I'm very happy with this small two-light setup. I used a 45" octagonal softbox on the right and feathered it out until it looked as natural as possible, then popped a beauty dish onto the background, which also meant it could do double duty as a rim light as well. The effect is quite subtle. The final piece of the puzzle is the reflector, held by Jacob and just off camera left. This was a tight crop shot so he was able to get in nice and close.
The way I've been lighting lately is a new thing for me. Instead of just firing the light at the subject, I'm really spending time working on the way it hits them, and building a believable set up. I've got a long way to go but I think every shoot gets easier and easier!
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 85mm f/1.8
ISO400, f/4.5, 1/100s
Location: Dingle Tower, Halifax, NS
Process: Apple Aperture for RAW processing, Color Efex Pro 4 for toning and film grain
Model: Ginger Snapzz (Ashley)
Assisted by Jacob Connell