The first time I remember being aware of posing for the camera was in the above image. I was barely two and my parents took me to the beach for the holiday weekend. A photographer scouted me on the beach and asked my mom if he could take my photo for the paper. My mom being protective and looking out for me said yes but gave him a fake name, just in case :). Well, he was legit and I ended up on the front page of the local paper under a false name. I think that moment deposited a seed in me as a baby that helped shape my purpose for today.
Over the years I have gone back and forth with working in front of the camera and behind it. I truly enjoy both experiences and thought that I had to choose one. Now, I don’t worry about choosing one over the other so much. I love both so whenever I have the opportunity for either I go for it. It makes me think of Sylvester Stalone. I met him on the set of Rocky Balboa years ago and he was the star of the film and directed it at the same time. I got to watch his process and it was fascinating. There is no need to limit ourselves.
I just wrapped a shoot with Cinema Makeup School. I’ve been on their model list for years and the experience has been invaluable. Each time I shoot with them I get to work with a graduate from their program. These are the people who go on to have careers in TV and film in this town. And I also get to work with photographers who go on to do amazing things. Through this process I have learned how shooting from different angles changes my appearance, how eyebrows change the entire shot and much much more.
The following shots are raw, no photoshop, no tricks. But I think it’s important to share raw images because natural is great. Do you have a preference between working in the front or back? I’d love to hear about your process and thoughts.