The below article is from Yaneck & Sasha Wasio, the founders and owners of WASIO photography, WASIO faces, and WASIO Master Print. They started their professional photography career over 10 years ago in Chicago. In early 2017 they decided to move to San Diego to expand their business to Southern California. WASIO was named Most Talented Photographer of the Year by Magic Lens and Portrait Photographer of the Year by PPSDC. Follow them online at wasiophotography.com and on Instagram at @wasio.We thank WASIO for pulling back the curtain on his latest shoot and contributing to the Insight + Inspiration Guide: Headshot Photography.
Our headshot set up is consistent whether we photograph in our studio in San Diego or on location at the client’s office or big conference as part of the WASIO faces Headshot Booth (as shown in the video below).
To have consistent colors across all our monitors and laptops we use X-Rite i1Studio and i1Display Pro to calibrate all our display devices. You don’t need to have both devices. Choose one based on your needs. Calibrating all our monitors gives us proper colors and brightness. Most monitors and laptops out of the box are too bright for photography needs. Since we have two main workstations, 4 monitors, and 4 working laptops this color consistency is critical for us to provide quality headshots to our clients. We also use X-Rite Passport for color swatches and to set up white balance. For exposure measuring, we use Sekonic meters which are the industry standard at this point.
Lighting and Light Shaping
For lighting, we use two Profoto D2’s as our main lights. They recycle extremely fast, gives very good color consistency, and have a minimal number of misfires even when we shoot headshots for 9 hours straight. These Profoto strobes are almost unbreakable. We often photograph headshot for 8-9 hours straight and these lights never overheat and maybe have had 5 misfires for the whole day.
For light shaping, we use a deep Raja softbox from Phottix and a Westcott Rapid Box XXL. These two lights give a nice soft feel with minimal shadows and pleasing colors. Sometimes we run the two lights at the same power but often we vary the powers depending on which direction our subject’s face is pointing. We also use a white reflector from below to open the shadows.
Insight + Inspiration Guide: Headshot Photography
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