A headshot session is one of my favorite assignments to shoot as they provide a fantastic avenue for the photographer and the subject to really communicate. To most, these look like they were fairly easy to shoot but as they say, looks can be deceiving. With just a bare background, there is minimal margin for error as the focus clearly is on the subject. Therefore, establishing a great rapport with the person you are shooting is the key element in producing great looking images. Of course, how you light the scene is important as well as this sets the mood and the look. Personally, I believe simplicity is the key. I rarely use more than three lights when doing headshots but this depends on the requirements of the shoot. A lot of times, clients tend to request for that 'high-key' look which means I'll have to use extra lighting to nuke the background and make it pure white. But a key, a fill and a separation is usually all that you need to nail great looking headshots. Which is exactly what I used here.
This is the travel and photography blog of Manila based photographer Dux Carvajal.