With my 4th-grade daughter virtual learning at home during COVID, I'd like to make her school portrait at home and do it right. The look I'm going for is what I would consider the classic school portrait, consistent with school yearbooks as I plan on doing this from now on. My google-fu is failing me on how exactly a portrait photographer would approach this, so I thought I would ask here for a concise response. I'd appreciate any thoughts you have, this is my first school portrait and you'll help me approach this with more confidence. My initial thoughts on a plan Setup Background: A 5' x 7' painted mottled canvas backdrop supported with a backdrop stand at the back of the room. Background light: Profoto D2 with a reflector as the background light behind the subject position, not angled but parallel to the background surface. May need a grid and/or diffusion, try without first. My thought is to create a nice pool of light behind the subject that has a wide and even gradient. Subject position: An apple box angled 45 degrees to camera right (stage left). I'm thinking ideally this will be a distance that will be far enough away from the background that the background will be a little blurry, right now it's 4'-5' from the background. The subject sits at that angle and turns their head to the camera ... thoughts on this? Subject lighting: Profoto D2's for key and fill lights positioned about 45 degrees to each side, same height?, as best as possible in a narrow space with furniture, slightly above the subject's eyes angled down. The subject wears glasses so I may need to raise the lights more. Key on camera right, fill on camera left one stop lower than key. My goal is round catchlights so I was thinking to use either umbrella deep (small or medium) translucent with backpanels (more spread) or umbrella deep (small or medium) white (more spill control). For greater control I could use 2' x 3' softboxes with grids, this would help spill on to the background but I don't want grid catchlights... thoughts? Equipment options further below. Hair / rim lighting: The subject has dark hair on a dark background, so I'm thinking to put my fourth Profoto D2 opposite of my key light near the background on camera left using a reflector and likely with a grid. My thought here is to raise and angle this light enough to grace her hair and shoulders, and adjust power so it just separates her from the background a bit. Camera position: As close to the back wall as possible and shoot a little loose. Camera on a camera stand, parallel to the background, raising and lowering up and down rather than angling the camera up and down for height. Full frame camera, 85mm lens, ensure enough depth of field to keep the tip of the nose and the back of the ears in focus, my guess is f8-f11 but also want the background to blur a bit if possible. Subject The subject is my 9yo little lady She wears glasses so I believe I may need to raise the key and fill lights and angle them down further, I cannot go any wider than about 7'. From the few good examples I've seen, I'm assuming the subject is usually angled 45 degrees to either camera left or right, I'm choosing camera right (stage left) ... thoughts on this? Should she look right at the lens? I've heard something about 'the head tilt'. Tips on pose? Tips on smile? Post I believe a school portrait is shot a little looser than a headshot for post-production options, thoughts on this? Any tips on making sure I have crop options for various print sizes and digital media? Below are specifics on space, backdrop, and equipment options. Space Living room: 11' (7' usable due to furniture) x 13' The walls are light cream The floor is a light wood Ceiling: 8', flat, white Backdrop Savage Painted Canvas Backdrop (5' x 7', mottled dark blue) Equipment Options Camera / Lens Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR (full-frame) Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM + more that may not be relevant to portraits Monolights x4 Profoto D2 1000 AirTTL x2 Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Flash x2 Profoto A1 AirTTL-C Modifiers Umbrella, shoot-through x2 Profoto Deep Small Umbrella (33", Translucent), with backpanel x2 Profoto Deep Medium Umbrella (41", Translucent), with backpanel Umbrella, shallow x2 Profoto Shallow Small Umbrella (33", White), with diffusion x2 Profoto Shallow Medium Umbrella (41", White), with diffusion x2 Profoto Shallow Small Umbrella (33", Silver), with diffusion x2 Profoto Shallow Medium Umbrella (41", Silver), with diffusion Umbrella, deep x2 Profoto Deep Small Umbrella (33", White), with diffusion x2 Profoto Deep Medium Umbrella (41", White), with diffusion x2 Profoto Deep Large Umbrella (51", White) x2 Profoto Deep Medium Umbrella (41", Silver), with diffusion x1 Profoto RFi 2.0 x 2.0' Softbox, with grid and additional front diffusion x2 Profoto RFi 2.0 x 3.0' Softbox, with grid and additional front diffusion x3 Profoto RFi 1.0 x 3.0' Softbox, with grid Profoto beauty dish, with diffusion Profoto zoom reflector 2 (standard reflector), with various grids and gels Profoto snoots Profoto barn doors Grip gear C-stands Various extensions and booms Very wide assortment of grip gear... - Thank you!