Headshots with Chicago Model Kenneth Hill

B&W Chicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic

Chicago Model Kenneth Kill is an amazing talent. He is one of the best posing models I have ever worked with and he can practically style himself on every shoot. I enjoyed working with him so much that I called him back twice!
I basically used every technique I commonly use in studio during the shoots so I’ll go over each set-up in this post.

 

For the setup below and the featured image in the post, I used a Profoto Softlight Reflector (Silver) with a diffusion sock as my main light, but I underexposed it slightly. Then I edged him out with two Chimera Strip Lightbank Small 9×36″ over each shoulder.

 

Black and white Chicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic

 

On our first shoot I used Profoto Magnum Reflector on my main light and then filled the scene with a Photek Softlighter II 60-Inch Umbrella. I am really impressed at how much it looks like sunlight.

Chicago mens fashion model photoshoot with male model kenneth hill

Chicago mens fashion model photoshoot with male model kenneth hill

Chicago mens fashion model photoshoot with male model kenneth hill

Chicago mens fashion model photoshoot with male model kenneth hill

Two shoots later, I used a Broncolor Siros S in a Broncolor Para 88, filled with a Profoto RFi 5′ Octabox and using a Chimera Strip Lightbank Medium for a hair light. I prefer the fall off more in the second one, but maybe I could get closer to that look if I used a flag on the first look.  Chicago mens fashion model photoshoot with male model kenneth hill basketball colorful backdrop

Late last year I purchases a Gravity Backdrops hand painted canvass. It took me a while to get down how I liked to use it. So at first I tried using a Elinchrom 39″ Rotalux Deep OctaBox filled with a Photek Softlighter II 60-Inch Umbrella.

CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic on a gravity backdrop

 

Then I realized that what I was going for ws more of a mat look, so I started just using the Photek Softlighter II 60-Inch Umbrella. I also noticed that the old dutch master painters had saturated skin tones, so I decided to mimic that look.

CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic on a gravity backdrop

 

Eventually I bought a Elinchrom 74-Inches Octa Light Bank and realized is was perfect for this look!

 

CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic on a gravity backdrop

Drawing inspiration from instagram I created this high contrast look by adjusting the BW mix sliders in Lightroom.

Shirtless chicago male model Kenneth Hill Modelogic

I also used the Broncolor Siros S in a Broncolor Para 88, filled with a Profoto RFi 5′ Octabox for these high contrast shots.

CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic on a white background

CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic on a white backdrop

Lastly, I like to use my Profoto Softlight Reflector (Silver) as my main light and a Profoto RFi 5′ Octabox as my backdrop while shooting dramatic black and white modeling headshots. BW CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic BW CHicago model headshot Kenneth Hill Modelogic

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