The request from Olivia for her new branding photos for her photography business was dark and moody, with lots of shadows and nothing bright and airy.

Well, that was a challenge for me who never usually works in the darkness. I had to push myself to change my usual way of capturing a portrait in natural bright light. I had to think differently this time, Find the shadows instead of the light. It was a backward way of working for me. I welcomed it though. We headed out to NewActon Precinct in Canberra’s north. Olivia a fellow photographer, brought only her Sony camera as a prop and wore her favorite cream suit that represents her brand and makes her feel great.

We used a selection of grey walls in the New Acton area, we used the low-lit foyer of the nearby building and created a few extra scenes inside the QT Hotel in Canberra where we found the perfect cream interior to match her outfit. The result is a gorgeous collection of images for Olivia’s photography website and social media marketing.

Would you agree, this collection is to die for!?

If you’d like to check out more of my headshot sessions and personal branding shoots take a look here.

My equipment list:

Nikon D5, SB910 Speedlight flash, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens. I always use Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries inside my Speedlight flash.

These images have been edited in Lightroom using a preset called “Mood Booster”

If you are in need of fresh new images for your business marketing, I’m taking bookings in Canberra for 2023. Simply email me at grace@gracecosta.com or head to my branding packages to find out more about what’s involved in one of my sessions.

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