Although it has firm and respected roots in the portrait world, I'm not a big fan of the blown white background.
I much prefer a subtle gradient and opaque tones.
The lighting for these headshots was provided by 2 Elinchrom FX 400's modified with a 65cm softbox as key camera right and a honeycomb grid for a rim light on camera left. The fill light was reflected with a 1.8m x 1.2m sunfire Lastolite reflector also on camera left.
True to my roots a Nikon SB-800 was neatly tucked behind the model, and gelled with a Lee Filters B53 Blue 3 inside the diffusion dome.
A huge round of applause goes to stylist, Marina Andreeva, her sister, Victoria (the lovely model), and also Marina's good friend Maria for translating my dodgy English.
Well done to all you guys and good luck with the competition!
Another mammoth sized thanks goes to Henrik Kettunen for providing the gear and the studio space. As always Henrik, your a champion!