Portrait Shoot: Tommy

Tommy at the Mizzou Columns

Tommy in front of the Columns. 65mm f/4.5 1/100 ISO200. OCF: Speedlight, Shoot-through Umbrella, CR.

A few weeks back I did a short portrait shoot with Tommy, a good friend of mine. Tommy needed some decent head shots that he could use on his social media profiles. As with Marissa’s shoot we headed out to Peace Park in Columbia, Missouri for another simple single-speedlight portrait session.




The gear for this shoot was identical to what I used for Marissa’s shoot. I used a Canon T2i/550D paired with the Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 and the Canon 50mm f/1.8. I did break out the “kit” Canon 18-55mm late in the shoot, but those shots didn’t make the final cut.

My Yongnuo YN-468 II speedlight and the 43″ shoot through umbrella worked wonders in this location before, so I kept the lighting setup identical as well. The one speedlight setup did a nice job of adding some drama to the natural light, but I found myself wishing for a bit more flexibility. (I have since upgraded my kit with a second speedlight and a softbox that I can’t wait to take for a serious spin).



I took Tommy out to Peace Park in downtown Columbia. The park provides some great open shade, and it has some really nice light in the late evening. The light was perfect for our shoot, but unfortunately it was quite a bit hotter and more humid than we expected. We were both sweating quite a bit. This complicated things, but luckily I was able to minimize any sweat and flushed skin on Tommy with a little Photoshop magic.

We ended up wrapping up our shoot early because the heat and the humidity were just unbearable. As we headed out of the park, I noticed the light falling on the University Quad was fantastic. Tommy had mentioned before the shoot that he wanted some Mizzou-themed photos, but we had scrapped those to head back to air conditioning early. I talked Tommy into taking just a few more pictures in front of Mizzou’s columns. These shots ended up being my favorite of the whole shoot.

Even though we were pressed for time, and the heat ruined a few shots, I came out with a set of photos that I was very happy with in the end.