Sarah Bee at Dingle Tower

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday season.  In between family visits and celebrating holidays, I only got one shoot in, but it's one of my favorites from the year.  

Model Sarah Bee put out a message on Facebook which basically said "I'm ready to go shoot and my photographer cancelled."  I messaged her having never worked together and suggested we try to shoot at Dingle Tower, hoping it would be open.

It wasn't.

It was also COLD.

This was an ambient shot, and the lighting turned out to look pretty good!  I could probably have kept using this as my set up but I really wanted to use a beauty dish since Sarah had spent so much time doing her makeup (and it looked awesome!).

Beauty dish in the scene, darkening the ambient a bit for drama:

We then set about using the dish as a key.  I love the falloff of the light, and the way it adds punch to the shots. A second strobe was used to help add contrast to the backdrop.  These were all processed through Nik Color Efex Pro 4 for a really dramatic effect.

My personal favorite from the shoot.  There was something really cool about a wide angle shot with the light falling off to darkness.  

After we were almost completely frozen on top of the hill we packed up the flashes and headed down to the base of the tower.  I used a reflector and a 50mm lens for these shots.

Overall, we spent a little under an hour outdoors.  By the time we got back to the car, we were both frozen but very excited that we had made the best of a very non-ideal situation.  For me, it was a great way to finish off 2012!  I also got to open up 2013 with some photos of people jumping into the ocean, so stay tuned for that post later this week!