A Study In Pink

Floortje van Cooten Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

I met up with Floortje from FloortjeLoves the other day for a shoot. I had never met Floortje before but after stumbling on her blog a while back, I knew I wanted to shoot her. Her bubbly personality on her blog is simply contagious. Not to mention, she’s stunning and a dead ringer for Karlie Kloss (blonde, cheek bones, cheeky – is anyone else seeing it?).

And so I approached her to shoot with me. It was an early Sunday morning and we had a busy shooting day ahead of us. I was anxious to shoot but at the same time worried that I was again aiming for something that I wasn’t prepared for. This turned out to be true – but more on that later.

We started with a lace up v-neck top and skinny jeans – a fun and edgy look that Floortje carried well. When you approach someone you’ve never met before, it’s always a risk to see what kind of model you have in front of you. Will she be silent and wait for cues? Does she know how to move? I realized it all didn’t matter with Floortje because before me stood the most energetic and fun model a photographer could wish for. Spontaneous, lively, and with a certain joie de vivre that would make every women in the room envious.

Floortje Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

Floortje Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

We moved on to a Tony Cohen piece, a gorgeous lace dress with leather floral trims.

Lighting is still something I find tricky. Sometimes I fear that my lack of photographic education will stop me from moving on to bigger things. Looking back at the photos I’ve shot last month, I see my faults and weaknesses but I have yet to figure out how to correct it. I am considering doing an internship with a photographer, or going to agencies with my portfolio to ask for advice. 

Until then, all I can do is keep on trying, practicing and honing my craft. Which I am enjoying more than ever – the happiness coming from doing what you love is immeasurable. And in the end, it’s all a learning process, isn’t it?

For the third look, we shot Floortje in a Tony Cohen floral crop top and velvet trousers.

Some of the shots included here were test shots. I kind of like how they reflect how it was on set and how authentic they feel. Sometimes shooting fashion isn’t about capturing the perfect or beautiful, but more about the realness of those in-between moments and knowing you are capturing a great vibe.

I’m out – back to the daily grind.

Floortje Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

Floortje Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

Floortje Floortjeloves Editorial Shoot Tony Cohen

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