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I mostly work for companies but sometimes there is someone who thinks it might be worth it to hire me just to get good portraits, and pay with their hard earned (and taxed) cash. Not that I am that expensive, but people paying out of their own pocket tend to go for the cheapest alternative (i.e. not me).

The guy in the portrait above wanted to try his luck and send some pictures to a model agency. What he needed was a couple of portraits, without make-up or styling, and we did a couple in the studio and moved outside for a few more under a really grey and cloudy sky.

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The woman in the photo above is a very well known Swedish singer, Louise Hoffsten, and she is collaborating with a writer and an illustrator to create a children’s book with a soundtrack (on a CD).

I usually don’t take pictures of celebrities, they might be well known in their field, but not in general. So this was new to me, a little bit exciting as well. Would she be nice, or a diva?

It turned out fine, she was very nice and liked having her picture taken. We started in my photo studio for some simple headshots and later moved outside for some outdoor portraits. And with the grey weather and overcast sky, a Chimera reflector panel with silver fabric was the key to getting good looking portraits without dark eye sockets.

A silver reflector makes all the difference on cloudy days…

Woman + beauty dish + Octa

September 16, 2011 · 2 comments

Studio photo of woman using Profoto beauty dish and softbox octa

When a Swedish publishing house needed portraits of an illustrator named Jessica they called me, and I started thinking about how to light her. After some research on the net, I decided to use a very open and up-against-the-wall type of setup. Almost no shadows, or gradients or anything like that.

A gridded white Profoto Softlight Reflector and a 5 foot Softbox Octa, and a silver reflector. And a camera. And Jessica.

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Business portrait setup using three lights

This is a business portrait from the final session the day I used almost the same lighting setup for three different clients with just the addition of one more light for every new “model”.

It started with the one light setup with a test model (a friend with a skate board), which resulted in these portraits of a Swedish singer.

Later the same day, I shot some business portraits using two lights, and last, the portrait above with a third light used as fill light. Just a little, to make the texture in his face become more visible, and the shadows more open.

Lighting setup diagram and behind the scenes here…

Business portrait headshot in photo studio using one Profoto Magnum and rim light

This business portrait is a simple development of the one light Magnum portrait (click link for behind the scenes photos and more) I shot earlier the same day as a test. It uses the same key/main light as before, a Profoto D1 250 Air with a gridded Profoto Magnum reflector from above through a large Chimera panel with diffusion fabric.

I just added another D1 in a medium sized softbox (2×3 feet or 60×90 cm) placed near the background half way behind the bookend so the effective size of the light is more of a strip softbox.

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