I was recently commissioned by Gursharan to photograph her for a new website. Gursharan had reviewed my portfolio and wanted a similar style for some headshots of her. As only a relatively small amount of space is needed for a headshot photoshoot, we decided on setting up a portable studio at Gursharan’s home, giving us the flexiblility of time and outfit changes in the comfort of a home environment.
We tried a variety of lighting setups, including the use of coloured gels on the backdrop, but plain grey works well as a simple, unfussy and clean background, and it can go from white to black depending on how much light falls on any part of it.
It can take a little while for a sitter to relax during a photoshoot, as it is not something they do everyday, and interestingly my favourite images were taken at both ends of the photoshoot – Pic 1 and 4 at the end, Pic 2 and 3 at the beginning.
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I popped into the studio with my youngest daughter Megan, as she wanted an image of herself included on my website. Tried a couple of different setups. First setup was an Octabox high up and feathered across her, with a stripbox providing fill light from the other side. Shot on a grey seamless background.
Second setup was a single stripbox very close in on Megan to the right, feathering across her face, and angled so that some light falls onto the background. Just used the modelling bulb of the flash to light the subject.
I prefer the second image for its intimacy and stillness. Shot at f2.8 to throw out of focus the rear shoulder and jacket. A great setup for a classic portrait without any fuss and drama.
A quick example shown below of a natural light portrait of my daughter Megan. Shot in my office next to a large window with my 50mm lens at f2.8 to give a sharp focus on the eyes but leaving the background blurred. I love this type of image as it is simple but very powerful and great for a family album.