Monday, October 26, 2009

Suzanne's Head Shots

I was contacted by Suzanne to shoot some head shots she needed for her alumni magazine.
It was definitely the first fall day of the year as the temperature in the middle of the day was 55˚.  It was overcast which was perfect for shooting outdoors, but I would have liked the sun to peek through and warm things up a bit. Overall it was a great shoot.

I used an off camera flash with a 60" reflective umbrella to add some soft light. I was also able to knock down the ambient light about 2 stops and shot with my 50mm at f/4.0 or f/5.6. One of things I'm loving about shooting with a light is that exposures are fairly consistent especially on an overcast day, the ambient light never changes. I place the light on the left side, but I really liked it when I place it right in front of Suzanne. I got between the light and Suzanne to take some of these images. The on-axis light really does a great job softening the light.


Suzanne had seen my portfolio and specifically asked me to recreate a similar image of her from my portfolio. Guess that means I have a certain style. I didn't know, but I think that's a good thing. She really like the images when I get in tight and focus on the eyes and smile.

I also took a couple wider shots at Suzanne's request and after talking to her, we were both happy with the results from the shoot.

Thank you Suzanne, it was a pleasure working with you.

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