I’ve said this a million times: I love my clients. I have the incredible opportunity to photograph a diverse group of executives for professional headshots in Dallas, Texas. Everyone from Nance Ludowski and Ben Tittle at Plastic Surgery of Texas to Broadway producer and real-life “Mad Man” Terry Loftis have come by to have business headshots and group corporate headshots at my Deep Ellum studio. I’m fascinated by these interesting people who come by and love hearing about their lives, in the office and off the clock. I recently shot a woman living the real-life “Carrie Bradshaw fantasy,” Holly Barko: The Medicine Model.
I’ve known Holly for a few years and had a huge girl crush on her. Not only is she gorgeous and built like a real-life runway model, she’s also extremely successful and down to Earth. Holly did her residency at the prestigious Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, part of the Harvard Hospital and Medical School System. She’s since become an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at a private practice in Dallas.
Barko is also in the process of launching her new blog and lifestyle site, ladolce-vita.blog, spotlighting all the ingredients to the “good life:” food, wine, travel, health, fitness, fashion. Holly’s first series will be on wine, and she’s traveling to France the last week of April to research in the wine regions of Reims, Burgundy, and Beaujolis.
I call Holly the “Medicine Model” because she as passionate about fashion as much as she is her career. I first shot Holly in beautiful Roberto Cavalli dresses in 2015, and heard all about her couture excursions. She regularly travels to Paris and Milan to find unique, one-of-a-kind pieces in the middle of these world fashion capitals. “You can buy a couture dress there and know it’s unique because it was only sold there. Even the mom-and-pop private boutiques have incredible pieces that can be even more special than the Chanel in Paris. There’s only one of those boutique pieces, ever. I like supporting the small businesses, too.”