Today we are thrilled to have Shanti from Casual Glamour with us sharing some of her tips for creating studio-like portraits at home. These photos turned out amazing and the backdrop makes these shots just that much more personal. Be assured that with a couple tips you too can transform your living room to create beautiful portraits at home!
I just love these yellow rose portraits that I took of my friend’s daughter. These were taken in the front room of my rental house. I have used variations on this set up for several photo shoots now, all producing a studio-like look even though the setting is actually inside my home. This inspired me to share a few tips for creating studio-like portraits in your own house.
Choose a window lit area of the home: For lots of my indoor portraits I use this set up in my front room where the background is lit and white from my front room windows. I found these old glass window frames at an antique shop and they fit perfectly into the front room windows and make a pretty, rustic background. You could also use a white wall as the background, situated so that window light is on the subject’s face.
Add off camera flash: In my set up I added some off camera flash firing through an umbrella to light her face. I could still use some perfecting in technique, but you can see in the picture below, I set up the flash to fire slightly to her right with a soft strobe (around 1/100 power). On her left some big silver reflectors bouncing window and flash light back onto her left side.
Clear up clutter from the photo area: Here in my set up, I only have a couple of props to enhance the scene, all other clutter has been removed from this area. You don’t want unnecessary items to take away from your portrait.
Light background, simple colors: I also love using white and light colors for all my props and keep the model’s outfit simple so not to detract from the portrait. I adore using this white sheepskin, soft sheer curtains, and a simple yellow rose bouquet to add gentle color.
Open Aperture: Especially when you’re shooting portraits indoors, it’s helpful to use a wide open aperture on your camera to allow the most light into your lens as possible. This also enhances your subject details and detracts from the background which will be blurry. These portraits were shot with my 85mm lens at f 2.2, ISO 500, 1/250 shutter speed, with off camera flash at 1/100 power.
Using my tips above for creating portraits at home, you can also create your own wall art from your finished images. With these lovely portraits of my friend’s daughter, I created a mini gallery wall in my home with Shutterfly Mounted Wall Art. I customized two 6×6 and one 10×14, see them hanging in my home pictured below. The quality of this wall art is amazing, very thin style that stands out slightly from the wall, with very nice mounting on the back, makes them easy to hang and arrange.