Beach Test Shoot with Harriet Finley Martin (Nemesis Models)

With all the great summer weather we have been having lately, I have been eager to shoot outside as much as possible. 

Harriet Finley Martin from Nemesis Models got in touch about doing a location test shoot. Harriet is a experienced model with already a great portfolio, but in need of some more outdoors/location images.

I had the idea of shooting at a local beach (West Witterings, Chichester), this offers great sand dunes and calm water for potential locations. 

To try and give the pictures a little more edge and drama we decided to shoot right at sunset, using the great colours of the light at that time, but also not much time to shoot. (Approx 9.15pm sunset).

Trying to keep my kit as simple as possible I used my Sony A7Rii camera with a Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 lens. A great combination for sharp, contrasty images, that really isolate the subject in the scene, also giving great colours. 

As the light at that time is very flattering I only needed simple lighting modifiers to give a little punch/pop to the pictures. 

Using the setting sun as the main/key source of light, I positioned the sun over the models left shoulder. x1 California Sunbounce reflector on the models right (camera left) to reflect the warm sunlight back into the shadow side. To help warm the light even more I used the gold side of the reflector. 

Edited/retouched in post using Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.

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