Getting jaw definition in a portrait

Getting the chiselled look - outside

Laurence Brown's session was partly for his modelling portfolio and partly to get some headshots. It was about 9.00am in the morning, bright overcast (perfect portrait light) and I posed him by some black shutters outside a bookshop.

You can see how his jawline and cheekbones have a very pleasing definition, thanks to the large expanse of black next to him.

Laurence Brown By Katie Vandyck

In contrast, placed next to a white wall the effect is lighter, softer and more youthful.