I have wanted to do this shot ever since I seen it on Flickr. I finally got around to doing it and it turned out been much easier than I thought it was going to be.
The first thing I did was make a snoot out of a Whole Foods paper bag to focus the flash on the face of the subject. The snooted Canon 430 EX was placed about 4 feet directly in front of the subjects face and was set to 1/16th power.
The camera was directly to the right of the subject and about 4 feet away. The backdrop was a piece of black felt from the craft store.
Nova was sleeping, so I used that time to take Nicole’s and my photo. Once Nova woke up, we took her down while she was still in the process of waking up so she would be calm while she had to sit still for her photo.
All in all, 7 photos were taken. 1 of me, 3 of Nicole, and 3 of Nova. Nova had no idea what was going on and just stared directly at the snoot, so that helped out a lot.
All photos were taken at [ISO 400] [1/125/second] [f/9]
The three photos were post-processed in Lightroom and layered in Photoshop.