Don't get me wrong, I love being able to wander about and take photos at my leisure. That said, if there is one thing that makes photography all the more interesting for me, it's when someone gives me an assignment

For this week's shoot I had the assignment of getting a good friend and coworker of mine a headshot. Recently accepted into a fellowship at a Political Science program, the image needed to show her as personable, but no less serious about the work she'll be completing, but in somewhat more casual attire. 

I started the shoot a little confused on what to do about her "fly away" hair camera left. Ultimately, we opted to leave it in. Her hair is typically styled that way, and it adds some personality! 


  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 70-200 f/4L IS USM
  • Hairlight:
    • Ravelli 10' flash stand 
    • YN565EXII speedlight
    • Generic 33" shoot through umbrella
  • Key light: 
    • Manfrotto "Nano" 6' flashstand
    • YN560EXII speedlight
    • Wescott 43" shoot through umbrella (I love this thing!)
  • CBS Wireless transmitters

To say the shoot went well would be an understatement. 15 minutes after setup and we already had the shot we'd set out to get. I was very happy with the lighting, and the background. Maraam mentioned herself how she is typically very uncomfortable in front of cameras, so I was pleased with the overall expression. The photo was sent to her fellowship the following day and was well received! 

Here's an exercise. Can you "read" the photo? Where were my two lights positioned? What style of lighting does it most resemble?