Posts By: Beau Bumpas

Is #InstaModel a real thing?

                Image via Instagram   Warning: this is a very opinionated, industry-influenced blog on the rise of the #InstaModel. Everyone with a camera phone and an Instagram thinks they’re a model lately. I’ve never seen so many posts with the hashtags #model #instamodel #instahot – it’s almost offensive… Read more »

Less isn’t more: why Hair & Make Up is vital

More times than not, clients will come in to my studio and try to do their hair and make-up on their own. Sure, your normal ‘do looks great for your day-to-day activities but may not be a great choice for photos. The subtle details of your face get picked up in a big way on… Read more »

In Defense of Retouching (and Khloe Kardashian)

This week, Khloe Kardashian (I’m her biggest fan, by the way) fought back against the swarms of angry people calling her out for retouching her recent Complex cover shoot. In the side-by-side photos, you can see how the shadows and lighting have been lightly edited. Key word: lightly. That’s the secret to a good retouching… Read more »

Finding Your Focus

I’m the first to admit that I’ve made a lot of mistakes over my career. Everything from bringing the wrong equipment to a shoot to a poor retouching job on the images or even arriving late to a set, the list goes on. But I learned more from those experiences than from a book or… Read more »

Returning the favor: Tips for taking better photographs

  With the explosion in social media and equipment affordability, everyone is becoming a photographer. Everyone, their mom, and in some cases even their dog (see @remythadon) have Instagrams. Everyone can purchase their own DSLR at affordable prices and in convenient locations. But what makes a photographer is the craft – the lighting, the scenery,… Read more »

The Do’s and Don’ts for the Perfect Headshot

Everyone has a preference, a specific idea of what they like and don’t like. While that may be just fine when ordering your dinner at a restaurant where you can pick and choose what goes on your salad, it works a little differently when taking head shots. After years of experience in the photography world,… Read more »