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Silver Reflector

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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 on blue background

I mostly shoot studio portraits on a neutral background, from white to grey and sometimes black. And that is what my supply of background paper rolls consists of, one super white, one medium neutral grey and one black.

When a consulting company contacted me and wanted business portraits on blue background I first thought I had to buy more background paper, but later I chose a simpler solution. As they needed just half length shots, I used a reflector frame with blue fabric and a couple of clamps to get the surface reasonably even.

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On-location portrait photography

Most of my portrait photography I do in my studio, but quite often the client wants me to pack up my equipment and set up a small studio at their office for a quick portrait session.

This time it was software company Adobe in Sweden that needed new portraits, I think they mostly will use them on blogs, intranet and in their image bank. Just ordinary half-length portraits that can be cropped to headshots if needed.

I brought some lights and set up a studio in their conference room.

Behind the scenes, diagrams and more…