Camera settings and ligthing

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AM1119 New Member • Posts: 3
Camera settings and ligthing

Hi there
I have been taking pictures for a website and I have difficulties achieving a calm expression on my photos. I do not know exactly what I am doing wrong but my setup is this.
Camera settings are:
ISO: 100
Shutterspeed: 1/160
I use an 180 diameter octatbox which is placed right beside me on a 25/30 degree angle to the model. It is placed around 10-12 meters from the model I believe
I shoot with a Nikon D7100 and use a Sigma 30mm wide lens.
Also the lighting I use the is quite strong to lighten up the image.
The picture I have taken is Web2 (myshot) and the picture quality I would like to get is attached as web1 (goal).
Can anyone please give me some advice to how I can improve to get closer to my goal. I know it takes practice and many hours in the studio, but it would be nice to have some advice and things I can try next time I'm in the studio.
All I want is a softer feel to the image and the model and more deep feel or look. Do you have any suggestions to what I can adjust?

My picture

My goal

Nikon D7100
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