The setup was really simple. As usual, for a mobile portrait studio, I packed:
2 Canon 430ex II speedlites
5d mk2 body (perfect for portraits in tight spaces)
50mm f1.8 lens
2 flash triggers and transmitter
Shoot through umbrella
The beauty dish was set up as a hair light. Giving the subjects a hint of light from the top. Very effective in giving the subjects a highlight for separation. I then placed a speedlite with a shoot through umbrella 45 degrees to the subjects left side. The lighting ratio was 1:2, meaning the hairlight has half the power of the main light. The 50mm was the perfect focal length for these kinds of shots. I never leave it at home for shoots like these.
The shoot went through pretty easily. Mr. Red the dog was pretty cooperative. Though we felt that he didn't really like his red sweater, he still managed to take it like a very good boy.