Here's some recent portrait photography from my Dublin city studio. I had the pleasure of shooting one of the 'new faces' from Distinct Model Management, Blaise Osa.
Blaise came into the studio on Valentines Day (also my birthday), and we knocked out some very simple portraits to help beef up his portfolio a little.
As a 'new face', Blaise doesn't have that much experience yet, but I think he did really great. He's got a striking look and seemed quite comfortable and natural in front of the camera, so it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he went far in his modelling journey.
And yes, Blaise is his real name (pronounced Blaze, how cool is that). Named after a saint apparently. Just like me, but I don't think I'll ever be mistaken for a gladiator with a name like Valentine. My severe lack of a hulk like figure would also play a part of course.
I kept the lighting simple for most of the shoot. I used the same Rembrandt Lighting setup I've described many times before, like in my shoot with Rebecca Dore. Later on in the shoot I switched to my trusty little Fujifilm XE-1 with 35mm lens and shot with the natural light coming through the windows as the sun went down (see the last four images in the series). I used it as back light and then placed some silver reflectors in front of Blaise to pop some light back up into his eyes. I like how the light from outside mixed with the overhead fluorescent lights in the studio to give some nice unexpected colour casts.
I guess I'll leave it there for now. As always, any questions or comments can be left below or on my Facebook Page.