So this modeling stuff is still helping to keep me busy, inspired and awestruck.
My last photo-shoot was with the established, “Austin IMageMaker.” I had a blast shooting with him in downtown Austin, and was overwhelmed by the positive feedback I received after being showcased on his portfolio. He later sent me a short but sweet message saying,
“None of your images required PS (Photoshop) and I was very impressed by your camera presence and all the attention you received on my (portfolio).”
It’s still really surreal to receive messages from all of these gifted people who want to shoot with me. I’m actually meeting up tomorrow to collaborate with an insanely talented, local photographer, and this gives me lots of happy butterflies. I’ve recently been offered my first two paying gigs as well. During our shoot, Chuck (Austin IMagemaker) asked if I’d be interested in doing a fine-arts shoot in a museum. The museum would be rented out for the day and, though nudity would be involved, none of the photos would show any questionable areas. The second offer was from a professor at UT whose students do life-drawings as opposed to photographs. This too involved nudity. If you know me, you know I love being naked, and as both would be done tastefully (without any of my bits actually photographed) and in the name of art, I was happy to oblige. But my hubby,who is probably the least controlling guy I know, was understandably uncomfortable with the idea. There are times in the past that I’ve completely ignored his discomfort; I guess maybe I’m growing up or something, because I turned both offers down. Besides, it was being offered that was the cool part. Turning them down felt kind of neat too.
A lot of unexpected good things are happening due to something I started purely for fun. I’m networking and meeting a lot of awesome folks. I can feel myself becoming more comfortable and confident in front of the camera, no doubt due to the photographers who are getting me there. I’m growing from the experiences and glowing from the sweet words and offers received thus far. I can’t wait to see where else this is going to take me (with my clothes on).
(All photos credit Austin IMagemaker, except for the last which is photo credit Andrew Stevens)