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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  • This is such a great photo shoot! You are so talented 🙂 -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • Ohh they turned out beautiful! Thank you so much girl!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    Xx,

    http://www.floortjeloves.com

    http://www.facebook.com/floortjeloves

    • Thanks for being the perfect model girl! Let’s shoot again soon!
      Fijn weekend alvast! <3

  • Ziet er prachtig uit Floortje is à True model kan niet wachten om de rest van de foto’s te zien van de rest van de meiden .

    Liefs,

    Virgit

    http://www.preppyfashionist.com

    • Thanks Virgit! Ik ben ermee bezig haha! (oh wat loop ik achter…)
      Fijn weekend alvast Virgit! En let me know als je weer in Londen bent!

      • Ik ben zo benieuwd naar mijn fotos hehe, ik ben volgende week in London woensdag 27 tot de 29 vrijdag laat me weten als je vrij bent ik heb een paar afspraken en als je interesse heb om wat te filmen zou cool zijn of fotos maken laat me weten heb iemand nodig let me know,
        Liefs,
        Virgit
        Fijne weekend

  • Beautiful shots! Understanding light is everything and it’s something I’m far from mastering. I think it’s so cool you’re going out there to make your photography dream come true!! And I have absolute confidence you’ll get there: you have plenty of talent and drive. It’s inspiring and encouraging, especially since I’ve done zilch this year in terms of practice 🙁 .
    You’re so right about doing what you love. Even if I’m still struggling with a lot of things, every bit of growth and progress does fill me with satisfaction. Something I don’t get out of doing a humdrum job.
    Have a great weekend, Igrien!
    XO,
    Izzy
    http://www.nearnoise.com

    • Thank you Izzy and thanks for your kind words. Honestly, If I get to do this all my life, I’ll never complain about work again!
      I watched Casey Neistat’s vlog the other day (do you watch it?) and he talked about the 80/20 rule and how sometimes to the outer world it seems as if we put a lot of work and effort into things. When most of the time, you only need 20% effort to create 80% of your work. It got me thinking about how I always put things off until the last minute or how I come up with loads of excuses to NOT do things when in the end it does not take a lot after all. It’s just that first step you need to get over but once you’ve done that, you’ve already made a major step.
      Hope you have a great weekend Izzy!

      • Thanks for this tip, Igrien, I’m not familiar with Casey Neistat but I’ll look him up!
        Ha ha, procrastination is my middle name, so some encouraging words sure will come in handy 🙂

  • Oh I follow her blog too! I haven’t noticed the Karlie Kloss resemblance but now I definitely see it! She was a great model for you and if you have issue with lighting I certainly can’t see it. I always love your photography and these pictures are no exception!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

    • Thanks so much Monika and I’m happy to hear you know Floortje already!
      Hope you have a great weekend dear! Enjoy! <3

  • These are absolutely gorgeous love! You did an amazing job bringing out her features 🙂

    Erica
    http://www.eggcanvas.me

  • Love the photos! She seems like a fun person!!

    Dora http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Thank you Dora! She is – check out her blog! Have a great weekend Dora!

  • Yay! I love the 3rd shot of her. She seems a natural when it comes to being in front of the camera. I also do like the test shot of her smiling, she looks super natural and looks like really enjoying you shooting her!

    I guess we will always have so many things to worry about whenever we head into the unfamiliar territory, but I guess knowing our “weakness” and yet brave ourselves to confront them and keep doing it, despite such fear is something really commendable. You should give yourself a pad on the back as these pics turn out great!

    Am pretty sure you will figure out all there is about photography in no time if you keep at it, Ingrien.

    Another great shoot *_^

    I do think going under a photographer for mentorship can be a good idea.

    Have a beautiful weekend ahead!

    Cheers,
    Jeann | LUMINNEJ
    http://luminnej.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Jeann :<3 I love it when a model can also smile and just be herself during a shoot. It makes it all the more fun to work with!
      I'm going to keep working hard for my passions this year – hope you can do you guys proud!
      Thanks for stopping by Jeann – wish you a great weekend! 🙂

  • merel

    Gorgeous photo’s! Love this post.

    x Merel

    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Wauwwwwie I LOVE this series and your blog in general. Added it to my favorites 🙂

    Dogs and Dresses – Personal Style & Fashion Blog

    • Thanks Elien! I appreciate the love, especially on this Monday morning <3
      Thanks for stopping by dear! <3

  • Thanks for introducing this blogger – she is fun indeed! Great shots, well done and keep up the good work. Very refreshing 🙂

    XO from Malta,
    http://www.b-biche.com

  • I love her and her blog.
    She look so pretty and the outfit choice is great!

    http://www.thebandwagonchic.com/

  • Violette

    She’s beautiful, great outfit choices! I love the lace up top! Have a nice day x

    http://violettedaily.com

  • i love how they turn out Igrien! so beautiful. i love the second one especially. I totally get you, I get really nervous about my non-photographic background too. Sometimes I have no clue about all the technique stuff, and I’m so afraid not having enough knowledge will mess everything up. But I’m sure if we keep asking and practising, we will become better. 🙂 plus, I think its really brave for you to reach out to models and bloggers for shoot, I’m still kind of afraid to do so, so I’ve been only shooting my friends haha!

    Have a great week dear! 🙂
    Tiffany

    http://www.thelookingglassbyty.com

    • Thank you Tiffany! To be honest I have mostly been shooting people I know haha! Floortje is one of the first bloggers I’ve approached. But I’ve been following her on Insta for a while know, so it almost felt like we knew each other already!
      Have a great week ahead Tiffany! <3

  • Love Floortje too! Great you’ve taken the first step and is moving towards your goals already! I believe you can definitely make it as a good photographer in the future, time well tell and most importantly stay focus because you are really talented. With the effort and handwork put in, leaving your job and being a professional photographer will come in no time 🙂

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

    • Thanks so much for the kind words Viviene. I don’t know what the future has in store for me but I hope there is a place in the photography world for me some day! *fingers crossed*
      Have a great week ahead Viviene! <3

  • Amazing photos!!

    kisses
    Adela Acanski

  • You’re right! She’s a natural model. These turned out wonderfully. You wouldn’t think it was your first time working together. I wish I lived near you so I could have you shoot with me. Or at least I could learn some photography tricks from you and tag along!

    xx Yasmin

    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Thanks Yasmin!
      Oh it would be wonderful if you lived here. I’m always looking for people to shoot! Do let me know when you’re in Amsterdam/London soon!
      Have a great week ahead!

  • That’s absolutely editorial worthy, Igrien! You’ve done an amazing job to make Floor good looking behind the camera! And doesn’t she look like the younger version of Doutzen? 🙂
    Proud of you, sweetheart!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

    • Thanks so much Ira! And actually, yes she does look a bit like Doutzen haha! Lucky girl..
      Thanks for stopping by dear! Have a great day Ira!

      • Pleasure as always, Igrien! Have a lovely day too, dear! Hope the weather is not that bad in London! 😉

        xoxo

  • Looking great! the styling was GOOOODDD 🙂

    Nice post!

    New look up on : http://www.jonthegold.com

    Greets Jon

    • Thank you Jon! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day ahead! <3

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  • This is such a stunning editorial I love it 🙂 Fantastic styling!

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net xo

  • Gorgeous photos!
    Joua to the Rescue