This is the last of the shots I took of Carla Monaco at her home studio. It wasn’t planned or structured. We were just stood there chatting and I thought she looked lovely so just took a few snaps, this was the result.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some brilliant models and when you’re with these people, shots just ping out of everywhere. In fact, sometimes, I’m sure you could just take any bunch of frames and get amazing results. They really are professional, know what they’re doing and work very hard to achieve a natural, relaxed look. Probably much like actors and actresses, it takes time, effort and a huge amount of skill to look this natural in front of a lens.
Disagree? How many times have you pointed a camera at someone and they either immediately stiffen up and look awkward or they produce the ‘selfie’ look time after time.
My hat is suitably doffed to all you professional models out there. Of course, it also takes an awesome photographer to do them justice eh? Eh?
I had no doubts about this shot. It was always going to involve a close up beauty shot with something sweet and tasty dripping from the model’s mouth! On the day, treacle and jam were discarded as honey was the perfect oozing substance.
It is inspired by the song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. I fell in love with it not long after it was released. It’s just a gorgeous, rich melody with brilliant vocals and amazing acoustic guitar. It’s made even better with the You Tube video of them playing it live, outdoors in a teeming rain storm. How they didn’t get totally frazzled I’ll never know, some good sound engineers I reckon! However, the atmosphere that creates added to the song produces one of those rare moments you watch and really wish you’d been there at the time.
I loved this song so much we used to play it in the band I was in, we all loved playing it but the audience were never too sure as it isn’t brilliantly well known and isn’t a dancer due to its unusual rhythm. We played it regardless.
Model: Carla Monaco