I have been asked to take a portrait of a violinist with her instrument. She's from my family so I can ask her to pose as I like. The picture is actually going to be turned into a painting later, but I want to take advantage of the opportunity and do the job the best I can. I'm an amateur with zero experience on portraits but from what I know I've thought of the following: I was thinking of a head shot of her playing her instrument in such a way that the end of the violin and one of her hands appears out of focus in the foreground and her face right in the focal plane. Something pretty much like this:
She's got curly black hair so it would blend greatly with the dark background I had in mind. Now here's where my doubts take place. Do you think that's a good pose or should I choose a different one because that one may be too boring? My camera is the sony a200 and my gear consists of an old extendible tripod, an 18-70 kit lens and an 18-200 too. The problem is that I've got no lighting gear at all (only in-camera flash), and I will only have the nightime available to take a couple of pictures of her. Maybe I could improvise something similar to a softbox or make a home made reflector to bounce the in-camera flash? What do you think? If you agree, how would you do it? In my opinion b&w would be great for the shot I'm aiming for but maybe it would draw attention away from the violin too much? What's your opinion? Could you give some ideas on how to get the shot correctly lit?
Thanks in advance