When you're a shy, introverted boudoir photographer it's good to have people who are WAY more outgoing than you around for a few reasons: 1) They can serve as a resource for when you really really want to try some cool out of the box idea that's been clunking around in your head. And 2) They can also reach out to others and share what you do (even when you're too humble to talk about it yourself). Haha.
I really believe, whether you are pursuing boudoir photography or headshots, that photography is an intimate experience, and so it helps to have people I've shot before share their personal experiences with others. While many of my clients do exactly that, a spokesmodel can be so helpful in so many other ways. In the past I've made preliminary efforts with one, then another spokesmodel--clients I adored and thought would be great cheerleaders for what it is I REALLY do (because if you've read anything about me you already know I aim for more than just a pretty picture, WAY more!)
So when I put the word out I wanted to have more than one spokesmodel for 2018, I got bumrushed. LOL! NEVER in my wildest imagination did I anticipate so many women coming forward enthusiastically wanting to play this role. So.....as a result, I decided to give it a go a bit differently this year. End result is: I now have 9 spokesmodels. (WHAT?!) I know. Insane. But it's going to be fun.
The Group Shoot
I love Vanity Fair magazine. So when I realized I'd have a larger number than expected, I called them all in to the studio (except one who I had to photoshop in--can you guess which?) to do a group shoot a-la-magazine style under the umbrella of my new studio brand: Body & Soul Photography and Studio. I wanted to be able to include a spokesmodel specifically for my new/upcoming Teen Couture Portrait Line (where we blend fashion and fairytale to tell the story of a teen's coming of age). I will soon be introducing her on the Body & Soul website. The other spokesmodels will be shot for a combination of my boudoir, headshot, modern portrait, and fine art work--they will be showcasing new concepts and ideas I never seem to have the time to create (or concepts that just haven't aligned with my clients visions...YET).
I learned a lot in the process of doing this group shoot, but I do love the resulting group shot.
For the next 8 days I will be spotlighting each spokesmodel, one at a time. I am so honored to have them join me in these upcoming adventures. Each is so different and so special in her own way. My hope is that your story will resonate with one or more of them and that you might even reach out to them directly in your quest to document your own story if you feel you might have something in common.
To kick things off I'd love to start by featuring Dani.
Bio in Brief: Dani is a happily married 40-year old mom of 2 who works full-time as a project manager for the State while studying Mortuary Science part-time in the hopes of one day becoming an undertaker (THAT was news to me!). What I DID know is that she is an avid triathlete with a full Ironman and several Half Ironmans under her belt (Can we say Kick-Ass?!). She's a Board Member of the NYPD Triathlon team to boot.
About Dani: Dani plays the violin, reads non-fiction, listens to punk rock music, loves getting new tattoos, eating pizza, chocolate ice cream and bacon (though you'd never know it). Her modeling resume includes a Hershey syrup commercial, a Nicolock commercial, an MTV video, runway work, fashion catalogs, billboards, fitness franchises, triathlon apparel companies and more.
Dani describes herself as: committed, loyal, determined, fierce, intelligent, silly, outgoing, and loving.
When asked why she wanted to be a spokesmodel, Dani says: "I have been working with Susan for about 8 years on many projects. I have watched her grow as an artist and professional. I love her work, her passion for her work, and want to be the face that helps her expand her reach! I have a large social network and want to help people look and feel beautiful. You never know who is watching!
On her photoshoot experiences Dani Says: I have been shot and directed by many, and Susan is by far the one that brings a level of comfort to a scenario that is not comfortable for anyone. Her thorough research with client concepts are matched with an ability to bring them to life in the most stunning and professional way. We can be serious, we can laugh, it is FUN, and I always leave happy, feeling classy, not trashy. (LOL!)
Please join me in welcoming Dani!
I look forward to sharing additional pics of Dani from our future photo shoot explorations!