Sue is this year’s Keynote speaker at the 2016 WPPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, and will also be speaking
at Profoto’s booth (#301 in the Grand Ballroom), March 9 at 12: 30 pm. Register for the show at wppionline.com.
TURNING CHALLENGES INTO
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
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BEHIND THE SCENES
I SPECIALIZE IN
style portraits, and I
want my clients to look
like they are a part of a
celebrity photo shoot
and feel that buzz and
excitement. I love beauty in all its forms, and
after 26 years I still get a thrill from making a
beautiful portrait for someone.
One of my recent clients, Rayna Starr, is an
up-and-coming professional performer, dancer
and actor—and her career is taking off in the
best way. She found me through Facebook,
and I photographed her this past January in
my Los Angeles studio. I was asked to update
her book shots, but while I had her there, I
took as many experimental shots as I could.
Before I get started, I always lay out a plan
for what I’m going to shoot, and took the
time while my hair stylist and makeup artist
worked with Rayna to do this. I plan ahead for
two reasons: so I don’t get lost in the creative
moment and forget something important,
and, in addition, my clients love to see my
Strobes are a new addition to my studio,
and every time I shoot with them I try to
explore new looks and moods. My first step,
and a rule I live by, is to light the face first,
because nobody buys a portrait where his or
her face doesn’t look good.
For this shoot, I set up one Profoto B1 off-camera flash with a white XL umbrella to my
left, feathering across Rayna and bouncing
onto a large white V-Flat to my right for fill.
With my aperture open at f/2.8, I get an image
with soft, beautiful light and a shallow depth
of field. I couldn’t do this before I got the B1—
shooting at f/8 and higher is not something I
After the shoot, I spent lunch with Rayna to
chat—this is a great time to bond more with
the client and talk about his or her viewing.
When I started my own business I would
book up to three portrait shoots a day, and it
took me a while to build up my brand so that
I could book less shoots for more money and
spend more time with clients. The difference
now is the ability to relax and make the whole
experience better for both clients and my
To learn more about the Profoto B1, visit
www.profoto.com/offcameraflash. See more
from Sue Bryce at inbedwithsue.com.
SUE BRYCE MAKES MAGIC WITH THE
DIFFUSE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, AND
THEN DIFFUSE SOME MORE. Large
scrims are incredible for spreading out
and softening light.
LIGHT THE FACE FIRST. In portrait work,
lights should serve the face. Light the
body and background after.
WORK WITH YOUR HIGHLIGHTS IN RAW.
To mute your lighting, utilize the RAW
window in Photoshop to bring down your