Who is 5'1" and one of the easiest subjects to have on camera?
Olivia Alarcon that's who!
Also know by her Instagram handle; Olivia Bubbles, this vivacious young woman is just that. Bubbly.
While professing to be quite shy, Olivia has an infectiously friendly personality and an amazing level of self confidence, both in how she carries herself and how she performs on camera.
We met through an online model casting. I was looking for interesting individuals, for a few social media collaborations. Olivia was one of the first to put her name forward, and I am infinitely glad she did. Her Instagram is a beautifully curated mix of soft feminine portraits and grinning, high energy selfies. I knew she was going to be a subject that had a lot to give and would be comfortable on camera.
From the first moment walking in the door Olivia was extremely open and welcoming. After my initial surprise at her petite frame (for reference I am 6'4" and as almost a foot and a half taller) we got along like a house on fire. Whenever I come across a model I just click with, it always seems to become a game of catch-up. And so I was with Olivia, no sooner was a direction forming in my mind, than Olivia was seemingly plucking the thought from my brain and moving into position.
With a fantastic awareness of her own body and how it moves, Olivia allowed me to capture several different styles and 'looks' despite our being confined to a small corner of the house (using available lighting on an overcast day is always a challenge).
With a vivacious and playful on camera style Olivia is able to switch between cheeky and soft, to strong and feminine, or to shy and sensual, all within a short space of time. However her modelling is most powerful when given a minimum of instruction and allowed to let her inner nature shine through. One of the most wonderful aspects of working with Olivia, is that she is unapologetically blunt in what she wants to achieve and highly driven to achieve it. She is also a strong believer in loving the skin you're in. You may notice some scars along her stomach. A result of surviving an illness that might have killed someone else. We both strongly agreed that these would be left in the images and exhibited proudly.
If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend booking Olivia for a shoot. You won't regret it.
Enjoy the finished edits from out shoot below. To view images full size simply click on the image you'd like to view.