The local photographer Facebook groups are a great place to meet other people.
Often there will be TFP (time for print) meet ups organized, or you can post about looking for models or photographers for specific ideas and concepts you'd like to work on.
I first met Christina on a central city meet up with a few other photographers and models. I realized writing this I haven't done a blog post on that meet up so will work on that eventually! We then worked on a couple's shoot at Bottle Lake Forest in Christchurch.... apparently another blog post I should work on! Great things take time they say... in my defense the last couple years have gone as a blur. Hence why this year I'll be keeping winter to the bare minimum. I need to catch up on my "to be read" pile haha. Working with over 30 models in 2020 and doing 51 photoshoots (despite the lockdown), as well as having every weekend to June 2021 assigned to some photoshoot or another - I think I've deserved a break.
In saying all that, I knew when I saw Christina's Facebook post in the models, photographers and makeup artists group, I had to be a part of her amazing ideas! She'd presented a hair flick idea using coloured powder to create a colourful swirl around the model. There was also the awesome idea of a shoot out in the rain with a clear umbrella - unfortunately the first chance we had at that rain shoot was severe weather warnings and flash floods so was a bit unsafe to do then. Sometime soon maybe.
The powder was actually relatively easy to find and didn't take long to arrive at all. If you'd like to catch the link to the website Christina ordered the powder from, flick me a message :)
Of course, I had to go through and get a few "prep" shots before we started...
But here are the action shots we started with.
That texture on the powder is just amazing!
I had a lot of fun working with the colours on these images - my aim was to really make them pop for Christina
I'm a big fan of images being personal and unique, so of course I love tattoos and believe they can add just something so much more to a picture. Christina's watercolour tattoos are pretty epic with all the extra colour, aren't they?
Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto." Dale Carnegie
Christina's modeling passion
Her first shoot was for her sister, whom was working on a clothing label about 4-5 years ago. That started her off and then she just kept meeting people to collaborate with. Christina joins in on a lot of meet ups, and would certainly have her choice of photographers to work with... she's such a talented young woman and always full of ideas!
"The thing I enjoy the most about modeling is getting out and meeting new people and just having fun. My advice would be if you want to do it, go for it! Anyone can model, and you'll absolutely love it!".
On that note, I'd like to expand a little more. If you want to model... TOTALLY GO IT! Everyone can model.. you do not have to be a certain body type or look. You may even be surprised with how empowered and beautiful it will help you feel.
Also going to add a couple of tips if you are considering getting into modeling without going through agencies.
- Join local Facebook groups and reach out to other models. They can be a wealth of knowledge as to how they started out as well as people to connect with... depending on what kind of modeling you'd like to do.
- Meet photographers in public first. This will give you a better idea of who they are and what their intentions are. Trust your gut instinct. You do not have to work with just anyone and everyone starting out!
- Go to TFP meet ups. This is a great way to network while being in a safe public setting. You might meet some photographers you'd like to work with more than others. Even in these set ups, you can completely choose who you work with - if anyone can't respect your decisions, they aren't worth connecting with.
- NO ONE SHOULD EVER TOUCH YOU OR CROSS YOUR PERSONAL BOUNDARIES. If a photographer or any other person does not ask permission before touching you, there is a massive lack of respect for your boundaries. You are allowed to voice your opinions and your personal boundaries - just the same as any other person in this world.
If you feel you'd like to know more, or learn more about posing and modeling, I will be hosting workshops to help women and men considering starting out. Feel free to talk to me more about this :)
If you'd like to give Christina a follow, you can find her on instagram as @christinaamer
She's always adding some awesome creative shoots on her page!
I'll finish of this post with a few more images of this wonderful and fun shoot!
NOTE - THIS SHOOT ONLY TOOK 15 MINS TO CLEAN UP AND I WOULD DEFINTELY DO AGAIN!