Recently one of my sons visited my in the photo studio, and I took the opportunity to shoot some portraits (can be fun to try something arranged with good lighting instead of the thousands of snapshot in my iPhone).
My lighting was simple, one Profoto D1 with a white Softlight reflector (beauty dish) camera left and a strip softbox behind him as rim light camera right.
That done, the problem was to get him into the sweet spot of the lighting and staying there for at least one minute. Luckily I had some props left from another photo session, one of the a heavy fabric with some brown/golden pattern.
Studio lighting setup for kid portrait
Here it is, a light setup with two Profoto D1, but I forgot one thing in the diagram. A silver/white reflector on the floor between the model and the beautydish. He was sitting on the floor, I might add.
Straight from the camera with no adjustments made in Lightroom, the portrait doesn’t look all that exciting. But the nice thing with having a fabric in a golden/brown/yellow tone was to be able to turn everything into a monochrome-ish tone overall.
Many times, with backgrounds or parts of an image that is near the skin tones, it can be hard to make anything stand out looking right. Here the opposite happened, it all turned into some kind of nice golden blend.
Before I got the bright idea of wrapping him in the heavy fabric, the portraits were not that exciting, and he moved all the time. But once wrapped, he sat still and found his inner model producing some kind of “Blue Steel”-look or maybe just a bored distant stare? Adding sunglasses worked as well.
Taking portraits of kids is not something I do for a living, but finding that this trick with draping them worked, I will try it on my twins as well. Maybe I can find a large enough piece to wrap them all three into a great family portrait?
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