Untamed: Modeling and Body image
Photoshoots are so much fun!
The best thing about running my business is the variety. My days are always different, and I am continually learning something new. From the first photoshoot I did with Untamed, I knew that I loved it and wanted to get good at it.
It is so much fun planning the look and feel of a shoot, which models I want, how to style them, and how many locations and backgrounds I need.
Working with lots of different models over the years, I have learned that it is way more challenging than it looks. It is a talent that takes a lot of practice, and not everyone can do it, I definitely couldn't. Some of the girls have just amazed me; they just know how to look and when. One thing I can say is that they generally seem to love their job.
Improving all the time
It is so much fun playing with angles and lighting and how to get the desired look and feel of that perfect shot. Each time I do a photoshoot, I learn so much from the models, trial and error, and YouTube. How did we survive without YouTube, I will never know. I have looked up every how-to modelling video and know all about the secret tricks to make your waist look smaller or your legs longer or your cheeks fuller haha. It really is a crazy world.
One of my Collections is the Ego, and it has a unique fabric panel down the back. Trying to get the back panel's beautiful details and getting the model to look natural while I am asking her to twist all around is an added challenge. With each shoot, I am learning and growing and figuring out new angles and weird poses to get the models to do.
As you can see throughout my website and Instagram, all my models have a very different look and body shape. I love how my designs look so flattering on a variety of ladies, and one of my favourite things to hear is "wooo look at my waist" or "my bum looks amazing". It certainly makes my job worthwhile.
The shoots I have done in Calgary I have used a modelling agency called Nuna Models, and I have always been impressed with their selection of models and how they care about their models and their clients.
But sadly, even in 2020, finding models that are healthy and natural-looking is incredibly hard. I believe in the natural body, working out YES for sure, eating healthy, YES, having a treat now and again definitely YES. But you have to be healthy, and you have to work at loving what you have. I don't believe skinny is sexy; I think a Confident and Healthy body is.
The new year is here, and I hope you have used this time to make tweaks to your life and evaluate which direction you are going in. I believe we should always be planning and growing, be kind and have fun.
I hope you love what you do or at least loving the direction you are going in, and remember skinny isn't sexy; Confidence is.
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