Jasmine Star is everything I have ever wanted to be (in a photographer) and beautiful, young and beautiful (I know I said that twice, but she is!). Yes she is a specialised wedding photographer something that is not necessarily my goal, but her style is just amazing and she is not shy in sharing which is always a good thing in my book.
Image from Jasmine Star blog - permission granted.
For those of you that participated in my "Get your camera off auto" course last year and anyone who is interested really - check out Jasmine's latest post here. Jasmine has used a very difficult light situation (harsh hot overhead sunlight) and turned it around in her favour. Really look at the images and you can see where she has positioned her bride and groom in the shade when the sun is at it's "meanest". On the dock in the shade of a sail, under a parasol and using backlighting (this takes alot of practise and really needs to be shot on manual).
Once the sun has dropped and softened then she has used it to backlight her subjects whilst still chasing the shade to position them in. Results = awesome photos with the light becoming part of the image once it was soft enough to make an impact and the subject does not squint!
Try it. Leave your subject where they are (in shade) and shoot from both sides of your subject, once the sun is low and soft enough, try and incorporate it into your images. Look at your images and assess where the light is and which ones work and which ones don't. It's all practise!