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Sarah Lynn Modeling
Posts: 158
Asheville, North Carolina, US


I had a shoot yesterday that was so amazing, it really inspired me and made me very thankful for the opportunity to llama.  My favorite shoot of all time, prior to this shoot, was when I shot for Maxim's Co-Ed Magazine.  Since it was my first time being in a national magazine and it was only the 2nd photo shoot I had ever done, I think it made that shoot really special and exciting, since I had been wanting to be a llama ever since I was a kid.  Although yesterday's shoot was for more of a regional magazine (and not national) I thoroughly enjoyed it and it really put the spark back into llamaing that I think I had been missing recently.  Everything about it was just great.  And I think it was the great collaboration that really made it.  First off, it was the first time I got to llama with one of my very best friends who is also a llama (and she is a fantastic llama), and the photographer was absolutely amazing and someone I had been wanting to shoot with for a long time.  It had a vintage 1920s theme, which I adore, and a local designer made 1920s inspired dresses that were gorgeous specifically for the shoot.  The accessories were spot on.  The hair stylist and makeup artist did an absolutely fabulous job--I think it's the best I've ever looked, and the BEST part--I got to pose with a litter of tiny little kittens from a local animal rescue!  As an animal lover and cat lover, this was really awesome to me.  I won't be able to see any of the photos until the magazine comes out in February, but the photographer did show me some images on her camera and I was really blown away.  I don't know if anyone has ever done a shoot and seen one of the photos and it bring tears to your eyes, but that's what this shoot did for me.  I have never looked so beautiful.  As a kid who grew up being picked on relentlessly, and who grew up being made to feel very ugly and unattractive, this shoot, and being part of something so lovely, meant so much to me.  There are many different reasons why I decided to become a llama.  But yesterday's shoot made me realize that maybe deep down, it's the search for being part of something beautiful.
Jan 10 13 01:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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Art of the nude
Posts: 11,868
Olivet, Michigan, US


Paragraphs can be helpful in communication, but I'm very glad you're pleased.  I love positive stories.
Jan 10 13 01:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mark Salo
Posts: 8,289
Olney, Maryland, US


Sarah Lynn Modeling wrote:
I had a shoot yesterday that was so amazing, it really inspired me and made me very thankful for the opportunity to model. 

My favorite shoot of all time, prior to this shoot, was when I shot for Maxim's Co-Ed Magazine.  Since it was my first time being in a national magazine and it was only the 2nd photo shoot I had ever done, I think it made that shoot really special and exciting, since I had been wanting to be a model ever since I was a kid. 

Although yesterday's shoot was for more of a regional magazine (and not national) I thoroughly enjoyed it and it really put the spark back into modeling that I think I had been missing recently.  Everything about it was just great. 

And I think it was the great collaboration that really made it.  First off, it was the first time I got to model with one of my very best friends who is also a model (and she is a fantastic model), and the photographer was absolutely amazing and someone I had been wanting to shoot with for a long time. 

It had a vintage 1920s theme, which I adore, and a local designer made 1920s inspired dresses that were gorgeous specifically for the shoot.  The accessories were spot on.  The hair stylist and makeup artist did an absolutely fabulous job--I think it's the best I've ever looked, and the BEST part--I got to pose with a litter of tiny little kittens from a local animal rescue!  As an animal lover and cat lover, this was really awesome to me. 

I won't be able to see any of the photos until the magazine comes out in February, but the photographer did show me some images on her camera and I was really blown away. 

I don't know if anyone has ever done a shoot and seen one of the photos and it bring tears to your eyes, but that's what this shoot did for me.  I have never looked so beautiful. 

As a kid who grew up being picked on relentlessly, and who grew up being made to feel very ugly and unattractive, this shoot, and being part of something so lovely, meant so much to me.  There are many different reasons why I decided to become a model.  But yesterday's shoot made me realize that maybe deep down, it's the search for being part of something beautiful.

I know several models who have had a similar background.  I feel honored to have worked with them.

Jan 10 13 06:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jordan L Duncan
Posts: 207
Jacksonville, Florida, US


Sarah Lynn Modeling wrote:
As a kid who grew up being picked on relentlessly, and who grew up being made to feel very ugly and unattractive, this shoot, and being part of something so lovely, meant so much to me.  There are many different reasons why I decided to become a model.  But yesterday's shoot made me realize that maybe deep down, it's the search for being part of something beautiful.

I was too. I've had two shoots that made me feel the same way. Its so rare and precious, but it makes everything so worth it.

Jan 10 13 10:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Lynn Modeling
Posts: 158
Asheville, North Carolina, US


I was too. I've had two shoots that made me feel the same way. Its so rare and precious, but it makes everything so worth it.

It seems like a lot of models I meet were bullied or picked on growing up.  I think it's an odd situation.  I think sometimes models, as children, get picked on because we're taller than all the boys, too skinny and gangly looking, and have some unique attributes--all the things that help, later in life, in being a model.  I can't speak for other people, but I think women who have been picked on and bullied growing up, maybe seek that beauty and affirmation more so than women who have not been.  And after a decade or so of being told you're ugly, it means that much more to produce something truly beautiful.

Jan 11 13 08:09 am  Link  Quote 
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MB JenB
Posts: 3,036
Clarksville, Tennessee, US


Sarah Lynn Modeling wrote:
... There are many different reasons why I decided to become a model.  But yesterday's shoot made me realize that maybe deep down, it's the search for being part of something beautiful.

Hello,
Fellow former ugly ducking here, (relentlessly last bloomer and total ugly duckling.)

It is absolutely wonderful to accept yourself unconditionally right now, as you are and to also enjoy it. I also consider it very freeing because it is a bonus and not a vanity thing.

Yay!
Enjoy.
Jen

Jan 11 13 08:12 am  Link  Quote 
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bwhstudios
Posts: 73
Hingham, Massachusetts, US


Art of the nude wrote:
Paragraphs can be helpful in communication, but I'm very glad you're pleased.  I love positive stories.

The only good thing about being old is that our teachers taught us how to write properly.

Jan 11 13 11:03 am  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Lynn Modeling
Posts: 158
Asheville, North Carolina, US


Oh good Lord, yes, I should have separated it into paragraphs.  My apologies.  You're missing the entire point of what I wrote.  I have an MBA degree and a full time job as a Marketing Director.  I've written my fair share of academic papers and ad copy so I know I'm not awful at writing.  I wrote this quickly and it was more of a stream of consciousness post about a very positive and uplifting experience I had.  Thank you very much for taking something I felt great about and picking at it.
Jan 11 13 05:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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ontherocks
Posts: 22,415
Salem, Oregon, US


there's a key on the keyboard labeled "return" that can be useful. lol. it's ok, just a lot to digest all in one paragraph.

sounds like a great shoot. but it also sounds like one that took a lot of people, money and planning? i won't do that for a TF shoot with an untested mayhem model where i have no idea if they'll even show up. if more of them actually showed up as promised things might be different. but i'm glad you had a good experience.

one of my models is off doing 3-days of runway modeling and is really excited.
Jan 11 13 07:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Lynn Modeling
Posts: 158
Asheville, North Carolina, US


They didn't use untested MM models.  My friend and I have been modeling in our city for quite some time and have been in enough publications that the magazine and photographer new what they were getting.  They didn't find us off of MM.

That being said, I have had quite a bit of success hiring models off of MM for my company where I'm the Marketing Director.  At that job, I'm on the other side of it and I'm the one hiring models.  I think I have had great success with MM models because I offer compensation (either cash and/or gift cards), tear sheets and is there is a lot of communication prior to the shoot.  I have never had an MM model flake on me.
Jan 12 13 05:57 am  Link  Quote 
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