A good friend needed updated headshots to add to his portfolio a couple weeks ago. He met me at my studio on the second floor of the VFW Post 1 and we knocked out the standard headshots.
Luckily, headshot friend was up to play around some too. We left my studio with a couple of my old school Alien Bee lights and meandered around the second floor art gallery…letting me compose shots as they called out to me.
Eventually we made our way down to the basement of the VFW. Originally I had intended to work with this small brick barrier hidden in the back corner of the basement, but as we traversed to the spot, something caught my eye.
A tattered reflective wall hiding behind a makeshift “gym” of sorts. I put “gym” in parenthesis because the space couldn’t have been more than 12 feet long and 8 feet wide…at most. And to make this part of the shoot even more fun there was even less space to work with thanks to a weight lifting equipment and a couple of cardio machines. What’s a photographer to do in such a teeny tiny shooting space?
Prop and squeeze.
I was able to prop my lights up on a table and shoot through a metal grid at just the right angle that it didn’t throw any gym equipment shadows on my subject.
And then I just had to squeeze my way in between the heavy machinery and the wall in order to get the shot.
It definitely got a little frustrating at the beginning, trying to find the right angle for the light and then trying to finagle myself into a proper shooting point…but once I got it all laid out, I think I came out with a fun headshot.