I spent a few days in London last week working on various headshot and fitness shoots. My little studio was busier than ever with 4 shoots in just two days!
Sally came over on Thursday afternoon to get some new headshots done. The last time she'd had them done was at college so it was definitely time for a refresh!
Headshot photography is great fun. Working for a couple of hours with someone to create an engaging and flattering portrait of them is always a blast and Sally did really well - delivering lots of really strong expressions. She looked confident, relaxed and warm... Those are the keys to a great headshot.
It was also an exciting day as Sally received a call during the headshot shoot itself. I promised not to give anything away, but you may well end up seeing a lot more of this very talented (and multi-lingual!) young lady soon!
Now - for the camera and lighting nerds out there (and that definitely includes me!), I really love this lighting style for headshots. It's a very simple but really effective 2 light set up. Two big softboxes right in front of the camera - one high and one low. The lower one is about a stop less powerful than the top one. This is really important because if you have the lower one too bright then you can get some weird and spooky uplighting that's not really flattering! But - if you have it about a stop down you get a lovely, almost theatrical-foot-lights upwash look that's amazing. Another great benefit of this type of lighting for headshots is that is makes the eyes look naturally bright. Here's a quick behind the scenes photo to show you the set up from Sally's headshot shoot. I used the same lighting a couple of weeks ago on Dee's shoot.
And here are a few of my favourite images from the shoot.