I have to say this was this was the most fun I have during a shoot. Even had the cops show up to find out what all the bursts of light were about in the street and sky around my condo.
It was also rewarding because thinking about the lighting has become second nature and I was able to concentrate on the subject. Practice is the only way to achieve this. Just doing as any sittings as you can and making lots of mistakes.
The image is a product of complete collaboration. Once Natasha got into character, my part as the photographer was just clicking the shutter.
The lighting was a single White Lightning 1600X at full power diffused with an umbrella directly in front of Natasha.
Post-processing in CS4 included darkening of the eyebrows and mustache, with enhancement of the eyes and basic skin touch up.