Last Minute Holiday Portrait

Written by Micah O'Keiley on Thursday, 20 December 2012. Posted in Portrait

An epiem holiday photography portrait

epiem portrait holiday photography

Unie needed a Christmas gift for her parents this year. She had mentioned she hasn't sent them current photos of herself in ages.

We decided to do a quick portrait session and send her parents some nice, shiny, new photos!

We [very] recently moved to a new place, so we haven't had time to really venture out or even unpack, but wanted to still have a nice end result portrait. Excuse the mess!

epiem portrait holiday photography

I love the idea of using Christmas lights for colorful bokeh, so we rounded up some extra lights we had laying around and coupled it with a fancy sequin backdrop we use for our New Years Photobooths.

epiem portrait holiday photography

We hung the backdrop from our living room window curtain rod and draped the Christmas lights around it.

epiem portrait holiday photography

Then we set up an LED panel I usually use for video as the rim light and put 500watt (using 3 bulbs instead of 5) continuous light in the hallway for key light.

epiem portrait holiday photography

Here is a diagram of the setup:

epiem last minute holiday portrait lighting diagram

Camera Info & Settings:
Canon 5DmII
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L mII
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length 123mm
ISO 1250

After a few photos, we got the shot we wanted and that was a wrap!

epiem portrait holiday photography

And here are the print we made from the session!

1 - 8x10
5 - 5x7
1 - 4xWallet

epiem portrait holiday photography

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Micah O'Keiley

Micah O'Keiley

Started as a lighthearted, optimistic boy who grew up in Seattle with a passion for art. Spent the majority of my time drawing, snapping photos, watching anime, playing video games and driving fast cars. Now a film maker, photographer who still enjoys the childhood antics that now define me as an adult.

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