A dreamy moment - the art of headshots by Mark Elshout

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I was introduced to a fantastic website called “Studio Lighting” and they even have a mobile app for the latest direct to iphone. Check it out here
They had an article on photographing headshots with minimal equipment. Well I clearly listened to none of the advice and rocked up to this test headshoot with everything bar by paper white drop because in my wisdom, decided it was easier to carry a giant white fabric reflector. Well the space on the reflector was limiting as was the eveness of reflection but I was eventually happy with the results. This shot stood out to me simply as it had a dreaminess about it.
For those out of the loop, my model Melia is being treated for Leukemia at the moment and as of tomorrow is going through the most ferocious part of her treatment. It was good to capture one more precious moment before her challenges that are upon her next week.

Photographed with Nikon D700, 105mm Nikon Macro lense, softbox and 2 umbrellas with D400 prolight flashheads.

Featured in “The Photographers Vault”, “The Waist Up”, “The Eyes Have It” and “The Male Photographer” Group

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My interest in photography began back in high-school when I used my mother’s Olympus OM-1 to shoot sports events. I learnt to understand film, light meters and other technical issues. I bought my first SLR, a Nikon F70, when I finished uni and became more focussed on shooting portraiture, landscape and photojournalism. Since then I have not looked back opening my own business in 2009 specialising in portrait photography.

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  • Mark Snelling
    Mark Snellingalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely headshot Mark and give Melia our best wishes..

  • Shall do Mark. And thanks. She will be a bit out-of-contact for the next few days but I am sure she will see this shot when she logs on and in turn see your comment. Cheers!

    – Mark Elshout

  • David  Parkin
    David Parkinalmost 5 years ago

    A stunning and beautiful image, well done friend :-)

  • Thanks very much. Appreciate your feedback!

    – Mark Elshout

  • kimangeline
    kimangelinealmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature!

    – Mark Elshout

  • gobucki
    gobuckialmost 5 years ago

    Amazing Mark. Such a beauty.

  • She is a very pretty model isn’t she! That shot did melt me!! Just something about it… kind of same expression as those old 20s portraits with that similar style hat.

    – Mark Elshout

  • gobucki
    gobuckialmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Matt!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...almost 5 years ago

    A brilliant image composition

  • Thank you very much Paul. Appreciate your feedback!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Larry Varley
    Larry Varleyalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature Larry. Appreciate your support!

    – Mark Elshout

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 5 years ago

    Congrats on your Features! Well deserved. Warm hugs to Melia, too. Stay strong!

  • Thanks. I am sure Melia will read these comments and appreciate your kind thoughts!

    – Mark Elshout

  • jwinman
    jwinmanalmost 5 years ago

    such an expressive portrait!

  • Thanks. Glad you like it!

    – Mark Elshout

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant Work!

  • Thanks Rajeev. Glad you like it!

    – Mark Elshout

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