Chicago headshot photographer: portraits of Fitness Models Team Abel, who seek to promote movement & an active lifestyle through fitness demonstrations.
Chicago headshot Photographer behind the scenes:
I used several modifiers and techniques while shooting headshots of fitness models Team Abel in Chicago. The first look (diagramed right, top) was meant to mimic light coming from a window. To achieve this look I used a Photek Softlighter II 60-Inch Umbrella, a Profoto Softlight Reflector (Silver)to boost the contrast and a Chimera Strip Lightbank Small 9×36″ below for fill. I used kind of the same set up for the second setup, which had the models in front of a glowing white background which in this case was a Profoto RFi 5′ Octabox. For the fitness models’ third look I drew my inspiration from several photos I saw on Instagram where models of african decent were illuminated with colored accent lights. So I used a beauty dish with grid as my main light, then I placed a purple gel over their right shoulder, a yellow gel by their left shoulder, a blue gel on the background and red gel inside of a Photek on their right for fill, as seen above and in the diagram on the right. For the fourth look we headed to the beach where i employed a Beauty dish for my main light and a Profoto Magnum as my kicker (seen below).