Speaking of making the light “work for you”, here (above) is an example where that was the case… however, no part of it was natural light. This was 100% manufactured by my lighting. I had a gelled 1/1 CTO 1100 watt lamp camera left, on a stand and then a 400 watt light (main) camera right. I had the more powerful light as the “rim” because it was FAR away, and I needed the “throw’ of light to cover much more then just my subjects (as you can see the wall, trees, subjects, etc.) are all lit by this. The smaller light, (just out of the frame camera right) was very close, and not much power was actually needed. In terms of the actual picture, I love that I was able to in fact get a very “candid” capture and still use my lighting. Generally this would have needed to be a “natural light” shot to keep a higher frame rate in camera to get some “lucky” shots.. however, I have practiced the art of timing, positioning, and by way of my own personality get my clients to do things they never thought possible. In a way, I kinda have my cake, and eat it too.
I guess that I am trying to say here, is that it's hard enough to go on a session and get shots of other people. It's even harder to go on session and use the type of lighting that I use, because this makes for one more thing I need to manage. So the "star on the wall" for me, is that I have a fluid way of working to put all of this together!