Sayyyy whattttttt!!!!

This is a bit of a funny one…..but I keep finding photographers say to me :11261455_766740870110136_1331912656_n

“I’ll book you when I am more able, I can’t shoot to the standard of your portfolio”….

“I’m just amateur, so I’d never book you”……     “I’d be too worried I messed up” ……

“Obviously you wouldn’t work with me, but….”        Sayyyyyy whattttttttttt!!!!!!

Am I really that scary!!! :O Goshhhhhhhh!!  :O

Bonkers!

 

Ok , so here’s the craic  …….. I am a little model lady. I prance in front of cameras for a living and a loving! It’s what I do…. :D  Yipee!

When you want a plumber, you don’t think “Well I won’t use that one, because they’ve got 10 years experience…. I’ll use one that’s never touched a pipe in their lives!” :O :p

I LOVE what I do and it’s your passion and desire to create images that attracts me, NOT how many awards you have and whether or not you have shot the queen!  Yes I god damn well DO want to work with you, stop telling me I don’t!! :p ;)

Remember you book me to do a modelling job…..my purpose is to do exactly that, Model! Which is basically whatever YOU want me to do! It is not about me! Ever! It’s all about you! I cannot stress this enough! I don’t mean to make this sound all frank and worklike! But at the end of the day, it is! I adore modelling, of course it’s more than a job to me. But in reality, you book me for your purpose, as your employee for that time (as long as it’s within my levels of course!)  If you want me to wear an illuminous polka dot boiler suit and dance in the middle of the road, then that is my job and I shall smile in doing so! :D

Hopefully you want to book me because you think I can help you achieve something within an image, whether it be for a client , yourself or just for the hell of it …..! It’s not about what I want from the shoot or my agenda, I go in with an open mind ready to take on your mind! :D

My only interest is your satisfaction! Irrelevant of how many trees I have to climb or ponds I have to dunk my head in!  I know that sounds painfully cringe worthy , but I absolutely mean it! Nothing gives me greater pleasure than a happy photographer! (and chocolate) Saddo maybe…passionate to the max, definitely! :)  My absolute job satisfaction comes from us creating the best images we possibly can…. simples! :)

The other comments I get are:  ” Ohhh you’ve shot with fred, i’d never dare shoot with a model that’s shot with fred”!!!   sayyyyyy whattttt!!! **Bangs head off wall!** :D

What I display in my portfolio are images that I think show me at my best and most versatile …. it’s not about who shot what and where, its not even about a good photograph necessarily!  If God himself took a picture and I think my ass looks big, then no way would I use it! ;)

My portfolio is to show my modelling …..not how good a photographer may be at photoshopping 163 giraffes into an image. (Although that is amazing and has its place!) but shows more photographer/ retoucher skill, not model skill.  In essence…..I don’t choose images to display based on name, number of awards, followers….it is based entirely on the image look/style/relevance from my perspective.

My portfolio is admittedly image heavy from particular people, but this is because I work regularly with these people, not that I ONLY like their work! They send me images, most people don’t, as I have absolutely no right to images from anybody on jobs so i’d never dream of asking or expecting. But it’s not a case of “if you don’t shoot like these people then you’re not good enough” etc etc! At all! Ever! :)

A bit of experience doesn’t make you scary…….I’ve learnt a bit about lighting, lenses, angles and all that stuff over the years…so I can help if you’re an absolute novice, however I’m no photographer, I’ve never picked up a camera and I don’t intend to! So although I may know a bit about this and that, I don’t know what you know about your camera! I just know what flatters me and what doesn’t, but that is part of posing knowledge, it is not meant in any patronising way :)

Anyway…… as you can see, I get a bit over zealous in my writing , especially of these crazy topics! :)

But I simply cannot get my head around these comments and peoples lack of confidence in working with me….I am THE most down to earth person ever!!!! I appreciate I even look quite hard and scary in a lot of my work, but it’s ACTING! ITS NOT REAL! :D….I know people mean it often in a complimentary way and I do not take offence. However to me it is crazy ….as I sit here in my PJ’s thinking “whatttttt!! ….I’m scary!!” There are many people I would like to be scared….the police (so I need not pay speeding fines), my 10 year old niece (who scares me!) , the tax man (no explanation needed!) etc, etc, however I have the pleasure of none of the above! Must try harder! ;) :D

Lots of love and growls ;)

( Photography by Andrew Appleton)_AJA5789-Edit