This weekend I photographed Hayley. The brief was to take a traditional beauty image with uncomplicated, smooth lines.
This was the image I was looking for, and I'm delighted with the results. Hayley's stunning looks help make a good shot look sensational.
To acheive the look, we first of all placed a large Bowens softbox behind Hayley. Because it was pointing straight towards the camera, we tilted it at an angle of 45 degrees to reduce lens flare. This produced the white background, but because it was so close to her, it wrapped a beautiful soft light around her hair, her shoulders and both sides of her face.
Next we positioned the main light (a smaller softbox suspended from a boom arm) high and in front of Hayley. Hayley was now bathed in soft light from both front and rear. Finally, a small reflector was held in front of her, to emilinate shadows under the chin and nose. If you look closely at Hayley's eyes, you can see the two catchlights produced by the front softbox and reflector.
This is a very flattering way of photographing the female face, and is available to any client who requests it. Please drop me an email if you would like to know more (or if you would like to buy this shot for someone you love).
Equipment info for photographers:
Camera: Canon EOS 5d MkII (Full-frame, 21 megapixels)
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS
Studio stobes: All Bowen
Softboxes: Bowen 100 X 100cm and 60 X 60cm
Wireless flash triggers: Pocketwizard 2 X Flex receivers & Mini transmitter