This is one of those photos that shows you don’t necessarily need to go to some exotic location to get a great environmental backdrop. In fact, that’s her uncle’s backyard. (Of course, it does help to have large backyard, eh?) It also shows how far you can go lighting-wise simply by shooting out of the sun in the late evening during the summer (the pic was taken in late June at around 8pm). I used no lighting modifiers whatsoever, and it looks great. It’s possible to achieve this look out in the sunlight with a giant diffuser blocking the sun, but effective diffusers the size needed (at least 6 foot by 6 foot or more) are hundreds of dollars, and while you can fashion your own diffuser with a white bed sheet and plastic piping, such a contraption is vastly unwieldy. Finding a spot in the shade is a lot more preferable if you can manage it.
One thing I do regret about the shoot is that I didn’t own an 85mm lens at the time (I subsequently purchased a Nikon 85mm 1.8G a few weeks later) to take this photo with. Instead I used a Nikon 50mm 1.4D (which I subsequently sold and replaced with the newer 50mm 1.4G), which was fine, but I didn’t like the way it rendered the bokeh (the background blur), so I enhanced the blur with Photoshop.