Above is the select from a shoot that I completed last week. This was a commercial shoot for eye shadow. I'll tell you one thing, producing a beauty shot using hard light is not an entirely easy procedure. You certainly need to have the right model and a great makeup artist. Thanks to Morgan Polk (model) and Chantal Louise English (makeup artist) for helping make this shoot a success!
I've typically been a "soft light" shooter in the past, favoring soft boxes and other types of diffusion, but more and more, I'm favoring hard light. There's something about the mood of a high contrast shot. It's powerful... in your face... and I like it! I hope that my future assignments can begin to incorporate more and more of this style. It's not as easy as it sounds, but the result can be stunning.