I don’t know what I was thinking? Organising an outdoor shoot, in December, late in the afternoon? When I arranged this a few weeks ago I’d completely forgotten to take into account the fact that it’s dark by 4pm. My model, the stunningly beautiful Emma Haren, didn’t go into makeup until 2pm! By 3pm I was starting to panic a bit… “Okay, we’ve got about thirty minutes of available daylight left…let’s go!” – I used that half an hour of daylight as economically as possible. Then it went dark.
I have a kind of Yoda attitude when it comes to using flash – do it, or don’t do it. I don’t pretend I haven’t used it, I like that stark, brash, in-your-face look. Direct flash is unforgiving, but with a combination of Emma’s unblemished skin and Charlotte Easton’s superb makeup artistry I had nothing to worry about there.