Sophie – Headshots And A Walk In The Park

This week it was like Christmas all over again, x50. I’ve finally been able to replace my stolen lenses! Never again will I take my equipment for granted.. it’s been five days and I’m still giddy with excitement.

So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the wonderful Sophie to request some headshots for her acting work. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to try out my new lenses, and to have such a lovely model for the afternoon.

Our first stop was the British Museum, where I’ve always wanted to test how the glass roof of the Great Court diffuses the light. I wasn’t disappointed.

Look at the smoothness in the lighting! Like we’re under a giant softbox. Delicious.

Black and white headshot of Sophie sitting looking up at the camera

(Photo taken at 1/250, f/2.2, ISO 100)



black and white headshot of Sophie facing the camera straight-on

(Photo taken at 1/800, f/1.4, ISO 100)

Headshot of Sophie in in the British Museum looking at the camera.

(Photo taken at 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 100)

We used the grand staircase in the centre of the Great Court for a few full length shots…

Sophie sitting on the steps of the British Museum

(Photo taken at 1/1000, f/1.4, ISO 100)

Sophie sitting on the British Museum steps.

(Photo taken at 1/200, f/2.5, ISO 100)

…before deciding that we were already more than satisfied with the results so far and we moved on to try our luck in the first glimpses of nearing-end-of-winter sunshine outside, where we took a few more headshot-y type portraits.

Sophie in the sun outside the British Museum

(Photo taken at 1/4000, f/1.4, ISO 100)

blonde girl outside British Museum in the sunlight

(Photo taken at 1/4000, f/1.4, ISO 100)

Sophie in Russell Square Gardens, London

(Photo taken at 1/800, f/2.5, ISO 100)

We quickly agreed we had plenty of photos to fill Sophie’s requirements and we moved on to some less formal camera fun.

blonde girl hanging from tree in Green Park, London

(Photos taken at 1/4000, f/2.0, ISO 400)

blonde girl with flowers in her hair sitting in the grass in Green Park, London

(Photo taken at 1/640, f/2.8, ISO 400)

Sophie jumping in Green Park, London. Buckingham Palace in the distance behind.

(Photo taken at 1/2000, f/3.5, ISO 400)

Diptych of a blonde girl holding a pink flower with a focus pull

(Photos taken at 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 400)

This was a fun-filled few hours out in London, and I’m very happy with the results. I think my time without a camera has done me good, I seem to be taking photos more consciously and deliberately, with better results… but that’s a subject for a whole different post. For now suffice to say, I’m back!

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One thought on “Sophie – Headshots And A Walk In The Park

  1. Oh, you really should be giddy with excitement (and achievement!), all the photos are so gorgeous and full of life and personality! And I’m so happy having your camera back after a break has made you shoot more consciously too.

    I think one of the landscape format outdoor headshots should be on the front page of your website! Maybe you could have it changing from Sophie’s to Dayal’s portrait? Like a slideshow.

    There’s so much loveliness here that I can’t even pick a favourite!

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