asked what my rates are and some then sign up and shoot, while others roll their eyes at the cost.   I have even had a couple of models indicate they were photographers themselves and shouldn't have to pay for images.  I simply shrugged at that one.   What I never understand is that if they want images from someone who is skilled, why wouldn't you save your money and make your portfolio look its best.  What I see more often than not are models wanting so bad to model in front of a camera that they pick anyone and everyone and clutter their portfolio and never learn good technique and usually have half baked themes or no theme at all.

How I see it is that if a model wants to build their portfolio, then they should be paying the photographer unless there is a trade for CD agreement in place (TFCD).  Often when you are working in trade for scenarios you are working with beginners (not always but more often than not).  Likewise, if a photographer is wanting to expand his/her portfolio, then they should be offering pay to a model (again unless it is a TFCD agreement).  Often beginner photographers use friends and family to begin their portfolio and that can work quite nicely to help them get the experience.

I think the same applies to Makeup artists and Hair Stylists as well.  I truly believe that hair and makeup need compensation for product and time/travel. But if a hairstylist/makeup artist is trying to build their portfolio, then they should be compensating photographers and model just the same.  There are agreements that can be reached often when trading  for work as well but keep in mind the "artist" that is working hard, especially if this is their livelihood. 

At the end of the day, a truly Great photo is made by an entire team. From the makeup, to the hair, to the models posing and finally the photographers eyes and Lighting (not to mention the equipment and creativity behind it all).

All in all I just think that the etiquette for payment is pretty logical and that we need to educate more and more people.  In many cases I think people are just wanting more images to put on their social networking site.  In that case, payment should be rendered to all those helping to build a models Facebook Portfolio.

Remember, how you act in this industry gets around fast......So in building your brand, remember that you are leaving behind your professionalism and or lack there of.

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) etiquette modeling payment etiquette photography Thu, 28 Jun 2012 01:13:17 GMT
Creative Infusion 2012

This year I was afforded the opportunity to shoot "Creative Infusion 2012".  

 On Sunday, March 25th, 2012 at Roca Salon & Spa, several Local Salons from across the metro are came together as one community to create a collection of inspirational couture hair designs for 2012. Salon participants include Last Tangle Salon, Roca Salon & Spa, Pinkie Couture, Spa & Boutique, Belle Epoque, Shannon's Place, Aura Hair Studio & Boutique, Studio 39, Mitsu Sato Salon, and Revue Salon & Spa.

The mission of this project is to bring together the beauty community and raise awareness that unlike reality TV shows, hair stylists are not just all about drama, spray tans, and superficial gossip. Small business owners can come together and offer each other education, support, and resources, which is almost non-existent amongst Kansas City salons. Small businesses can effect a change that could move through the entire beauty industry and potentially help stir the economy.

Very soon I will be posting some of the images to give you a closer look at how creative and exhilarating that day was...

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How many shots does it take for a cover shot... Posted the "Model Essentials"  blog earlier this week, then came across this video on youtube. 

I thought you all would be interested in watching how hard this model works.

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) cover shot modeling Thu, 24 May 2012 13:46:34 GMT
Here it comes... So there is a lot going on this summer.  Keep your eyes out for modeling opportunities and new things coming.

I will be having a special portrait session with OPEN doors this summer. 

5 Major concepts to be shot which I will be casting for very soon.  Can't post the themes here but these are pretty big. 

New lines of business added to InkStudios as well

- compcards (adding this more to the forefront, have always done it, but many people are asking me to do theirs now)

- Image retouching

- Then some very top secret lines of business that should be announced soon

- Beginner workshops

- The Critic - I will blog about this in a few weeks.

....and much more

All of this on top of weddings, stock, commercial things that are already scheduled.



If you are looking to Model, please read my recent model blog.  You can always contact me here or on my facebook fan page

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) City InkStudios Kansas Photographer Wed, 23 May 2012 19:12:35 GMT
Model Essentials I get asked frequently what a model should have in their wardrobe or what are the important things necessary to be a model.   I can only speak to my experiences over the last several years and the pitfalls I have run into with models not being prepared or not having traits necessary to get re-hired.

Key traits a model should have:

Professionalism -  Every model should approach each casting call, job, or opportunity as if it were a real job or a paying job.  Early in many models careers today, there is a lot of "trade for" work where they are not paid.  So approaching it as free exposure and not a real job often leads models into the pitfalls of getting a bad reputation.  It's understandable that because they are not getting paid in "cash" that they would look at it that way, especially if they continue to do free/trade work.  However, the more professional you act at these opportunities, the greater the opportunity for paying jobs in the future.  It is usually from these events that the photographers, stylists, magazines, or designers see how the model acts and when they actually need models for paying gigs, they will migrate to the ones who are most professional.

Promptness -  Frequently I have been running into models that are always late.   They might be well known in the area or even be popular in the local  "fashion industry".  However, being on time is essential.  It is crucial for video or photo shoots where makeup and hair has timelines to be on time for the shoot to get done.  Being on time is essential to your brand.  Trust me, if you are always late, the local industry is talking about you and your unreliability.

Confidence - There is a big difference between confidence and arrogance.  Make sure that you show up as confident and not arrogant.   You are building your own brand and selling yourself to a client or audience that you, in turn, might be selling something of theirs. They want someone who can be confident in their product or mission.

Perseverance -  Stick with it.  You are going to run into set backs in any job.  In this industry it might even get harsh, but you have to realize that there is a lot that is subjective in this industry and stay the course being confident yet humble.   This also helps build your brand and shows that you can get up when knocked down and keep going.  Very important when on a set and there are technical malfunctions, wardrobe malfunctions, or weather malfunctions.   Perseverance shows that you will keep attempting to get the job done.


From a wardrobe perspective  these are essential items that you should have:


Females: should bring a few pair of heels on set. Its best to ask ahead of time what the wardrobe is and see if you can match the wardrobe.  Basic black, white, off white are key as they tend to go with everything.  In many cases, it is essential to have "hot" red heels. Just my experience, but often times people want the red shoes.  Often I run into models bringing heels that are just too loud and for the shoot, they steal the show or take away from the set because they are way too trendy.  You should avoid this at all costs.  Yes they know you think the shoes are cute or you wouldn't have bought them, but being in a set ruins the image.

Males should have a classic pair of black and brown dress shoes to bring to the set.

Standard clothing:

Females:  Should have a black/white dinner gown, some casual jeans, blazer, and button down shirts.  Swimsuit and appropriate undergarments are also essential.  Having nude undergarments is always vital as well as strapless bra's.

Males: Sport coat, black/gray dress slacks, jeans and tank tops.


Classy, not overpowering accessories are good to have as well just in case.  Items that are not too annoying and only just finish off your look or compliment it.  Pearls would be a good example for women.  For men, usually not essential, but for winter, things like a hat or scarf are good finishers.

Here is a quick guide: (some apply both to male and female)

  • Bathrobe icon
  • Belts (various kinds)
  • Bras (underwire, seamless, strapless)
  • Dress Shields
  • Head Scarf
  • Jewelry
  • Lint Roller icon
  • Masking tape (to use on the bottoms of your shoes)
  • One piece swimsuit
  • Panties (nude, white, and black)
  • Pantyhose icon (nude, white, off white, and black)
  • Safety pins
  • Scotch tape (for quick hem repairs)
  • Shoes(flat shoes, white tennis shoes and high heels, white, off white, brown, and black)
  • Slips (white and black)
  • Socks (white sport socks)
  • Static Guard
  • Tube top and body stocking (nude)

Business Items

  • Address Book
  • Calendar
  • Pen
  • Money
  • Note Pad
  • Planner
  • Your Model Portfolio (including comp cards)

Some key things to remember:

On occasion I have had models show up to my shoot in the early morning that were out drinking the night before and have very little sleep.  This is more than annoying as they just ruined my entire shoot.  Drinking kills your skin the next day as it completely is dry and pale and no sleep brings crazy bags under the eyes and more.  This goes back to being professional and realizing that if the photographer has asked you to be in this shoot, then you should do everything to look your best.

Taking care of you skin, hair and body are key.  Eating right can apply to all of these as well as if you are eating junk, it will impact your weight, skin and the texture of your hair.  Using healthy products for all of these can also improve your look or just maintain it.

Height- while the old school of thought was 5'9" to 6' was essential to be a model.  Today is very different.  Print models are often shorter than 5'9" and can get a ton of work.  Many agencies have also lowered their requirement to 5'8" for much of what they do.  The height requirements are for several reasons which many people do not understand.  Height requirements were used for how clothing may drape on the person, pairing of other models (male or female) so that there isn't an imbalance on runway or in an image.  Today though, height has less of an impact in many ad images but it still is held tightly to on runway or in the high fashion part of the industry.  I see this changing in the future as it has already changed significantly over the last 4-5 years.

Lastly,  all modeling is driven by the needs of a client.  If they aren't selling a product or message, then there is no need for a model.  Keep this at the forefront of your mind as you are representing the client and the clients product.  Treat this as the most important thing and in the end it will help you deliver the very best images or video.

(next blog "Real Togger or Fauxtogger")

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) fashion fashion industry how to be a model model model essentials modeling photography what it takes to be a model Wed, 23 May 2012 16:39:08 GMT
Copyright/trademark and Releases So, now knowing what copyright is and how to protect your images, lets talk about what you can do with those images.  For the most part, the images are yours to do whatever you want with in your portfolio, print as artwork for your home or grow your business.  The devil that is in the details comes when you want to try and sell them or submit them to magazines.    If the images are just of nature, wildlife or many inanimate objects you should be good to go. It gets more complex when the images contain people, architecture, some locations, and some famous locations (even objects that contain logos).  

The first question is "when would I need a model/property release?"  Model releases in general are used due to privacy, so depending on who or what is in the image, the answer would vary.   If you are shooting images of random people even in public places, models on a set, or anything depicting people for the most part for commercial usage, then sure you would need a model release.  For editorial images; editorial being images that are connected to an article and not an ad, then for the most part a model release would not be needed. ( editorial can include newspapers, educational books, trade magazines.)There is still gray area here in many cases. 

There is also moral and ethical ideals behind some of this.   Many years ago, you could shoot the backs of people  in an image and as long as their face was not showing and a release would not be required.  Today it is very different.  If a person can recognize themselves by the clothes, handbag, height, hair, watch or in anyway, then a release probably is going to cover you and keep you safe from legal issues later.  There have been several lawsuits in recent years where the persons face wasn't showing but they were able to distinguish themselves and filed a lawsuit against the photographer or company using the image.  So there are some that would interpret that using an image without a release, even though you cannot identify the person/s in the image, allows for moral/ethical interpretation whether or not it should be used in some cases.   This is why I hold to my practice of getting a model/property release in almost all scenarios.  It is only then that you have written documentation of consent from the subject in the image.

Again, I am not an attorney, but my opinion and practice has been to get a release almost every time I am shooting people.  I have even been so bold to ask for model releases from random people I have shot in public.

Here is a great article from asmp

What about trademarks? 

What is a trademark: A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Throughout this booklet, the terms "trademark" and "mark" refer to both trademarks and service marks.  

Do Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents protect the same things?

No. Trademarks, copyrights and patents all differ. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work; a patent protects an invention. For copyright information, go to . For patent information, go to .


So what if I shot a photo that has a trademark or logo in it?

Again it depends on what you are doing with the photo that will determine what you need to do. In general its similar that I can keep the logos in an image used for editorial/educational purposes.  For commercial usage, then the logo/trademark would have to disappear or not be present at all.  

A good scenario is that if I shoot down a street in a city I will capture all kinds of logos and trademarks.  If my subject is the street of the city, I am fine, but If my purpose was to somehow imply that one of those logos/trademarks is being represented or sponsoring that image, that's when I would get into trouble.  Then the interpretation comes in trying to decide what your intent was.

Keep in mind, the laws on the books are up for opinion and interpretation in a court setting, so FAIR use doctrines are only good until you sit in front of a jury or judge and a decision is made.  Fair use for logos/trademarks and copyright differ, its good to seek it out and read up on both.

Some good resources:

Fair use of digital images:


[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) copyright digital images model release photography photos property release trademark Mon, 21 May 2012 17:20:55 GMT
Copyright part 2 I had so many things running through my head the last few days about copyright that I couldn't wait until next week to post.  So here is part 2. 

In the first part to this post, I reviewed basic copyright principles and when is an image copyrighted as well as some stipulations about co-copyright. 

Before I do, let me share a personal story.   Not long ago I was asked to assist in a pretty large photoshoot in St. Louis.  The subjects being shot were paying to be a part of it, so I was told I would be paid for the day as well as be paid for any prints that were sold.  As soon as the shoot was over, I was asked to download my card to their computer (I never give RAW images to anyone) but in this case I had a long drive home and my wife was waiting in the car so I had no choice.  Needless to say, I then saw my images up on their website with their logo (infringement), then saw marketing materials with my images used by them with my photos (infringement),   then some images were purchased by participants which I was never paid for as well as never being paid for the shoot.   I had not had a written agreement with them because I thought this was a good studio to work with. Unfortunately, I was wrong.  I normally have written agreements for everything,  but in this case it bit me. I since have discovered that this has occurred in more cases with this same group.  This is why it is so critical to understand copyright and know your rights and how to protect your work.

Things to remember about copyright:

  • Copyright is a property right.
  • Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
  • Professional photographers are the smallest of small copyright holders.
  • Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.
  • Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies).
  • Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display (no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs (no editing).
  • A photographer can easily create over 20,000 separate pieces of intellectual property annually.
  • Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create.
    • It affects their income and the livelihood of their families.
  • Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.
  • Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.


We are seeing more and more where models, families, or businesses are taking images and learning to DYI ( do it yourself).  Many are taking the image that has been shot for them, and they begin to edit, crop, add logo's or whatever to the image. This is definitely infringement.  In most cases, the user has very little skill at editing and in the end the final product reflects upon the photographers work.   Sometimes the photographers work is just as good or bad as the person taking the image to edit it.  That is neither here nor there, it is still copyright infringement.

So how do you protect your images?  Well first and foremost is "watermarks" watermarks with your logo, which can be intrusive to a viewer looking at your work, but it also clearly identifies that this work is yours.  There are easy ways to put your logo on an image with most software editing tools today.  The key is to place your logo so that it doesn't steal the viewers eye (unless this is your marketing technique)

Another great protection is the image Metadata.  Image metadata does 3 things that every photographer should care about and others should start understanding. First, the metadata stores information/keywording that will help with search engines and your images being found via a search on the internet.  Second, the data stored is a great way to reference the technical details of how an image  was shot and be a tool or study for later.  Lastly, the metadata makes it easier to prove authorship/copyright via the information that has been stored.  Even with GPS information that is now being stored on the image, it is going to be much easier to prove since the location has been stored on the image as well.

Some great resources: (great information on the secrets of why photo competitions are often held)

Be looking for the next blog post where I will move from the copyright to image usage and copyrights that might be in an image and what the difference is between trademark and copyright. I also will open up the concept of moral and ethical usage of an image.

(image: courtesy of istockphoto/Stuart Burford)

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) copyright metadata photographers photography photography copyright protect your photos trademark Thu, 17 May 2012 16:34:07 GMT
Copyright Copyright part  1


To start the new  blog on my newest website,  I wanted this to have some substance and be educational for those that watch my photography as well as for many of those newbies that are in the industry.  So if you are a model, designer, photographer or agency etc, I thought I would first blog about copyright and some of the major changes in the industry.  Let me preface that I am not a lawyer, but have researched this to some degree for 15 yrs in doing photography.  I am  taking a very beginners basic look at this first as I have had many of you ask me questions with regard to copyright.

With the advent of digital photography, everyone has a camera today and is wanting to be known as a “photographer’ in some way shape or form.  New models decide to pick up a camera so they can be infront of and behind the lens.  Average Joe got a camera for Christmas and is shooting everything in the house just because its fun.  A mom with 4 kids just can’t put the camera down and now everyone wants her to photograph their children or family portraits.  These are just a few scenarios I have come across over the years.  In many instances, the person with the camera really doesn’t know the legalities behind the images they are taking and nor does the subject/model.   This can present some major challenges and relationship/business constraints later. 

I have seen new photographers post many of their images to social networks  of families, children, or whatever in hopes to get paid for the job or get paid for prints.   Often, the subject knowingly or unknowingly takes the images uses them and reposts/prints them wherever they please often without approval of the “photographer”.  Being new, the photographer has no idea of their copyright is being infringed.  Or they are aware of the infringement, they just do not know what they can or cannot do or say.

So what is copyright?  Copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.  

So how do you copyright an image taken with your camera?  You don’t, it already has a copyright.  Once you press the shutter, that image now has your copyright.  No one can publish, produce, print, reprint or copy the image without your written consent.  You don’t have to submit paperwork or anything for your image to have a copyright. However, there are advantages in filing for copyright. If filed before infringement in the case of a dispute, you would be able to sue for punitive damages (in addition to compensatory damages).

There are some caveats to that statement above.  For example, if I shoot the photo at a private event or some public event that is paid for by a sponsor or governing entity, then there is gray area in that copyright.   Lets take for example a photographer that decides to go shoot a local fashion show without being invited or given written consent to do so.  According to several discussions I have been having with lawyers recently, there is a co-copyright to that image.    That photographer then would need written consent in using that image for commercial use or even in some cases for their own use.  They would not be allowed to redistribute, sell, or give images to anyone according to the co-copyright.  I am still researching this example because in today’s market, there could potentially be a ton of law suits based on this scenario.  Regardless, it just means that photographers and everyone need to be aware of the copyright discussion and what their legal rights are or are not.

In today's world, copyright is an ongoing discussion with social networking and many issues that have arisen with how images are used, electronically stored, and infringed.  Below are some recent examples to get familiar with;

A fellow photographer friend of mine is always on top of blogging this:

Part 2 coming next week.

[email protected] (InkStudios LLC) copyright metadata photographers photography photography copyright protect your photos trademark Mon, 14 May 2012 15:24:24 GMT