Obstacles by Terry Schmidbauer
Obstacles, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
One of the more interesting obstacles in this photo shoot was how to use the existing lights to create a sense of tension. I knew there were going to be holiday decorations that I could for interesting backgrounds but I still had to light Crystaline and make it look natural. I could have used flash but there’s something about flash that looks too commercial and fake to me. My solution was to seek out brightly lit areas and work around them. In this scene I was using a bright wall light behind her head for rim lighting and then the light from the kiosk window to light her face. The kiosk acted like a softbox and was a wonderful light source.