Model Q&A: Scarlet Begonias

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Model: Scarlet Begonias; Photographer: kaunishetki

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

I am originally from New York, but I relocated a few years ago to Orlando, Florida, and I do travel for shoots.

Who or what inspired you to become a model?

I was an art minor in college and I’ve always had a passion for creative expression. My best friend, Steph, worked as a figurative art model for our school and she taught me some basics about posing. We spent countless afternoons having our own photoshoots with her basic Nikon D40, scouting locations, heading to the thrift store for wardrobe, and taking turns behind the camera. We had so much fun that she insisted I try figure modeling, and I loved it right away!

A few years later, an opportunity arose for me to model for a professional photographer. Both Steph and my amazing boyfriend, Sean, were my biggest supporters. The love and encouragement of my two favorite people inspired me to start modeling and continues to inspire me to stay focused, work hard, and to strive toward my career goals.

Model: Scarlet Begonias; Photographer: CDanielStudios

How and when did you start modeling?

Modeling professionally was always a fantasy of mine, but I never considered it an actual possibility. One day, while working a long shift waiting tables, I was scouted for a project by a local photographer. My first formal shoot was a few weeks later. I felt confident, relaxed and natural in front of the camera. The nerves melted away as soon as we started, and I fell into an organic flow of posing. The photographer was ecstatic, and I felt unstoppable. When that project was published, I started to connect with more photographers and models. I was shooting as much as possible to build my portfolio and my skills. After a few months of hard work, I was booking enough shoots to make this my full-time and only job, and I have only gotten busier since then!

What type of modeling do you enjoy the most?

This is always a difficult question for me to answer and I honestly don’t think I can choose. I pride myself on being versatile and comfortable in many genres. Each style is empowering in a unique way and each photoshoot is an opportunity to bring a vision to life. I incorporate my yoga practice into all projects– a flow, punctuated by breathing, fueled by inspiration.

I like commercial/lifestyle modeling and fashion because both genres are meditative for me. I envision myself as one with the product or style I’m showcasing. It’s a fun challenge that’s different every time.

I’m also a big fan of boudoir modeling. I love my body and showing off my curves! I enjoy using subtle facial expressions and body language to bring the sensuality of the shoot to the next level. I love the heat and drama of it all.

Model: Scarlet Begonias; Photographer: Valvicphoto

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

Professionalism, above all else. I pride myself on being professional and hold myself to a high standard as a model. I want to collaborate with people who share those values. Talent is important for obvious reasons, but I also love to work with photographers that vibe with me. The creativity flows and you feel like you are in sync with each other artistically–there’s nothing like it.

Which models or other artists currently inspire you?

I have always admired classic, era-defining models such as Farrah Fawcett, Gisele Bündchen, Twiggy Lawson, Kate Upton, Marylin Monroe, and Pamela Anderson (just to name a few). Tyra Banks inspires me because of her work to encourage body confidence in women everywhere, and her persistence in the face of adversity early on in her career. Naomi Campbell is another that I really look up to because of her openness about her struggle with addiction and her commitment to sobriety and second chances–something I feel quite strongly about as I enter my 4th year of sobriety.

What would be your dream shoot?

When I think of my dream shoot, I picture jetting across the turquoise Caribbean waters in a powerboat. Landing on a secluded white sand beach with limestone cliffs. We shoot in perfect sunlight all morning. Wrapping for a delightfully fresh seafood lunch on the beach before picking things back up at a luxury Balinese inspired mansion on the beach for golden hour. The best thing about this dream shoot is that I am making it a reality! I was selected to be a model for the Mermaid Experience, a semi-annual all-inclusive creative vacation in Turks and Caicos. I am beyond excited!

In addition, I have a never-ending list of photographers, locations, and concepts I want to explore. A few examples- I’d love to do a shoot on horseback, both in a long flowy gown and in the nude. Other fantasy shoots include Hawaiian beaches, a cosplay shoot where I am dressed as Elsa from Frozen, and literally any sort of shoot that is a tribute to iconic models and/or photographs. I did a shoot last year that was Farrah Fawcett themed and I would love to explore that concept again and expand on it. I’d also love to shoot in the Arches National Park someday. I wasn’t kidding about my list, it never ends!

How important is social media in your success?

It’s not the most important thing but it has an impact. It’s great for exposure and networking, but new projects find me through several avenues. Most of my work comes from Model Mayhem, which I personally do not consider to be social media as it is meant specifically for those in the industry. I would still have a job if social media wasn’t here tomorrow.

Model: Scarlet Begonias; Photographer: RW Carins

What else do you like to do outside of modeling?

I practice yoga, hang at the beach, paint/do art, eat healthy food, go on adventures, and spend quality time with the people I love.

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

The most important advice is to ALWAYS keep yourself safe. The specific things you do for safety might vary in each situation, but always let someone know where you are going, and do your research.

Be kind and supportive to other models you meet. Competing against other models will cost you peace of mind and success. The real competition is yourself; the rest is a distraction.

Be patient with yourself. Learn your body. Practice your poses. Develop your own flow!

Check out Scarlet Begonias’ Model Mayhem portfolio to see more of her work. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

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9 Responses to “Model Q&A: Scarlet Begonias”

  1. May 31, 2022 at 9:17 am, Brian Ullestad said:

    I worked with Scarlet a few months ago, when she was traveling with the Scorpio Sisters. She was such a joy to work with and made my job so easy. She is a true professional and extremely gorgeous. Shooting composites is never easy for a model since it’s just a blank screen behind her. Check out the result in my profile, pure magic…one of my most popular shots. I hope to work with her again someday, I have some great concepts in mind.


  2. May 30, 2022 at 4:54 am, Raymond Sopczuk said:

    Loved working with Scarlet in the past hope to do it again soon.


  3. January 02, 2021 at 11:38 am, Bill Wynn said:

    I love this interview…I worked with Scarlet twice now and am looking forward to another shoot this spring…she is an amazing model and person…she is definitely very professional and really knows how to pose….really fun to work with….I recommend her to any photographer who is looking to work with a natural beauty with real class.


  4. July 16, 2020 at 12:26 pm, Rob Taggart said:

    I recently worked with Scarlet Begonias at Greg Burns Studio in Sarasota, FL. She was very professional, fun to work with, classy and really knows how to pose and suggest ideas if you ask. Very experienced and comfortable to work with. I recommend her to anyone that has the opportunity to capture her beauty.


  5. February 29, 2020 at 4:01 am, Dennis Canuto said:

    I love those pics! I hope she can visit Charlotte, NC. I would love to shoot with her.


  6. February 21, 2020 at 5:08 am, Sebolax said:

    I am just getting back into photography and truly enjoyed the article. Scarlet seems very focused – needs to be professional but so does the photographer. I really like the variety of ways she enjoys posing and they look great


  7. February 15, 2020 at 8:49 am, JormaKivi said:

    Great article. Nice ink.


  8. February 15, 2020 at 8:26 am, Mike Forde said:

    I am just getting back into photography and truly enjoyed the article. Scarlet seems very focused – needs to be professional but so does the photographer. I really like the variety of ways she enjoys posing and they look great. Would love to train with a model like her. Wishing Scarlet all the best!


  9. February 07, 2020 at 8:58 am, Victor Naumann said:

    She seems very professional and goal oriented, I hope to be able to shoot with her in the future.


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