Over the years I have gathered a collection of some pretty good images, but they’re mostly from my travels or street photography. I do not have enough portraits, at least not enough for a proper portrait portfolio. So I’ve asked my Facebook friends, if they want a portrait or two. More than a dozen people responded and I’ve been working for the past two weeks doing shoots.
The results thus far exceeded my expectations. This is a quid pro quo kind of thing. I get my portfolio photos and experience, they get a few photos. Everybody wins.
This was the first shoot I did. Grabbed my gear and went to his place. I always make sure that I have some of the “generic” poses and expressions. Most importantly a serious photo and a smiling one. That way you’re set, if you run out of time, or if the rest of the shoot doesn’t go as planned. Play it safe, then when you have the basics covered, start improvising.
For him I used short lighting as I wanted a bit more dramatic feel for the photo. A flash on the right side and a reflector. He was sitting in the middle of the room, so the background was barely visible. A few touch ups in post and that was it.
Then started the more creative bit. I have a project that I’m slowly realizing (hard to get volunteers). The idea is to photograph people on their toilets doing what they do, when they DO their thing. I explained this to him and he was up for it. He grabbed a newspaper, put on a second pair of underwear and took his position.
I set the lights, three in total. One was top right with a snoot and a grid lighting his face. The second was bottom left and lit him from the other side. The third was dead center aimed at the ceramic floor to bounce and scatter the light.