I am taking a slight detour on my stomp down the runway. From December 2015 – February 2017 I have walked in all but 2 Chance Fashion shows. I started model coaching in February and knew that would cut way back on my time on the runway. Then in the last couple months I made the transition to backstage manager. This takes me off of Chance’s runway entirely. I will be on other runways so I’m not retiring by any means but it will certainly be different than monthly shows.
Remember, how I talked about S and C posing. Well here is a rather dramatic C pose.
I can’t say this was an easy pose especially on the awkward, sharp rocks of a typical NW beach. But the sweep of my body shows grace and elegance, fitting for this outfit. It also shows off my curves in a less traditional way.
By bringing my arms up I continue the visual lift the curve started. Just imagine what it would look like if I just let my arms hang… a little alien abduction. And if I put my hands on my hips it would emphasize my pelvic area. (Remember hands emphasize). That is an option but not the look I wanted for this shot.
I do wish I had softened my neck, jaw and face.
You can see the tension that I’m feeling due to the challenging pose. Yes it’s challenging but you never want that to show.
If I had opened my mouth just a little bit would have softened my jaw, in turn softening my neck. It would have changed my whole look. Adding a little smirk in my eyes would have masked the rest of the tension.
Overall, good photo. Even very good when you don’t look too closely. It’s just my face that mars it.
If you read my blog you’ll be familiar with this picture from the Let Them Eat Cake event.
Today, I am going to critique it.
This is a runway shot so this photo was taking while I was posing for the audience. As I’ve said before posing for photos on the runway is very different than a photoshoot.
In this photo, I was not entirely aware of where the photog was located. I have a decent pose. Legs stretched and taught, angles everywhere, back arched. But that is where I get in trouble. From the side arching my back would have showed off my butt and boobs as well as given me that sexy, slinky look. And the people sitting to my sides got that but the photographer as well as other guests were on front of me.
All this does is make it look like I have a bit of a belly. Now before someone jumps down my throat about bellies being beautiful, I want to say that this is for me, personally. I don’t find this angle/pose flattering for me. You do you but to avoid this issue I need to be more aware of where the photogs are positioned. If I’m going to arch my back I need to make sure the audience/photographers has a side view. Otherwise, I will pick another pose.
Also where is my left arm? Good idea to bring all limbs into the frame. Of course, easier said than done. For a runway photo it is good, could be better but it isn’t bad. It would be less acceptable if this were during a photoshoot.
Now you may be thinking I am being sarcastic. Oh darn, I had to shoot in southern California. I wish I were. Unfortunately, I brought Seattle weather with me. It has been mid to upper 50s with rain and wind.
Okay so still not too bad but when you add limited clothing (i.e. swimwear) and wind coming in off the ocean… yeah I was freezing my buns off. And really why couldn’t I freeze my belly off instead. But I digress.
However, the less than ideal weather made for some stunning photos.
Yesterday, I did a pin up style shoot then a summer street style shoot on the beach and then up into the parks and town.
Today, I shot on the beach in outfits by The Tattered Tailor, House of Athena and my darling, Trash by Tony.
I currently only have behind the scenes photos. But I have to give my dad, my bts photog, props for some good shots. Here are a few.
It was cold and wet but like I said it made for dramatic, stunning pictures. I am very excited to see the final product.
An open submission magazine is one that allows any and all to submit photographs, stories, poems, etc. For us in the freelance fashion world photography heavy, fashion/beauty based magazines are our cake. Meaning this is where we can really get out faces out there. And who doesn’t want to be published!
Most of these magazines include team credits including the names of the models, photographers, MUA, hair stylist, designers, etc. So in a sense if you get published its free advertising.
In this age of technology, not all magazines are produced in print. Some are online only, print on demand, etc. So if you are thinking of submitting be aware of what the mag offers.
I will note that true open submissions will NOT charge you to submit or get published.
Below I have compiled a list of many open submission fashion magazines (or those with a fashion section) along with their number of likes on Facebook. Because in reality the more people that can see your face the better.
*I’ll add links as I can. But Google and Facebook will be helpful.
**no guarantees on current submission and publication status.
Last month, I walked twice for a charming, little, lingerie boutique, Love Letters Intimates owned and operated by Catrina and Hollis Hall. The first being at an event called, you guessed it, Let Them Eat Cake. It was part party, part art exhibit, part exhibition.
In keeping with the theme, all the models wore huge Marie Antoinette wigs. It was quite fun actually and they did in fact serve cake which was quit yummy. You can read more about the event on Love Letters Intimates website http://www.lovelettersintimates.com.
The second event, was part of a student showcase at Athena Vertical Dance. First off I have to say wow. The woman working the poles, man their strong! But all the dancers were quite talented.
During the intermission we had our mini runway show. We, the models, were in the audience wearing long coats, then when it was time we removed our coats on the runway. It was fun.
I also did make up for the events. The first was impromptu as their MUA was a no show. I offered to work the show conditions show and was able to get a friend in as hair stylist. Love when I can get other people work too.
I truly enjoyed working with the Hall’s and hope to part of their future events.
I was reviewing photos from my last couple fashion shows and I noticed something.
Do you see it too? The same pose. Over and over. It’s a decent pose maybe my signature. But in order for me to grow as a model I need to put that pose on the shelf and try something new. I certainly don’t want to be a one trick pony.
We are going to get up close today in this pose critique.
The headshot. Expression is (almost) every thing when shooting a headshot.
In this photo, you see a little more than a headshot but we will focus there.
In my opinion, angles are just as important in in headshots as in full body pictures. Unless your face is very symmetrical it is hard (though not impossible) to pull off a square to camera shot. You will see in this photo that I have created a couple angles in relation to the camera.
Here, I turned my head to the side, presenting more of the left side of my face. This camouflages any unevenness in my face as well as adding depth to the photo.
I have also tilted my chin down a little. Again it adds depth and dimension but it also shoes off my jaw line.
Together, these two adjustments make the photo dynamic and interesting. It also emphasizes the coy, flirty vibe I have going on in my eyes and smile. Though expression is done with the facial features it can be enhanced (or detracted from) with the positionING of the head.
As a last note, you will see I highlighted my hands. They look little short and stumpy in this photo. They are natural short so I should have spread my fingers a bit more or flattened my hand to increase length. As for hand placement, I will say that I am not a huge fan of the lower arm straight up against the upper arm, as I am doing with both arms here. I think it can make the arms look stubby and can look unnatural. But I think it works here because they are at different heights and angles and because I’m going for a flirty, coy look.
Overall a solid photo. I would definitely use it to cast for a commercial shoot. I probably would not use it to show my editorial side.
If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I have a couple trips coming up.
In May, I will be traveling to Laguna Beach, CA for a few days. I can’t wait to shoot on the beach. Several designers I’ve worked with in the past are providing me with outfits for some shoots. I’ve talked to several photographers, showed pics of the garments and we have some really cool shoots set up.
My other trip currently planned is to Europe!! I’ll be spending a few days in Paris before going to Bruges and Brussells. I also have a couple designers who will be sending me with outfits. This is a dream come true for me.
I will certainly be keeping everyone updated especially when I have photis to share.
One note I will leave with is this, I worked hard to get where I am. I do not work with an agency. So every opportunity that has come my way has been through my own hard work, networking, putting myself out there which isn’t easy for a natural introvert (more on that in another post). It isn’t easy. I’ve had to do a lot of tfp work, free work, boring, tedious work. But my dreams are coming true so it is all worth it.
Here’s the hint – wear a nude thong under lingerie, panties, swimwear, etc. This may seem like a no brainer but not everyone seems to understand this concept. Let me put it clearly and simply.
No one wants to wear used panties. Let alone buy them. Ick.
So if you are modeling the aforementioned items (or any item that comes in contact with your more intimate parts) have a buffer. I prefer a nude thong as it does the job with out potentially harming the garment. Another option is a panty liner but I worry about damaging very delicate fabrics. Regardless of your method, unless you own the item have a buffer.