A recent commission for a family portrait photoshoot in the client’s home proved to me how versatile a couple of Bowens lights and a grey paper background can be. Space was tight, which meant positioning of lights was limited, but a gridded beauty dish and strip box for fill allowed me to control the lighting sufficiently well to maintain contrast and produce my favourite style of portraiture.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm and 56mm lens. Lit with Bowens Gemini 500R monolights.
Below is an image of my daughter Bethany, shot in the hallway of our house using only natural light and post processed into black and white.
Bethany’s back was to the front door, so all the light was coming from behind Bethany and bouncing off the white walls of the hallway to wrap around her. Natural light is lovely and soft, and although the light available is still relatively low, with a steady hand and a slow shutter speed images shot like this can really stand out as a treasured piece of photography that stands the test of time.
This shot could be taken in almost any house. Small or large, every house has a window to provide the lighting. No large backdrops or lighting equipment required.
This image was taken in the wonderful couple’s home as part of a larger family portrait session with their children and grandchildren. A 2metre grey paper backdrop was erected in the living room along with the fabulous Bowens studio flashes to get a great set of portraits for the family album in a 2 hour session. I always shoot in colour then convert to black and white if required in post-production.
I did a portrait shoot of Maxine this weekend using minimal equipment to be able to work in a confined space i.e a living room of your average house. Below are a couple of shots from the shoot, using a single light shot through a brolly, grey paper background and a bit of carboard to generate some wind, and for the bottom image a few metres of dress fabric in red and blue. A nice quick setup to include in a portrait shoot.