Over the past month and a half I’ve received a handful of emails regarding photo shoots and modeling and I wanted to answer a few of the common questions I’ve received. I hate calling this post “Frequently Asked Questions” as it makes me sound super pretentious and self important but saying “Questions I have been asked 5-7 times” just sounded ridiculous. First and foremost modeling is a hobby, I’ve been paid a few times (and made a lot more posing for pictures than with blogging haha) but most of the shoots I do are in exchange for the photos, clothes, or some other commodity.It is not my job, nannying is my job. I happen to love posing for pictures and planning photo shoots so when I was a teenager I connected with a plethora of photographers (amateur to professional) and have continued to do so since. Seattle isn’t exactly the fashion capitol of the world but as with any art form there are talents everywhere! I really go through phases with photography…I’ll be obsessed with this form of creative expression for a few months and then I’ll burn out and take a break for awhile. I spent a lot of time modeling as a hobby in high school but really didn’t have the time or means to my first two years of college until I started dating a photographer (whom I am no longer with). I just have a sort of obsessive/addictive personality…I do the same thing with running! Blogging is the only hobby I’ve really stayed consistent with honestly!
I’ve been criticized by a few people in my extended family and in the blogging world for channeling so much energy into a vapid pastime. On one hand I understand that playing dress up and posing for pictures seems relatively shallow however I find a lot of people my age spend a lot of time drinking at bars or going out to clubs as a hobby. I can’t really understand how my hobby is any better or worst! I spend a lot of time writing a blog about my life and I love having higher quality images to share. Do all of our hobbies need to be researching neuroscience and political campaigns? I think not! Blogging and modeling are my hobbies and I’ve found that they go hand in hand. Modeling has allowed me to connect with photographers and produce images I could not on my own (sorry but the iphone pictures just aren’t the same). Overall I have received so much love and support from the blogging community (so I’m not complaining at all) just pointing out that dedicating a few hours every week to a creative outlet of mine doesn’t suddenly make me overly vain or vapid. If you want to call me vain I’m sure you can find a better reason to do so (:
I am not with any sort of agency nor have I ever attempted to be so I can’t really provide much guidance on that process. All of the shoots I have participated in have been freelance and primarily for trade. The paid shoots have just been a fluke/by product of putting myself out there for so many shoots for fun. I’m certainly not against more paid work, #HelpMeImPoor, but I don’t spend too much of my time actively seeking it out. I nanny 38 hours a week, run a blog, I’m attempting to write a novel, and try to run on a regular basis…I love modeling but it’s not my sole interest which is reflected in the time I have dedicated.
Finally I’ve received a few questions regarding makeup. I AM HORRIBLE AT MAKEUP which is quite apparent in my day to day blog photos. I usually wear mascara and some poorly applied eyeliner…I break out the Naked 2 palette when I’m feeling sassy and call it a day. I can’t apply fake eyelashes to save my life. Foundation makes my skin and pores feel so heavy and clogged and the whole highlighting and contouring magic trick seems to be beyond my mental capacity. Any time my makeup is cool or interesting for a photo-shoot I can guarantee that it is not my doing. Some shoots have makeup artists present, other photographers have offered to pay for my makeup at Sephora (woot) and other times I’ve simply winged it with my own lame excuse for a makeup routine. I’m sure it would be beneficial for me to watch a few Youtube tutorials and learn how to properly give myself high cheekbones and pouty lips or whatever but I honestly don’t have the attention span or interest really. As much as I love Sephora and wearing pretty makeup I have never sustained an interest for applying makeup on my own. I’m really quite fond of my wakeup and swipe on mascara routine as of right now. I’ll never be a beauty blogger!
All of the photos are photoshopped and edited by the photographers so I can’t speak much to their editing process or tactics. Each photographer has their own style of editing both me and the picture as a whole. I try and credit all photographers appropriately but I completely stay out of their creative process when it comes to photoshop and never alter a photographers work after it is given to me. Unfortunately I can’t speak to specific photoshop tactics or processes, I’m just as clueless as you or anyone else!
I think that pretty much answers the questions I’ve been receiving. I’m not signed, this is primarily a hobby and I do not think I’ve become vapid or vain. I wish I could give more advice on breaking into the modeling industry but I haven’t done so, so any advice would be null! Thank you so much for all of the support with this hobby as well as blogging. I never dreamed so many members of this community would morph into such sweet and supportive friends- it truly means the world.