I have to say playing model for the day is my all time favorite activity. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved posing for cameras and as soon as I met a real photographer I was hooked on the experience. My neighbor was a photographer in high school and I would constantly coerce her into taking photos of me before she pawned me off on other unsuspecting photographers (I’m just kidding of course, she treated me like an angel and was simply nice enough to help me make some more connections). Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to shoot with some pretty rad photographers that honestly I don’t even know why they agreed to work with me. One of my favorite shoots took place on a beach in Malibu for my 19th birthday with a photographer who has frequently taken photos of Miranda Kerr…I was starstruck just meeting him. I was probably the world’s most awkward little 19 year old but for those few hours I truly felt like Gisele Bundchen.
My family was always quite apprehensive about this whole “I want to let strangers take pictures of me” thing, especially when I was a sweet virginal little 16 year old (now they’re used to my narcissism and they’re probably over it) yet they were super supportive. I remember being 16 and making my Dad drive me to photoshoots and wait for hours while I awkwardly and nervously posed for old men. I really had no idea what I was doing (not that I do now either) and half the time the pictures ended up looking incredibly uncomfortable because I couldn’t loosen up. I don’t think anyone in my family was at all surprise when I dated a photographer for a couple of years, it just seemed natural. “Of course Jordyn is dating a photographer, thank God she won’t make us take any more pictures for her now” (these reactions are just a guess but I have a feeling they’re pretty spot on). Dating a photographer taught me a lot about “modeling”, let’s not touch on what it taught me about dating and you can go ahead and check the archives for that one. The primary lesson I learned is how much I HATE working with a boyfriend when it comes to this sort of creative process.
After our break up I thought I would give up the whole “modeling as a hobby” gig because it truly caused SO many fights and made me SO miserable for two years. After a few super fun and inspiring shoots this month I realized I still do enjoy this vanity…just not with certain people (…insert pregnant pause here). I like to say I love photo shoots because I like being a part of creating something artistic. I think that statement is true, I thoroughly enjoy creative expression of all forms which is why I paint pottery even though it always looks bad and why I love to dance even though my white girl dance moves are much more Taylor than Beyonce (whatevs #HatersGonnaHate). Let’s be honest though I’m also a normal 23 year old girl and I like photo shoots because HELLO! I just like pictures of myself that make me look prettier than the front facing camera on my iphone (does anyone else’s front facing camera tell them they’re ugly or is mine just super rude?!).
I’ve actually decided to take advantage of my super relaxed lifestyle right now and channel more energy into this little hobby of mine. I always feel guilty taking time out of real life to go and pose for pictures but I’ve decided to let that guilt go! Selfies aren’t popular because the average person hates photos of themselves, just saying. Seriously though, life is too short to waste time feeling guilty for things that make you happy and pretending I’m a Victoria’s Secret Angel makes me happy okay?!
Do you have any weird hobbies you have developed? Or do you enjoy posing for pictures just as much as I do? Is anyone else as weirdly obsessed with pretending to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel on a regular basis or am I alone in that boat…?