It’s easy to think that if you want to put together a great portrait shoot you need to book an expensive location and have a room full of lights, but sometimes simplicity can be more rewarding.
In this video, master portrait photographer, Peter Coulson, takes you behind-the-scenes as he shoots a model using only natural light and his AirBnB. It really shows that you don’t have to be too elaborate to create a brilliant shoot.
I have conducted a lot of shoots over the years for a plethora of purposes. When I look back at the shoots I enjoyed the most, the bulk of them are simple and free. There is arguably also a correlation between my favorite images (that is, the images I think are strong) and the shoots that were lightweight. Although I enjoy using strobes and particularly colored gels or RGB LEDs, I am still drawn to natural light and reflectors.
I will offer one caveat here about AirBnBs: I have looked at using them for shoots before and some properties have policies in place to prohibit this and it is generally frowned upon. In my experience, simply asking the property owner if you can perform a simple photoshoot on the premises while you are there and unpacking exactly what will happen is a far better route.