I'll be the first to tell you that there is nothing special about this studio of mine, in fact I purposefully took this photo to show how little you need to get started. The gear is not sophisticated or expensive in anyway, but I stand by the work I am able to produce with it.
BEAUTY PORTRAIT WORKFLOW
I won't go into much detail in this blog post about my technique used to shoot this portrait session, but I will give you a glimpse into my workflow.
I shoot tethered to my Macbook Pro for a few reasons, but mainly to make it easy for the client or just the model in this case to be able to review the photos and express her favorites. Immediately after shooting we go through, and I star all the photos that she and I both liked the most. It is a process I like to do together with the client/model so as to be on the same page, and set the expectation for what photos will be delivered and why.
Also, the lcd screen on the back of a camera is not large enough to really notice focus issues, hair fly-aways or other minor/major imperfections that should be fixed in camera. Trust me when I say you will save so much time in post-processing if you are able to clearly see these in-camera issues in full screen before the model leaves. It is much better to get it right in camera, rather to rely on Photoshop to fix your mistakes.
For me, culling (the act of choosing the best examples from a larger sample size of photos) can be one of the hardest things to do. I don't like to "overshoot", but sometimes when you and your model are in the zone, and making great photos, it can be hard to stop. So I might end up with 50+ "good frames", and I need only 5 great ones from within. That is why it is helpful to star your favorites with the model as you go, and just let the rest go.