When I first started modeling the “IT” thing to do was to have a Model Mayhem (MM) account. Back then in order to have an account you needed to have 5 professional quality photos. They checked this and it took about a week to approve you. I was excited when I was approved and I started networking to see what was available.
I found a photographer shooting in the Boone area in need of dancers. I checked out his portfolio on MM and his reviews from other models. Seemed legit so I messaged him. We set up and shoot for Cone Manor in Blowing Rock. We had decided that I should hoop dance at sunset and we would see what we could get.
Back then I was doing a lot of hoop dance performances out of California and NY. My style of dress def has evolved over the years. I look at this and I ….laughhhhh. Those flowers are back again,the ones I mentioned in the pin up blog post. I guess I felt I needed moarrr pink!!
You really cannot beat the scenery though…
Looking back I feel insane that I met some guy I had never even had a conversation with outside of this site….in a random location. Thank goodness he was indeed legit. SO many ways that could have gone wrong.
The sunset was so beautiful that evening!
On MM these days anyone who has cell phone selfies can apply and get an account pretty much day of. When that changed so did the quality of the site itself. I deleted my account years ago. When I left I was getting mostly creepers or really bad quality guys hitting me up. I also had a few instances where photographers would message me trying to convince me to shoot nude. I had my account set to show I did not shoot nudes. Not because I didn’t like nudes but because I am picky about who I trust to do them. That was my limit. I left and I will not return.
Looking back on these photos shows me how much I’ve learned since starting modeling. So much has changed! One thing that hasn’t…it’s still my happy place 🙂 I look forward to many more happy times in that world 🙂