Carlha has big dark eyes that bewitch you. She’s recently started with Catwalk Modeling Agency and I knew her look and intensity is just what I wanted for this mysterious, smokey shoot at an Irish Abbey. I find a lot of comfort in the colour black lately – it’s neutral yet powerful. I also love the quality of smoke – how it’s soft and hardly there, yet able to penetrate every corner. Somehow a great metaphor for one of the biggest quests life – to figure out how to be fierce and let people know you’ve arrived, while remaining gentle.

When we were shooting this I was going for a cloudy moody feel but at some point a magnificent sun came out. I’ll post these photos separately as the results surpassed my expectations and looked like they’d been shot somewhere in Morocco or Tuscany.

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