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I had been shooting portraits for years and I used to use a beauty dish to the right, a soft box to the left and a hair light behind to the right, up high and angled down.

I started playing with a different setup recently and started to use a 2m parabolic umbrella on a boom and a highlight low and angled up directly behind the subject.

I found that this really makes the model 'pop' against the background but the trade-off is, it really shows up the 'fly-away' hair around her but I don't mind it, as i think it adds a bit more interest to the shot.

Model: Anastasia
MUAH: Mishel Vounatsos Bratsos

Canon 5D Mark II
200mm · f/2.8 · 1/125s · ISO 125
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Thanks Jon

I really like this idea and wonder if it would work well for outdoor portraits as well.

Absolutely! There is no reason why it can't be used outdoors

I agree that this makes her really pop. I don't mind the fly-aways either, especially since her outfit is rather casual. Well done.

Thanks James

Really nice shoot Greg.
would you have a BTS? Thanks

Thanks Chiro. Unfortunately no BTS on this shot

Thank you for sharing this image. I am new to this site. This image is excellent. Head shots are traditionally cropped tighter.

Thanks Jay

The lighting is really good in this one, her expression matches it too. The only thing I find distracting is the background.