Arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in South Florida, the world-renowned Fontainebleau Miami Beach sits along the Atlantic Ocean, in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. Since its grand opening in 1954 it has been linked to icons such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, and has been featured in iconic films such as the James Bond film Goldfinger, Scarface, and The Bodyguard, amongst others. On this particular evening in August, The Fontainebleau Miami serves as the perfect escape from the Miami heat for many…but when we catch The Lovers Key strolling on the grounds of the beautiful hotel, Christopher Moll and Maco Monthervil don’t seem affected by the sweltering heat, and not even by the attention they’re attracting. They are dressed to kill, and are here for a photo session with photographer, Heather Nigro.
For the next few hours, the most exciting— and intriguing—new duo on the scene pose for their pictures, and quietly take direction from Nigro, as passersby—in their bathing attires—stop to investigate, on their way to and from the pools. It becomes clear that Nigro has been here before, and feels quite at home at “The Fountain Blue”, as she, and most others call the hotel.
“Let’s go here…no, here, Chris, get in front; you look great!”… “Maco, put on the shades…where are they?” (Maco isn’t a fan of shades). Christopher has done all of this before; this is Maco’s first time.
Each of the three plays a role, which they stick to, the entire evening. Nigro looks for backdrops, lighting and what she refers to as “space”, for the photos. Christopher talks about the history of the hotel, his history with the hotel, and how each “space” they choose, relates to both. Maco quietly absorbs the stories and the information, people-watchers, and explores the “space”. He seems extremely comfortable in front of the camera, and easily finds a pose that looks natural. Then, after each set of photos, he asks to review the pictures….each time, without fail.
“I love these…cool”
This process continues throughout the evening, in the lobby, the hallways, the balconies, the front of the hotel, and the back, until Heather expresses that she’s satisfied. The journey to partake in a photo-shoot is much like chasing after the right song or note – one must always be aware, and in the moment.
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