How do we achieve this popular look beauty portrait look?

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How do we achieve this popular look beauty portrait look?
Aug 10, 2014

So many popular photographers these days have all their beauty portraits have the same sort of look:

- minimal to no light spill on an otherwise darkish / grayish background / dilapidated building
- nice, soft light on the model’s face (somewhat unnatural light distribution to emphasize certain facial features)
- shallow DOF

Some of the photographers who do this are:

Sean Archer

Dani Diamond

In all of these shots, Dani uses the same post processing technique:

Jay Russell a.k.a. The Photo Fiend

My question is, how do you achieve this look? What are the steps? Both in terms of lighting and in terms of post processing?

Thank you guys!

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