Journalist/reporter Melanie Huonker needed a professional headshot and I thought it might be interesting to light her in a way that would suggest a newsroom feel. Rather than set up a backdrop, I simply lit the back of the studio, arranging pillows of different tones and colors behind her to get the effect I wanted. At a distance of about fifteen feet behind her, the props blur nicely for a soft, subtle effect.
The main light is a medium softbox, above and in front of her with a reflector below. Another medium softbox serves as the hair/accent light, while a third light with reflector and barndoors takes care of the background.