It has been a nice busy start to 2012 where I’ve mainly been photographing families and beautiful pregnant women. I thought I’d write a blog for those of you who want to know how a photo session works at a clients home.
What does a portable studio look like?
Whether you’re interested in photography or wondering how a portable photo session works.
My portable studio set up has been recently revamped with new backgrounds and a smoother Lastolite background support set. The investment was well worth it as I noticed how the updated support has evolved in technology since my last one, making life easier for me as a photographer.
How much space will it take up?
The size of the space of the studio largely depends on the available space of the client’s home. The standard sizes for a backdrop frame tends to go as wide as three meters, narrowing to half that size. Three meters can comfortably fit a family of five, more at a squeeze but watch out for the edges! At it’s minimal width I wouldn’t usually photograph more than two people. The more background space you have the more freedom you have to play.
If you have a choice of space do bear in mind where you will be plugging your lights in and how you will be lighting your subjects.
Before I set up my space, I decide on what style I am looking for, I use a dark background to create an arty, dramatic feel, or a white background to give a clean strong feel that makes the subject pop. If the session time permits I use both!
How long does it take to set up?
People are often amazed at how their home can transform into a photographic studio in about twenty minutes, I’ve timed myself on my set ups and unless I get interrupted for a chat, that’s all it takes.
It’s key to ensure that any wires are well out of the way, taped down if possible. I use a wireless system to synchronise the lights which is highly useful.
Here’s my assistant and model especially for this blog.
The space looks impressive and most importantly, it gets results!
Here’s a few more home studio shots…
When the session’s finished I pack up the backdrop area first to allow my lights to cool down. I would give two hours for a portrait session, which should give plenty of time to capture your subjects nicely.
Happy snapping 😉