Hey so, this was a really fun shoot.
Excuse me, two shoots. (More on that in a few.)
You might recall the first two Be Seen posts being more intense in nature. If you haven’t read those yet, I would encourage you to do so either now or well, later.
This was not like those previous two. Wanna see the pictures? Buckle up, because there are a lot of them.
I did not start modeling because I am already a pro; I started to become a pro.
My goal for this photo session with Larry was to work on poses. Contrary to popular belief, modeling is not easy. You have a lot to think about: Now, remember to stand up straight and to cross your legs as you walk, but not too much; wait, what is my hand doing here?; I should close my mouth a millimeter; Ok, there you go… tilt your chin slightly down; make sure to lengthen your leg; roll your shoulders back, but not too far back; give them a fierce look, or more like sexy fierce, but really like whimsy, PG-sexy fierce; and now relaaaaaxxxxx.
Still don’t believe me?
Start modeling as a 30-something among a bunch of 18 year olds or among models who have been nailing poses for the past decade and then tell me if you doubt yourself.
But your girl here is one strong-willed fighter (my mama can stand up and attest). I ain’t no quitter, and I am determined to get much better.
Because time is not a renewable resource.
Larry and I agreed to meet at the Filling Station on Gillham at 6:30 am. I am a sucker for good graffiti and old brick or industrial buildings. There are some good ones in this area.
6:45 am – still no Larry.
I text him, but there’s no answer. I am sure he just slept in accidentally, and that he would be getting my message soon. I decided to make the most of it, and to take pictures of myself on my phone, practicing what it looks like for me to be in front of the camera.
I sheepishly set up my phone out of sight of the windows of the Filling Station staff and of course, making sure to act totally natural when dog owners come out to walk their pups.
I pushed play on video and started to move.
I played around with poses, angles, and discovering what made sense for my face and body type. I used my oversized sweater as a prop (one of my finds from my latest time in Amsterdam), stretching it and seeing what I could do with it.
I had a lot of fun, though I felt kinda silly and like an imposter. But I know that I have to plow through this fear and these feelings of inadequacy if I am going to have any hope of getting past them.
NOTE: Blending in with the industrial and slightly grassy surroundings was totally unintentional.
Ultimately, finding out who I am behind the camera is a process and a personal conversation with myself.
Around 7:30 am Larry calls very upset with himself.
We all make mistakes. Be gracious and kind when others make them.
He drove out to meet me, and we rolled into the second photo shoot of the morning, coffees in hand.
Clearly, you can tell he has the better camera and the years of photographing experience. He moves, he moves me, and we move as the light changes.
Wanna give a little shout out to the garment strings on both my dress and sweater that unbeknownst to me made shameless appearances throughout this whole morning.
I was too nervous to get serious and work on poses now that someone was watching me. But this is okay too, because this is all in his style – completely candid.
He asked me to show him my runway walk. Interestingly enough, for the designers I have been scheduled to walk for since I began, I have only one show out of 5 where I wear heels. All the others, I am either barefoot or in boots. As a runway model, it’s been interesting to figure out my walk without traditionally wearing heels, figuring out creative ways to look good in pictures and on the runway.
In the long run, I think it’ll make me a better runway model.
[There are a few slideshows in this blog post, and I think that though it may be fun to look at each picture (and totally feel free to, because for some it makes sense to), it is also pretty fun to click through each quickly. It’s sorta like you can see me walking or talking.]
And a little more walking. This time with a little from behind.
Of course, intermingled with plenty of chatting. Because we are chatty people.
Seriously. I love graffiti. So, this backdrop just makes my heart happy. Creativity is everywhere, and it always seeks to have a voice. For me, I love the raw, boldness of graffiti; it’s unapologetic ability to make itself be heard. Some may think graffiti is violating or disgraceful, even if the work is commissioned; I choose to instead see a talented life behind the creation of it.
To me, there is no point in throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Life is a beautiful mess, and that’s just how it is. I am grateful to the artist who created this colorful bull behind me. I mean, look how much more fun these pictures are because of it.
We took an impromptu break and kept chatting. Or least, I kept chatting, and he just kept snapping.
If there are any smiling pictures in all of this, it is because I have purposely stopped talking long enough for a picture to be snapped.
Otherwise, I am usually laughing.
Or really engaged in something.
Can you spot the jogger?
Let’s all stop and have a passing-through puppy break. Aww….
And we wrap it up here. In front of this grandiose house on the corner.
Me and a moment with the bird. #edgarallenpoe
Have any favorite pictures? Not sure how you would be able to tell me which one(s) you liked the most, but you can sure try!
Lastly, remember that you are not doing yourself or the world any favors showing up as anything less than who you are and who you are created to be.