These shots were done rather quickly because I just wanted to test something. The idea was to make it look like it was shot in bright sunlight and I think the result is fairly close to that.
It’s a one light setup with a LP160 in softbox behind and to camera left. There’s a couple of twists to it though. To start with I removed the two diffusion panels from the softbox, so it’s just a bare flash that’s softened slightly by spilling over and bouncing on the silver interior of the box. To soften it a bit more, and also to bounce more light on the sides of the softbox, I put a sheet of white diffusion gel on the flash. The result is a somewhat softer and more scattered light than a bare flash would have produced. The softbox also makes sure I retain some control over spill light and gives the light more direction.
The shots are intentionally over exposed because that’s the look I was going for.
The most difficult part about all this was to get the little one to pose for me, she wasn’t really in the mood. I finally got a couple of decent shots though. She’s simply leaning against a wall, so it’s as simple as it gets. I also edited these shots to have a softer feel than my normal work.
As a quick experiment I think this worked pretty well, so now I know that I can produce a reasonably believable sunlight if I need to.