The idea was to create a simple natural-looking portrait. The model is an actress and I hope these photographs will be a strong accent in her portfolio.
I shot these images in a bar and used mostly ambient light with a little fill from a small softbox.
For the above photo I lit the model with a single speedlight in a medium size Lastolite softbox.
Here I used a white shoot-through umbrella and a silver reflector for fill in a butterfly configuration (note the catchlights in her eyes).
For the last photo I used the softbox again. To add tonal transitions to the walls I lit them with a second speedlite pointed to the corner behind the model.
Initially this background light gave a spot which was too hot for my taste. To tone it down I used a Sto-Fen diffuser and covered the diffuser’s front surface with a piece of Gaffer’s tape.A Simple Portrait