I was asked to take photos of a small business owner for her website. The client is Clinical Psychologist Marie Fitzpatrick. Marie runs a business offering help to parents who experience mental health problems, from pregnancy onwards (www.perinatalhealth.co.uk)
Light makes a huge difference to a photo. I am a photographer who works primarily with natural light, so I decided to use a range of lighting situations to provide a rich variety of photos for the client. In the first location, below, you can see that the light is mostly coming from the far side of Marie's face. This is called narrow lighting and is very flattering. Also asking Marie to tilt her head slightly gives an approachable look. The light here was mostly the artificial lighting in the building we used.
For a dramatically different look we next used light coming into the building from a window that was high up and quite small window. This provides greater shadows on the face and a more dramatic look.
In the photos below a large window with trees outside provided a subtly pretty background and more gentle light. The light here is described as 'softer' - it creates less defined shadows. It still highlights the far side of Marie's face more, but it all wraps around the front of her face also.
The final photos were taken outside, beneath an arch. The arch was useful in two ways - it both provided shelter from the elements and also meant that the light is behind Marie is dramatically different to the light falling onto her face. This creates a light backdrop and, in my opinion, a less formal looking image.
I am a Glasgow photographer who also provides photography in Edinburgh. Head shots are just a small part of the services I can offer. I largely provide family photography. I also take photos for performers of all kinds. To see more of my work click here. If you would like to contact me for more information you can do so by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.