Whitening Your Teeth for Portraits

white teethGorgeous white bright teeth are not just the concern of Hollywood stars anymore. Everyone desires to have a photo-ready smile when taking portraits and creating portfolios. Teeth are the first thing noticed in a photograph, and yellowing teeth can turn a successful photo shoot into a nightmare.

For many people however, professional teeth whitening is simply too much of a stretch for their budget. Instead there are effective teeth whitening methods that can be done at home. Here are two of the easiest and most convenient methods to try.

Whitening Toothpastes or Gels

One option is to shop for ADA (American Dental Association) approved whitening toothpastes or gels. Brush your teeth as usual with a small toothbrush, for at least two minutes. Rinse and spit out the excess paste or gel. This method requires you to continue this process, twice a day, for approximately 12-14 days. Read the instructions on the product to be certain you are using the correct and most effective procedure. This method also requires occasional, but continual use.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips should also be ADA approved. Read the ingredients to make sure they don’t contain chlorine dioxide. This could damage your tooth enamel. Teeth whitening strips should be made of polyethylene, and can be easily found at most drugstores and supermarkets.

The product will contain two whitening strips; one for your lower set of teeth, the other for your upper teeth. The strips are lined with gel so that they adhere to your teeth. Some strips must be peeled off and others will naturally dissolve. Remember to rinse well after using. Read your instructions to see how long you will need to repeat this process. With most quality strips, your results will last anywhere from 4-6 months.

The best results come from following the directions. For any teeth whitening product you choose, it is imperative that you read the ingredients and the directions, so that you achieve the best whitening results without damaging your tooth enamel.

Getting the Perfect Headshot

headshotNot only actors and models require headshots. Corporate executives are using them to put a face to their companies or their brands.  So capturing the perfect image, one which really represents who the person is, is the goal of every headshot photographer.

Consider doing a little research before you choose a photographer who specializes in doing headshots. Look at portfolios, and talk to others who have used them before making your decision.

When the day comes there are a few steps you should follow.

If the subject is a performer, casual clothes will do, but an executive might wear a suit or some clothes that represent the company. Clothes should not be busy or ornate. You do not want to take away from the face.

Finding a good location is crucial. Most headshots are taken in the photographer’s studio where there is a plain wall or background that will not interfere with highlighting the face. If you must shoot outside be sure the background is not too busy.

Lighting is very important. If indoors use a hairlight for more depth, and if outdoors make sure the light is diffused. You don’t want there to be any shadows across the face.

When choosing equipment, a 90mm lens is probably best as wide angle and mis angle lenses can sometimes distort the face. You want a headshot that is in sharp focus.

For the ladies, make sure that any makeup used is as natural as possible and only enhances the face without changing the look of it. You want the subject to look like themselves.

The eyes are the windows to the soul. Make sure that the expression on your subject’s face truly represents him/her, and creates the impression desired.

If you are a performer you might wish to include a video of yourself.

Headshots tell a potential client or employer who you are, and so they should reflect you. In this case less is more, and the simpler your headshot, the more it will say about you.


How to Choose the Right Backdrop for Your Photoshoot

Photography Backdrop

A picture is worth a thousand words, but you also want it to look like a million dollars. One of the ways to make sure your photos turn out like you want is to make sure you are selecting the correct backdrop. You want to select the best one for the story you want the picture to tell. Most experienced photographers will know what you need and will help you make these decisions.

Below we have compiled a few of the favorites and the applications they would suit the best. This doesn’t mean these are the only ways they can be used; it is simply the most popular choice for that particular backdrop.

  1. Canvas- These backdrops hold up unbelievably well to use and can lend themselves to more situations than you could imagine. Because of the weight of these backdrops they don’t tend to crease or cause shadowing. This is great for a professional looking photo or portrait.
  2. Seamless Paper- These backdrops can come in many different colors and provide a very vivid backdrop. This can make the subject of the picture seem more modern and stand out against a colorful background. The only hard thing about this is you don’t want to match your backdrop, make sure to choose a color that will compliment your outfit, skin tone, hair color, and eye color and NOT your backdrop!
  3. Muslin- this is extremely soft fabric and also versatile like the canvas. This should be used to make a more romantic shoot or warm and inviting shoot. It would be great for a newborn baby or even softer senior portraits.

When it comes to your photos with Beau Bumpas Photography, you will find that whether you use canvas, paper, muslin, or even the outdoors as your backdrop, you will love the outcome and how well they showcase your personality.

Juicy Photos



Hi friends! I wanted to throw out a few of my juicing tips for everyone who’s been messaging me about my new juicing adventure. I swear I haven’t felt so healthy and spiritually connected in my entire life! With my busy shooting schedule staying healthy is my top priority.

A few months ago I was having issues with my energy level, my skin looked taxed and I just wasn’t feeling good overall. I would work out everyday and eat balanced meals, however I wasn’t seeing any progress…basically I felt like crap.  In June my good friend gave me her Jack La Lanne juicer to try out. It has completely changed my life!

Today I put together a few of my favorite juicing tips and solutions.



The Juicer

The Jack La Lanne is relatively inexpensive juicer and pretty powerful. It’s less powerful than some, but much safer to clean because the blade isn’t really sharp. It’s also easy to clean.

The Produce

Carrots, green apples, cucumbers and celery make great bases. After you have that you can also add things that add a lot of vitamins or color like leafy greens, beets and other fruits. My favorite flavor additions are mint leaves and fresh ginger. 

Favorite Recipe: fresh orange juice + ginger, green apple + collard greens + cucumber, pineapple + cucumber and pomegranate + pineapple + coconut milk.

How to shoot your own Corporate Headshot

If you chose to shoot your own executive portrait or corporate headshot, here are a few tips to help you get started. First, Ask yourself a few questions:
  • What kind of background do I need or want for my headshot?
  • Should I use a professional DSLR camera or can I use a point & shoot?
  • What kind of wardrobe or outfit should I chose?
I would highly suggest shooting your executive/corporate headshot outside if possible if you’re using a point & shoot camera.
Using a point & shoot on a white or grey background tends to always make the final image look FLAT and boring. Your main goal is to make yourself appear 3 dimensional…it’s more appealing to the eye. When shooting your headshot outside using natural light be sure to have your co-worker or photographer shoot you in an areas that has even lighting. I typically find an area where the background is lush and shaded. Try to avoid hotspots from the sun on your face or clothes. I usually shoot natural light images under park bridges and doorways using the awesome effect called tunnel lighting. Shoot your subject in a doorway in direct sunlight lighting makes them glow. It’s really cool.
Should I use a professional DSLR camera or can I use a point & shoot?
If you cannot find or use a DSLR camera…the best consumer point & shoot would be the canon powershot s3is. You can get an nice depth of field in two ways: Max zoom or macro mode. When you go to 12x zoom and using f/3.5…you get a very nice narrow depth of field.
How should I angle my camera?
Where you place your camera makes a huge difference in how you will appear in your final image.
A high camera angle will emphasize the face more than body. This might be a good idea if you are a heavier set person. This will make you appear SLIMMER in the final image.
A lower camera angle will make a person look taller and powerful. However, this is not a very flattering angle for most people. If you’re shooting a group of people…always position the camera at eye level so none gets distorted or look unproportioned.
For a single person headshot position the camera slightly above eye level. It give the face a nice shape in the final image.
What kind of wardrobe or outfit is appropriate for my corporate headshot?
I would suggest wearing a tailored collard shirt or blouse. Blues, greens, and reds are my personal favorite color options for women. For men, a simple white shirt with a bold tie is always nice. Stay away from loud colors such as oranges or poke dots…they tend to be very reflective and distracting.

Tips for Choosing a Modeling Agency

modeling agenciesWhen you are looking to get into modeling, it is so important that you find and agency that you trust, can work with, and can deliver you quality work. But how do you do that when there are so many choices? Here are some tips to help you out with that.


If you have narrowed down your list, go over each agreement for each company carefully. A lawyer might be helpful here because the language can be confusing at times, and you do not want any surprises later.


Do any agencies need a payment up front? A professional modeling agency will make an investment in you, not the other way around. They will take care of the photos, portfolio, traveling and styling.


Compare agencies to see what the payment options are like. Some will offer models more than others, and some will even offer an advance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in May of 2010, the average hourly wage for a model was $20.46. However, some top models make far more than that. Do your research to get the best offer!


Make sure you check to see if the modeling agency is listed with the Better Business Bureau. They will keep grades for members and this can help you make your decision. It is a guideline though, so it doesn’t have to make your decision for you. If they are not a member or have negative reports, just keep this in mind while making our decision.


Ask for a list of past and current models that have worked for the agency. See where they are now and how much the agency has helped them to gage what kind of assistance you might receive, as well. Some agencies will have high profile models whereas others will not.


Some agencies will offer training and guidance for new models- see if the agency you’re considering will. Having the proper skills is what will help you land better modeling jobs.


These things are going to play crucial roles in your job as a model- so make sure you’re armed with knowledge before you find yourself with an agency that just isn’t right for you.