Regular readers of my blog will know that I love portraiture and headshots, so on a recent photoshoot with glamour model Michelle Monroe I took the opportunity to grab some headshots.

I absolutely loved the way Michelle could instantly switch expressions between sultry, playful and serious.  I’ll let you in on a secret that photographing some models can be hard work if they are unable to show emotion or ‘perform’ for the camera.  With an experienced, professional model like Michelle, a shoot is just so much easier and more fun.  Michelle is definitely a model I would work with again anytime.

The main light for these was an Elinchrom studio flash unit fitted with a 48cm beauty dish (with diffuser ‘shower cap’).  I also had a silver reflector kicking back some light into the shadows under her chin.  Very simple lighting.

Looking through the images I honestly cannot decide on a favourite, so thought I’d post a large selection to see if one grows on me more than the others.  Feel free to comment below on which you prefer.













6 Responses so far.

  1. Tracey says:

    Hi Paul

    Just been checking out the forum and saw your thread asking to vote on these images. I think we need to understand what the images are for before we can vote properly, if they are for general use then my favourite would be No 1, Michelle looks relaxed and happy in this image. However, if she wanted a head shot to promote say a glamour website then I would go for No 4 as she is looking quite sultry in this. If she wants the image to promote a dominatrix fetish site then I would go for No 10 as she is looking quite stern on this whilst at the same time looking sultry. By the way, I’m not making any assumptions as to what she wants the photos for, just making an observation on what the images are saying to me. Hope this helps 😉

  2. Paul says:

    Thanks for commenting Tracey. They aren’t for anything in particular, just trying to capture various moods and expressions. I appreciate your comments. 🙂

  3. Dennis says:

    6 & 9 for me Paul, Michelle looks a little more natural more comfortable.

    Perhaps use a prompt for some shots of Michelle looking over your left or right shoulder rather than looking straight at the lens.

    Final point maybe a natural light shot with a bit of shadow on one side from a window with no direct sunlight.

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks for your comments Dennis. Much appreciated. 🙂

  5. Martin says:

    Hi Paul,

    I’d go for 1,7 and 11 because they best capture Michelle’s fun, charm, sparkle and stunning beauty. Great set of photos of a fantastic person

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