Family Studio Portrait

Studio Portrait

Three generations of a loving, happy family.  They wanted a formal look, as well as casual later in the session).  The grey background was the standout color for the session.  Using Paul C Buff PLM umbrellas and Einstein Studio Flashes for a full light spread.

Corporate Headshot

Executive Headshot

Shot in-studio this headshot represents the executive as approachable–as a manager of a thousand people it’s an important reflection.  This was shot with continuous light using a style developed for film stars decades ago called “Paramount Lighting”.  It’s also called “Butterfly Lighting” because of the shape of the shadow under the nose.  It’s a flattering lighting style.

Headshot Photographer

Headshots are a marketing tool for professional from all industries.

Corprate Headshot

What separates a headshot is the intimacy of the subject with the camera/photographer.  While a portrait may be full length, 3/4 length or chest high, a headshot is about the face.  Lighting is the key. The above was shot with Paul C Buff Einstein and Beauty Dish.  The light wraps around the face creating subtle shadows.  For the subject of a headshot – the facial expression is critical.  Talk with your photographer before the session to capture the expression you are looking to convey to your viewers.

Dental Staff Headshot

Male Portrait Headshot

Male Portrait Headshot

Equipment used:
Paul Buff 22 inch Beauty Dish with Diffusion
Set to one side, camera right
Einstein 640 Studio Flash
Black sweep
Canon 6D, 35mm 1.4

Portraits for men begin with getting the subject relaxed in front of the camera. A natural relaxed position is the goal so the subject looks comfortable. You only have a few minutes to determine the best pose for any given shot. There are no hard fast rules. You’re looking for individuality.

Male Portrait Poses

Portrait Photography

Equipment used:
Paul Buff 86 inch PLM
PLM 7 feet back from subject with photographer in front of it
Einstein 640 Studio Flash
white sweep
Canon 6D, 35mm 1.4

Information on posing men for portraits is far less easy to find than posing women.  The male portrait is about capturing completely different traits.  Rather than cute or glamorous the male portrait is about strength, fitness, coolness, ease or likability.

Typically men need a purpose for their hands.  If not using their hands, they can get fidgety and feel uncomfortable.

This model was awkward smiling directly into the camera and as with most male clients: didn’t know what to do with his hands.  The photographer had him put one hand in a pocket, the other holding a pair of glasses.  The assistant was off to the side making the model laugh.  The photographer said, “When you start laughing look into the camera” and we got the shot.

Portrait Photography Composite

Composite Portrait Photography

This portrait was shot on a grey background on location. The simple staging of a coffee table gave nice foreground texture.  The light source was a Paul Buff 22 inch beauty dish with a grid.  This bounce flash light modifier is beautifully flattering to faces.

The photographer’s library of backgrounds is a collection of textured surfaces such as tin siding, stucco walls, weather beaten exterior house walls, stone surfaces, etc.  These he shoots specifically for this purpose of blending and layering to build up an artistic backdrop for a studio portrait.  The manipulating of these backgrounds takes place in Photoshop to his creative eye. This background was a composite of 2 backgrounds over the grey studio backdrop.

Read more on our website about backgrounds for portraits.

Portrait Photographer

Onsite Portrait Photographer

What goes into a portrait photography session?

This is an in-home session.  This small house had no background photographic opportunities.  The photographer created one from a set of window blinds. Despite looking like it was shot at sunset this is a staged shot-manipulating the background.  We created this effect by setting up tungsten lighting outside the window at night.  Adjusting the window shades for the precise bounce of light gave the photographer the control he wanted. Using a handheld flash allowed for exactness in adding the highlights to face and hair. Every angle and tilt of camera complete the composition of the subject.  Once softness and overall look was established to the photographer’s eye the session proceeds with multiple shots.  Finishing touches are completed in Photoshop for facial tone and minor touch-up.

Read more on our website about backgrounds for portraits.

Portrait on White Background

A simple white background portrait can be turned into something dramatic and fun with a little editing. It’s all in the eye to showcase your product.



A simple one light portrait using a Paul Buff 86″ PLM, in front of the model about 7′ back, with the photographer standing in front of the PLM, using an Einstein Studio Flash.

Canon 7D 35mm lens

Couple’s Portrait

Couples Portrait Photography

Beauty Dish Photography
This is a simple one light shot. White back drop, a beauty dish with an Einstein 640 flash, 1/4 power. Light was positioned to the extreme camera left approx. 45 degree angle over shoulder of man pointed at girl.

Canon 7D
lens:  70-200mm f/2.8
Aperture f8
Shutter Speed 1/250
White background turned grey since the couple was 8 feet in front.  The skin tones varied dramatically, desaturation was the ideal solution.

One Light Portrait-Flash

Studio Portrait Composite

Professional Portrait

Both are one light (flash) portraits.
Einstein 640 @ 1/4 power
22″ beauty dish, diffused
ISO 100
Aperture f8
Shutter Speed 1/200
Daylight balanced
Canon 7 D 70-200 2.8
set to Neutral

It all begins with a well lit photo. The beauty dish was placed directly overhead of subject, just out of frame, using white foam core for fill bounce below at waist level.

Shot against a white backdrop brought in an artist to create Illustrator backgrounds with texture, and manipulated photo and backgrounds in Photoshop.