Emilia Fox Portrait for The Times
This Emilia Fox Portrait session for The Times Weekend section, shot at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London, after her interview. I had around 20 minutes, and a smallish space in a basement room at the BBC. The feature in The Times requires a three quarter length portrait, on a plain background. It’s a pretty straightforward portrait, and once the lighting is set, I could continue to photograph Emilia as she adjusted her stance and pose.
Simple Lighting With Speedlites
Lighting wise, I’ve used three speedlites. THe main light is bounced off the ceiling corner behind and to the right of my position. The room had light grey walls which gave a nice even soft light across Emilia, with some minimal shadowing. I’ve complemented this with some hard direct light 180º opposite the main flash. The head is zoomed in and is slightly higher than head height. My third speedlite is to the right of the frame, lighting the backdrop. It’s a really simple lighting setup that gives great results.
I tried changing the lighting a little by bringing the main light to the opposite corner behind me, but this setup really works best when the lights are directly opposite each other. Here’s a small selection of the portraits. I’ve included a wide shot showing the space and lighting setup at the end of the page.
Here’s more from my editorial work at The Times.