A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of modeling for a talented fellow student to help him finish a project for his photography class. I’ve always loved photography, both being behind the camera and in front of it, so when I had the opportunity to hit the beach and be a part of a fun photo shoot I was thrilled to take part!
After finishing hair and makeup at my place with Alicia the makeup artist, we headed to the Gold Coast Sand Jetty for the first set of locations to do the swim suit shots. And I must say, it was certainly no walk in the park like one might expect. The winds were incredibly gusty, which had its pros and cons for the shots, but meant my well curled hair was destroyed within the first 10 minutes of arriving. I guess it gave me a genuine beachy wave look though ;). I also managed to cut my arm while posing on the rocks, so we had to take a quick break for it to stop bleeding before continuing. And hardest of all was the lighthouse pose, where I had to try my hardest to keep my eyes open during the massive sprays of salt water that drenched me in 20 second intervals.
I’m saying all this not to complain, because despite the cold, wind, and water, I still had an absolute blast. But rather I want to say that walked away with a new respect for those in this profession, because you never know the work that went into getting that one perfect image.
The second round of photos went a bit more smoothly, as we left the Sand Jetty to drive to Currumbin beach to take some photos at sunset. Here the wind had settled to a gentle breeze, however, a storm was rapidly closing in and we had to rush a bit to get the photos before the rain picked up anymore than it already had. But the results I think were beautiful and the dress I got to wear looked perfect against the beach backdrop.
I used to take modeling classes when I was younger, but stopped when I lost the passion for it. However, this day at the beach reminded me what I loved about it in the first place and why I would love to one day try it again. I see modeling as an art form, where the human body is the muse and the photographer helps turn it into an artistic masterpiece. And I think there’s something quite special in being a part of that creative process.
Jing and Fausto, the photographer and the videographer, were fantastic the whole day. They were super easy to work with and helped make sure I was as comfortable as possible while we worked, making the experience so enjoyable. The first 12 photos are the raw edits from the shoot, and the last three are the ones Jing edited for his portfolio. I’m in love with how the final images turned out, and can’t thank them enough for everything!