Street Fashion Workshop



  Hello Everyone,

Just dropping by to share some images I shot over last weekend in Liverpool and The Wirral on Adrian Crook’s Street Fashion workshop.

We had a great 2 days, the weather was rather worrying as it was predicted rain all over the weekend :( .However me and Adrian have done many street fashion shoots and we know to just go with it and work around the weather and also use it to your benefit.

Even though it did rain from time to time we still managed to shoot most of the day, using a mix of the streets and a derelict location found by Adrian.

We all came away with some great images.

These images are from Chris Sou who came over from Belgium to join us on this workshop.

Styling was kept simple, black and clean lines for the streets which also worked well for the derelict location, making for a great contrast.

Hope you enjoy looking through these images by Chris Sou and if you would like to join me and Adrian on future workshops please email adrian@gofototravel.com and visit Gofototravel.com


Carla x


















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In bed at Coco…

Hello everyone,

Excuse me for not blogging  in a while, I have so much to blog about but finding the time to do so can be a real pain.

Anyway, I have some beautiful new images I would like to share with you.

A couple of weeks ago I did a studio weekend at the fantastic Coco Studios in Nottingham, it was my first visit to the studio and I had an amazing time. The studio is one of the best I have been too and I would highly recommend going if you are up in Nottingham :)

One of the best things about Coco was the amazing natural light coming out of the big window at the back. I shot this set with New School Photography who is brilliant to work with and he kindly sent me these little gems to share with you all.

I love working in Natural light, especially when it’s soft and gentle light like in these images. Great for natural posing and expressions :)

Hope you like the images

In Bed at Coco

Photographer newschool

Model Carla Monaco

Studio http://cocophotographicstudios.com/








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I will be back at Coco in July for a workshop with Adrian Crook on the 3oth July and studio day 31st July, if you would like to attend either please get in touch :)



101 workshop with JRT Vintage

I have been working with John Tuckey for a couple of years now and we have had some great shoots, each one being different from the last. John’s classic style always remains in his work and his love for vintage and Hollywood styles clearly shows.

Working with John is always about getting into character, creating the correct style and getting the lighting perfect for that authentic look.

I am now delighted to announce that I will be modelling for John on his 101 workshop 4th April in the beautiful location of Earlswood, Warwickshire.


Limited to 4 delegates, fully catered and accommodation available.

Full details on the website-workshop 

If you are a photographer who is interested in learning the techniques of Hollywood/Noir lighting/vintage styles and getting your technique right in camera, then this may be the workshop for you.

Workshop review from La Vida Leica LAVIDALECIA

If this style interest you then get in touch with myself or John to book your place.

Here are some of my favourites from Jrt Vintage… hope you enjoy them :)

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Something Strong

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all well and getting into the Halloween Spirit that is upon us.

My favourite Halloween character ever has to be Wednesday Adams, she so cool…and if I was going to a party this year I would definitely go as Wednesday :) 

Unfortunately I have no party to go to this year :( As I will be working but I hope you all enjoy the scary celebrations :) x


I haven’t shot anything Halloween related this year, I did however shoot some nudes this week. Maybe these can be classed as Halloween pics as I know some people are scared of nude bodies ;)

I’m sure they will find them ghoulish and frightening and hide their eyes in despair lol 

However for those who aren’t scared I present ‘Something Strong’

The images were shot very simply and we aimed for strong expressions and looks. Adrian made a special harness out of belts for me which we are going to use on an up and coming workshop called ‘Dark Fashion’.

Something Strong 




Images By Photographer Adrian Crook



Happy Halloween

Thank you for looking

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Carla x



Style your shoot on the cheap

I am writing this post because I have been getting messages from photographers who ask me where I get my clothes from in certain images and shoots that I have done.

Some photographers think I always work with stylist and designers which I do for certain projects and Jobs but a lot of the time I do everything myself.

Style your shoots on the Cheap.

I have always loved a bargain, even from being a little girl, I loved going to car-boot sales with my dad looking for old treasures we could make into new ones.

There always satisfactions in buying something real cheap that you will go on to use and make great use out of.

When making the decision to go into full time modelling, I had to cut back from all my vices really, one was shopping.

 When I lived at my parents I didn’t have much to pay out, I would give my mum and dad my keep at end of the month and then the rest of my money was for me. Great :), I could spend what I liked, Yay for being 19 and not having any responsibilities, those where the days.

 I use to spend so much money on clothes, I would think of noting in buying a £100 jacket from Topshop or the latest must have dress from Cricket in Liverpool.

If you can afford it great but most of us can’t spend like there’s no tomorrow, so in this game we improvise, we look around to see how we can make things work for us and are pockets.

When I started modelling I was really into the vintage vibe, I wanted to look like Brigitte Bardot and Veronica Lake; I would go rooting in charity shops to find suitable get-ups and accessories. Also because then I didn’t have much money to spend, Charity shops were great for cutting cost.

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If you are on a budget and you want to style your shoot, go and have a look around your local charity stores.

The amount of bargains I have bought from charity shops are unreal.

You can also have a look on the sales racks on the high-street stores such as Newlook, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, River Island. Now and then you come across some great bargains you can use.

All those cheap pop shops that come up now and again, great for styling and picking up bits and bobs you can take along in your case, don’t be afraid to go in, you make think they are all tacky crap but it is how you use them that matters.


 A lot of my most popular images are styled by myself and are done very cheaply.

Eye Wear image- New look Jacket from a charity shop £7.00-

Hair and make-up myself.


Subway Image-

Jacket £8.00 from charity shop, trousers £7.00 from Asda.


Leather Jacket-

from a sale purchase only £25. I defiantly got some use out of this one lol


Cape from a charity shop in Cirencester, Hair and Make-up myself


Recently I styled a Shoot in Liverpool myself, I got all the clothes from a charity shop and one dress one a cheap market store for £8.00.

Adding a few accessories, sunglasses and shoes, who cares if it’s all cheaply done?  I don’t.



Image by Jimmy Taylor-http://purpleport.com/portfolio/jimmytaylor/



Image by Karl Shaw-http://purpleport.com/portfolio/karl/

A little accessorie can go a long way.


Chris Hope

All that matters is how you put the outfits together, who is modelling them and how you photograph the image, Simples.

Thanks for reading

Carla x

Have a look at this video always makes me smile :)






A room with boots….

 I shot a set of images with Adrian on Monday.

We just wanted to play about and let the shoot flow, I love shoots like this as it gives me a chance to express myself fully. We always come away with shots that are different and un-posed,as it’s more about capturing the moments and feelings of the atmosphere that we create together as Model and photographer.

Again music played a big part in setting the right atmosphere throughout, mainly playing tunes by some of my favourite artist, Garbage, PJ Harvey and Nivana.

It can be interesting shooting like this as you might not get many keepers from the set as the photographer is following the models actions and trying to capture the moments.

However the images that are keepers will be really cool and unique, which is what we are after.

Styling was very minimal. 

The boots were 12 euros from a shop in Spain , the little black top was £3.00  from a charity shop in Cirencester.

All natural light and shot at the house ;)

No Photoshop just converted to black and white

Photographer Adrian Crook-http://http://adecrook.tumblr.com/

Model Carla Monaco-http://https://www.facebook.com/clubcarlamonaco













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Scarecrow and something for the soul


Sharing some of my favourite recent work from my many travels, hope you enjoy :)

Scarecrow of Garswood

Photography Dave @Take a shot

Make-up and Hair Jen Hunter 




What your soul Sings.





by Stefano Brunesci  





Family, Life and Work.

I will start by saying , ‘Happy New Year to you all’.

2013 was a great year for me I did so much and I don’t feel I have stopped, I think because I love my job so much it doesn’t feel like work for me at times.

I am always grateful to all the photographers who book me for work and continue to support my career.

To all I have worked with in 2013 thank you for making it a great year for me.

My Christmas and New Year was a bittersweet one as we lost our beautiful dog Alf on the 21st of December.  Alf was a big part of our lives and especially Adrian’s so it was a big loss and made Christmas feel empty, but we made the most of it and will always have our memories of the big cuddly monster xx


I returned to  the Uk from Spain on the 2nd January , I spent more time with my family and friends on this trip back as I didn’t see any of them throughout Christmas and new year period, so I made the most of it.  I love going back to Liverpool to see my mum and dad, they never change at all and as soon as I get in, it’s a cup of tea in one hand and a cheese sandwich in the other without even asking lol.

What my family are actually like, I am not even joking, I love them so ;)

I had my first shoot of the year with the lovely John Gannon and Make-up artist Sarah Waterfield in Winsford, Cheshire.

I have worked with John and Sarah a few times now and we always get on like a house on fire, I enjoy shooting at John’s studio as it’s in his home, which makes it very comfortable and cosy. John’s a great host and Sarah is always good for a good natter and is wonderful with the make-up brush :).

I am lucky that John allowed me to edit some of his images from our shoot together. I am slowly learning editing and retouching, I find it relaxing and very enjoyable for some reason; hopefully I will get better with time, watch this space ;)

Here are some images we created at John’s studio -


Sarah waterfield- http://purpleport.com/portfolio/sarahwaterfieldmua/

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I had another delightful shoot with the lovely Iain Hamilton  last Tuesday; it was great to catch up with Iain, he shot me when I first started modelling 2 years ago. It was funny to look back on the last two years and remember all the good times and what I use to be like.

I recall Iain saying to me last week,  ‘You said you would never do nude’  How things Change ;)

As well as reminiscing we also created some lovely images at Iain’s studio.

Beautiful art nudes and Fashion.

Photographer Iain Hamilton





On the weekend I worked with the delightful John Tuckey of JRT Vinatge. https://www.facebook.com/jrtvintage

John creates lovely images with a strong vintage feel to them; it was such fun making some vintage images again.

I use to do vintage work a lot when I first started modelling and I don’t always get the opportunity to do this type of work, so it was great to work on a vintage shoot again.

Here are some images we created over the weekend.





And here I am back in Spain, enjoying time with my Crookie and the warmer weather: )


Back in the uk on the 19th for my southwest tour,

see all you guys soon.

Take care

Carla xx



We played at Newton.

We played at Newton.

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune of working with the very lovely photographer Gavin Prest in Hull, Yorkshire.

Gavin first messaged me about working together nearly 2 years ago when I was just beginning my modelling adventures and for some reason it never came about but we stayed in touch and we finally got to shoot together and what a shoot we had.

Gavin discussed with me beforehand about being a Helmut Newton fan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Newton) and wanted to try some of the style, lighting and attitude that Helmet Newton is so famous known for.

I myself like so many others am a fan of Newton’s work, I love the surrealism to his images but yet they are so beautifully lit, captured and the drama in his work is very exciting.

So any opportunity I get to act and play a part, I am all for it.

Some of the images we took are very surreal but I find them interesting, crazy, cool and beautifully captured.

I have always been drawn to edgy black and white images, I don’t know why I just find them exciting, sexy and cool, I blame Madonna’s video for ‘Justify my Love’ lol ;)

This shoot was such a brilliant day; Gavin and Make-up artist Louise Shepherd were lovely  to work with and thank you to Richard Goring for letting us use his beautiful home to take the images.








Thank you to

Gavin Prest-http://purpleport.com/portfolio/gp350/

Louise Shepherd-http://purpleport.com/portfolio/makeovermagic/

Richard Goring-http://purpleport.com/portfolio/holmax/