Recently I had the pleasure of working with Think Branded Media, a video production company that has worked with the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, American Airlines, and Burger King. I did headshot for Beau, Daniel, and Johny, my colleagues at WELD. I enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with them as they update their marketing photos.
This was a simple setup using a single light. I shot three different styles for each person so they would have a variety to choose from. They gave me free reign over the style of the shoot. I knew I wanted it to be classic, dark, and moody. I rented the Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2 Lens for my Fujifilm X-T1 camera. 90mm focal length is good for head shots and portraits because there is minimal distortion. Also, it’s a very sharp lens.
Most of the photos were lit using the CheetahStand 48" RiceBowl RB-120 Deep Para Softboxes to create depth and contrast. One thing to note is that these softboxes are a bit heavy - I had to be careful when attaching them to my lights (Einstein E640 monolights).
I also used a modeling light to create a shallow depth of field for the photos below.
I’m proud of how these turned out, but I'm always looking for ways to keep my portrait photography interesting and innovative. One thing I want to try next is shooting moving portraits, like Sue Bryce. She mixes video and stills together.
Check out the new head shots and see Think Branded’s videos on their Facebook page!