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Modeling Professionally

Hello again to all my readers! I hope this blog post finds you well. This week’s blog focuses on a photoshoot that I modeled for back in April. I know, I know, it took me long enough to finally post the images and write this. Here I am though! This will be a two part blog post because I modeled two different outfits for this shoot. So you can be expecting a new blog article of part two in the coming weeks! 😁

I was approached by my previous photography professor, Ivana Damien George, from my undergraduate university to model for her students in their lighting class. 💡 They were learning how to manipulate light in a studio setting, and I was excited to be a part of it! I have been a professional studio photographer for many years now, so this definitely was my jam. One day I will have to show some of my non-blogger photos from my own portfolio!

The photos were all taken by various students in the class. The RAW photo files were given to me and I had free range to edit them myself. The students were still learning more about editing and retouching, so I was excited to be able to get my hands into it and have even more fun. They all did a fantastic job during the shoot, and made my job as a retoucher easy. 😉

The shoot took place in the afternoon. I got ready and did most of my makeup at home, and then drove to campus with everything I needed for the day: clothing options, accessories, my full makeup bag (just in case) and a much-needed water bottle or two. Ivana asked me prior to the shoot to send images of pieces in my wardrobe that they could decide on, thus I brought everything they requested, and a little more. 👗

When I got there, they started setting up the studio space. This was the most time consuming part of the shoot. While they were doing that, I slipped on my first outfit and finished up my makeup. When it came time for the shoot, I was super excited! Although I model for Mind Over Mango, I had not modeled “professionally” in a couple years. Meaning, I had not worked with another photographer in a studio setting in a long while. I have had a lot of experience under my belt though, and was more than ready to get down with it!

One advantage I have found that comes in handy with modeling is having been on both sides of the camera. 📸 I started out in front of the camera when I was 18, and by 21 started stepping behind, slowly trailing off the next couple years with my modeling in order to focus on my career at a photographer (yes, career. Now I work in Advertising + Marketing)! Having had been a model first, I learned how to pose and what looked good on camera: what angles made my body look more shapely, which positions my head should be posed in, where to place my arms and hands, and how to get a little crazy posing while still making it work. 🔥 Due to this, the students didn’t need to give me a whole lot of direction. However, I was excited when one of them chirped up requesting certain angles and positions. Soon enough, they all started pitching in with little ideas. I loved it. Photographers in the making here!

It was a very fun day for me, and by the end I was wiped out. After any kind of shoot, whether it is one like this, or one for the blog, it takes a lot out of me. It sounds all easy and fun, and it can be (at least the fun part)! However posing in all kinds of positions can make me achey at the end of the day sometimes. It’s a workout for sure! 💪

In this photoshoot, I wore one of my favorite gowns by celebrity fashion designer Autumn Hawk. The gold + black necklace I am wearing is also by Autumn Hawk as well. You will see in a couple images another necklace made of faux pearls with crystals. This necklace I actually made myself! Also, my jelly handbag I found on Amazon. Some of these items can be found in the Shop This Outfit section below!

Okay, I’m going to stop blabbering. One last note though: I will also make a blog post someday showing different images from my previous modeling days, A.K.A. some with my non-colorful hair days. It will be fun and interesting to pull those back up! 💜

As always, thank you for reading my blog! I appreciate your support and interest in me acting like I’m really fancy and stuff. Until next time!

xoxo Sara

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  1. Mindy Z.
    July 11, 2018 / 2:26 am

    Ugh I love this! I love how the light hits the dress 😍 The purse is so cute too. It looks pretty sturdy, yeah?

    • July 11, 2018 / 5:24 am

      Thank you Mindy! That means a lot. 😀 Also to answer your question, yes it is! It’s very sturdy, the handbag itself as well as the chain. I suggest if your purchase it to always keep it in the dust bag it comes with when not in use. If the purse sits too long on a surface, color will come off a bit. So keep it protected and you’ll be fine! 🙂 Totally worth the price!

  2. Ryan
    July 13, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Nice Post, Mango!

    • July 16, 2018 / 2:25 am

      Thanks, Ryan! I’m glad you like my Mango posts! 😆 Thanks for commenting!!! 💙

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