A question I am often asked when people want a portrait session in the comfort of their own home is, "Is my room big enough?" So, I thought I'd write a blog post to give you an idea of the area I need to work in. Here is a pull-back shot from a recent portrait session in a clients kitchen. All we did was move the dining table out of the way, and I had enough room.
In terms of size, I need at least 7' height, 8' width and ideally 8' depth. Depth being the distance from the back of the background, to where I stand with my camera. Ideally I need a hard floor, or fairly thin carpet.
The image above shows the setup for a 'head and shoulders only' portrait. The image below shows what can be achieved with a setup similar to above. Please note, an additional light was used to produce the image below but similar results are possible with the setup above.
If you wanted a full length image, I'd need slightly more depth to accommodate the vinyl floor. The diagram below shows a typical setup of a full length portrait image.
The image below shows a typical full length shot;
Finally, I need at least one mains plug socket in the room where I will setup my equipment.
If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me to discuss other options.