Back to school: portrait of a fellow blogger and photographer






I obtained permission to photograph inside one of Montreal’s top business school, the HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales), so I went with friends to shoot some portraits. I worked with fellow blogger and photographer Clarisa to make some portraits of herself. I invite you to visit her photography blog at:

As Clarisa is equally adept at working both sides of lens, it makes life real easy. We packed reasonably light for the day with access to one 800 Ws monolight, one speedlite and one 42” circular diffuser/reflector. We tried to take advantage of the nice natural light available everywhere in the open space building. I would have liked to pack a second diffuser/reflector as a lot of times we used it as diffuser for the 7” reflector of the monolight so we were lacking a reflector to fill in shadows. And it was somewhat painful to zip/unzip to convert the thing from one function to the other…

It was very interesting to solve various lighting issues throughout the afternoon to come up with some interesting portraits. Also I feel that we have not fully explored the potential of the immense building for location shoots. We centered our shoot mostly in the library which seems to span the depth of the building. It was my first ”location shoot” where I brought a studio flash with portable power. The whole setup is quite reasonable to carry around so I definitely intend to shoot on location more often. It makes for much better portraits than the traditional studio backdrops. For example, I really like the picture along the bookshelves as it looks like an environmental portrait, something that I cannot make at home.

I inserted additional images in a gallery with larger size pictures in the portrait orientation.

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX lens, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L macro lens, Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1


6 thoughts on “Back to school: portrait of a fellow blogger and photographer

  1. Beautiful work! Great photos all of them, but i particularly like the top most photo where half of the background is white, highlighting the lovely face of the subject. Keep on clicking! regards!

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