I recently had the opportunity to take some portfolio shots for a local model. I often talk about how expression is everything, and this shoot was a great example of that.
Miranda did a great job responding to my antics and I feel like I was able to pull some great expressions out of her, as well as give her some knowledge to bring to her next shoot.
On the technical side of things, these were shot on a Nikon D610 with the Nikon 85mm f1.8G lens. The first photo was shot in the freight elevator in my studio, and was lit by one Alienbees strobe through a small gritted stripbox. I then used another Alienbee to throw some fill light onto her legs.
The second image was shot using two 4 bulb constant video light banks, with two Alienbees firing on a white cyc wall for the background. That is becoming my go-to setup for headshots as I love the soft even light it gives me, and even though the lights are bright it’s better than having bright flashes going off in my client’s eyes every few seconds.
The last image was also shot on the cyc wall in my studio. I had one strobe going through a small stripbox on a boom suspended over her, and turned the background lights off.