Someone once told me that the reason I make silly faces in so many pictures is that I don’t like to be in front of the camera. That I like to be the photographer, not the photographed. I disagree. I actually quite like being on both sides of the lens. I also just have a penchant for making silly faces.
I dabbled with modeling back in high school. My father actually got me into it. One day he just asked me if I’d be interested in exploring that option. I figured, “Sure. Why not. Might as well put this tall, thin frame to use for something.” (Goodness knows it wasn’t sports.)
I still remember my first photoshoot. My agent was a photographer as well and an amazing modeling coach. Some of the pictures she shot in the first five minutes of that photoshoot are still some of my favorites.
Now I find myself behind the lens much more, and often that’s my preference. Although, I have to admit (at the risk of extreme dual narcissism) that sometimes I wish I could be on both sides of the lens at the same time. That is, sometimes I have a vision for a shot I want to take of myself, but I can’t successfully get someone else to create the image. And well, I can’t be in both places at the same time (sure there are self-timers and tools to help, but it just isn’t the same as looking in the viewfinder and constructing that vision in real time). My main image on this website is actually a self-timer success, but that was largely thanks to luck, I think.
It’s been interesting switching modes from model to photographer. And even more interesting switching back to modeling after so many years of being in the role of photographer. I realized this when I modeled for JCKA Photography this summer. It was refreshing to switch roles and try to resurrect my inner model. Of course, his being an amazing photographer who is so easy to work with really helped make the experience all the more enjoyable.
As fun as delving back into modeling is, I’m not losing sight of my true passion for photography. I’m also taking advantage of opportunities to use and deepen my skills. Recently I collaborated with Chelsey Christensen and Rakhi and Company for a photoshoot (look for picture(s) in the upcoming October newsletter and sign up here if you aren’t on the list already!).
Chelsey is an amazing and gorgeous model, actress, non-profit professional and all-around awesome person. So she made my job truly easy and was an absolute pleasure to work with. And while Rakhi stayed behind the lens with me for most of the time, the same applies to her. I’ve got some crazy talented friends and project co-conspirators. ;) We shot in the U St. area of Washington, DC, and even had a guest appearance by an absolutely adorable puppy named Owen. Here are a few images from the shoot.
Like I said, Chelsey is amazing, so I really enjoyed our shoot on Sunday. I’m definitely interested in more fashion photography endeavors—on both sides of the lens. :)