Hello! Most likely, you've never shot a model like me or ever will! I'm offering you a rare chance to test & challenge your craftsmanship & your artistic ability. I realize this is a long profile description, but I've been getting too many of the same questions, so decided to put answers to those on here
IF YOU WISH TO WORK WITH ME, DON'T JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURES- READ THIS WHOLE THING ALSO, PLEASE. Right now I'm mostly confined to Caldwell-Nampa, ID area, but can visit other States, if travel expenses are compensated. *11/03/2013: As weather gets colder, I will not be able to do a lot of shoots, unless it's in a warm state. Feel free to contact me & discuss ideas, but keep in mind I'll only do limited paid work during cold months-- mobility & transportation are difficult for me this time of year.*
It took me a long time to be finally comfortable with the way I look & now that I am, I'm very happy. I want to share this feeling of happiness & confidence of being who you are with as many people as I can! I started doing modeling to express my opposition towards some of the current beauty trends & the forcefulness with which they are often promoted in popular magazines, TV, etc. I want other people to join me in celebrating our beauty & diversity of shapes, colors, sizes & personalities! Don't follow trends-- be the way you want to be-- MAKE YOUR OWN STORY!
About my background: I was born and grew up in Siberia, been in & out of the U.S. since I was 9. Currently living in ID, with plans to relocate to CA long term. My ethnic heritage is very mixed-- I have some Russian, Circassian, German, Mongolian, Chinese, and blood from several Native Siberian Tribes (people who are comparable to Native/First Americans in the U.S.). One of the unique things about me is where most people's eye whites are actually white, mine are bright blue-- check out the pictures, they're not contacts. I have a disability that requires me to walk with forearm, cane-like, crutches. On very rare occasions I use a wheelchair. It is a part of my lifestyle that will never change and I sometimes I incorporate that in my photo projects, but it's not an absolute requirement. I have several thin, mostly faded scars from surgeries on my legs, hips & both elbows. I've broken 100's of bones, mostly in my childhood, & it left me with a lot of chronic pain, but I've learned to live with it & still be happy. If you're interested in working with me, please feel free to ask any questions you want & I'll do my best to answer them!
I'm open to collaborating with other models: male, female, or otherwise for cool, interesting projects. I'm very easy-going, not a diva, don't play games (well only the board & some computer ones, I'm a bit geeky). I know what poses work for me, but can take direction as well. For me modeling is a collaborative process: I don't want to shoot only what I want or what you want: we should discuss, compromise & come up with something TOGETHER. I like to laugh & joke a lot-- on shoots & outside of, but always keep it professional & appropriate for the setting/ company present.
I've done my own makeup & hair in all photos, unless otherwise specified under the picture. I always bring my own shoes & clothing to shoots, but I could also wear clothes you have, but be aware they may not always fit. I always show up for shoots & arrive on time. The only time I ever missed a shoot was when a photographer's assistant sent me wrong address to be at.
I love many forms of art! Aside from photography, I've worked with several artists as a painting/drawing model, live & from photos, I'm always looking to do more of that! If you wish me to pose live, I'll expect compensation- it's tough to be still for hours at a time & not everybody can pull it off- I can! If you'll be working from a photo all I want in return is a high-res digital photo of your finished work. For both posing options I ask for the privilege to display your work on my profile just for fun, for non-commercial purposes, with your name credited, of course. I'll put up examples of that soon.
I'm mostly looking for paid shoots now & my rates are comparable &, in many cases, lower than an average of other models' -- shoot me a message. I also had to start charging to weed out folks, who aren't serious about photography or art or working with me. If I'm traveling to another state, I'll provide any travel expense receipt you wish to see. I'm also willing to do TCFD if you have original, unique ideas-- if you look at my photos and it sparks your imagination to create something interesting/ intriguing/ fabulously amazing!
You can also look at my "BUCKET LIST OF SIMILAR SHOTS TO TRY"; I used word "similar" on purpose -- I don't want to re-create someone's work, I want to do the general idea/setting. You can also check out the LIST OF THINGS I'M INTERESTED IN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS SECTION. I will expect a decent amount of quality photos in a timely manner, from TFCD shoots especially. I no longer do Time for Print-- I've wasted a lot of hours on those & got back 0-1 pictures. Prints are useless to me-- I'm not trying to get into a modeling agency. For any type of shoot, PLEASE HAVE 6-12 REFERENCES: models you've worked with fairly recently & who will provide feedback on working with you promptly. I will not shoot if you have no references or if I don't hear back from any.
To the awesome published/famous/experienced photographers who only shoot for pay & contact me: I'd love to pay you, but my jobs barely keep the lights on and occasionally let me buy either lipstick or food. To any photographer who plans to sell my images or use them for any kind of profit, I'd like to know about it & be compensated for my time spent with you.
++FRIEND REQUESTS: please, PLEASE send msg/tag first, so that I know whether you're interested in working with me & in what capacity, thanks!++
Photography & art styles I'm interested in:
*mixed with graphics
*unusual/ unique portrait
*other stuff that didn't come to my mind-- let me know, I'll definitely at least consider & will always get back to you