High Key Office-Style Portrait

Bryony actually came into the studio for some headshots. I loved her outfit and the way she looked, so after the headshots were in the bag, I invited her to pose for some full-length office-themed images, too. I don’t normally use office furniture for shoots, but I wondered if it might work well with Bryony’s outfit. I opted for a …

Traditional Lighting Patterns

These are the traditional lighting set-ups that studio photographers used to be taught as standard. The set-ups create different ‘light patterns’ on your subject’s face, helping you to flatter their face shape. It’s worth learning these traditional lighting patterns for several reasons. Firstly, they are a good starting point when you’re new to studio lighting and trying to figure out …

Teenager Headshots

  Of all the age groups I photograph, teenagers are by far my favourite. They are at their physical peak, and often walk in full of attitude, which translates into compelling portraits, like this one. Laura needed a headshot for her performing arts course, which could also be used for future auditions. I wanted to open up my aperture to …

Video: Studio portraits of Princess Amelie using a simple light set-up

Amelie (aged three-and-a-half) brought her own creative ideas (and demands) to her portrait session – who am I to argue?! We had a spring-themed, outdoor portrait session planned with Amelie, but she turned up with a plan of her own… to wear her princess outfit. Everything goes smoother when you work with your client, rather than fighting against them, so …

Video: Capture elegant portraits with soft but simple studio lighting

Bring elegance to your portraits with a soft and simple one-light set-up. A beautiful subject can be undone by ugly lighting. Instead, think about whether the characteristics of your light flatter your subject and complement the qualities you are trying to convey about him or her in your final image. In this video, you’ll see me working to capture a …