My first day back in the studio for a model portfolio, the model was Taylor Miers who had been referred to me by another client Deakin from Modn clothing. Taylor has just signed up with a modeling agency and wanted to expand her portfolio as the agency gave her some feedback and that was for a nice headshot and a some raw images, I had Travis from Travis Darcy Hair and Make Up (www.travisdarcy.com.au) there with me to do hair and make up but also he works with alot of other agencies so is good to have around when I dont have a stylist as he takes over and decides on the outfits and that gives me a chance to focus on the technical side of things. Taylor wasn't a very expirenced model only having done a few shoots mainly with friends etc. So she was a little stand offish at first which is understandable. So we got some music going and I generally get the model to pick what she wants or just plug in her iPhone. This helps to get a more casual fun mood going. This is also why I think my style as a photographer and person work so well for this type of work. Having done alot of modelling, I know what it is like to be on the other side of the camera and what it takes to get the best out of somebody and also how to make them comfortable. Taylor really surprised me and before no time she was coming out of her shell. Especially once she had her make up done, I find this always seems to help females especially as it really does make them feel like a model and then start acting like one full of confidence and attitude.
This first shot is with my 70-200 f4 which after not having it for a few months was soooo great to have back. I actually hired a 2.8 while this lens was in getting fixed and really felt the weight difference and never shot below f4 with it anyway if there is a low light situation I would go to my 50mm f1.8 or my 100mm f2. The main difference was just the detail in the eyes. Both these Images you can click on the view the larger version and especially in the bottom one you can see just how sharp the eyes are. The top shot was shot with the 70-200 at 93mm which is generally what my full length shots are in the studio. The other setting where f11, 1/160 and ISO 160. I didnt do to much to this shot in post as I wanted to keep it pretty raw. I like thw way the shadow defines the line of her right cheekbone. My lighting setup was super simple for this shot I had my Jinbei 600w main light with a 120 octabox to my left and 2 lights on the back ground just to make sure I got a pure white back drop. I would love to know what settings other people use for there studio work so please comment below with yours or if you have any questions about my setup. I really like the final shot Travis worked his magic with the Hair and Make up and I started to get Taylor to work the hands in and around the face this is one of my favorite thins to do for a head shot the key is to keep them elegant and gentle. The setting where the exact same except the bottom was shot at a focal length of 150mm. I have a baby shoot booked in for my next shoot so look forward to chatting then.