All it takes to create a dreamy fairy tale photograph is a great location and a lovely subject. In this video you will see different ways you can photograph a beautiful girl in a boat.
Photographer Gavin Hoey has the great opportunity to shoot that type of image on location without any compositing. Having different tools in store, he shows how you can get a great portrait with only natural light, with a reflector to bounce the sunlight back, and with one or several strobes. He prefers to have the sun as a backlight which is easier on model's eyes and always looks good. Fortunately the interior of the boat is white which helps him capture well exposed images with only natural light.
Hoey also shows that sometimes there's nothing wrong with little overexposing the scene or letting some of the sun peak into the frame which lowers the contrast of the image and creates a more dreamy look. The photographer also uses the high-speed sync functionality of his strobes in order to shoot with a shallow depth of field but at the same time keep the background a bit darker. He shows there are situations where you have to sacrifice the high-speed sync cool look, because it has its limitations.
From what I saw in that video I can conclude that in order to create a beautiful photograph good lighting knowledge is not always enough. First and fore most you need the right location, the right model, and the appropriate accessories.