The shoot happened at 7pm June 30. At our latitude, that's a very harsh sun 45 degrees from the horizon. We were picking a spot to shoot and I picked the least crowded area of an open field, on a hot day with the sun blasting.
Shutter speed controls ambient light and I needed to tame the sun as much as I can. Given that all I shoot with are two speedlights, that means I also need to shoot as wide open as possible. It did get driven home when the model. Angela Sasso, asked "right here, don't you need better lighting?". I answered through a thin, almost arrogant smile "Naaaw, we're good right here".
Once you tame the harsh sun, it can create the best rim light ever. it's nice consistent and beautiful. Take a problem and make it work for you. Don't just survive, thrive. I had to do Angela justice and I had to match her delivery.
85mm, 1.8, 1/8000, ISO 200