Carla Monaco ~ An X-Pro2 studio session

Mar 17, 2016 | Continuous Lighting, Flash, Fujifilm X, Studio | 8 comments

Here are 23 pictures of Carla Monaco from a recent 1:3 studio portraits training session held at the Lovegrove studio. The attendees got together on the Lovegrove Creative Facebook group to choose a date and a model. They shared the cost between them and the event was a great success. Details of training events by Damien Lovegrove including prices and options are here.

Carla Monaco taken with the Fuji X-Pro2 in the Lovegrove studio.

01. Carla standing in front of my grey painted studio wall that has been lit with a Lovegrove studio colour gel.

Make up: Vicki Waghorn
Photography: Damien Lovegrove
Model: Carla Monaco
Camera: Fuji X-Pro2
Lighting: Elinchrom ELB (Quadra), Elinchrom ELC studio heads and Lupo LED 1000 spotlight

Carla Monaco in the Lovegrove studio.

02. A one light shot on the left and a three light shot on the right.

Carla Monaco's fabulous hair.

03. Classic Lovegrove lighting control with just one ELB Quadra head and a small area of white wall. 

Late 1960s early 1970s look with Carla Monaco.

04. I shot with a punchier look for this late 60s early 70s inspired set of shots.

Carla in a Chinese fighter pilots helmet in the Lovegrove Studio.

05. Another trio of one light portraits. I showed the delegates how to create even lighting with minimal fuss and yet maintain a ‘crunch’ to the shots that often gets lost with soft box lighting.

06. The Fuji X-Pro2 captures Carla Monaco beautifully.

06. The Chinese fighter pilots helmet was a prop I happened to have lying around :)

Carla Monaco in stripes lit with Lupo LED 1000

07. One Lupo 1000 LED spotlight and a palm tree makes a perfect lighting set.

Carla Monaco lit with Lupo LED 1000

08. A few other looks taken on what was a full on learning and shooting experience. I always encourage my training customers to shoot behind the scenes wide shots showing the lighting positions used to create the shots. If you can’t get to the Lovegrove studio for a training day you can always get one on HD video here.

Carla at a beach resort but in the studio.

09. ‘Carla at a beach resort in the Bahamas’. With a bit of imagination, just one light, and some creativity it is easy to  conjure up a creative look.

Treat yourself to a 1 to 1 studio training workshop with Damien Lovegrove. There are reduced price options if you share the session with friends or colleagues too. You can link up with other delegates for shared training days by joining Lovegrove Creative Group on Facebook.


  1. George

    Hi Damien,
    I,m just making the transition from Nikon to Fuji and wondered what you use to trigger your Elinchrom studio flash units?

    • Damien

      Hi George,

      You are in for a treat with the Fujis. I use Elinchrom Skyport to trigger the Elinchrom flash. Any trigger system will do the job including Pocket Wizard and Cactus etc. I hope this helps.

      Regards, Damien.

      • George

        Many thanks Damien,
        I have sky port so I’ll give it a try:)
        Thanks to your recommendation I’ve just taken delivery of a 50-140 lens.

        • Damien

          The Skyport will work fine. Enjoy shooting with that 50-140. I love mine. It’s a super bit of glass :)

  2. Matt Selby

    Unbelievably excellent as always Damien! surprisingly one of the first things that caught my attention was the background, and as I continued to browse the images then seem to get better and better, the shadows of the palm tree make a sweet background, scatter gel-esque! Hats off :)

    • Damien

      Thank you Matt,

      The palm tree shots are just a one light set up and dead easy to shoot. As you know the most rewarding pictures are often the simplest to take :)

      Cheers, Damien.

  3. Didier Baverel

    Really nice shots! I also have to say that Carla looks great. So it helps to take great pictures.

    • Damien

      Thanks Didier :)


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