This portrait was taken at my home using two speedlites fired with wireless triggers. The benefit of using speedlites is there lower power settings allowing me to use wide apertures like F1 . 7 or F2 .4. Many people are scared of manual settings but a little trial and error at first it soon becomes easy you could start with your flash at 1/4power, camera at F4 shutter 1/160sec you take a test shot and change your flash either up or down as required.
Once you have your lighting set up try to look at some images on the pc so you can see the images on a larger screen to check light, shadows and sharpness.
Welcome to my blog. My photography is on a tight budget like so many others out there, but through this blog I hope to show that great photographs can be achieved by all.