Today’s blog features a lovely lady who began modeling for me when I first began to take the art of photography seriously. I have had her twisting and turning, hiking, climbing trees and sitting on surfaces that are so uncomfortable that I knew she wanted to scream in lieu of cussing me out. I have even had strange men all up in her face (but I think at the time, it was more of a perk). She’s truly contributed to my growth as a photographer and not only is she a good sport, but a gorgeous person both inside and out. I asked her to share her experiences in front of the camera and here is what she had to say:
Confidence is Sexy…
I learned this through fear of my own insecurities. Embracing my flaws has been an ongoing challenge/triumph. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship with myself. “Modeling” has helped me to appreciate and to focus on my gifts rather than my flaws.
Going back to my boudoir shoot; I was nervous on different levels. Having seen the work of Kelela, the photographer, I wanted to do my best to compliment her production. I also wanted to look and feel confident so that it would come through in the photographs. She had a make-up artist, hairstylist, and assistant ready to work and doll me up! It really felt like “Old Hollywood” during the shoot. I was on top of the world at that moment; a feeling that I think every woman should have in her lifetime. Kelela was very organized and guided me through the session. She would give me posing direction and I’d get into character. I’m no professional, but she brought something out of me that I didn’t even know I had.
After viewing the shots, I was very happy with the work of the whole team and still couldn’t believe that was me I was looking at! She ordered me a hard cover book of my best shots for my husband. Need I say that he loved it!? I’ll never forget this experience and would recommend it to any woman wanting to feel beautiful and sexy.