So…I don’t profess to be a ‘model’, at all in fact. What defines the word anyways? To me, the evolution of image and our ever-growing acceptance of many different visuals of the human body means that the term ‘model’ can include and embrace art and beauty in a vast array of ways. And I think that’s just fabulous.
I love my blog, it gives me the opportunity to embrace what I love – fashion. I have worked hard over the years to love my body and accept myself for who I am. I don’t think I am 100% there yet but I have made vast improvements in my thought processes since my youth, trust me. What my blog allows me to do is express myself and to learn to love myself, and what is wrong with that? Nothing at all.
Social media, allows us to think that blogs and people taking endless selfies (myself included) are vain and self-indulgent. For some people that may be true, but I think that there are a lot of people like myself who suffer from confidence issues and use this platform as a way to be a little extrovert, have the opportunity to ‘model’ where in days gone by wouldn’t have been considered, have fun most importantly embrace fashion for the everyday lady or guy.
You’d be forgiven to think that when looking at my Instagram page, those little squares of modesty are a reflection of someone who is totally at ease with herself, however in my mind I am allowing myself to feel ok about myself and to think ‘yeah’ I can allow myself think I look ok today. Too often we fall into bad habits of thinking that if we do this, we are far too self-absorbed. But what ever happened to self-love? What happened to looking in the mirror and thinking, yeah I look good and I feel happy about myself? It unfortunately gets overtaken with Hmm yeah you look alright but….
I am all for changing this perception. It’s not a happy nor healthy place to be and it’s not something I would promote to anyone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should go around checking ourselves out at every window and car wing mirror Grease style. But I am saying that we all deserve to feel beautiful and feel good about ourselves, no matter who we are, what we look like and whatever our definition of a model is.
Social media gets a bad wrap, and to be fair sometimes it deserves it. In the modern world it has created a lot of negatives and there are far to many to go into here. BUT there are some positives. A massive one is the evolution of the blogger, now how cool is it that you can become an icon, a brand rep, a role model, a model and not have to fit into what used to be a stereotypical box? We’ll always have supermodels and hallelujah for that, nothing gets me more hooked than fashion week and the supermodel is an icon to behold and long may it continue. But I think that it is so revolutionary cool that us everyday mortals can also have a little snippet of the glamour.
So to this end, I attended a ‘model’ school. I wanted to get some tips on how to style and pose for my blogging photos and most importantly how to feel comfortable in front of camera. I am ok, ahem, no let me change that, I am very happy with the results and I throughly enjoyed the day. Because if you are happy and doing what you love, you are beautiful anyway.
The Model School was courtesy of Impact Modelling in Cornwall which is run by the lovely Juliet Matthews. I had a fantastic day and we did role play, which is great for getting your confidence up and feeling better about speaking in front of a group of people and also in front of the camera.
There was a lovely make up artist on hand to make you up if you wanted it and also a fantastic hairdresser. I did my make up for the day and the hairstylist curled it for me, I was so happy with the look.
We also got the opportunity to do a modelling shoot which included single and group shots. Emma of Griffin Photography styled and shot our photos, she was incredible and I felt entirely comfortable in front of Emma’s camera. Feeling at ease when you’re at the end of a lens isn’t an easy thing to do, but Emma made me feel myself from the start and I really feel that she got the best out of me. I think my comfort and happiness shows in the pictures – I hope you agree!
As part of the modelling school, you get to keep your pictures too which is fantastic for growing your portfolio, Juliet of Impact Modelling also gives lots of advice and tips for finding your feet in the modelling world.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was fantastic to get advice and professional shots. I highly recommend the modelling school, they run twice a year. If you do go, remember to take your props! Mine included; flowers, bags (obvs), 4 changes of clothes, magazine and headphones. I wanted to include things which represent my personality and my favourite shot is the one throwing the flowers in the air.
So get in front of the lens and don’t be afraid to be you, when you’re happy it shows in every picture.
Hope you like!
Photos courtesy of Griffin Photography and Model School by Impact Modelling