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Model Q&A: Bailey Daniels

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Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: Vision1 Photography

Where are you from? Where are you based now and where do you travel for shoots?

I am from Boston, Massachusetts and now based in Scottsdale, Arizona. I travel to all 50 states for shoots and would like to start traveling internationally as well.  I travel once or twice a month for shoots.

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

I got inspired to be a model when I did my first real shoot years ago. I had just developed fitness and personal training website and went to a photographer in Connecticut for some photos. He was a fitness photographer and I was in awe of the great prints he had shot that were on his studio walls. He had this amazing space in a huge building with a bunch of abandoned space in it and we shot a few different looks. I enjoyed being in front of the camera so much and loved the finished product.


Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: Phillip Ritchie

How and when did you start modeling?

My first experience with modeling was when I started competing in bodybuilding and needed photos for promotion. I started modeling full-time in 2011 when I joined Model Mayhem. I got laid off from a sales job I hated and fell into modeling so to speak. I started doing local shoots and in places I could drive to within 4 or 5 hours. I met a couple traveling models and picked their brains and figured out how it all worked. I never thought I would be doing this for a living but now I travel all over and every year has been busier. I love traveling, meeting new people, and the journey modeling has taken me on.

What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?

I love outdoor shoots or really interesting and unique locations… deserts and dry lakes (my favorite) wearing a cowboy hat and boots, abandoned buildings or barns, open fields, city streets, or amazing spots I have shot recently, like the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Although shooting in front of a back drop is a must for a model I find it somewhat boring at times.


Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: Roelf J Thompson

What do you look for when deciding to work with a photographer?

I look for someone who is professional, respectful, and is good with communication and collaboration, and who is straight forward. If he has great work and is passionate about what he does that is a bonus. As a professional model I work with very experienced photographers as well as beginners and I enjoy both. It’s all about the experience and many photographers I work with become lifelong friends.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

I am inspired by many talented photographers I have worked with and some that I hope to in the future.  Some of my favorites that amaze and inspire me are Annie Leibovitz, Kim Weston, and Robert Voltaire. “I fight to take a good photograph every time.” – Annie Leibovitz


Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: Mid-Maryland Photo

What would be your dream shoot?

My dream shoot would be at some romantic location I have not yet been, like Paris or Italy with a top notch makeup artist and beautiful elaborate princess gowns to pose in!

How important is social media in your success?

I am unusual because I don’t currently use Facebook or Instagram. I used Facebook when I first started modeling and never booked any work from it (I’m also a private person and hate drama). I use Model Mayhem for 99% of my bookings and I am super busy and getting new business daily. To be successful it’s a daily hustle and when I am home from trips, I am working on bookings for the next one.  So it is super important to keep up on daily e-mails and updating portfolios, etc.


Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: SparkyPhotoAZ 

What else do you like to do besides modeling?

Working out is a huge part of my life and my craft, so daily workouts are important, while yoga and meditation to keep me in Zen mode and centered. I enjoy checking out great steakhouses and love great wine, catching as many sunsets as I can, spending time with family and friends, soaking up the sun, and going to shows and the ballet.

What is the best career advice you can give to new models?

The advice I would give to new models is, stay true to yourself (values, morals, and boundaries). Be consistent and always give 110%. Be professional and keep your eyes open to photographers and people with empty promises. Always be safe and smart and check references and make someone aware when you go to shoots with addresses and phone numbers. Always be humble and kind!

Be prepared to do lots of trade work in the beginning until you have experience and have built a portfolio worthy of charging photographers. Enjoy the journey and appreciate your moments! It’s all about the journey and the experiences we share with the people we meet.


Model: Bailey Daniels; Photographer: Terry Ewald Photography

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