Studio Flamingo is a photography studio that continually – and with apparent ease – kicks arse producing the dreamiest, sunniest aspirational photos that are one of the hallmarks of Australian identity. The images simply ache summer, and you can tell just by looking at them that the models are having a genuinely good time. That’s not surprising, given the whirlwind personality behind the Gold Coast-based studio.

Carlene Raschke, owner and operator of Studio Flamingo, happens to be the exact kind of woman you want to go out and grab a drink (or ten) with. Describing herself as “a passionate photographer, avid laugher and wannabe skater”, the secret to Carlene’s success may just be her innate professional ability to put all those around her at ease. Carlene loves taking photographs of women, as well listening to Blues music while drinking beer – or, alternatively, Cuban music alongside the taste of chilled margaritas.

R&T chatted with her recently about everything from the advice she’d give to beginners in her field right through to her twerking skills, with the talented creative admitting that, amongst other things, she’s partial to the occasional dancefloor battle.

“Recently, while dancefloor battling up in the cluurrb,” she said, (as you do), “I was floor-twerking, and as I tried to get up, my 6-inch platform heels gave way and I fell over. The room full of people all went, ‘oooohhhh’!’

What do you call the pet elephant your Grandma gave you?
Schwarzenegger.

What’s the weirdest thing you do?
Obsess over Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Paste a link to the best video on the internet.
This isle every Sunday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCVfAZiZvoM

What’s the worst nightmare you’ve ever had?
Sharks trying to eat me.

What IS your worst nightmare?
Sharks trying to eat me.

What were you like in high school?
A sassy, cigarette smoking, boy obsessed twat.

List one of your favourite quotes:
“I always tell the girls never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously you never get hurt, if you never get hurt you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends.” – Penny Lane

List three dream jobs:
Photographer, filmmaker, actor.

What do you do in your free time?
As much as humanly possibly, but mostly drink beer with my boyfriend.

Tell us something you wouldn’t necessarily like the internet to know.
I am a crazy, lunatic supporter of MMA and love watching the UFC. It’s like a personality quirk, it goes against every other part of my personality and beliefs but I absolutely froth it.

Last one: what would you say to beginners in your field?
If you want it, work for it. The creative industry is extremely competitive, so make sure you are working harder than everyone else. take your time developing your style and stick to your aesthetic. Always remain calm and professional and always take the higher road, even when you on the inside your inner child is throwing a tantrum.

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Also, peep the below shoot featuring the amazing Montana Lower and the stupidly talented Hope O’Connor on makeup duties.

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