It’s amazing how quickly you forget the photo shoots that have passed, almost as soon as you move onto the next one. This session with Lara Bingle was barely two years ago and I’d all but forgotten it’d ever happened until I caught the opening credits for her new reality TV show Being Lara Bingle tonight.
In May 2010, I was booked for a TVC-stills and portrait shoot on behalf of Bowel Cancer Australia. Their 2010 campaign was entitled ‘Love my family‘ and involved a TVC shoot and portraits of the Ambassadors, of which Lara was one. Lara had lost her dad to bowel cancer, a curable cancer when caught early, and had since chosen to donate some of her time to raising awareness for early detection.
We all know the stories from the tabloids, the Clarke, the Fevola and the Jason DeRulo romances and flings, so on the day of this shoot I was curious to meet this girl that much of the Australian press and public seemed to take delight in tearing down so frequently.
Maybe it was the fact that this shoot was for a charity so there were no minders, no manager – not even hair and make-up artists – but the narcissistic, vapid girl I’d heard about in the magazines was nowhere in sight.
The Lara Bingle I met was a quiet, patient and professional 23 year who’d lost her dad to cancer and had recently split up with her fiance.