Long time lurker, first time poster. Found some really valuable info on here over the last few weeks so I finally decided to join and shoot out a question regarding outdoor lighting.
In 2 weeks I will be doing a fashion photo shoot and the brief is that it is to be on a beach in the final moments of sunset - so the sky is really golden and starting to darken. The client doesn't want the model to be very bright against her surroundings but rather almost part of them. He wants a 'natural earthy feel'.
So my thoughts were - position the model to have the sun setting behind her, almost peeking over her head, so that it provides a good hairlight and high contrast around the face. Then I wanted a reflector or two to cast a warm glow over her shadowed side. I don't think I'll use a flash as this may illuminate her too much and seperate her from the background which doesn't seem to be what the client wants. My question is - will reflectors be enough or should I use a softbox as well? Sorry for the essay I just wanted to illustrate the scenario.