Its been a quiet few weeks on the old studio shooting front; with so many things going on its been hard to juggle work and life and get time to play with the camera. I'd got studio time but no idea how to fill it, so I put a casting call out to see if someone I hadn't shot before would be interested in working with me.
To my surprise I got a few replies, first of whom was Charly. We had a quick chat, confirming the date and time and discussing a casual kind of shoot - something more natural and lazy, that could get some shots for both of us. Charly came to the studio with a case full of clothing options and we made a start...
The first 'set' was a clean but casual look, white shirt and simple makeup - giving an everyday look. What I loved about it was how comfortable Charly was in front of the camera and how easy she made it for me to get some great shots. On chatting with her it turned out Charly has not only been modelling the past few years, but also is aa real performer - singing and fronting a band and also acting, having recently finished filming for a movie, set to come out next year. As well as all this her 'normal' job is as a teaching assistant - god knows when she manages to fit that in too!?
With a hint of Debbie Harry and 80's Madonna, we moved the look on to a more grungy style - long striped jumper and the studio sofa, I asked her to try sitting on the sofa in an unsual way - Charly lept onto it and immediately made the shot hers, sitting on top of the back section. We swung the lighting around to try a few styles and we were pretty happy with what we got here.
The final set was a bit of fun - having got more that enough in the first 2 sets, we introduced a pink paper backdrop and tried to give it an edgy/cool look. The leather jacket and attitude gave us one of Charlys favourite shots so I guess we can say that it worked too.
Charly was brilliant to work with and certainly made me wonder why I hadn't posted more castings before, getting to work with someone new and get to know them is a wonderful part of this hobby; sure, to start with there can be a few silent moments, but once the music is on and the first few clicks are done, chatting and learning more about people is one of the highlights of a studio session.