My Portrait Session With Musician Ne-Yo

Had a brief photoshoot with the musician Ne-Yo for a commercial client. Was given a total of about 15 minutes or less for the entire portrait session, but nothing I’m not used to. This first portrait was shot using entirely Kino-Flo lighting. I love shooting with Kinos when I am able. Creates a cool soft lighting and I’m able to shoot shallow depth of field without need neutral density filters.

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Behind the scenes


Shot this with strobes using a beauty dish main light (camera right), 2 rectangular softboxes as catchlights on either side and behind Ne-Yo, a ring light on my camera for slight fill, and a fill card (camera left).


Shot this with kino-flo as well. As you can see I burned in the reflection on his sunglasses. I thought to leave some of the reflection in there for realism, but I may decide to remove it entirely. What do you think?


9 Responses to “My Portrait Session With Musician Ne-Yo”

  1. Ofir Abe says:

    i think you should completely leave the reflections as shot. i personally love those reflections that add dimension.

    good job!

  2. Angela says:

    I Love NEYO! You are very lucky you got to meet him.
    I also prefer the reflections. Nice work!

  3. alfred says:

    the reflections in that last look pretty sick! i think 50/50. depends on the shot.

    awesome work!

  4. 15 minutes? That’s crazy. Love the look with the soft lights too. Seems to match the client.

  5. John Delaney says:

    I’d personally lose the reflection completely!!
    Looks great!

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  7. Delane says:


    Did you light the background in the first image with Kino Flo as well?

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