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Nicolette Bett


NICOLETTE BETT


Nicolette Bett paulacogi@yahoo.com @nicolettebett http://www.youtube.com/user/MEGI1967 Country United States State / Region New York Model ABOUT Nicolette is nine years old(June 4, 2008)Nicolette is a first place “ZOII AWARD WINNER for MOST OUTSTANDING CHILD MODEL of 2018 “ w i n t e r s h o w K I D S FA S H I O N DEMOCRACY 9-15 years old. Nicolette is a FIRST RUNNER UP at IMTA SINGING COMPETITION in NYC. Nicolette got published in November issue of “Dixie Magazine “ as a “Cool kids of TriBeCa.Also, she was published in the winter issue of LaBelle. Recently she was chosen in the top 10 finalists for round 2 by childmodelmagofficial for MODEL OF THE YEAR. In February Nicolette was modelling in New York City Fashion Week for Wonderlandchildrenswear at the SOCIETY FASHION WEEK. Nicolette was the face of the day on February 12 . Nicolette loves to act, and she is a SINGER. She gets a lot of views on YouTube channel. She already reached more than one million views on her channel. She developed head voice very early, so she sings very maturely. She can sing SOPRANO, MUSICAL THEATER and POP MUSIC. Nicolette loves to ski, ice skate, hover board, roller skates and her b i k e . S h e l ove s t o m o d e l , l ove s photoshoots. She also loves to eat very healthily ( mammy Cooke’s for her lol) She is very outgoing, no fear, no stage fright. A very happy person with a personality.


Nicolette is nine years old. Nicolette is a first place “ZOII AWARD WINNER for MOST OUTSTANDING CHILD MODEL of 2018 “ winter show KIDS FASHION DEMOCRACY 9-15 years old. Nicolette is a FIRST RUNNER UP at IMTA SINGING COMPETITION in NYC. Nicolette got published in November issue of “Dixie Magazine “ as a “Cool kids of TriBeCa. Also, she was published in the winter issue of LaBelle. Recently she was chosen in the top 10 finalists for round 2 by childmodelmagofficial for MODEL OF THE YEAR. In February Nicolette was modelling in New York City Fashion Week for Wonderlandchildrenswear at the SOCIETY FASHION WEEK. Nicolette was the face of the day on February 12 . Nicolette loves to act, and she is a SINGER. She gets a lot of views on YouTube channel. She already reached more than one million views on her channel. She developed head voice very early, so she sings very maturely. She can sing SOPRANO, MUSICAL THEATER and POP MUSIC. Nicolette loves to ski, ice skate, hover board, roller skates and her bike. She loves to model, loves photoshoots. She also loves to eat very healthily ( mammy cooks for her lol). She is very outgoing, no fear, no stage fright. A very happy person with a big personality.


Carolina Hernandez Krolhdez@hotmail.com @carolina_hdez15 Mexico Tijuana

Photographer


Carolina Hernandez Krolhdez@hotmail.com carolina_hdez15 http://www.instagram.com/carolina_hdez15/ Mexico Tijuana Photographer Shooting as much as possible, I worked for almost a two years for free, shooting non-stop, building up my contacts and clients. Eventually, the clients and opportunities became a career where I could sustain a living and start investing back into my work by buying new equipment and things. I studied fashion photography at the University of Visual Arts ESAV in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico. On a personal level, my mother is my idol. On a professional level, I Admire Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker, Mario Testino, Henry Cartier Bresson, and Richard Avedon. Of course not! Every day I’m looking toward the future: the next photograph I will take. How I can make my images stronger. Who I want to shoot for. I’m constantly setting new goals, and the only way I relate to success is if I feel a photograph has achieved what I was trying to create. And then I start the process all over again. I am not big into regrets, but I guess if I knew then what I know now, I travel more around the world doing amazing photographs. Question 6 Shoot All the time. all you need is a camera and a lens; be creative, work hard and surround yourself with people to help you get better and stay focused on your goals. Go to different places, meeting new people, watch documentaries on my idol photographers, read books, for a photographer there’s inspiration in everything if you know how to look. Watch Annie Leibovitz life through a lens |Mario Testino in your face | BBC genius of photography |How to read a photograph Start a Tumblr/ Instagram /Facebook Page ..for people to get to know your work. https://www.instagram.com/carolina_hdez15/ https:// www.facebook.com/Carolina-Hernandez-Photography Email/ krolhdez@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/carolina_hdez15/ https:// www.facebook.com/Carolina-Hernandez-Photography krolhdez@hotmail.com


Terence Lee

Photographer


Terence Lee terenceleejilong@gmail.com @requiem84 Country Singapore State / Region Singapore Photographer Terence. Tell us ABOUT yourself. My work focuses on capturing a moment in time, whether it's portraiture, lifestyle imagery, or just the perfect light. I love to wait for the right moment and capture the most beautiful side of things. I'm equally comfortable with both videos and photos and producing stories that are different, darker, sensual and intimate. I was a 2014 Grand Prize winner of the Inaugural Yahoo Fast Flicks (short film) competition, Promax Asia 2014 Silver Award Winner for Best Reality Campaign at and 2017 Promax World Gold Award Winner for Internal Marketing or Sizzle. I'm based in Singapore and I'm always looking for opportunities to create compelling viewer-centric and stylised content for digital platforms — and I'll take any opportunity to travel! Terence Lee specializes in photography, videography, branding and digital content! Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Terence. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I think the most unique thing about me is that I really love being different and challenging the norms. I always try create visuals or films that invoke a reaction, be it good or bad because I want people to be talking to me, asking me questions. I really love black and white because I believe that lights and shadows bring out a different side of people and shows the inner self. Terence, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? My passion is creating visuals and telling stories. I aspire to be a filmmaker and photographer that is known around the world for having inspirational work, provocative work that challenges the norms and that is truly unique. I started as a photographer while I was a teacher where I was asked to photograph some school events and I ended up taking photos that were unlike common event photos and that’s where I realized that I might be good at this and should use it to my advantage. Who is your inspiration in life Terence? How do you keep inspired? My wife. When I turned 32, I decided to leave my stable job and opened my own company to do digital content, she supported me fully and never complained about me not having a job etc. She knew this was what I wanted to do and she constantly gave me her support and told me to chase my dreams. I keep myself inspired by reminding myself of her support and dedication and constantly improve myself by joining fashion programs, classes, reading books, watching films and going to galleries. I want to see the world so I can be more inspired and get better and better. We all make mistakes Terence, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I think that mistake was made with a previous boss/mentor and not a colleague. I was working for one of Singapore's top fashion photographer and only four months in; I was offered a job at another studio as a fashion videographer. I had really wanted to do both and was hoping my boss would incorporate that, be he wants interested and so I decided to move there which broke our relationship a little and the worse thing was, the studio hired another person before even telling me because they thought I was too expensive. I really felt it was karma and I regret it till this day, I should have stayed for at least a year to learn from the best because I feel that I have learned a lot of I had stayed. Terence , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I always aim to deliver photographs that help my clients to achieve their ultimate goals. I look at their brief and carefully plan out my creatives by tailoring it to what they wish to achieve. I make sure that if their idea of something wouldn’t work, I will tell them so but letting understand it’s not about me having an artist temper but genuinely caring about my clients’ needs. Please tell us, Terence, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? I realized at one point in time that I had no portfolio and nobody was going to be paying me, a nobody, money to do photographs or videos. Thus, I started doing work for free, music videos, photos, digital content, just to build up my portfolio. I’m so glad I did that because it also helped widen my network and helped me gained some valuable friendships. Terence, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I was shooting for a hair renewal spa in Singapore and they had decided to continue with their previous way of photography and basically wanted me to just continue what was done before but I told them about having to move with the times and with them wanting to target a younger audience, that they had to change their mindset and the style of the photos. I made it look slightly more editorial and even used black and white photos which breathe new life into the brand and helped create a new identity. Terence, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? As a photographer, I haven’t had the proudest moment yet, but as a filmmaker, I do have. I won the inaugural Yahoo film competition in Singapore in 2014, and that boosted my confidence and made me feel that my work is good enough because it was judged by film veterans in Singapore which included my idol, Eric Khoo. I wanted people to be able to see the stories I wanted to tell, and I’m glad that in my first competition, I won and that made me super happy and excited and importantly, that what I’m doing is right and I should continue to do so. Terence, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I was asked to do a music video for a local singer in Singapore, and I told him that I wanted to do it differently. I wanted to shoot it like a short film and didn’t involve him singing at all in the music video. I even asked him to portray himself as a serial killer, had him strip and also dip himself into a bathtub full of blood. I even offered to pay for the production of the music video because I believed in the idea. It turned out fantastic for him because it showcased his acting abilities and opened new doors for him. He was very thankful for it and still credits his acting gigs to me till this day. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? To believe in oneself and to find your voice and identity. It’s ok to copy others at the start, but eventually, you need to use the different inspirations and infuse that, making it into your signature so that you become unique. People don’t notice you because you copy well but because you’re uniquely you. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes, I am looking for collaborations. I come from a small country, and it’s not easy finding people who want to collaborate. I’m looking for people to come together to create good portfolios and hopefully, can help critique on my work and make me better by challenging my ideas, my stories. I want to meet people from all around the world so that I can learn from them and better myself, getting inspiration from all around the world.

Photo Credits: Photographer: Terence Lee @requiem84


Maria L. Davis riridavis127@gmail.com @mariadavis_official_page Country United States State / Region Florida Model Maria L., please tell us your talent/work rate per hour? Fashion Model 150hr/Make-up Artist 25hr depends on job/Stylist 150hr depends on job/Photographer 150hr depends on job ABOUT Remarkably gifted Fashion Model with over 14 years experience in displaying and promoting clothes and other goods on television, in magazines and on a catwalk at fashion shows. Summary of Qualifications Exceptional performance skills. Sound knowledge of body posture, movement and facial expressions. Remarkable knowledge of body and face care. Knowledgeable of make-up, hairstyles and fashion. Exceptional ability to memorize routines. Strong knowledge of sales techniques. Uncommon confidence, patience and punctuality. Remarkable ability to adapt and be able to accept criticism. Possession of huge professionalism and concentration on duty. Exceptionally attractive skin and personality. Great coordination, flexible body, clear speech, tidy appearance, and immensely fit and healthy. bfeature in a major magazine feature in prestige magazine feature in Elle Girl magazine with two-page spread for Kmart feature in teen vogue magazine feature in Jacksonville magazine for the cover model walk for designer Sushma Patel walk for designer Mia Merritt walk for designer Lauren Leonard commercial for Prom Guide Magazine Fashion Stylist Prom Guide Magazine - New York, New York - 2008 to 2015 Responsibilities asst with picking high school girls and guys for the magazine asst with picking out designer dresses that are hot for the season to be on the cover and in the centrefold manage models on step by step for the cover of the magazine and centrefold Help asst the cover shoot in New York city. Asst with overseeing the inventory received and sent back to manufacturers Accomplishments excellent stylist Skills Used managing models and the production area photography make-up fashion styling Our readers would love to get to know you more Maria L.. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am very creative person a Published Model, Stylist, Make-up Artist, Photographer Maria L., what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My passion is to one day soon be able to grace the cover of a magazine I know I can bring Grace and sleek to it. Also, excel in my business call Ravishing beauty LLC. My desires are to be able to give back to my community and help people that are less fortunate. Who is your inspiration in life Maria L.? How do you keep inspired? Wow, that's easy my lord Jesus Christ and my mother. By knowing I can share my talents and know that it inspires others. We all make mistakes Maria L.; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I think we all have been here. When you say something and not knowing you hurt someone feelings. In this case, I would immediately ask them to forgive me.Usley I am very cautious when it comes to people feeling I am always the uplifter. Maria L., when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I make sure to prepare early Please tell us Maria L., about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? I always show up early and prepare Maria L., please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Well it is I am fast talker Maria L., please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is its and why? Starting my own beauty company with my cousin Janae Folks and why because of it something I always wanted since we were little. And we made it a reality. Maria L., please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Wow, it was a time where I had to shot a video for my business and I had to be the stylist, make-up Artist, photographer and model. What was so difficult you had to set the timer just right for the video What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? Its a lot of long nights and early mornings you have to work hard but in the end, it pays off. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am looking to collaborate with a modelling agency, models, make-up Artist, designers, film producers, Magazines and all creative people

photographers,

Now for the best part Maria L.! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Carissa Glanton @diamondeyezphotography


MARIA L. DAVIS


Thea Aurora Karlsen

thea-aurora@live.no

@Theaakarlsen

http://www.teammodels.no/models/thea-k/

41263711

Country

Norway

State / Region

Ostfold

Model

ABOUT

Jeg har aldri fullført skolen. Gikk media første året, men dette var ikke noe for meg. Jeg begynte å jobbe i matbutikk og hadde noen modelloppdrag ved siden av.

Det gikk noen år og en rådgiver ringte meg, han skulle hjelpe meg å få en utdannelse. Årene gikk med om og men, men til slutt fikk jeg bli med på et helt nytt prosjekt. Et prosjekt som skulle hjelpe unge som har droppet ut fra skolen. Jeg ble spurt om å være med på dette, og det gjorde jeg.

I dag har disse menneskene gitt meg praksisplass på parfymeri/ sminke butikk. Noe jeg elsker!

Our readers would love to get to know you more Thea Aurora . Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Hi!

Jeg er 21 år og jobber i parfymeri/sminke butikk i Norge. Jeg jobber hver dag og skulle ønske jeg kunne komme et steg lenger med modellyrket.

Jeg er en bli jente, elsker utfordringer, nye mennesker og reise! Det å oppleve nye ting er noe som gjør meg veldig glad!

Thea Aurora , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

Min Passion er å komme lenger, og reise og komme ditt jeg vil.

Jeg fikk mange kommentarer fra familie og folk fra sosiale medier og det fikk meg til å søke på et modellbyrå. Jeg sendte en Mail til Team Models i Oslo, de ba meg komme på casting. Jeg dro, tok noen bilder og uka etter fikk jeg svar. De ville ha meg med i teamet. Jeg var overlykkelig, jeg fikk faktisk et JA

Who is your inspiration in life Thea Aurora ? How do you keep inspired?

Hmm.. jeg elsker klær, reiser, og nye ting. Jeg tror for hvert steg jeg kommer hvor mer vilje får jeg til å komme ditt jeg vil. Og møte nye mennesker gi meg inspirasjon til å kunne si dette skal jeg klare og dette vil jeg faktisk. Det å se hva andre gjør i hverdagen og får oppleve, jeg vil også det med ting jeg interesserer meg over.

We all make mistakes Thea Aurora, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

Har ikke vært i noen ubehagelige situasjoner

Thea Aurora , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

Jeg syns det er viktig å snakke sammen, fortelle meg hva du hil ha eller trenger fra meg og jeg skal gjøre mitt beste

Please tell us Thea Aurora, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

Jeg skulle møte en fyr jeg skulle bli med til VM i hår til Paris. Jeg hadde vært på jobb og skulle rett til Oslo. Men ingeting den dagen ville fungere som jeg håpet. Jeg fikk ikke bestilt bussbilletter til Oslo, når jeg først kom meg på bussen hadde skjedd en ulykke på veien. Da jeg kom til Oslo hadde trikken byttet holde plass og jeg kom for sent. Dette var veldig ubehagelig for jeg hater å ikke levere når jeg kan levere. Alt var bare uflaks

Thea Aurora, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

Tror ikke jeg var vært i en sånn situasjon

Thea Aurora, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?

Jeg er jo 2 cm for lav for hva de fleste modellbyråene vil ha. Men jeg fikk gå med brudekjoler , og det gjorde meg så glad. Jeg fikk de høyeste helene og den største kjolen, og jeg klarte det. Jeg Eide senen

Thea Aurora, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

Var en gang hvis jeg skulle kle av meg for første gang, og bevege meg, men følte meg ikke komfortabel fordi fotografen snakket om så mye som ikke hadde noe med temaet å gjøre. Men jeg greide det og jeg fikk gjort noe nytt

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

Du må like det du gjør! Eller så er det ikke vits å gjøre det og du vil ikke komme noen vei

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?

Yes I would.

jeg er åpen for det meste!

Fashion on minke er not jeg elsker

THEA Photo Credits:

Christian

AURORA KARLSEN


PENT W ALTER M - A AKE UP

RTIST


Pent Walter meawpent@gmail.com @pentmakeupartist http://pentmakeup.com Country United States State / Region New York Make-up Artist ABOUT I love creating since I was a kid. I always work on DIY projects when I have free time. So art and crafts have always been my passion. I studied Textiles Science and Technology at the University, including fashion and design. Doing makeup is another form of art that I fell in love with after I started to learn by myself. Every time I look into the magazines, I always stare at the model’s face on each page and analyze the looks to see how to make it. I finally went to beauty school and graduated from Nina Mua in New York City. I got makeup artist certificate and hairstyling for makeup artist certificate. After graduating, I have been creating the photo shoots to build my portfolio. I love it so much, and I want to do it every day. I get to work with professional photographers and learn so much from them. Beside that I learn from the clients, they all have different preferences. But at the end, they feel confident in their beauty. To be a makeup artist is my dream job that I would love to do it for the rest of my life. Our readers would love to get to know you more Pent. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I love to learn, and I can do them all. I can do makeup, hair, styling, design, sew the dresses, and cook for everyone! Pent, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist? I love when I do makeup either on myself or someone else's face. It's just like you create beautiful art on a canvas. And every time I look into a magazine, it always inspired me and made me want to be part of it to create those beautiful pictures. Who is your inspiration in life Pent? How do you keep inspired? Everyone around me always inspired me. They are all unique, so I learn every day from everyone that I've seen. We all make mistakes Pent; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Make-up Artist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. So far I am still handling well. Pent, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Make-up Artist, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? It depends on their event. Of course, all of them are important, but if it's a wedding, I will give it as a priority because it's one thing of their lifetime. Or a big project that I wouldn't miss the opportunity. And I would help them find someone to work for them if I can't do it. Please tell us Pent, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist? I managed to go on a different schedule in one day, it was stressful, but it worked. Pent, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I tried to explain to a client that the look that she wanted might not look good on her by showing her pictures and gave her a suggestion. Pent, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Make-up Artist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why? When the pictures came out so beautiful, and everyone loves them! And I am the one who did makeup, hair, styling, made all the dresses. Pent, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? When I can do a crazy the look that I want for fashion, so I don't have to worry that I will scare my client away. So I can get all my creativity and put on my canvas. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?* * Love what you do. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I would love to collaborate with all kind of artists and projects. I will be looking forward to it! Now for the best part Pent! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Susan Magnano @susan_magnano


Martin Lubbers info@breakingrocksclothing.com @breakingrocksclothing http://www.breakingrocksclothing.com Country Netherlands State / Region Gelderland Fashion Label ABOUT Born and raised between corn and grassland I did not know much about the glitter and glamour of the world we live in. Studied business administration and got myself a car and house. Made career for many years and ended up as someone important with nothing to complain. It gave me the luxury to travel and get to know the world. But at the end of the day this didn't make me happy. I cut all ropes and started all over approx. 4-5 years ago with streetwear fashion label Breaking Rocks. Starting from scratch and creating colourful clothing to make people happy. That mission gives me much energy. Inspire and be inspired by awesome individuals , day in day out, is the best diet one can follow. In this way I am able to create the best designs and bring online all over the world. Offline we stay closer to home and sell through unique independent retailers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We only make the best quality, something we will never change and have a route to follow about sustainability and responsible way of making our products. With Breaking Rocks brand we stay in the niche segment for crazy, allover printed clothing. That is for us the way to uphold our mission honor our fans. Our readers would love to get to know you more Martin. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am an ordinary guy. Sorry. Martin, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Label? Fashion makes people talk. It is one of the easiest way to get in touch and connect. It is almost like taking your fluffy dog for a walk. My fashion label with the unique designs makes people shine and talk. That idea got me started and gets me doing my thing until this day. Who is your inspiration in life Martin? How do you keep inspired? There is a saying that we have two types of humans. The hunter and the collector. I am definitely a hunter. Always looking for new experiences and ideas. For this I committed myself a few years ago to visit at least two new countries every year. Meeting people, learning about other cultures, eat local food and see beautiful landscapes always gives me new inspiration. For that you can say I am a collector of experiences that brings me new inspiration. We all make mistakes Martin, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Fashion Label; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. We had an internship woman, and in our opinion, she did not follow our track. I wrote an email and said goodbye instead of taking the time to talk in real. Martin , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Label, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? We try to fulfil all customer's needs. Even if this means we have to stick labels on each item until 4 o'clock in the morning with all staff. Please tell us, Martin, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Label? In 2016 my core supplier for printed sweaters could not keep his company running moneywise. This would be very bad for us too while we needed goods and did not have the time to switch to another supplier. I lent money to the supplier, got my stuff, and up to this day we cooperate! Martin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I have never been that successful! Martin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Label. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? We are stocked in a beautiful independent fashion store in the heart of Berlin. We are there , at the Kurfürstendamm where all big fashion brands have their flagship stores. Berlin is one of the most famous Fashion Cities in Europe, so we are proud to have a point of sale in the heart of the wonderful city. By the way; not only there but also at another hotspot named 'Hackescher Markt'. Martin, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I try to spend the time to creative work every week. Sometimes only a few hours, sometimes a whole day. Once finished I am always excited and think it is the best I ever did. However mostly when waking up the next day it ends up in the garbage can. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Label? Be an expert in e-commerce. Otherwise, you will never make it. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Any suggestion is welcome. Photo Credits: All photo credits @breakingrocksclothing

Martin Lubbers Fashion Label


DEVKANTH RAO PHOTOGRAPHER


Devkanth Rao djpixeslphotography@gmail.com @djpixelsphotography http://500px.com/djpixelsphotography Country The United States State / Region North Carolina Photographer ABOUT I'm not the conventional photographer, I come from an Information technology background, and like to be considered more like an art director who manages all logistics to make a shoot happen right from its conception. I have worked with local commercial businesses like Eureka lego, Triangle Cricket League Ads, Boutiques and Real estate. I specialize in 1) Fashion and editorial 2) sports 3)Corporate and Actor headshots Our readers would love to get to know you more Devkanth. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? Diversity, extraordinary, and cinematic is what I look in my work. I'm a very approachable kind of person, but when it comes to photography, which is where my passion lies, I try to master it. Devkanth, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? Photography, people, nature are my key aspirations and where my passion lies. I started my photography all due to my daughter; she inspired me to buy a DSLR when she was born. I wanted to capture her memories. I still capture her, as she is my model at home practising my new ideas with her. She poses well for me. Who is your inspiration in life Devkanth? How do you keep inspired? I get inspired by watching people, the lighting on and around them. I watch a variety of movies, shows and the way they used the different lighting, and how can I gather that into my work. We all make mistakes Devkanth; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I'm a freelance photographer, but the only incident I could take back, is at the beginning of my career, I didn't know how to build a portfolio. I didn't know how to approach folks. If I could take back the one time I reached out to a model, and I shot with her. The way she tried to rip me off by taking advantage of my situation. Now, being an experienced one, I would want to approach that situation better or educate new photographers and models alike not to be her. Devkanth , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? Time management is key in my life. Family time comes first. I prioritize my work based on the time provided to me, and I don't take up work if it takes too much time away from my family. I like to work a lot, but not at the cost of my family. So, I take up work, and manage it, based on the key factor of whether I can do justice to it, and deliver work on time so that my clients are completely satisfied. Please tell us Devkanth, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? I had a wedding, and two back to back commercial shoots. So, the way I could prioritize, is I was able to convince my commercial shoots to be more flexible with their time to accommodate them and take up the wedding as it is more time consuming and more intense work. Fortunately, such things come down to if the clients are more able to work with you and trust you. Devkanth, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Every time I shoot fashion, I have always shot ordinary people who want to seek to model. I build model portfolios and usually guide and gauge them before and during the shoot. I mentor them to take up instruction and take things with a pinch of salt. Not all photographers want to instruct, and if you put in more time towards modelling, it will only reap much better results. Invest in it. Devkanth, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? Getting published, and getting the recognition among leading photographers in my region. Gaining their respect was key. Devkanth, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I wanted to create something different, so I reached to various vendors that will help create a styled shoot for an Indian Bridal shoot, and fortunately, the vendors like designers, makeup artists, and a major furniture store, and jewellery vendor reached out to me to accomplish the project. I planned the shoot with three models in 2 months, getting them the Pinterest mood boards, bouncing ideas off the designer, mum, and models. Location was key, so managing the logistics to get the models ready for the shoot location at the right time was a challenging task. Again, the shoot thought took 4 hours more than normal, I had a solid product ready to be submitted to bridal magazines. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? Keep at it, hang in there, keep practising, and be diverse. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes. Major brands like Nike, Under Armour, Calvin Klien etc. Now for the best part Devkanth! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Devkanth Rao @DJ Pixels Photography


LISA KEARNS PHOTOGRAPHER


Lisa Kearns lisakearnsphotography@gmail.com @lisakphotos http://www.lisakearnsphotography.com Country United States State / Region Sacramento, California Photographer ABOUT I want to tell stories of confident women who strive to live happily in their skin, may she feel edgy, sexy, casual, elegant, or natural. Shooting fashion and portrait photography have been a satisfying medium to express my creative goals. I use nature and vivid colors in my work to bring out the unique aspects of the subject and help facilitate the visual story at hand. Having a Masters in Human Genetics (you read that right) my photography is guided by the principle of Identity & Evolution. We each have an omnipresent uniqueness- a code- that gives us the integral backbone of our physical being. Combined with the ability to evolve every day, we can express our true individuality and identity. This whole process can be raw and uncharted, but it is always natural and beautiful. For me, as I expect many others, the photography process is raw and uncharted- This is perfectly symbolic of human expression and interaction. Expressing yourself and Interacting with others to experience life or create art is a very intimate process. I enjoy this vulnerable space and welcome others to it. Magic happens when you work with other creatives in that intimate space and both ride the excitement of creativity, not fear it. Only then can we express the story we want. I am a Sacramento, California based female fashion and portrait photographer, non-represented, and producing on a daily basis. She has created editorials and commercial photography for several fashion brands and designers in Northern California and the Bay Area. Our readers would love to get to know you more Lisa. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? In an industry filled with artistic right-brained "creative" minds, I come from a world of left-brain "logic science" minds. My field of work is in genetics, and I use my "science brain" on the daily. With photography I get to exercise my "creative brain" when I'm thinking about photo ideas or during the photo shoot, then I bring in the skills of my left-brain to analyze, plan out, and carry out the concept. I’ve enjoyed exercising the symbiosis of my brain through photography. Lisa, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? Life is made up of our human expression and the experience we have from it. My aspiration in life is to have as many positive and unique life experiences with creative and kind people. Photography is a natural way to create art and enjoy life in the process. Though self-teaching and guidance from peers, I’ve learned how this artistic, technological tool can help me bring my ideas into real life and capture the human experience. Who is your inspiration in life Lisa? How do you keep inspired? We can evolve every day- to me that is inspiring! I choose to evolve and to be a better human than I was yesterday and I hope to help others evolve by having a positive impact on them through my art or the sharing of my experiences. That mantra has naturally allowed my photography to evolve as I am driven to capture the beauty of life in empowering, thoughtful, and improved way every day. We all make mistakes Lisa, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I was hired to shoot an editorial for a designer. We finalized the photoshoot concept, but due to a miscommunication between myself and the designer as to who was to pass this along, the details were not sent to the MUA and model. The precious light was missed at the shoot because we needed to take time to introduce everyone to the theme. Ever since this, I make sure all members of the shoot are informed so we can all arrived prepared with the appropriate mindset and energy to nail the concept. Lisa , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I love lists- Lists of photo ideas, lists of upcoming projects, lists of the status of current projects… all the lists! I am continually updating them and, with much success, have been continually staying on top of my work. I also understand my limits don't overbook myself by either accommodating a later start date or referring to a trusted photographer. Please tell us, Lisa, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? My priorities are to create quality art, and for my clients to be happy. On a recent evening I was double booked; the first a TFP shoot and the second a paid shoot. The model for the first shoot texted and stated that she would be an hour late. Although it was difficult to initially schedule with this model, I had to make the decision to reschedule her- I explained that would not be able to get the quality shots I needed to in a shorter time, nor could I reschedule the second shoot, but that I was excited to shoot with her and wanted to work out another time to shoot.. I was able to reschedule with her and keep my second client on time and have a great shoot. Lisa, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. During my shoots, I check in with the Model after my first series of shots to see if we are achieving the look we set forth to get. Before the shoot I talk with the model about posing, explain how I’m lining up my shot, and give as clear of picture as to what’s envisioned, then after the first series, I explained what needs to be adjusted. Checking in with the model helps us stay on track and get the results we are happy with. It also doesn't hurt that I’m very easy going and keep my photoshoots fun with music, jokes, and happy vibes. Lisa, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? My first shoot has always been my favorite. I asked a friend to shoot, and we raided her closet for outfits to style. We then went to an outdoor location and scuttled around finding photogenic spots. I didn't feel confident about my camera skills at the time, but we had so much fun shooting that it didn't matter. I was so ecstatic when I left the shoot because the shots we had off the camera were just blowing my mind- I couldn't believe these photos looked so… good! Downloading and editing only increased my excitement and I didn't even need to post them to know I had made art with only my camera and a few ideas. When I get anxious about an upcoming shoot I just think back to that shoot and how perfect it was. Lisa, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I was recently given some promotional LED color changing wifi bulbs from LIFX to try with my studio lighting setup. These lights have motivated me to master my studio lighting skills and helped add a whole other dimension to my photos. I still have so many creative ideas for those bulbs floating around in my head and am so excited to with shooting them more. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? When approaching the unknown, it is only human to have fear and concern. Know that with photography (and art), there are no mistakes, only creative outcomes! Fear will only prevent you from turning on that camera And capturing a moment. and that moment was never to be savored until you took that photo. There is no need for fear so get delete it off your emotion card, and get out and shoot! Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Fashion is a way for someone to feel the depths of their individuality shine through. As a women’s fashion photographer I strive to create images that portray confident and happy women. If you have a brand, design, or concept that speaks to this, I welcome a collaboration. Photo Credits: Lisa Kearns @lisakphotos


Julie Mulbert


Julie Mulbert juliemulbert@gmail.com @julie_mulbert http://instagram.com/julie_mulbert Country France State / Region Île de France Model ABOUT I am 21, and I am currently a 4th year engineering student. I’ve always been interested in the fashion and modelling world. I am passionate about fitness and sport; I play tennis at a competitive level. I just got back to Paris, I spent six months in Buenos Aires. I love lifestyle, travels, sport, cinema and fashion. I am easy to talk to and have a good sense of humour. Our readers would love to get to know you more Julie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I give my best to achieve my goals. I am determined, and I have a good sense of humour. Julie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? Sport and fashion. I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot, and I enjoyed my first experience as a model. Who is your inspiration in life Julie? How do you keep inspired? Athletes and determined persons.

Now for the best part Julie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: @studiolenoir


Sascha Burger Photographer


Photo Credits: Cover 1: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Saskia Frede @sasa_fr Cover 2: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Alena Keszler @aleena_ MakeUp: Susanne Weber @suwelo09 Styling: Janina Wehner @miuhairstyle Photo 1: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Alena Keszler @aleena_ MakeUp: Susanne Weber @suwelo09 Styling: Janina Wehner @miuhairstyle Photo 2: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Saskia Frede @sasa_fr Photo 3: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Saskia Frede @sasa_fr Photo 4: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Serafine Lie @eli.reisfan Photo 5: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Serafine Lie @eli.reisfan

Sascha Burger info@lichtwerke-photography.de @lichtwerkephotography http://www.lichtwerke-photography.de Country Germany State / Region Baden-Würtemberg Photographer ABOUT I debuted in photography over ten years ago. As a self- taught photographer, I educated myself over time via workshops and tutorials. Today, I mainly shoot weddings together with my wife. I recently added fashion photography to my portfolio, which I would like to establish as a second string to my bow. I am currently getting in place cooperation with designers. Photography allows me to live out my creativity. I am not solely looking for ‘perfect shots’, but I am also aiming to express my style and uniqueness. One of my ideas, a ‘fashion line’ made from newspapers, had been used for their marketing campaign by a local newspaper. Projects like this one allow me to combine my passion for photography and my creative side. Sascha Burger Lichtwerke Photography specializes in: - wedding photography - fashion shootings - headshots (portraits)

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Sascha. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Photo 6: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Nadine Zebib @n_a_d_i_n_e_____ Styling: Svetlana Barna @barnasvetlana Outfit: Anika Lohwasser @anikalohwasser

Photo 7: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Nadine Zebib @n_a_d_i_n_e_____ Model: Christian Mauro @mauro702 Styling: Svetlana Barna @barnasvetlana Outfit: Anika Lohwasser @anikalohwasser Photo 8: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Sahra-Latifa Kleiber @sahralawarrelmann Model: Christian Mauro @mauro702 Styling: Svetlana Barna @barnasvetlana Outfit: Anika Lohwasser @anikalohwasser Photo 9: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Lia Juwel @lia_juwel Styling: Svetlana Barna @barnasvetlana Outfit: Anika Lohwasser @anikalohwasser Photo 10: Photographer: Sascha Burger @lichtwerkephotography Model: Alexandra Grunwald @sasha_goes_left Styling: Svetlana Barna @barnasvetlana Outfit: Anika Lohwasser @anikalohwasser

Uniqueness can only be achieved when you stay true to yourself. Every person was created unique for a reason, and you do not have to bend out of shape to be special. I believe that uniqueness is achieved by following your dreams and doing what you love. By the end of the day, I am just a pretty normal guy with a wonderful wife and a cat who happens to be passionate about photography. There may be people more talented or more successful, and the grass may always seem greener on the other side of the fence, but in the end, you alone hold the keys to your success. You will only improve and get better when you don't focus on others but work on your skills. Sascha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? My passion is wedding photography. Accompanying couples from the very beginning, from their planning right up to their special day, to record the joy in their eyes, the giddiness as the big day is finally there – this is what it is all about. This is what makes me happy. I give everything for my clients. I try to capture every detail that they arranged so lovingly to retell their wedding day best. These often very emotional pictures are why I favour accompanying couples throughout the whole day. Photography has always been my hobby when, at the age of 22 I believe, I started to take a more serious interest in it. I haven’t put down my camera ever since. Family gatherings, festivities with friends and formal occasions- my camera was always on board. Eventually, I aimed higher: I wanted to inspire others with my photography. And so I subscribed to tutorials, entered several workshops and did a lot of self-education.

Who is your inspiration in life Sascha? How do you keep inspired? I am inspired by my environment. Sometimes I believe that I perceive my surroundings differently from other people. Where others may only see a simple shack, I am contemplating the beautiful texture of the wood and the streaks on the different planks, in my mind already setting up a rustic yet contained backdrop for a perfect romantic shooting. As you can see, inspiration is everywhere around me. Whenever I have a bad day, I simply have to remind myself that the world is a beautiful place and that I just have to walk around with my eyes wide open to see clear again. Thus in most cases, it is much less an individual taking me closer to an idea, than my environment and the inspiring encounters with other people. We all make mistakes Sascha; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. In retrospect, I might have been too focused on myself and my artistic progress at the beginning of my professional career as a photographer. Right now, this slows down networking with other photographers. However, I haven’t been faced with any unpleasant situations regarding colleagues so far. After all, problems are here to be solved, and as long as the interactions between two people are open and honest, there should never be a problem. Sascha , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? Generally speaking, all clients are equally important. They all want to and deserve to have their pictures delivered to them as fast as possible. So if processing time takes longer than usual, I pay to heed to communicate it to my clients already in advance. Extra- hours are natural in such cases for me, and I also make sure that the clients receive at least a small selection of pictures within a couple of days to make the wait more tolerable. Please tell us, Sascha, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? Strategic decisions are frequently needed during peak wedding season where you find yourself faced with almost no time at all for projects other than the bookings ahead. This means you have to prioritize and leave your other ideas in the drawer. During these periods I like to put out my feelers and already plan for when there is time to open that drawer again. Sascha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. In wedding photography, we like to advise couples on having us accompany them throughout the whole day instead of booking us for a set number of hours. Luckily, it does not take a lot of convincing when we let our pictures speak for themselves, especially those taken when bride and groom get dressed for the ceremony. This proof of our experience and expertise helped to relieve more than just one anxious bride of her fear of unflattering pictures of her getting ready. As a consequence, we also had couples who had rather been sceptical towards photographers before book us for the whole day. Sascha, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? This is easy. My proudest professional accomplishment is my latest fashion shooting with German designer Anika Lohwasser. To this date, this has been one of my biggest and most ambitious projects. I was able to take so many great pictures that choosing a selection for her was not an easy task. I am equally proud of a marketing campaign I initiated for the local newspaper ‘Echo’. First, I had a crazy idea, but I developed it further. Out of my concept, a sample took form and so I designed the dress for the campaign myself, built it from newspaper and custom- fitted it to the model. To see my very own photographs on posters plaster, the city is an amazing/overwhelming feeling.

Sascha, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I recently had a fashion shooting with a young German designer. In preparation for the shooting, we spent many hours pondering on how to best present her dresses. Once we had found models for our project, choosing from the manifold styling options proved to be even more challenging. Since this was one of the bigger projects, many people were involved, and everybody was anxious for things to run smoothly. And as you can see, the results are great. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?* * Never stop learning! Aim high and continuously pursue your goals. There are always tutorials or workshops which will teach you new things and help you to improve. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Primarily I am looking for new and aspiring designers, as well as growing brands and labels. I enjoy taking part in their growth, learning from one another, and I am convinced that the benefits of this cooperation are mutual. This is what it is all about: co- operation. Everybody puts in their time, work and love to make great pictures happen. Now for the best part Sascha! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.


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Uniqueness can only be achieved when you stay true to yourself. Every person was created unique for a reason, and you do not have to bend out of shape to be special.


D ARYA DAUHALIONAK


Darya Dauhalionak ddasea2705@gmail.com @darya_sea_ Country United States State / Region California, San Francisco Model ABOUT I'm originally from Belarus. I've earned a bachelor degree in International Management, and now I'm studying Graphic Design at the San Francisco City College. My experience working as a model is almost two years. I work in different styles and always open to creative ideas. I'm a San Francisco based model and visual artist. Our readers would love to get to know you more Darya. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I'm a visual artist and a model. My passion is art. I love to draw and express my thoughts and ideas in my works. I consider being a model as a part of the creative process and I enjoy bring photographers ideas in life. Photography is an art which involves hard work from both sides, and I love to do my work as best as I can to get excellent and beautiful results. Darya, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My passion is art, and I get inspiration from life every day. I believe, that life must be amazing and incredible, and I try to do everything possible to make it so. I've started participating in photoshoots in my native country. When I moved to the U.S, I found plenty of wonderful opportunities to work with creative photographers.


Who is your inspiration in life Darya? How do you keep inspired? Life itself is my main source of inspiration. To see beauty in every detail gives me inspiration and motivation to develop as an artist, as well as to work with creative people. We all make mistakes Darya; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. One time I didn't plan well my schedule, and I came late. I made the photographer wait for me and it wasn't good and professional. I did my best to explain him the situation and told myself never made such mistakes. Now I have a good planner, and it helps me a lot to avoid situations like that and to be professional. Darya, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I make my schedule and tell people my real situation with availability. I never promise what I can't do, and I always do my best to make a professional relationship. Please tell us, Darya, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? This time is now because I'm a student and I work hard at the college. At the same time, I'm developing as a model, and now I plan every day to meet my goals in both fields. Darya, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. As an artist, I see things differently and sometimes photographers, who are creative individuals too, see them in opposite way. One day I had a photoshoot in the Conservatory of Flowers, and I was told to bring a dress in particular colour to fit the floral background. I brought several dresses, and I took one dress with colour, as I thought would work well too. At first, the photographer disagreed with my choice. However, I persuaded him to make some trial shots. After he saw the results, he changed his mind, and we got beautiful pictures. It's important to be able to explain another person your point of view and show him how it can help him to get good results. Darya, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? The proudest accomplishment was when I was offered to work with one professional and good photographer as a model in his studio, where he was giving a workshop. It was wonderful and full of new knowledge experience. Darya, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I had photoshoot when the photographer had an idea to make pictures close to the Golden Gate Bridge. We thought just to go up and take some shots with the bridge in the background. When we came there, it was super cold, foggy and windy and it seemed not possible to make good pictures in such weather conditions. However, I decided to try, and I put on my flowy dress. The fog worked so beautifully together with the lights from the bridge and my dress. It was extremely cold, but the results worth it. It was the situation where I wasn't afraid of difficulties and just let my creativity goes. We've got very beautiful pictures. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Do not be afraid of difficulties and use your best qualities to achieve results, use your creative inspiration and work hard to bring your and photographers ideas to life. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Fashion shoots, brand advertising, portrait, fashion and lifestyle photoshoots with creative individuals. Photo Credits: Cover Photo 1 - Photographer: Radostina Boseva Cover Photo 2 - Photographer: Viceth Vong; photos 1 -9 - Viceth Vong; photo 10 - Jun Weaver


SUSIE DFRINGUS L ASHION

ABEL


Susie Dringus susied@zwitchz.com @zwitchz http://zwitchz.com What is your location, Susie? Country United Kingdom State / Region London Fashion Label ABOUT ZwitchZ is an Avant-garde Knitwear brand based in London/UK, with dynamic and unexpected forms focusing on bringing the highest quality Knitwear to the world. Founded in October 2017 by Zuzana Dringusova who is also known by the name Susie D. ZwitchZ as a brand name derives from Zuzana’s initial and "witch" in the middle which is Zuzana’s nickname from her childhood, and describes the brands aesthetic and wicked dynamic designs. After her graduation from the University of West London where she learnt domestic machine knitting techniques, she wanted to broaden her skills and fell in love with hand-knitting. She started self-learning all the traditional hand-knitting techniques from YouTube videos and books starting from the very basics, and now she creates her own unique and fresh patterns and shapes. Our ultimate vision is to "inspire and being inspired". We believe our sculptural construction with futuristic elements is one of a kind and it makes the brand stand out from the crowd. Zuzana was always enthusiastic about horror fiction, fantasy, mythology and sci-fi books and films, and this is where her main inspiration comes from. ZwitchZ design aesthetics concentrates on volume and texture, interactive surface with carefully structured multiple details, and creating a bridge where minimalist and maximalist style meets in the middle. ZwitchZ strongly stands by building a fully sustainable Avant-Garde Knitwear brand, and their products represent a wardrobe concept based on longevity, comfortability, and easy to wear clothing which enables each to pursue a personal approach to garment styling. Through the passing years our society becoming more eco-conscious, consumers started realising the damages what fast manufacturing can cause, and this is where our brand comes in with a guilt-free action in mind. Our greatest mission and commitment lay in outstanding customer experience that drives long-term loyalty and to provide only the highest quality products which bring inspiration and innovation. We want to look at the wider sector how to improve our environment and promote eco-fashion to the mainstream. With a positive vibe, endless energy, creativity, skills, love and passion, we believe our brand can highly contribute towards a big change in the fashion industry. Now for the best part Susie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Joan Bordera @joan.bordera Model: Gilda Palas @gildapls Model.2: Laura Arbeláez @laurarbelaezp


Ava Khlopin


Ava Khlopin

piter_zebra@yahoo.com

@measava

Country

United States

State / Region

New York

Model

ABOUT

I started off my modeling career when I was six months old. My first job was modeling for babiesrus in Brooklyn. After this, I started my professional sports career in ballroom dancing, tennis, and rhythmic gymnastics. Even as a professional athlete, I still loved being in front of the camera, so I asked my mom if we can start modeling again. With a very tight schedule and being in a young elite squad of USA national rhythmic gymnastics team, it is not easy. I still manage to go to castings and continue to have gymnastics practice for six days a week, for 4-5 hours a day. For the past year, I worked with wonderful photographers, walked for amazing designers at NYFW Shows, and was filmed in a short movie. I love modeling because it helps you to have high self-esteem, it brings your inner beauty out, and gives you opportunities to meet interesting people and make new friends. But, I still never forget about the most important job for any kid: school. I keep up with school very well and earned a honor roll for all my grades and won the gold honor roll. I am currently in 6th grade. Sometimes, I fell very tiredly about having such a tight schedule, but at the same time, feel rewarded and grateful for all the opportunities I have in my life.

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).

Yes

Our readers would love to get to know you more Ava. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

very concentrated, take directions well, curious, good coordination and musicality

Ava, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

My passion and aspiration are to be in Teen Vogue Magazine one day. I started modeling when I was a baby, my mom signed me up with an agency. I began playing sports when I was three years old be first doing ballroom dance, tennis and rhythmic gymnastics.

Who is your inspiration in life Ava? How do you keep inspired?

Tyra Banks because she was very successful in her modeling career and also has a very funny and great personality. Also, my inspiration in Yana Kudryavtseva, a Russian rhythmic gymnast because she won the world cup with a broken ankle and won silver in the 2016 Olympic Games.

We all make mistakes Ava; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.

One time, I came to a very important photoshoot with an expectation that someone would guide me, but as a professional model, you are the one who has to make it work. You have to deliver what is expected of you so the client and photographer would have a pleasure to work with you.

Ava , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

You have to concentrate and listen, and no matter what you never should make excuses or argue.

Please tell us, Ava, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

I will never talk back, be late, or make excuses for a client because I know the word about a bad model can pass around very quickly.

Ava, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.

At a photoshoot with the Airfish designer, I was modeling a yoga suit, so I thought I could make some flexible gymnastics/ballet poses, and they loved it. They didn't expect such enthusiasm.

Ava, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?

When I saw my picture hanging up for the first time in Babiesrus

Ava, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?

One time photographer noted me to squeeze myself between blocks but be a graceful model at the same time. It was challenging, but we had cool pictures after all.

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

You have to find balance all the time. First be professional, creative, funny, sometimes even silly, but be yourself. A positive attitude is the key. There will be rejections, but don't let this discourage you. Don't try to copy someone else, believe and you can achieve it.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?

any collaboration welcome

Now for the best part Ava! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.

Photo Credits:

Photos 1.-4, 10 Isa Battaglin @lillykphotography. Photos 5 and 6 Anna Oprea @annaopreav. Photos 7,8,9 Elena Kiseleva @lena_kislaya


Leonardo Maria Fragano


Leonardo Maria Fragano danielanarici@libero.it @leo.frag Country Italy State / Region Rome Model ABOUT Vivo in Italia e amo la moda. Sono all'ultimo anno di scuola secondaria e inizierò poi il liceo artistico per diventare designer Ho fatto casting per pubblicità e film in Italia ma soprattutto ho posato come modello con fotografe eccellenti Our readers would love to get to know you more Leonardo Maria. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? Avrei voluto avere gli occhi verdi della mia nonna paterna.... Ma so che il mio sguardo è comunque intenso. Adoro guardare l'obiettivo e parlare con lui Leonardo Maria, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? Mi piacerebbe essere il testimonial di brand famosi come Armani o Gucci e da grande Ferragamo, Fendi o Valentino Who is your inspiration in life Leonardo Maria? How do you keep inspired? Il mio mito è VALENTINO ROSSI We all make mistakes Leonardo Maria, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. No sono ancora troppo giovane ;-) Leonardo Maria ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? Mi piace osservare per anticipare le loro necessità Please tell us Leonardo Maria, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model? Non ho capito la domanda Leonardo Maria, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Quando ho cercato di convincere mia mamma a non andare a scuola perché ero stato chiamato per un servizio fotografico su Pitti (Firenze).... Leonardo Maria please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why? Il feedback che ho avuto quando sono state pubblicate le mie prime foto da modello sulla pagina #insta di Magdalena Berny Leonardo Maria, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Quando ho aiutato con le luci la fotografa Barbara Marin durante il servizio per Cuvico What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Model? Non so Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes come fotomodello per abbigliamento e scarpe Photo Credits: @magdalenaberny (insta e facebook) @barbaramarin (facebook)


JRUMANCIK ESSE


Jesse Rumancik jrumancikk@gmail.com @jay_rawww_ Country United States State / Region florida Model ABOUT I never went to school for modeling, but I always had a passion for fashion and style. Fashion to me is like art, by wearing different clothing, I can do different themes giving off a different mood. I went to school for Emergency Medical Tech. I couldn't think of anything better than saving lives for the rest of my life. But my passion for that wasn't as strong as the passion I have for modeling. I'm super friendly and great to work with. I'm dedicated to the modeling industry, and I want to strive for it.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Jesse. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? The most unique quality I have is, self-taught. I never had a father figure in my life, so I had to teach myself how to be a man. Whether it came to poetry, drawing, style and other forms of art, along with different types of sports, just to push myself to the limit. Jesse, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My passion is art. The fact you can turn nothing into something and sometimes that art can inspire others. I want to be that art that inspires others. I got into modeling because some of my friends became photographers and they always wanted to shoot with me because I have a different variety range of styles I can put together. Who is your inspiration in life Jesse? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration is my mother. She is the strongest and independent person I've ever met in my whole life. She taught me that if you put your heart into it and you love what you do, you can accomplish anything. That's what drives me to make the perfect art for art lovers. We all make mistakes Jesse; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I got scouted out by a modeling agency called Next. Within a month, they wanted me to gain a lot of muscle. It was my mistake not telling her that I didn't have the sufficient funds to go to the gym, get a personal trainer, or the right equipment to do so. Jesse, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I like to get to know everyone's vision, so it makes the environment a lot easier to work in. As other people are shooting, I try to give my input on how the shoot could look better. Please tell us, Jesse, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? When I first started modeling, I was too stiff. By playing music, it made me a lot more confident in taking pictures. Also, get acquainted with the photographers on what they want from the shoots, and it gave me a better outlook on what they were trying to achieve. Jesse, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. When I had a group photo shoot, I was noticing that one of the models I was shooting with was too stiff. So I persuade her to stay in motion but slow motion so the photographer could shoot all possible angles. I also told her to pretend the photographer wasn't there and to look passed him. At the end of the shoot, my advice worked out, and I was extremely glad I helped out. Jesse, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? There was a photographer who would only shoot females. I persuaded him to shoot other things, like nature, males, just anything. It opened up his mind to different forms of art. Showing others that there are different forms of art, makes me proud because you can make art from anything and everything. Jesse, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? A week ago, I did Valentine's photo shoot, and I brought different types of props such as balloons, flowers, edibles. It made the photo shoot a really fun time. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? To pursue what you love doing because it is better to live a short life doing the things you love than living a long life being miserable. Also, stop every once in awhile and look around because life is too short and if you don't stop, you could just miss it. Finally, surround yourself with positivity. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes, I am not picky what so ever, I have a wide sense of style, but I was told to go to the higher end of styles like Gucci and Prada. Now for the best part Jesse! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Jim Lewis, jlewchuk@gmail.com


SUMMER RAE


Summer Rae summeraemacgregor@gmail.com @summer.macgregor http://thehub.com/summerrae Country United States State / Region Washington Model ABOUT I first stepped in front of a camera for my senior photos two years ago. I was shy and awkward, attributing it to burn scars all over my body and lack of experience. I had such little confidence in myself, and it was so obvious in the photos. While I struggle with myself sometimes now, since then, I realized I loved being in front of a camera. The confidence boost I get after I finish a shoot is easily the biggest reason I continue to pursue it. Confidence is key when you’re modeling. Otherwise, your photos won’t turn out! So I try hard every day to love and better myself. Nearly a year ago, I purchased my camera and decided to take some time behind it. To my surprise, it helped give me a new perspective on being in front of the camera. It’s so much fun to be able to think both ways and find myself in my style, both as a model and a photographer. I plan on taking a photography course, but until then, I am working on getting published. My style focuses a lot on the body, or I’d like to call it “poetic photography,” although sometimes I just do portrait shoots because you can’t get enough of those! That being said, I’m in the Bellingham area of Washington, and I am 19 years old. Our readers would love to get to know you more Summer. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am so shy, especially at first. I struggle opening up to a lot of people, but once I know you, we’re solid. This does make it tough sometimes to model, especially with my burn scars. Which those in and of itself make me pretty unique. I was 13 when my house burnt down, and while it happened six years ago, I still am reminded every day when I glance at my arms. I’ve been told they’re a great conversation starter, or that they’re pretty. I just have gotten so used to them at this point that when I model and a photographer notices them, it always takes me by surprise. Like, oh! I forgot I had those! They make my shoots so interesting and open the conversation about model norms and societal standards. Summer, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? I’m not sure where I want to go in life, but right now I want to further myself as a photographer and progress as a model. I want to continue doing these things because I’ve always loved art. These forms are so attainable yet require so much skill that I know I do not yet have. I want to be better. I started as a model two years ago, and since then I’ve been incredibly active in the modeling community. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough, or pretty enough, but I know my anxieties are just anxieties and nothing to prevent me from going where I want to. Who is your inspiration in life Summer? How do you keep inspired? It feels honestly ridiculous to say, but Instagram and Pinterest are my go-to’s for inspiration. There is so much quality content on each, DIY’s, How-To’s, step by steps, examples, filters, etc. on these pages that I have complete access to, and it’s so awesome haha. I’m able to create an idea in my head, but I will go to these sites often to find inspiration that will flesh out my ideas. We all make mistakes Summer; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. My first studio shoot I brought a bunch of clothes and for some reason was so awkward. I wish I had been more normal for that! My photos regardless turned out incredible but I know I could’ve worked better with that photographer had I not been so shy. Summer , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? It depends on the client and the gig at hand. Am I working with multiple models or photographers, or both? In all cases, I just want everyone to be comfortable. That is my biggest priority. If everyone is silent and awkward, then turn on the music! Dance, laugh, everyone needs to work together comfortably for it all to go smoothly. Please tell us Summer, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? I truly cannot think of a specific time, but I do know that safety and comfort are some of my biggest priorities when modeling. I was asked recently online to model and after stalking their profiles, asking specific questions about time, location, the “can I bring a friend”, portfolio, etc., I realized it was legit. You hear all the time about women and girls being asked by “photographers” to do paid gigs but then come up missing. That’s horrifying to me, and because it’s such a problem I have to ask a bunch of annoying, tedious questions haha. Summer, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I collaborate with models and photographers a lot of the time. Nothing is ever just up to me, and the same goes for the model or photographer I am working with. I like to focus on everyone’s wishes, and I haven’t necessarily met anyone who wasn’t willing to do the same. Summer, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? I think my proudest moment was when I first started modeling two years ago. I was in such a chaotic ball of life and at such an age to be permanently disfigured was hard on my young mind. I was finally feeling acceptance with my scars, and so I modeled FOR them. I was anxious as ever and so nervous to show them off in such a vulnerable way. The photos didn’t turn out only because you could see how uncomfortable I was but knowing that I did that, for the first time when I was such a mess, I realized I could love myself. That’s my proudest moment.

SUMMER RAE “ I think my proudest moment was when I first started modeling two years ago. I was in such a chaotic ball of life and at such an age to be permanently disfigured was hard on my young mind.

Summer, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? It’s so hard to convey emotion as a model! Especially doing it the first few times. But I want my style to carry so much emotion, to make the person witnessing my art to feel it really. I worked with a guy who wanted to shoot solely in black and white and focus on emotion. He had me think of all these different scenarios where I would feel something. It was so hard! Trying to imagine on the spot that my boyfriend was gone for ten months and he’s just now coming home, and we’re about to embrace and convey that on my face in front of someone I don’t know? So hard. But it’s really fun. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? Work hard, shoot all the time. Love yourself every day, and work on yourself every day. Modeling is about working together, meeting people and loving every part of yourself. Don’t be shy! Collab with local photographers, get your name known locally- that’s the best and most fun part. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am! I’m looking for opportunities to meet and collab with all kinds of creatives. It doesn’t matter to me if I am paid or not; I just love going new places with new people and shooting. Any opportunity where I am also working for a brand or fashion talent is icing on the dream cake. Photo Credits: @keiranfoster @gracefulldead @exposureleak @anastasiasunrisephotography @artificercascadia @evergreen.bean.photos


Andrew Abbiw Photographer


Andrew Abbiw andrew.abbiw@gmail.com @nukester82 http://sunrise-studios.co.uk Country United Kingdom State / Region London, England Photographer ABOUT My love for art, visuals and storytelling stemmed from when I was around 6 or 7 years old. As a kid, I would write countless stories which seemed to stem from some of my experiences, much of which would be based on the things I would watch on TV. This combination of film/TV and storytelling became a passion that continued into my teenage years through college and university. Although I studied Business and Computing Science, my real passion was with storytelling, and this reached new levels when I came across a PC animation game software called "The Movies" by the then active 'Lionhead Studios'. This software allowed me to tell stories the way I always wanted as well as giving me the opportunity to collaborate with voice actors, sound editors, music composers etc. Working with these talented individuals inspired me to dabble in all areas of the technical elements which ultimately culminated with me writing, directing, scoring and producing a 69minute feature animated romance/musical/thriller called 'Temporary Night'. The production release in 2009 featured over 25 voice actors and over 30 original songs, however, the core of what I enjoyed the most was telling stories through directing each frame. It made me realise how much I loved visual arts, which led me to dabble in photography and live-action filming. Nearly ten years later, I find myself venturing into landscape, abstract photography and thanks to my first wedding shoot, I have now ventured into portrait photography. My goal has always been to tell stories and to express myself through pictures, and I treat all my shoots as stills of movies. I still enjoy live action and plan on making a full feature film one day with smaller goals along the way. I recently produced a short abstract live action piece, spanning across various countries against a music piece. Titled, 'Hurricane: The Storm and the Eye', I consider this to be my most personal projects that highlight my love for editing and fusing music and visuals together. Although I am London based, I am looking forward to my next project, which will span across the globe and include some artists I have been lucky to meet through social media. Much of this will be slowly revealed through posts on my Instagram page. Andrew Abbiw specializes in ● Portrait Headshots ● Fashion and Editorial ● Film Editing / Sound mixing ● Music writing / composing ● Storyboarding and Directing

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes

Andrew , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? For me, it is about figuring out what their needs are and being able to differentiate them. All clients are different, and I think being able to understand and embrace their individuality is the first step to being able to deliver something that stands up well on its own, regardless of how many people you work with. Regarding prioritizing, I always look at expectations and measure them against what is realistic. That gives me an idea of what to work on and what is possible. Please tell us, Andrew, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? It would have to be my first wedding shoot. With it being a good friend of mine, I was very conscious about making them proud of choosing me to shoot them. I planned to be a photographer and videographer and to create a montage of their special day. This included doing an exclusive shoot of the couple at a country club. However, nature had its wicked way and the weather forecast for their big day looked grey and wet. Unfortunately, this meant my plans for using my aerial drone was out of the question not to mention any external shots by lakes and on the grounds. Keeping the forecasts in mind, I decided to shoot aerial footage a day earlier when the weather was good and was able to mix that with the internal functions of the day. Thinking ahead managed to make the most of the situation and still provide them with a cohesive wedding video, which they loved. Andrew, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. As part of my normal profession, I worked within the British Government and was involved in a media promo to highlight important topics within my team's role. During filming and production, it was found that some of the vocals that the film team captured were below normal levels and were hard to hear. The producer was keen to re-shoot, but there was no time. I noted that the sequence that had the vocals didn't have an actor in the segment as it was showing miscellaneous cuts and other scenes (the actor was off-screen). I suggested re-recording the actor's vocal and offered to do this myself. This suggestion was taken on-board, and the voice overs were added to the production, and I ensured the vocal levels were consistent which led to a smooth flow. Andrew, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? My proudest accomplishment was my first professional shoot for my friend's wedding. It was the catalyst for me and helped me break so many barriers. Selfdoubt, worry that I wasn't good enough. Having the courage to do something new that I hadn't done before, having belief in my abilities to do it. The end result, seeing the happiness that day and seeing how the wedding guests and bride and groom enjoyed their day and receiving good feedback on the photographs I took sealed in my mind that I wanted to do more of this and more importantly, confirmed what I should have always known.. that I could do it.

I don't know if it is certainly a unique thing but I would like to think that my taste in genre's is very wide. This spans across all mediums, whether it may be film, music, food, art. I find myself to be an advocate for expressionism. In this digital age, I think its so important to be able to express ourselves through all mediums. I think there are many people who yearn to do this and I firmly believe it is what will allow us to grow and evolve to be better people to ourselves and others.

Andrew, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I mentioned earlier about one of my biggest regrets as a photographer. That moment helped me during my same trip to NY in October 2017. It was my last day in the city, and I was due to fly out in the evening, but I had a shoot booked during the day. With early check-in's, I knew I wouldn't have the luxury of a late afternoon shoot and that I would need to shoot much earlier, which I normally tend to avoid. I decided to use the city's surroundings and high rise buildings to my advantage to soften the light as it was a very sunny day. I also decided to use the shoot to experiment with light and shadow shoots. Overall the shoot went extremely well, and we ended up with something we were both proud of.

Andrew, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

My passion is to express myself through visual and audio scenarios. Whether this is in abstract or story form. Getting into animated films allowed me to manipulate camera angles of the software I used to get the compositions I wanted. I slowly realised it was this that it was this aspect of film making I loved the most, which gave me the drive to get into photography.

I would say find what your purpose is. Whatever it is, whether it is telling stories, portraying emotion, capturing timeless moments, being creative visually. Whatever it is, figure what it is and put everything into it and not to be afraid to express what makes you happy in photography. I firmly believe expression works two ways for a photographer. It gives a real sense of accomplishment and value but it also seen by the subject, viewer and peers.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Andrew. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

My aspiration is to be able to reach others with my stories and be encourage others to be able to express themselves with the passions they have in life. Who is your inspiration in life Andrew? How do you keep inspired? There are many, but if I had to choose one, it would be the late and great Michael Jackson. His work ethic and dedication to expressing himself, whether on the dance floor of a tour, on the screens delighting us, or through the radio or his philanthropy, he brought joy to a lot of people including me. The animated film me made was completely inspired by Michael Jackson and I still to this day create content that is inspired by him. We all make mistakes Andrew; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. This one still sticks with me and is something I hope to rectify one day. I was in NY and wanted to do a lot in the day to maximise my trip. Unfortunately, something had to give, and my shoot was much too quick and rushed. As a result, I don't think I did as good of a job as I know I could have. I feel I let myself and my colleague down then, but I think it was a worthwhile learning experience as it taught me about managing my time and expectations better and ultimately gave me the determination to go back again to achieve what we set out to.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? Collaboration is something I have always loved, whether it is for new upcoming film students looking for help with casting to companies and brands that want to advertise their products. I am open to all collaborations. Now for the best part Andrew! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Andrew Abbiw - Instagram(nukester82) Cover Photo 1: featuring Becca - Instagram's (shegambino) Cover Photo 2: featuring Becca - Instagram's (shegambino) Photo1: featuring - Betha - Instagram's (Bethamaeve) Photo2: featuring - Mandee - Instagram's (Biterphobia) Photo3: featuring - Abbie - Instagram's (Abbathehutt) Photo4: featuring - Abbie - Instagram's (Abbathehutt) Photo5: featuring - Abbie - Instagram's (Abbathehutt) Photo6: featuring - Abbie - Instagram's (Abbathehutt) Photo8: featuring - Mandee - Instagram's (Biterphobia) Photo9: featuring - Becca - Instagram's (shegambino) Photo10: featuring - Betha- Instagram's (Bethamaeve)


Frank Sinkular !sinkular@gmail.com @frank.sinkular.art http://frank-sinkular.squarespace.com Country United States State / Region California Photographer Our readers would love to get to know you more Frank. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am predominantly a photographer, but I do work with video and illustrations as well. I studied at the Art Institute of California-San Diego and received my Bachelors in digital photography. I enjoy all aspects of photography, and I'm drawn to how a single moment captured in time, whether abstract or literal, can have such a powerful impact on a viewer intellectually and emotionally. My ultimate goal with my photography is to have that impact.

Frank, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? My passion and aspiration in life are to make great imagery, be it photos, video or illustrations. I started as a photographer in 2011 when I bought my Canon T3i and wanted to take better videos, but I figured I should learn how to take really interesting photos as well. I taught myself through watching Youtube and going to other photo related websites until I went to the Art Institute in 2014. Who is your inspiration in life Frank? How do you keep inspired? My inspirations come from my family and friends. They are always there for encouragement and help me get back on my feet when things get rough. Professionally I look up to Nick Nacca, Dan Winters, and Brooke Shaden, to name a few. The images they create and the dedication to their style and cra* are amazing. I enjoy looking at their work, and it helps me figure out which directions I should be aiming to go in my career. We all make mistakes Frank; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. The biggest mistake I usually would take back is not being vocal enough in my shoots. There are times that I think I could have gotten a better shot if I had taken the time to either explain myself better or just have said we need more shots. Frank , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I would prioritize the biggest project. Once I get everything planned out for that project I can fit all of the other projects in between. It might be a tough few weeks, but it will all be worth it when all of the clients are happy with what they paid for. Please tell us, Frank, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? This happened more in college than anywhere else so far. I would have to plan everything out for things to get done right the first time. Making sure the studio is booked, knowing what subjects to use as well as proper lighting diagrams before it all happens will help in making sure things run smoothly during the photo shoot. Frank, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. This doesn't happen a lot but mostly when it's a new client or someone that might not know what all happens behind the scenes. A friend and I had a client that knew what they wanted, but my friend wasn't able to get the lighting just right. I told the client we need to change the lighting a bit to get the look you are going for. A*er some more talking and showing the client what was going on with the lighting and why they did not see the results they wanted, they finally knew that we were doing the right thing in helping them out. In the end, if you can explain whats wrong and give them a solution the client will trust your judgement. Frank, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My proudest moment was when I was able to take photos and video of some of our local UFC and Bellator MMA fighters in San Diego. It was great hearing their response to my work and knowing that all of their fans would see it as well. Frank, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I think I get to be creative in most of my work, be it colour grading, image manipulations, effects or creating different lighting. It's always exciting to me but can be difficult because a lot of times it's experimenting with new things. Sometimes I don't always get the look that I'm going for, but I can use that to learn about what works. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?* * My advice would be never to give up. As cliche as it is, it's something all of us as creatives need to keep in mind. This is one of the harder professions to get into and be successfull at. Also, learn to filter out criticisms. Some people will hate just because they can. You will learn who is trying to help. Ultimately we create art for ourselves, so who cares what others say.

Now for the best part Frank! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Frank Sinkular @frank.sinkular.art


Aral Bereux Photographer


Aral Bereux aralbereux@gmail.com @aralbereux http://aralbereux.myportfolio.com/ & http://aralbereux.com Country Australia State / Region Victoria Photographer ABOUT Self-taught I've worked in the photography industry since I was 19, conducting my first wedding shoot at age 20. I've also studied at the prestigious Photography Studies College, pre-digital age, which gave me invaluable experience in composition and colour. As a photographer, I avoid flash photography when I can, and studio settings; preferring natural lighting and location shoots instead. This, I feel, gives my clients a chance to shine while relaxing in front of the camera. I treat each photoshoot as though I'm photographing celebrities. I then take my work home and complete the image in Photoshop for production. Our readers would love to get to know you more Aral. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? Everyone is different. There's no point flooding the market with more studio shots of happy families. Although the images are great, I prefer to capture the individual, the subject or even a rock band by understanding who they are first, making them comfortable in front of the camera and then capturing the personality. Aral, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? I remember being on a camping trip with my best friends as a teen and not having a camera to capture what would have been a timeless picture. The ambience was just right. I swore then I'd never miss another moment and bought a camera at first chance. I've never looked back. Who is your inspiration in life Aral? How do you keep inspired? I get a lot of inspiration from Annie Leibovitz and the late Linda McCartney. Both captured the soul of each person through their lens. I also hold myself accountable for my success and multiple failures. We all make mistakes Aral; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. Never, ever offer to take photos of a friend's wedding. Your perspective is skewed to what's important. Although the photos were great of one wedding I did, I failed to take enough photos of the bride's family. I'll never forgive myself for that mistake as you can't give back a person's wedding. I learned a very valuable but hard lesson. Aral , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I only take on the work I can handle and the work I'm passionate about. This ensures a high quality of work I complete every time. But prioritizing is tricky. And let's face it, there is always one client who wants more and more. The trick is to remain patient, switch on the active listening and take notes. My organizer is invaluable. And if in doubt, call the client to discuss any issues further. Sometimes it's about the product more than creativity. Please tell us Aral, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? I don't know if I have a knack for organization skills, but strategy goes hand in hand with working for yourself. If at the start of your career you can't meet deadlines and priorities, you'll fall flat on your face very quickly. Aral, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I try to listen to the client and capture their ideas on paper, and through the lens; however, not everyone is creative and not everyone's ideas will work. The key is to work in their elements with style you know will compliment it. Sometimes it's worth the extra step by shooting something different and presenting it for their perusal. Negotiation, creativity and diplomacy are key. Aral, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My biggest moment is when the client has a genuine smile on their face after viewing their portraits or work they hired me to do. Aral, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? One bride just told me "do as you please." I had a free pass on this huge wedding, and it paid dividends. I ended up with several referrals from the one client, and some incredible images. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? Be prepared. Be prepared for the criticism, the hard work, long hours, preparation and difficult clients. Know what area you love the most, and then go for it. The sky is the limit when you're passionate about something. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Right now, I'm looking to break the music industry. I want to combine my love and knowledge of music with my photography and capture other creatives doing what they love. Further to that, I'm currently working on a project that involves a lot of travel photography following lost paths and discovering those hidden location treasures that get the imagination going. So I'm currently looking for sponsorship in this endeavour.

Photo Credits: Photographer: Aral Bereux @ AralBereux.myportfolio.com


Molly McKenzie molly@zealousstills.com @zealousstills_boudoir http://www.zealousstills.com Country United States State / Region Illinois Photographer ABOUT I am a self-taught boudoir photographer in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I have a wild imagination that keeps my creativity flowing and a stubborn attitude that brings me to the most beautiful and bizarre locations. I am a perfectionist for detail and love out of the box scenarios. I have been recognized as a daily choice multiple times by the AIBP and also awarded one of the "Top 10 Best of the Year" by the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. I'm a go-getter with a lot to accomplish. Our readers would love to get to know you more Molly. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am a day dreamer, traveler, mother and doer. I've lived in tents and campers in the fields of the Mid-West and mountains of the East. Appalachia is where I found my photography passion. It wasn't until I brought the beauty of a woman in front of my lens that I had found my true calling. Molly, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? I aspire to bring women of all shapes and colors into my artwork. My passion started while photographing weddings and falling in love with the glow of a bride to be. I one day realized that same glow could be replicated if you allow a woman to be the most beautiful person in the room for a day. Who is your inspiration in life Molly? How do you keep inspired? I'm so inspired by the spark of confidence I find in my clients. I'm inspired daily by the realization of my clients that they too can be a beautiful, powerful, goddess. We all make mistakes Molly; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. If I'm going, to be honest, I cannot think of a time that I regret the way I've treated a colleague. Molly, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? My client's needs and my needs are transparent. I value fast turn around times, chipper e-mails and perfected images. I've recently discovered the power of handing off certain tasks to employees, and this keeps my standards available to all of my clients. Please tell us, Molly, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? My most recent series was my most well planned. I settle for nothing less than a perfect image as well as a unique one. This series required henna design three days before the session so that it would be at its darkest. I arranged the model and the henna artist to meet at the perfect time. Arranged for a sunrise session that included my model and hair and makeup artist to sleep over at my home. I arranged for a local shop that sells world art and furniture to allow us to photograph there. The results were AMAZING! Molly, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I was a big bother for night photography for a long time. I took some convincing but once the first night session was under way it has been a glorious addition to my photography. Molly, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My "Top 10 Best of the Year" from the Association of International Boudoir Photographers. To be recognized by my peers and well over 120 entries was such an amazing feeling and I'm striving for greater goals now! Molly, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I am almost always creative in my work. I try my VERY best to create an environment unique to each woman I photograph. It's exciting when I'm the creative mind behind the ideas; it's more difficult when the client is controlling the idea or environment. I don't ever turn down a challenge though! What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? Hustle. Do it. Study others who are better than you. Surround yourself with successful photographers and other creatives in the industry. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am always interested in collaboration. I like odd. I am a hippy at heart with an old soul if that means anything ;) Photo Credits: Photographer: Molly McKenzie @Zealous Stills Boudoir Model: Sam Lenert @Model.SamIam Hair & Makeup: Kristin Sanford @Kristins_Salon_Suite


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Photographer


Ed Hafizov Photographer


Ed Hafizov photo@zorzstudios.com @ZorzStudios http://ZorzStudios.com Country United States State / Region New York Photographer ABOUT I am a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering alluring and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, winner of Adobe contests, PDN/Rangefinder contest Grand-Prix winner, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List. Commissioned by clients from Alaska to India, I brave both New York City metro area and the world, eager to step out of his–and willing clients’–comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression. Specialties: fashion and commercial photography, advertising, underwater photography, body painting, fine arts portraiture, sensual boudoir, fine art maternity, epic wedding photography, and edgy engagement sessions.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Ed. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? In 1987 a 12-year-old boy, fond of drawing, played a grown-up and made up a whole lot of publishing company to give official-sounding home to his fantasy warriors, action heroes, monsters, comics, and doodles. My childhood happenings helped me make up the secret name for it, Zorz. No longer did my artwork have to remain unsigned; self-made comic books proudly started with "Zorz Pictures presents"—just like real movies and comic books! To a boy, it was a big deal. Drawings became more sophisticated and realistic with years and took various iterations, but Zorz Pictures remained a mere fruit of imagination. At age 21 I moved to the US and settling into a new adult life forced all things art to be placed aside for a decade. It wasn't until 2005 when in the midst of the digital revolution I decided to give my creativity a new life by switching from paper and canvas to camera viewfinder and Photoshop. I bought my first entry-level DSLR, Canon Rebel XT and joined one of the pre-Facebook era photo sharing communities, Fotki. This is where I honed my technical skills within a small closed group, accumulated first followers, and found my first clients, both private and commercial. Zorz Studios re-incarnated, with the word's plural usage giving the nod to future hopes for expanding photography to digital art and old-school painting. Portraits and beauty remained my forte reflecting in fine art and fashion photography. Later, I was invited to the wedding industry which I stormed with my fashion-oriented and action-packed vision. As I continued working with the commercial clients, my private clientele grew not only through word of mouth but also expansions within their families. Ed, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? In the midst of the digital revolution, I decided to give my creativity a new life by switching from paper and canvas to camera viewfinder and Photoshop. I bought my first entry-level DSLR, Canon Rebel XT and joined one of the pre-Facebook era photo sharing communities, Fotki. This is where I honed my technical skills within a small closed group, accumulated first followers, and found my first clients, both private and commercial. Who is your inspiration in life Ed? How do you keep inspired? Fine art, old masters, edgy contemporary commercials, challenging locations and setups, seeing clients' awe and disbelief that the can look *that* way! We all make mistakes Ed; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. Set more clear expectations and own policies upfront so that those uncomfortable with them simply pass and not get into a forceful business relationship. Ed, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? In the basis, there is a fair and simple rule of "first come, first serve". There are few exceptions for commercial vs private clients if publishing/marketing deadlines are involved. Those deadlines are similarly priorities in chronological order. Please tell us, Ed, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? There were many cases of juggling several shoots back-to-back or even overlapping but they would all possibly fade when compared to my upcoming US tour around the entire country on RV this summer. In more than a decade of being a photographer, I made man connections around the country and so many people expressed their desire to either meet in person or being photographed, if only the distance weren't the issue. I decided to take action and go to them in one single sweep. It will last for a month and covers around 12,000 miles. Since I've never driven an RV, nor spent more than 36 hours behind the wheel, learning all about this and most importantly, strategic planning of all the legs, boondocking, camping and sightseeing around the photo shoots will be the greatest endeavour among my already extensive travels around the world for work. Ed, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Nowadays, many people expect things (e.g., photos) fast and in abundance (because clicking is so simple). Being a painter myself, I often relate to the old masters who would take a prolonged time to create a masterpiece in a single iteration. I also remind them that they have an alternative to go to any cookie-cutter for something quick and cliche if speed is their priority. I take time, and people see the results, realizing that they require an extensive effort. Ed, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why? A good example may be my very first underwater photo session. Instead of taking small steps with learning about the specialized equipment, buying it in portions to build up the rig, and playing with simple ideas and props first, I took a serious plunge. I took out a credit to buy (not even rent) the complete set of camera housing and underwater lighting, built an underwater studio along with 3 walls and a roof, set up a complex lighting linking both underwater flashes and above-the-water studio lights, learned to control everything, and then had a team of bold artists to create a stunning body art masterpiece (a sample attached). Having zero experience of shooting underwater and communicating with the model there, the results were reassuring: one can overcome lots of things and uncertainties if he/she just has the right attitude, confidence, and risk-taking philosophy. Ed, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Calendar Girls 2013 was my project of the year—by intensity, time constraints, diversity, creativity, the volume of work, number of models and team members involved, and finally, by my input as an art director and stylist. Everything was shot in four sets within an eight-day span, involving 13 models, and one re-take. Each month had a theme and a sponsor (a business ranging from car leasing to cable manufacturing, from vodka brand to hair salon, from the supermarket to shipping carrier), one theme per month. Each was fully developed by me, without discussing with the sponsors. It would have been much easier and less stressful had I had an art director and a stylist on the team but I wasn't given one, so I had an opportunity to fully conceptualize and realize my vision, from hand-picking the wardrobe, to crafting the props and details of outfit, to suggesting makeup and hair styling. I also chose to shoot most of the themes in a tight corner room of an otherwise enormous studio, not to use typical glossy and even lighting and envisioned the output entirely in B&W—an unprecedented step for the organizers of the project. This was not my personal project but a commissioned work but to be able to better function and express myself, I had to trick myself into thinking of it as my personal art project. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? Be brave, inquisitive, willing to absorb and learn, humble, zero-whining, accommodating, respectful, nonexpecting, open-minded, risky, and friendly. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes. Challenging and unique photo shoots for conceptual development. Now for the best part Ed! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Ed "Zorz" Hafizov at Zorz Studios


Fashion Stylist

Carlos Ayala


Carlos Ayala blvckdope.ca@gmail.com @carlosayala.ca Country United States State / Region New Jersey Fashion Stylist ABOUT I am a Fashion Marketing Major I currently work for TD Bank as an assistant manager. I loved fashion since a young age and decided to pursue it recently more and put myself out there to get noticed. I am a streetwear fanatic but willing to expand my horizon when styling potential clients. Our readers would love to get to know you more Carlos. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am unique I like doing stuff that no one will expect to see nor wear. I am unconventional. Carlos, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Stylist? I started my stylist career since a young age I became in love with fashion being different unique, and for most of all expressing my self through fashion. Being homosexual in my household was very hard and sometimes still is, that's why fashion gave me the strength to surpass all the negatives from my life. Who is your inspiration in life Carlos? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration in life is my brother who passed away when I was young; I decided to do this for myself and him since wants me to succeed in life and do want I love. We all make mistakes Carlos; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. Being more open-minded about what the client wants, but to also show my aesthetic Carlos , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Stylist, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I tend to communicate with all my clients and listen to what they want and if they are open to making people turn heads with what I style them with. Communication is key in life. Please tell us, Carlos, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Stylist? Just be on top of each client and make sure you make them want to come to you more. Carlos, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Recently I persuade someone to be different and let me style them out of his comfort zone, and that I will make him look amazing. He stated he would trust my judgement and work, so I am excited about this upcoming shoot/styling. Carlos, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? Proudest can assist for a spread on a magazine was amazing Carlos, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? n/a What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Stylist?* * Follow your passion and let know one tell you that you can not do it nor it’s worth it Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Balenciaga, Margiela, Y-3, OtherUK, Representclo. Magazine, editorials Photo Credits: Victor Batista @victorbatistaphotography


Audra Gaiziunas audra.gaiziunas@gmail.com @beermudderaudra http://www.modelmayhem.com/audrakristina Country United States State / Region North Carolina Model ABOUT Quirky and mischievous, you'll find me juxtaposed between the arts and sciences, fantasy and reality, a figment, a fissure, a silhouette of sweetness peeking behind an extroverted spark. I'm a financial consultant for breweries, a makeup artist, a pragmatic, analytical thinker and an empathetic creative all rolled into one. My love of latex couture, coupled with feathers upon feathers of luxury, is prominent in the technicolour world I help create. Our readers would love to get to know you more Audra. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? No one expects an accountant to be an extroverted model. I merge the left brain with the right to constantly keep people on their toes. Audra, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? I want to provide the tools and knowledge for small businesses and artists to not only survive, but also thrive. I started out as a kid runway model due to my opera singing mom getting me into modeling to get over my shyness. Who is your inspiration in life Audra? How do you keep inspired? My mom is my biggest inspiration. I stay inspired by my boundless curiosity and love of play. I act decades younger than my chronological age. That won't ever change! We all make mistakes Audra; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I wish I would have communicated my limits more explicitly with photographers who tried to take advantage of my openness. Audra , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I use project management software like Asana and Basecamp for scheduling and face time. Aside from that, I utilize my strong time management skills and Excel workbooks to ensure I deliver on all my promises. Please tell us, Audra, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? I had to plan my global trips with my "day job" work schedule in mind about a year ahead of time. That can get tricky without project management. Scheduling isn't something to fly from the seat of your pants. Agreements need to be crafted. Expectations communicated explicitly. Allow yourself as much time as you can to plan, sometimes more, than to execute those plans. Audra, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Using compelling, empathetic language and a well-thought-out workbook backed by numbers delivers a 1-2 punch balance of the rational, logical argument with the emotional intangibles. You must show how the outcome benefits the one you're trying to convince. Audra, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? Landing the cover of Secret Magazine out of Belgium. It was their very first colour cover in their 28-issue history, and it was an image that was a powerful collaboration with one of my favourite photographers and people. Audra, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I had a makeup artist call out sick for a shoot with less than an hour before call time. I didn't have my full kit with me (this was a shoot across the country from where I lived), but I had eyeliner and mascara. There was a craft store across the street and not much else. So in a pinch, I ran over there and bought all sorts of sequins, glitter and scrapbook items to create looks with a strong editorial feel. We adapted the shoot from glamour to high key editorial (think of the old days of Zink Magazine), and our results were more creative than we could have imagined possible! What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Know and communicate your limits. Have model agreements for all your shoots, including TFP, so that you understand your usage rights, and compensation is explicitly stated. Never consider a photographer "out of your league"; ASK if you want to collaborate! Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I'm always looking to collaborate with clothing designers, brands, and other creatives. I'm merely a vessel to help bring your creations to the next level. Photo Credits: Craig Burgwardt @craigburgwardt


Fashion Label

SHARNIA PHILLIPS


Sharnia Phillips phillipspowerphytness@gmail.com @phillips_power_phytness http://www.phillipspowerphyness.org Country United States State / Region IL Fashion Label ABOUT I am a National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) certified trainer who developed a passion for the fitness industry while on her fitness journey seven years ago. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army as well as someone who has devoted much of her life to helping others by working within several different social services domains. Being a personal trainer has allowed her to combine her love of helping people with the love of fitness. Sharnia also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Chicago State University and a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Roosevelt University. Our readers would love to get to know you more Sharnia. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am a very giving person. I love helping others feel great about themselves. I have worked in many professions that allowed me to help others. I love seeing other people living to their full potential. Sharnia, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Label? My passion is to help people feel good and look even better, but mostly help people live a healthy lifestyle. I started my brand so that people can afford to buy quality athletic apparel without breaking the bank. Who is your inspiration in life Sharnia? How do you keep inspired? My clients are my inspiration. The look on their faces when the weight starts coming off and now they have to buy smaller size clothes. We all make mistakes Sharnia, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Label; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. One lesson I’ve learned is to check references of companies that I hire to assist me with my brand. I think I handled the situation well and, considering the service was lacklustre. Sharnia , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Label, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I listen to every one of my clients. I make sure that I understand their needs and their wants. This way I know, I’m delivering what they want. Please tell us, Sharnia, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Label? Well, running mobile and online personal training company and a Fashion Label. I have to strategically organize my time. I want each of my clients to get the best service that they pay for. Sharnia, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. There was a time when a coworker wanted to do a project his way, and it would have taken us much longer to complete. After providing him with a better plan in writing, he immediately changed his position on it. Sharnia, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Label. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? The proudest moment was when I finally saw my logo printed on my apparel. That’s when I knew it was happening. Sharnia, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? It is exciting coming up with fashion that people love and ready to buy. The fact that I use what I like for my brand and not do much what is trending. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Label? The best advice I can give is to surround yourself people who help you see your vision. Are you

looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I would love to work with other brands and do a fashion show.

Photo Credits: Brian Flynn @ bflynnphoto@yahoo.com


Jo Va!ianatou Photographer


Jo Vallianatou jovallianatou@gmail.com @jovallianatou http://jovallianatou.wixsite.com/ jovallianatouphotos Country Greece State / Region athens Photographer ABOUT I am a graduate of the Vivarte School of Applied Arts in Greece. I have been actively involved in the alternative model and portrait photography and have organized three photo exhibitions which were visited by a large number of people. I have been publishing my photos to Venus Cult (USA) Attitude Magazine (UK) Femme Rebelle magazine (UK) Rockabilly online magazine (uk) Instant Monochromatic (it) Παντρευομαι (gr) Now for the best part Jo! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: photographer: Jo Vallianatou @jovallianatou


Arianne-Unity Hargrave ariannehargrave@gmail.com @arianneunity http://www.arianneunityhargrave.com Country United Kingdom State / Region London Model ABOUT I'm a full-time model and ballet dancer and student of economics, living and working in London. Our readers would love to get to know you more Arianne-Unity. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? Hello! I a professional model with over two years of experience, a full printed and web portfolio, over twenty thousand combined social media followers, and my own model comp cards. Name: Arianne-Unity Hargrave Height: 173cm (5'8") Eye Colour: Dark Hazel Hair Colour: Strawberry Blonde Location: London Measurements: 31"-23"-31" Dress: UK 4 - 6 - 8 Shoe: UK 3 - 4 Website: www.arianneunityhargrave.com YouTube: Arianne Unity Hargrave Instagram: @arianneunity I have had a wide range of modelling and acting jobs, including test shoots, look-books, editorials, e-commerce, make-up and hair, advertising, catwalk, interviews, location shoots, fashion shows, fitness, studio shoots, vintage advertising, fashion film, music videos, billboards, runways, and short films, Vogue Italia and ASOS, as well as having taken part in both London and Paris fashion week and having been featured in a number of publications. Arianne-Unity, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? Modelling is my passion in life. I started working as a model during my gap year when I had just turned nineteen. I aspire to keep modelling for as long as possible! Who is your inspiration in life Arianne-Unity? How do you keep inspired? I am constantly inspired by my friends and family and spending time with people close to me is always inspiring as it reminds me what is important. We all make mistakes Arianne-Unity, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. On the rare occasion that I have had to cancel a job last minute, I have always felt guilty, though I have never done so without good reason. Arianne-Unity, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I always try to compromise as much as possible when working with people, and I always try to go above and beyond to make sure that I do a good job for people. Please tell us Arianne-Unity, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? I've been self-employed for a long time, so I've always had to remain very organised! Arianne-Unity, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I always try to understand other people's points of view as much as possible which I feel in-turn also makes me more persuasive as people like to feel listened to and understood. Arianne-Unity, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? I've always been very proud when I've been featured in a publication, such as Vogue Italia when I've walked in both London and Paris Fashion Week, and when I was featured on twelve billboards in Bank and Monument Understand Station. Arianne-Unity, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I often work as a stylist on the shoots that I organise myself which I find very creatively fulfilling as I've always enjoyed fashion, although it can be difficult to keep everything organised. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? It's a lot harder than people would have you believe, always keep your safety and comfort in mind at all times, never do anything you aren't comfortable with and make sure that you are always as polite as possible to the people that you work with. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I'm always looking for collaboration with photographers, designers, makeup artists, stylists, videographers, brands and creatives in the form of photo-shoots or fashion film.

Photo Credits: Photographer: Daniela Bojikian Gigli


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ATKINS PHOTOGRAPHER


Brooklyn Atkins brooklynphotography2015@gmail.com @Brooklyn_photography_ http://brooklynphotography7.com Country United States State / Region Alabama Photographer ABOUT I am a self-taught photographer with a passion for what I do. I have been taking photographs since I was 17 and my photos have only increased in quality over the years. Every day I learn something new, and I take pride in that. I specialize in model/individual photography but also enjoy taking family photos. My work is published in ‘15 Years to Life’ by Regina Bartley. Our readers would love to get to know you more Brooklyn. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am self-taught unlike other photographers and research new techniques every day. I follow some of my photography inspirations and take notes from their photos. Brooklyn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? I started at 17 when a friend asked me to take her senior photos. Since then I have progressed in technique and quality. Who is your inspiration in life Brooklyn? How do you keep inspired? I have many photography inspirations in life but my grandfather, father, and mother have all dabbled in photography over the years, and I think that’s where my original inspiration stems from We all make mistakes Brooklyn; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I’m honestly not sure I have any. Brooklyn , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? When working with a large number of clients, you have to start by finding out what the paying client expects, and then take charge of the situation. The client will respect you and you will get things done. Please tell us Brooklyn, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? I’m honestly not sure. Maybe the time I went on the book splash cruise, and I met a guy that would be a perfect book cover model. He was a part of the staff on the ship, but I went on a limb and introduced my self and asked if he would model in front of my camera to help push my career forward and potentially start his own. Brooklyn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Honestly, I can’t think of a specific time, but you have to see things the other persons way then use that to explain your way. Brooklyn, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? I have always enjoyed reading. Reading is an important part of my life because you can go wherever you want through a good book. The day I got to see my photograph on the cover of a book was a very proud moment for me. I still love seeing that book; it’s not something I ever thought I would accomplish. Brooklyn, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Yesterday we were experimenting with smoke grenade photography. I had two models. One of them I have shot with in the past, and we work very well together but the other I have never shot with. This was very exciting for all of us but also difficult at the same time since we have never used smoke grenades before. Now we know though the tricks and will have to shoot again when we can do it a little better. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?* * Just follow your dreams. Don’t allow anyone to keep you down. You are your biggest enemy. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I’m always willing to work with anyone. Now for the best part Brooklyn! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Brooklyn atkins @brooklyn_photography_

I started at 17 when a friend asked me to take her senior photos. Since then I have progressed in technique and quality.


Aryaan Arora aryaanbrand@gmail.com @_aryaanarora http://aryaanarora.com Country United States State / Region New Jersey Model ABOUT I am a professional actor and model. I am a senior in high school and started acting professionally at the age of 15 when I signed with my agent. Recently, I signed with a talent manager, and I have been working on TV and Commercial projects. I am also a YouTuber. I post covers on my channel, and it has bee a lot of fun sharing my voice with the world. Our readers would love to get to know you more Aryaan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am a perfectionist. When I decided that I love to perform. I worked hard and made it a career. Aryaan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? I started taking classes at NYFA and HB Studios. Then I auditioned for talent agencies and got signed. Since then I have been able to work for companies such as ABC and NBC and star as lead roles in their productions. Who is your inspiration in life Aryaan? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration is Dev Patel. Not many Indians have been able to break the stereotype and succeed in the American Film Industry, and that keeps me going. He and many other like him are slowly breaking the stereotype. We all make mistakes Aryaan; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. Once, I worked hard for this audition and my competitor for the auditions was a close friend. I got the role, and I wish I would have talked to him more. Aryaan , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I have to make sure I am prepared on set. Wether it is acting or singing. I have to be prepared and be on my best behavior. Please tell us Aryaan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? I had to prepare a lot when trying to get an agent. I got professional headsets and made reels. Did a lot of small gigs to create my resume and I also had to perfect my craft. Aryaan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I missed a good amount of school during some commercial shoot but I persuaded my teachers and my principal to allow me to makeup work, and it was very hard because I go to a very strict high school. Aryaan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My recent work on ABC's What Would You Do? was a great accomplishment. I had the lead in the season premiere and learned a lot from the cast and crew, and it was overall an amazing experience. In many ways, it was my initial break into the Television industry. Aryaan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Making Youtube covers to perfection requires a lot of creativity. My recent cover of Havana required me to us my creative skills to make the video attractive and recording the cover required me to use those skills to make the song my own. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? Work hard. Have compassion. Never stop. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am looking for collaborations with other YouTube Cover Artists Photo Credits: Sam Schmitz @samschmitzfilm

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JACQUELINE BIOLLO Jacqueline Biollo biollo@shaw.ca @teambiollo https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.biollo Country Canada State / Region alberta Model ABOUT Jacqueline’s success began early on. Ms Biollo's hobby is to showcase her musical, vocal and theatrical talents. She has performed for members of parliament, dignitaries, such as (the late) Lieutenant Governor Lois Hole, (the late) President Gerald Ford, and (the late) Shimon Perez; and held a contract with local sports teams – even traveling to Las Vegas with the Edmonton Trappers to perform the national anthem. Jacqueline has been involved in theatrical performances for over 30 years including one-act plays, commercials, improv, and scripted performances such as the lead role of Katisha, in a Gilbert & Sullivan production of the Mikado; in Steel Magnolias; and appeared as a Survival Technician in the made-for-TV movie - Ordeal in the Arctic, starring Richard Chamberlain; she has also acted on the set of the TV series Blackstone (2014), Heartland (2016), May Contain Nuts (2017), and Wyonna Earp (2018). Jacqueline is currently performing with Slixer Entertainment Inc. Watch Here: JB_RMR (3:53) https://youtu.be/NMwX6blnYFw She is an aspiring model. Check out my interview (6:15) Ethno Fashion Gala http://www.naijarepublic.com/1st-annual-ethno-fashion-gala-backstage-interviews/ Jacqueline has walked like a runway model for numerous shows and designers, including Western Canadian Fashion Week; Ethno Fashion Gala; Interstellar; and Glow Fashion events. Represented by Phoenix Rising Model & Talent Agency | Faces by Wendy Instagram @TeamBiollo

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Jacqueline. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? Jacqueline’s success began early on. Ms Biollo's hobby is to showcase her musical, vocal and theatrical talents. She has performed for members of parliament, dignitaries, such as (the late) Lieutenant Governor Lois Hole, (the late) President Gerald Ford, and (the late) Shimon Perez; and held a contract with local sports teams – even traveling to Las Vegas with the Edmonton Trappers to perform the national anthem. Jacqueline and her family have lived in Beaumont, Alberta since 2000, and have been involved with a variety of activities; this, while maintaining a healthy work/life balance, encouraging her school-aged children to succeed, and remaining supportive to her husband, who is a member of the Canadian Forces. Jacqueline is the founder of an initiative called ArtStart, currently managed by the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation (E4C). The project grew to provide children in the inner city opportunity and exposure to the arts as well as the opportunity to develop their talents by establishing a multi-disciplinary arts education program. Jacqueline is bilingual (conversational French) and of Ojibwe ancestry. Jacqueline, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My passion is focused on people, possibility and potential and so I go after my goals and aspirations with these principles foremost in my mindset - to be a positive influencer or motivator for others. My modelling career was a fabulous extension of my acting career and gives me a unique opportunity and platform as a mature and curvaceous model to reinforce positive body messages. Who is your inspiration in life Jacqueline? How do you keep inspired? I’m inspired by anyone who’s faced adversity, disappointment, fear, loss or regret and has empowered themselves to succeed, try again, challenge norms, take risks, and do what they believe is right in their heart and soul for the benefit of others or the gratification of one... themselves. Self-confidence is a beautiful thing. We all make mistakes Jacqueline; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. It was early on in my modeling career; I was frustrated by the lack of organization of a runway show I was participating in; designers were ill-equipped to feature curvaceous models, and the vision of the show seemed to be amiss. I took the opportunity to help where I could, make suggestions to help mitigate the situation, remained positive and supportive to the other models, and took time to reflect on the situation and provide constructive feedback to those in a position to make changes in the future. In fast-paced and stressful situations it’s important to be respectful and collaborative in resolving conflicts or mishaps to the best of one’s ability in a timely and cost-effective manner. Jacqueline, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? Understanding the chain of command, the shared goals and objectives, acknowledging any constraints, risks or setbacks, keeping the lines of communication open, maintaining a positive attitude, and contribute to the success of a project Please tell us, Jacqueline, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? It was a themed editorial shoot; lots of hair and makeup artists, lots of photographers, tons of opportunities to showcase different looks and be featured, accordingly - but unfortunately - my assigned makeup artist, was prepared. My makeup did not hit the mark - time was of the essence - and I was in jeopardy of being overlooked for the shoot. In working with another makeup artist I was able to suggest a mentoring opportunity for the original makeup artist and ask that they work collaboratively on fixing/enhancing my makeup (rather than degrading the first makeup artist, being negative or derogatory towards her efforts, etc.). It was a bold and strategic move to have ‘competing’ makeup artists work together - but in the end - the outcome was a success, showcasing the desired look, providing some mentorship from one artist to another and left everyone with their dignity intact. Jacqueline, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. It’s about open communication, respect for the other person's skills and abilities and an understanding and buy-in to the goals and objectives of the project. Ultimately you work towards a win-win situation for all. Jacqueline, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? The fashion show concept and design had been in the works for months - designers had met with the models to get their measurements, confirm the designs and set up fitting schedules... runway rehearsals and makeup trials were being executed... Days before the event, my designer went missing in action. My outfit would not be ready - nor could it be found. Continuing to work with the shows designer, various hair and makeup artists - we developed the last minute plan. I created my design to complement the vision of the show producer and rocked the runway thanks to the collaborative effort of a dedicated team (sans the original designer). We persevered under pressure. Jacqueline, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Being a mature and plus-size or curvaceous model there have been many photoshoots where the concept hasn’t been complementary to my body type or style. It’s in trusting your relationship with the concept designer or photographer that I’ve Been able to positively influence or change the layout of a shoot to not only maintain the integrity of the concept but reinforce the body positive messaging so necessary in the industry for the diverse range of models (and the intended audience too). What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? Be true to yourself. Period. Don’t feel pressured to do or be someone that you’re not - but at the same time - challenge yourself to take calculated risks - explore the possibilities outside your comfort zone or just outside your reach. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes! Absolutely! In all genres of fashion with a focus on mature, plus-size and curvaceous women... We are beautiful inside and out and can showcase that in Photoshoots that are planned and executed accordingly. Obviously, with my acting background too - I’m open to commercial/acting collaborations too. Photo Credits: Photo Dano Tanaka Photo Korena Paradis @hihealthyinspirations Photo Jeff Woodward @woodwarddotca Photo Madison Biollo @bluenailnegatives HMUA Monikah Glamazon @blakgodess


Nina & Nita Boman nitaninatwins@gmail.com @ninanitatwins http://ninanita.com Country United States State / Region CA Model ABOUT We are twin models who focus on doing modeling and fashion together as twins. We have appeared in several fashion shows, brands and TV-shows as twins. We are like a package deal - we always come together. We are originally from Finland but we moved to Los Angeles, California several years ago to work in the field we have always wanted to work. We have always loved performing and being in front of the camera, as we consider ourselves natural-born performers. We want to encourage everyone to be brave enough to do things in life that they sincerely enjoy - and not to stay in the job that they hate every day. We are also brand ambassadors for the ideology "Beauty Has No Limits". We want to encourage everybody to chase their dreams no matter what are the guidelines or limits in the industry. We are petite models, and we have sometimes been turned away from casting rooms for our height, but we have never let that stop us. When that happened, we worked even harder to get ourselves in the industry and eventually, for example, we got hired to walk on the runway in the biggest fashion shows in Los Angeles, and now we have been walking in LA Fashion Weeks ever since even though we were said we are too short. That is just one example of our story. We believe nothing can stop you if you just have enough will to do that. Besides modeling, we are also financing professionals and humorist entertainers as we value education, humor and "beauty with the brains and humor" ideology. We love doing funny commercials, pranks and other funny things. Life is too short to be serious all the time! Our life is like a symbiosis - we live together and work together and dress similarly. It's a real twin life. We create "twin fashion" by dressing in matching outfits. Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Nina & Nita. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? We are twin models who work together, live together and dress similarly creating "double fashion". We are also petite runway models and are great examples that shorter models can also break into the fashion industry. We want to break the guidelines in the modeling industry and face for the revolutionary beauty. Not everyone has to be 5'9 tall or have fake boobs and plastic surgeries on their face. Your body is beautiful in its natural form! Nina & Nita, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?


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Our passion is to create something new and artistic as we are very creative persons and we love to be on stage. Our heads are always full of ideas. Being in front of the camera has always been in us since we were kids. We started modeling together at the age of 9 when local newspaper wanted to cast twin models. Who is your inspiration in life Nina & Nita? How do you keep inspired? Our family. They raised us very well with love and discipline and to be down-to-earth. Those values we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We also get inspired by hard-working people who have goals in life but are also able to live in this very moment. People who have complete inner peace and are happy on their own are very inspiring. We all make mistakes Nina & Nita; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. Well, as we work almost always together, sometimes we have little fights between each other over meaningless things. Like hairstyles or makeups, and which one can decide. :) Nina & Nita, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? We make a list of each gig and client and keep calendar to be able to handle everything. Being organized is the key thing. :) Please tell us, Nina & Nita, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? Sometimes it gets very busy, and there are multiple bookings for the same day. Then we use the "first-in" basis strategy to keep the client who first scheduled us, or, as modeling is also making business, we have to choose the highest paid gig above others. Nina & Nita, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. As mentioned earlier, we have got comments of our height, but we didn't let that stop us as we believe you can be a great model without being super tall or have plastic surgeries. Your beauty, personal energy, the way you work with clients, being a nice person and be confident with your natural body are essential things that we have been able to bring to the industry and got clients interested. Also, being twins is beneficial for us. As we are also business savvy, we realized the promotion and sales for the brand would be much greater having twins rather than a single person as we double the visibility of the brand. Why have one, when you can have two? :) Nina & Nita, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? It was an honour to be listed as the "TOP5 Most Beautiful Twin Girls of the world" in several magazines. (Kiwi Magazine, HOOP, Ninja Journalist) Also, Walking in LA Fashion Week's Runway. When we were little girls, that was only a dream for us, and now we have been doing that every year. The feeling when you walk in the runway in front of the live audience is so unique compared to print photo shooting. Remember, dreams are meant to come true. Nina & Nita, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? We have to be creative all the time as we work in the arts. We always bring outfit ideas or location ideas to clients as our heads are always full of ideas. The difficult part is to find a mutual solution as twins as we might have different point of views and then we just yell at each other haha :) What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Don't let anything stop or change you. Be YOURSELF and love your natural body and beauty. There is no need to be pressured by not being tall or super skinny or not having big boobs or anything that is shown in media. Appreciate your very own beauty and don't change! Be humble, kind and easy to work with. Respect your clients and don't be cocky. That's super important. Being kind to others is something we appreciate a lot. And dedicate your time to push yourself towards your goals and passion. Nothing comes for free. We have worked and sacrificed a lot to get ourselves where we want to be. When you put enough effort, life will reward you at some point. But if you just sit on the couch every day wishing something would happen, you might have to wait a loooong time. Photo Credits: @robertovalenzuelaphotography @erickrosalesphotography


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Jenna Di Napoli J3nDiNapoli23@aol.com @jenn_dinap23 Country United States State / Region New York Photographer ABOUT A camera is just an object to most but to photographer’s it’s an art. Photographer’s capture what most people don’t see. We can observe beyond the lens. As people go about their day, a photographer is photographing that original place into an interesting image. We use our eyes as a tool but the camera to manipulate the photo by using different settings. We see what a common eye doesn’t see. While you’re walking down the street, scrolling on your phone, a photographer is capturing a moment you missed. I have been studying photography ever since I walked into the darkroom in high school. I feel in love how a picture can just appear on a blank piece of paper. I knew I wanted to become a photographer at that moment. Creativity was always my strong subject, and I had to pursue what I love and where my talent was. After high school, I went to Nassau Community College to get my Liberal Arts degree and to take more photography and art classes to continue my bachelor’s degree at an art school. I was so sure I would make it all the way because my passion and willing to learn would get me to the top. My parents were not happy about the risk I wanted to take, but my heart and soul was telling me this was the way. After I graduated with my associate's degree, I applied to 4 colleges, and I got accepted to 2 main places I wanted to go. I was so surprised and speechless the feeling I got when I got that letter of Congratulations. I knew I didn’t get in because of my grades, I was never a book smart person, but I got accepted because of my talent for photography. I was accepted at Savannah College of Art and Design and Rochester Institute of Technology for Adverting photography. Unfortunately, I was dealing with a medical issue throughout my college career, and I couldn’t continue my photography career. The feeling is un-explainable how I felt about not being able to follow my dream. It has been the hardest thing to give up, but that never stopped my photography work. I might not have had the opportunity to follow my career, but I never gave up on my passion. I continued working on my skills and learning on my own. I might have headaches every day, but photography has not only been my talent but has been my strength to get through life every day. Everyone that I know and meet tells me how talented I am, and I should open my own business, but its easier said than done. I would love just to have one opportunity to show off my talent to the world. I have two dreams, one to have my photographs published in a magazine and the second is to open a gallery of my work. Hopefully, your company can make one dream happen for me. Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Jenna. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? The past five years of my life has been a struggle, not going to lie about that. I might not have a certificate that makes me a professional photographer, but I know my talent I just need an opportunity to show the world my work. I have had a continues a headache for the past five years; the reason why I couldn't complete my degree in photography. It feels like I wear a mask every day to fight the pain, but with my photography, I don't feel my reality. My work has been my strength it might be my passion, my talent, my dream but it's my strength for life. Not knowing why doctors can't cure you is terrible, being trapped in my body is the worse feeling but looking through a lens has given me more to look for in life. To fight. Jenna, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer? You have one life to live, and you have to make worth while. If you don't take risks, you'll never know what could have been. Each opportunity you walk into is worth taking; you never know where it may lead. Photography is my life, and without it, I would not be who I am today. I may have learned photography, but the lens has taught me to look at life differently. Walking into that darkroom for the first made me a photographer, I have not stopped trying to get my foot in the door and I won't until my dreams become goals. Every time I photograph its important to me to take time while photographing to capture that moment you want. I take everything in whats around me and create an image in a unique way. Who is your inspiration in life Jenna? How do you keep inspired? My grandmother who I call Nana as been my inspiration since I've been little. Our granddaughtergrandmother bond can never be broken. Her wisdom, strength and support inspire me every day. She loves sayings and lyrics just like I do and her support for my creativity is endless. My grandparent's house is like a gallery of my work. When I need advise, she is always there for me and explains things in a different way that I understand. She is the reason why I am who I am today. I have many photographers that I looked up to and learned from. Without them, photography wouldn't have been invented. Their work inspires me and to continue to learn new skills and new experiences in photography. We all make mistakes Jenna; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I haven't had the opportunity to work with colleagues with my photography job because I haven't had one or I worked alone. I can relate to a situation in my present job tho, one of my co-workers is always arguing and takes it out on people, and one day he got into an argument with me, and I yelled back at him. If I look back to the situation, I would have handled it differently. Knowing he has his issues I should have talked to him differently then levelling with him. It's important that the work gets done and in any field, you have to work with different types of people, and it's better to learn how to deal with them to get the job done correctly then an argument that goes nowhere. Jenna, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I haven't had the opportunity to deal with a large number of clients with my photography, but my present job sure does and making sure your work is done on time and schedules meet the dead line, speaking well with our clients is key running a great business. Being organized is a perfect skill to have as well. Please tell us, Jenna, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer? One time I came up with a photo-shoot for my portfolio to apply to my art colleges for advertising photography and I had to be very organized and strategies the plan to make sure the photo-shoot ran smoothly. Picking the right places, outfits to corroborate what the theme was, lighting and weather were important to make this photo- shoot a success. Time management and organizing skills take a big part in photography and making sure everything is planned right. It's very important for me to have whats in my head turn into a photograph. I take time and research to find the right place and perfect style outfit to follow the theme of the photo-shoot. Jenna, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. My friend was getting married, and from a previous wedding I went to they had coloured lights during the party, and it seems nice until you take pictures and it's extremely hard to photograph even the photographer working that wedding agreed with me. I talked to my friend and told her my advise, "please don't have colour lights during your party you will regret it. " I showed her the photos from the other wedding, and she agreed with me. After her wedding, she saw her pictures, and she was very happy with my advice. Jenna, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? Most photographer's accomplishment is capturing the perfect moment. Throughout the years you probably have many but my first time that I felt the perfect moment was when I finally had the opportunity to photograph my friend's wedding. When everyone was watching the parents walk into the party, I noticed the in the back the bride turn to her husband and whisper to him before they walked in and it was just a perfect little moment that is captured forever. Most people notice whats in-front of them, but as a photographer you notice everything around the event, paying attention to every person and emotion. Jenna, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Abandoned photography has been my obsession for the past year now. The feeling walking into these destroyed and decay places is such a thrill. It can be difficult because you need to be careful where your walking and to get in the buildings but its worth it. There is a story to be told there from the past and to the present. What is was and what it as become. When you walk through some of these abandoned places you can feel what might have happened there. The photographs that have captured there gave me more creativity and how to photograph a broken window or a saying on the wall. You never know what you're going to walk into when you wander off the path. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer? My advice would be never to give up what you're passionate about. To take every opportunity you have because photographer career is competitive and hard so you never want to give up a door that is open. To be strong, take criticism and to always be confident in your work. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes, I would love to have the opportunity to photograph for fashion and brands and use my talent. It was always a goal to experience a real photo-shoot set. Now for the best part Jenna! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photographer: Jenna DiNapoli@jennadinapoliphotography


Diana Grace Taopo diane.garcia_01@yahoo.com @dianataopo https://m.facebook.com/diane.garcia.5015 Country United States Sate / Region Virginia Model ABOUT * I would like to describe myself as a very straight forward person, friendly, fun, easy to get along with, hard-working and fashionista. I love fashion since when I’m young, I started competing for beauty pageant when I was 16 that’s why I love being in a camera and to dress well always. .Life is quite exciting to me as it has galore of opportunities and experiences to offer and I feel one should always make the right use of it. I am adventurous by nature for I like to take up new challenges. It gives me the zeal and impetus to work towards excellence. One thing I firmly believe in is that one should always strive towards individual betterment, in whichever form it may be. Therefore I'm never tired of beginning where others end. Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Diana Grace. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I surprise people often with my reactions and perspectives. Diana Grace, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? * I start competing for beauty pageant when I was 16 years old and become a model Who is your inspiration in life Diana Grace? How do you keep inspired? * My mother and father is my inspiration. Because my mother and father supported to me every time & the situation of my life because of their support and inspiration today, I'm successful in my career and also in life. We all make mistakes Diana Grace; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I’m late to one of my photoshoot, I regret it. But I learn from it so after that, I always on time on every photoshoot or work I have. Diana Grace , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? * I always give my best. Please tell us, Diana Grace, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? * I always study everything in modeling industry so I can improve myself every day. Diana Grace, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. * I’m always giving my very best at everything that I do. I always want them to see me as the best candidate for work. Diana Grace, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why? * I’m proud of myself when one of the photographers book me for a job, and he always wants to take a photoshoot with me when he has a new idea. Diana Grace, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? * When the photographer wants a photoshoot early in the morning, I’m not a morning person but because I love taking pictures of me and I love modeling , I will happy to do it. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Be confident of your self, Love everything that you do and make the most of it. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? high fashion photoshoot Now for the best part Diana Grace! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Butch Roman @https://dbsrphotography.smugmug.com


DIANA GRACE TAOPO


Christina

Livingstone


Christina Livingstone christinaniemi@live.com @christinavictoria89 Country Canada State / Region Alberta Model ABOUT I am a freelance model mainly in glamour, beauty and boudoir. I'm also a full-time student currently finishing my psychology degree, minoring in sociology. I just finished my legal office administration diploma with a 94% and on the presidential honours list. I am a mother of a beautiful four-year-old. I love anything outdoors, and some of my hobbies include hiking, skydiving, and spelunking. I also enjoy photography, nature mostly. My partner and I are starting a business in the financial industry; we also invest in new healthy living technology and precious metals as well as in cryptocurrency. I'm a high energetic, and free-spirited woman motivated to helping people and living my life. I am highly adaptable and have a very creative mind. From being a single mother, well even a mother in general, to finding a good man and making that relationship work, making us all a happy and healthy family I have learned so much and grown personally even more. I'm dedicated, committed and hardworking. I have learned how to make a plan and stick to it as well as just wing it. Being a full time student, with a family, a full time job, having many hobbies and adventures to satisfy my soul and thirst for adrenaline as well as entering and succeeding in the modeling industry, I know and appreciate the value of honest hard work and dedication and in the process I have become a master juggler! I have a passion burning bright inside of me. I believe in myself, and I know that my only limits are the ones I set for myself, which are few and far in between. Our readers would love to get to know you more Christina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? What makes me unique is I'm always surprising people and doing the unexpected. From skydiving, cliff jumping or spelunking to getting my legal office administrative diploma and finishing on the presidential honors list with a 94% just because I needed somewhat of a legal background. I am never complacent; I am always finding and conquering a new challenge. I'm always setting up a new goal or going out on spontaneous adventures. I love learning and self-growth! What surprises people the most is just how much of an outdoors person I am, throw me in the middle of a forest on the side of a mountain, and I'd thrive! What also makes me unique is that I love to go out and live my life by the way I see fit and that is exactly what I do, I do not get stuck in the daily 9-5 routine or what society tells me I should be doing. Christina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My biggest passion has always been to help others. Right now I'm finishing up a few more degrees: Psychology and Minoring in Sociology and after that finishing my Social Work degree. My career goal is to work in the Crown Prosecutor's office as a family case worker and a child's advocate. I'm also an entrepreneur who has started a business in the financial industry to help people and families live their life and not work it away. I'm an investor in precious metals and new health and fitness technology. I was working in the bar industry, as it's the most logical job while in school full time, and a few of my friends are models. It was something I hadn't tried yet, so I figured why not? I love trying new things, pushing my boundaries and as for modeling, I love it! I have so much fun at my shoot, and it feels great! I've worked with amazing photographers and have learned so much about photography from them! I enjoy photography, mostly nature. After every shoot, I leave feeling renewed and more confident. Who is your inspiration in life Christina? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration in life is my beautiful four-year-old son Logan. My pregnancy, his birth, and the months after were extremely hard as I was trapped in an abusive relationship. My son gave me the strength and courage to leave and never look back, and ever since then I've worked every day to give him the life he deserves. Whenever I feel like giving up, I remember who is watching and once again I feel like I can move mountains! We all make mistakes Christina; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I honestly can say I've been very lucky so far as not to have had any negative altercations or been in any bad situations with any models or photographers. My only real regret is that I went through a little depression and instead of being honest I tried to hide it and I ended up cancelling some shoots. This made me look unreliable and unprofessional, which is the last thing I want and not the person I am; so I contacted the photographers and explained my situation and apologized and I am happy to say I will be shooting with two of them in the next month. Christina , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I would start by looking at the deadlines and payments. Those who pay and have deadlines to meet take priority. If you pay for a service, you should get 100% of your money's worth, and if you are relying on me to meet a deadline I've previously agreed too, as a person of integrity, I could not let that client down. Being a single mother for three years has taught me how to juggle and just do what it takes to make it work no matter what! If people or in this case clients, are relying on you, letting them down or giving them anything less than 100% is not an option. Please tell us, Christina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? One week I had five shoots booked. Which meant five different hair and madeup appointments, five different locations, five different themes, about 100 different outfits all while being a fulltime student and mother. I had to be very strategic and careful with time management. I am a huge fan of lists, so I made a detailed schedule and list for each shoot as well as a list for the day of what I needed to get done. I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom and handled it all with precision. It was almost flawless, except the part where I gave myself a black eye with my car door less than 2 hours before the biggest shoot of the week. A little ibuprofen and ice and a well-done makeup job and I were ready for the shoot! Part of being successful at being strategic is to always expect the unexpected and be prepared for it and if it happens, deal with it. Christina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. This isn't model related but was when I first started working in the bar industry. I had an idea for a theme night that would help get people in the door, boost our sales all while cutting costs for the bar itself. At first, I was pretty much told this was over my pay grade and dismissed. So I went home and wrote out a proper proposal, picked my moment went in confident but most importantly I was persistent. It paid off, the bar accepted my idea, I got recognition for it, and I ended up making more money in tips. The work place became more fun for the patrons and the staff, so it was a win for everyone. I have the ability to be able to see things from others perspectives; this gives me the ability to use it my advantage to better a situation if needed. I've learned that if you're always respectful and confident that you'll go far and the majority of the time accomplish what you set put to do. Christina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My proudest accomplishment is honestly just working with great photographers and producing great work! I was featured on Model Mania Magazine and on Model Photo Project which was pretty cool. I'm hoping to continue to put out good work and continue to get noticed and publicised. I've also gotten to work with some very renowned photographers early into my modeling career which made me feel very accomplished. Christina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I'm a naturally creative person, so I did this one ballet inspired shoot. I am not a dancer (except for three years when I was around four years old), and I went and got the proper ballet slippers with the wood blocks in the toes. During the shoot we did all sorts of different poses than came the difficult part, going up on my toes in the wood slippers. I have such high respect for ballerinas because not only is it a hard bit it is also incredibly painful! So going up on my toes, trying to balance and hold a graceful pose while hiding the pain from my face was a little difficult but ultimately successful! That's one shoot I'm particularly proud of because of what I was able to accomplish on my first try. Another shoot where I got to be very creative was a hair and make up a shoot, it was a galaxy/space theme, and my pose was "powerful" and was so much fun! The girls did an awesome job with my hair and makeup, even though when I got home it freaked my son and boyfriend out lol. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Be confident in yourself and love yourself. Also do not be afraid to say no to a photographer if you are uncomfortable with something and do not be afraid to leave if they cross boundaries or are unprofessional. I hear so many stories from girls who go to a boudoir shoot and leave feeling violated not empowered. Also that you'll have a good shoot and not so good shoots just like you have good days and bad days, don't ever let that discourage you! Some photographers you just won't click with, and that is okay! Also never be afraid to pitch an idea for a shoot, collaborate with photographers! Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Like I previously stated, I'm very open-minded and creative! I love to do new things and new concepts. The only thing I always keep in mind is that I have a 4-year-old boy... who will one day be a teen age boy so some lines I will not cross. Photo Credits: Teddy Kowalchuk @teddyk_photo (b,c,d,e) Ken Soong @beauty.and.beauty @studiojmp (f,g) Raymond Wong @rwongphotography (h,I,j,k) Caitlin Blaedow @hazephotographie (l) Mitch Groenendijk @mitchgroenendijk (m)


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Christina Livingstone christinaniemi@live.com @christinavictoria89 Country Canada State / Region Alberta Model ABOUT I am a freelance model mainly in glamour, beauty and boudoir. I'm also a full-time student currently finishing my psychology degree, minoring in sociology. I just finished my legal office administration diploma with a 94% and on the presidential honours list. I am a mother of a beautiful four-year-old. I love anything outdoors, and some of my hobbies include hiking, skydiving, and spelunking. I also enjoy photography, nature mostly. My partner and I are starting a business in the financial industry; we also invest in new healthy living technology and precious metals as well as in cryptocurrency. I'm a high energetic, and free-spirited woman motivated to helping people and living my life. I am highly adaptable and have a very creative mind. From being a single mother, well even a mother in general, to finding a good man and making that relationship work, making us all a happy and healthy family I have learned so much and grown personally even more. I'm dedicated, committed and hardworking. I have learned how to make a plan and stick to it as well as just wing it. Being a full time student, with a family, a full time job, having many hobbies and adventures to satisfy my soul and thirst for adrenaline as well as entering and succeeding in the modeling industry, I know and appreciate the value of honest hard work and dedication and in the process I have become a master juggler! I have a passion burning bright inside of me. I believe in myself, and I know that my only limits are the ones I set for myself, which are few and far in between. Our readers would love to get to know you more Christina. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? What makes me unique is I'm always surprising people and doing the unexpected. From skydiving, cliff jumping or spelunking to getting my legal office administrative diploma and finishing on the presidential honors list with a 94% just because I needed somewhat of a legal background. I am never complacent; I am always finding and conquering a new challenge. I'm always setting up a new goal or going out on spontaneous adventures. I love learning and self-growth! What surprises people the most is just how much of an outdoors person I am, throw me in the middle of a forest on the side of a mountain, and I'd thrive! What also makes me unique is that I love to go out and live my life by the way I see fit and that is exactly what I do, I do not get stuck in the daily 9-5 routine or what society tells me I should be doing. Christina, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My biggest passion has always been to help others. Right now I'm finishing up a few more degrees: Psychology and Minoring in Sociology and after that finishing my Social Work degree. My career goal is to work in the Crown Prosecutor's office as a family case worker and a child's advocate. I'm also an entrepreneur who has started a business in the financial industry to help people and families live their life and not work it away. I'm an investor in precious metals and new health and fitness technology. I was working in the bar industry, as it's the most logical job while in school full time, and a few of my friends are models. It was something I hadn't tried yet, so I figured why not? I love trying new things, pushing my boundaries and as for modeling, I love it! I have so much fun at my shoot, and it feels great! I've worked with amazing photographers and have learned so much about photography from them! I enjoy photography, mostly nature. After every shoot, I leave feeling renewed and more confident. Who is your inspiration in life Christina? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration in life is my beautiful four-year-old son Logan. My pregnancy, his birth, and the months after were extremely hard as I was trapped in an abusive relationship. My son gave me the strength and courage to leave and never look back, and ever since then I've worked every day to give him the life he deserves. Whenever I feel like giving up, I remember who is watching and once again I feel like I can move mountains! We all make mistakes Christina; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I honestly can say I've been very lucky so far as not to have had any negative altercations or been in any bad situations with any models or photographers. My only real regret is that I went through a little depression and instead of being honest I tried to hide it and I ended up cancelling some shoots. This made me look unreliable and unprofessional, which is the last thing I want and not the person I am; so I contacted the photographers and explained my situation and apologized and I am happy to say I will be shooting with two of them in the next month. Christina , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? I would start by looking at the deadlines and payments. Those who pay and have deadlines to meet take priority. If you pay for a service, you should get 100% of your money's worth, and if you are relying on me to meet a deadline I've previously agreed too, as a person of integrity, I could not let that client down. Being a single mother for three years has taught me how to juggle and just do what it takes to make it work no matter what! If people or in this case clients, are relying on you, letting them down or giving them anything less than 100% is not an option. Please tell us, Christina, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? One week I had five shoots booked. Which meant five different hair and madeup appointments, five different locations, five different themes, about 100 different outfits all while being a fulltime student and mother. I had to be very strategic and careful with time management. I am a huge fan of lists, so I made a detailed schedule and list for each shoot as well as a list for the day of what I needed to get done. I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom and handled it all with precision. It was almost flawless, except the part where I gave myself a black eye with my car door less than 2 hours before the biggest shoot of the week. A little ibuprofen and ice and a well-done makeup job and I were ready for the shoot! Part of being successful at being strategic is to always expect the unexpected and be prepared for it and if it happens, deal with it. Christina, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. This isn't model related but was when I first started working in the bar industry. I had an idea for a theme night that would help get people in the door, boost our sales all while cutting costs for the bar itself. At first, I was pretty much told this was over my pay grade and dismissed. So I went home and wrote out a proper proposal, picked my moment went in confident but most importantly I was persistent. It paid off, the bar accepted my idea, I got recognition for it, and I ended up making more money in tips. The work place became more fun for the patrons and the staff, so it was a win for everyone. I have the ability to be able to see things from others perspectives; this gives me the ability to use it my advantage to better a situation if needed. I've learned that if you're always respectful and confident that you'll go far and the majority of the time accomplish what you set put to do. Christina, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? My proudest accomplishment is honestly just working with great photographers and producing great work! I was featured on Model Mania Magazine and on Model Photo Project which was pretty cool. I'm hoping to continue to put out good work and continue to get noticed and publicised. I've also gotten to work with some very renowned photographers early into my modeling career which made me feel very accomplished. Christina, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I'm a naturally creative person, so I did this one ballet inspired shoot. I am not a dancer (except for three years when I was around four years old), and I went and got the proper ballet slippers with the wood blocks in the toes. During the shoot we did all sorts of different poses than came the difficult part, going up on my toes in the wood slippers. I have such high respect for ballerinas because not only is it a hard bit it is also incredibly painful! So going up on my toes, trying to balance and hold a graceful pose while hiding the pain from my face was a little difficult but ultimately successful! That's one shoot I'm particularly proud of because of what I was able to accomplish on my first try. Another shoot where I got to be very creative was a hair and make up a shoot, it was a galaxy/space theme, and my pose was "powerful" and was so much fun! The girls did an awesome job with my hair and makeup, even though when I got home it freaked my son and boyfriend out lol. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Be confident in yourself and love yourself. Also do not be afraid to say no to a photographer if you are uncomfortable with something and do not be afraid to leave if they cross boundaries or are unprofessional. I hear so many stories from girls who go to a boudoir shoot and leave feeling violated not empowered. Also that you'll have a good shoot and not so good shoots just like you have good days and bad days, don't ever let that discourage you! Some photographers you just won't click with, and that is okay! Also never be afraid to pitch an idea for a shoot, collaborate with photographers! Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Like I previously stated, I'm very open-minded and creative! I love to do new things and new concepts. The only thing I always keep in mind is that I have a 4-year-old boy... who will one day be a teen age boy so some lines I will not cross. Photo Credits: Teddy Kowalchuk @teddyk_photo (b,c,d,e) Ken Soong @beauty.and.beauty @studiojmp (f,g) Raymond Wong @rwongphotography (h,I,j,k) Caitlin Blaedow @hazephotographie (l) Mitch Groenendijk @mitchgroenendijk (m)


KEVIN

DOSSANTOS MY PASSION AND ASPIRATIONS FOR LIFE ARE CONTINUOUSLY TO MAKE MY FAMILY PROUD AND HAPPY AND TO HELP MY FAMILY LIVE A MORE COMFORTABLE LIFE WHERE WE WON WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO STRUGGLE WITH MONEY OR ARE LIVING SITUATIONS I WAS

PREVIOUSLY HOMELESS FOR A YEAR AND A HALF AND A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE BROUGHT ME INTO THE MODELING CAREER HE BELIEVED IN ME AND TOLD HIM WOULD MAKE SURE I WOULD MAKE IT TO THE TOP AND WITHIN A YEARS TIME OF 2016 THROUGH 2017 I’VE BEEN ON A MISSION TO MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE AND TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND TO BELIEVE IN MY FAMILY.


Kevin Dossantos wrighthands@outlook.com @kevtwosaints http://www.wrighthandsmgmt.com Country United States State / Region California Model ABOUT I specialize in Fashion and editorial Swimming instructor My name is Kevin DosSantos, in West African (Senegalese), living in the states most of my life. Live in Boston area until I was about 23, then moved to Florida. I now live in Los Angeles California; I’ve been modeling for a couple of years now. I’ve been taking it more seriously, now that I’m under Wrighthandsmgmt. I’ve done a ton of fashion shows, hosted quite a few red Carpets events. I’ve shot with awesome photographers such as Johnny Elizalde of The Bossman Magazine as well as Derrick Rodgers co-owner of a concrete studio located in Los Angeles, And world renown photographer Elena Vizerskaya too names a couple. The list goes on, and it’ll continue to grow. My goals in modeling are, getting a spread in GQ, pictures in Men’s health magazine. Etc. I’d love to travel around the world, a walk in Italy, Dubai, Tokyo, Paris, Africa, just being able to walk on the runway, in all the major fashion capitals of the world. Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Kevin. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am born in Senegal Africa moved to America when I was about five years old I have a son who’s name is Jay Lynn he lives in Boston Massachusetts with his mother while I pursue my modeling career what is unique about me is that I am a light skin African male with a beautiful outlook on life, and I have a really strong look and work ethic I’m also a fitness trainer and a swim instructor my ultimate goal Is to become a veterinarian I love children I love working with them they bring joy to my life and bring a side of me that I would never like to lose the freedom of being open free and wild. Kevin , what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? My passion and aspirations for life are continuously to make my family proud and happy and to help my family live a more comfortable life where we won we would not have to struggle with money or are living situations I was previously homeless for a year and a half and a good friend of mine brought me into the modeling career he believed in me and told Him would make sure I would make it to the top and within a years time of 2016 through 2017 I’ve been on a mission to make my dreams come true and to believe in myself and to believe in my family. Who is your inspiration in life Kevin? How do you keep inspired? The inspiration for my life and who keeps me going is my son Jaylin Jaylin is my everything he is the light of my life the joy when I am sad he makes me feel so good He is the best gift that God has provided to me through everything I’ve ever experienced in life. We all make mistakes Kevin, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. I’ve never had an issue with any of my colleagues or any of my employers I am a solid standup do, and I am nonconfrontational. Kevin, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? My versatility lends itself well to various modeling needs. I am a high-energy model who strives to maintain a positive attitude and freshness throughout long shoots which I believe is an asset for anyone in this industry. I possess a unique look that stands out from the crowd, but I can adapt to various moods and styles. Previous employers have praised me for my work ethic and positive attitude as well as for my modeling performance. Please tell us, Kevin, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? Well there was a time when I was going to be featured in a magazine but they decided to go with another model so I had to strategically change up my game plan my outlook on life in the way I move in order for me to get in the magazine now since I’ve done all the correct things and I have boosted my following and followers and put myself in a better light I will be featured in another magazine in May. Kevin, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. I am a swim instructor in a fitness instructor so ultimately everything goes my way if you want to succeed and to get your body in the conditioning that you see fit for yourself so you will have to listen to me and so, therefore, I will always get my way especially if you’re paying me to train you. Kevin, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? The proudest moment has not come yet the proudest moment Well come this fall of 2018 when I will be walking in New York fashion week. Kevin, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I’ve just done a photo shoot with a well-known photographer, and I was really out of my element due to the fact that my management wanted me to do all these crazy awkward poses, and it was difficult for me as a man to do so because I’ve never done it but it was exciting because I’m challenging myself to be more creative in how to be more editorial for magazines. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?* * Stay strong and persevere push through even at your lowest point and know that you are still beautiful inside and out and that you are capable of doing all things Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am looking to collaborate with fashion talents brands and create in all genres of fashion I would love to work with top-notch magazines and big box brand stores I would love to work with Hermes or be the face of Hermès or to be featured in vouge.

Photo Credits: https://www.instagram.com/davidvillalvastudios


Melanie Reid


Melanie Reid mel51893@gmail.com @Glamorouslyy_dope Country United States State / Region New Jersey Hair Stylist ABOUT I’m Melanie. 24. Jersey born and raised. I’m a licensed hair stylist and model. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and loved Great hair since the tender age of six. I’ve always envisioned myself as a “diva” as a child. I always love the “glitz” and glamour of things. It’s the way of life! I enjoyed when I got my hair done and being the only kid who sat perfectly still without a tear and admired everything that was being done to me in the salon or at home or even my god mother’s when I had to grab the “Pooh “ chair. As a kid, I idolized artists like Janet Jackson, Sade, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu and much More for not just their music but their natural beauty. As I’ve gotten older, I used what I idolized from my childhood as well as admiring my mother in her modesty & glow and moulded into how I WANTED to look and be perceived as a woman. I studied Broadcast Journalism in fall 2011. The vision of me being on television or radio exposing my craft as a hairstylist was and still is everything to me. Being able to make celebrities look they're very BEST at any occasion as well as my name marked in the credits for shows. As this is still a goal of mine, I’m making the right steps to get me where I need to go. I’ve done my first modeling show in 2016 for a hair-show. Ever since then I’ve been modeling in the NYC/NJ area. NYC fashion week ‘17 and upcoming ‘18. I’m beyond blessed and humbled. There’s so much to do, and yet, I’m only getting started. Now for the best part Melanie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Karim Cole Brandon Ingalls


Tabish Jagshi tjagshi@gmail.com @TabishJagshi https://www.instagram.com/tabishjagshi/ Country United States State / Region Illinois Model Tabishplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour? I can hula hoop, text with my eyes closed, drive and been playing badminton for my school on the team since freshman year. Tabish. Tell us ABOUT yourself. I am studying as a Junior at Metea Valley High School in Naperville's school district 204. I hope to continue working hard and become a Nurse Practitioner some day. I have a very nurturing, hard-working, let's make it work together kind of personality. I don't believe in leaving anyone behind which is why I have a great circle of friends that I knew since my kindergarten days. I love working with people of different paths of life which is why I do a lot of volunteering outside of my school with interfaith groups. I am very passionate about it. I am more determined than ever to be a model because I have had many agencies tell me that I have great potential, but due to my height, they can't place me anywhere. I keep working hard because I am hopeful that there is an agency out there for me. Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions). Yes Our readers would love to get to know you more Tabish. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am ME!!! That I think is the unique feature about me. Today, when everyone wants to be like someone else, I chose to continue to be me because I am very comfortable with who I am and I love myself. I am perfect the way I am because I believe God doesn't make mistakes. Tabish, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model? I am extremely passionate about working with people (young or young at heart) who are disabled (physically or mentally). I am also very passionate about volunteering for interfaith events. I aspire to become a model for girls or women who are not your typical 5'4 or 5'6' or 5'9" girls. I can achieve that by only being myself and by never giving up. I will keep pushing forward till I achieve it. Who is your inspiration in life Tabish? How do you keep inspired? My inspiration is my mom. I see and hear the woman she is every day, and it gives me hope. I hope that one day, I can be half the woman she is. We all make mistakes Tabish; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. My mistake is more personal than professional. I recently lost a colleague to suicide. I regret that when he started acting different, I gave him space as it seemed like that was what he needed. What I regret is not pushing him more and asking what was going on with him. I did learn that I will never do that again. I will continue to stand up for others. Tabish, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? Multitasking and communication are key. It's also always helpful to be upfront and know when your plate is full. Taking on more and more defeats the purpose of providing clients with your 100%. It should be about quality, not quantity. Please tell us Tabish, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model? Cant think of any Tabish, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. Unfortunately, I can't recall any. Tabish, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why? To be honest, I am still new to this. So I would have to say, my proudest moment dates back to when I was five years old in a purple, poofy dress walking the ramp to accept my trophy for the "Best Smile" at the Pretty Little Princess pageant. I do hope to have more moments that make me and my mom proud. Tabish, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I was practising for a monologue, and I wasn't getting it right. So I decided NOT to move and at all and just use my voice for different expressions. It was very difficult. I had a new found respect for actors and actresses. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model? NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Never take no for an answer. If you give up on something, it just means you never wanted it bad enough. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am very diverse and would love to work with a diverse group of people and projects. Photo Credits: Ashmal Ali @Ashmal_Photography Hannah Currier @HannahCurrierPhotography Beenish Rezavi @BeenishRezaviPhotography Ozzie Ramsey @orpevanston


Sameer Ahmed samysterio@gmail.com @Samysterio001 http://tinyurl.com/jsapparel Country United States State / Region Texas Young Model ABOUT I am currently a student at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing a degree in Healthcare Management and PreMed. I am also a student at the Santino Bros wrestling academy in Los Angeles one day hoping to become a professional wrestler. I am currently an aspiring model in the DFW area; I am signed to Grogan Management LLC. I feel that I am a creative individual, my fashion choices and looks are definitely out of the ordinary. I have a style that is all mine, and I am just looking for the right platform to express my uniqueness! Our readers would love to get to know you more Sameer. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? I am a Student, a Model, and an aspiring Professional Wrestler. I have a very diverse skills set and a very distinct style. I am often the one who livens up a gathering or party, and there is no subject that I can’t talk about! Sameer, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Young Model? My passion is to be unique and use my uniqueness to inspire others to express themselves. I got into modeling after doing numerous shoots with friends who are aspiring photographers. I was told I had a look for it, so I tried my hand at it and signed with an agency I liked. Who is your inspiration in life Sameer? How do you keep inspired? One of my main inspirations is Daniel Bryan. If you don’t know who that is, he's a professional wrestler who worked his way up from the bottom and proved to the world that unconventional is not something that should be frowned upon, but something that should be embraced. I stay inspired by finding new role models to look up to! We all make mistakes Sameer; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Young Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. When it comes to modelling, it is cut throat, and it can be hard making good friends who have your best interest at heart. In the beginning, I was very green or new to the business, but I thought I knew what I was doing. This turned out to be the wrong attitude. I soon realized that keeping an open mind and open ears are the key to success, especially in a peopleoriented industry! Sameer, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Young Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? It can be tricky at times, but with practice, you become willing and able to handle large crowds and clients. Please tell us Sameer, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Young Model? One particular memory I have is when I had a featured role in a music video, and an audition 3 hours away the following day. I had to exercise time management to make everything happen. Sameer, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. There was a role for a driver available, and originally the producer was looking for a Caucasian male. I did not fit exactly what he was looking for, but I convinced him that the exotic look would add a new flair to the video. Eventually, he began to resonate with my vision, and voila, the rest is history! Sameer, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Young Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? I think it was landing my first major role. Handling rejection just comes with the job, and it can begin to take a toll. When I landed a role in a music video, it was a huge accomplishment for me, and it showed me that persistence is key. Sameer, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? I was doing a photoshoot with high-end muscle cars with two other models, very standard looking guys. They were new to the photoshoot scene, and didn't know what to do or how to pose. I helped them loosen up and set up different shots from different angles to capture beautiful shots! What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Young Model?* * Just stay persistent. There will be times when you contemplate whether or not its worth it, and at the end of the day, it’s your call to make. But success doesn’t come from laziness; it comes from hard work! Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Yes! I am open to collaborations with streetwear companies, high fashion companies, fitness companies, anyone that wants to add some flair to their brand and has a creative flow to their work environment, I would be more than open to working with!

SAMEER AHMED Photo Credits: Photographer: Hadee Haque @viewsbyhadee


MOVE IN SILENCE CLOTHING HUSHHUSHBEAST@GMAIL.COM @MIS_CLOTHING http://WWW.MOVE-IN-SILENCE.MYSHOPIFY.COM Country United States State / Region GEORGIA Fashion Label Our readers would love to get to know you more MOVE IN SILENCE. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you? We offer products that are going to get you seen.. Very in your face, vibrant and bold designs. MOVE IN SILENCE, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Label? We started out as a Flag Football team. When we would travel out of state, fans would ask could they purchase our jerseys. We had a woman with her finger over her mouth.. The brand was born. Who is your inspiration in life MOVE IN SILENCE? How do you keep inspired? From a clothing label standpoint, it would have to be Moschino. We are inspired by our customers and fans. We all make mistakes MOVE IN SILENCE; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Label; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. We made mistakes with manufacturing on our 1st big deal with a HUGE store in NYC. Lesson learned. MOVE IN SILENCE , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Label, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs? We prioritize based on the client and client's needs. It all depends on which type of client we are dealing with. Since we deal with NFL Players and others in Entertainment, we try to do it on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. However, we try to accommodate everyone. Please tell us MOVE IN SILENCE, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Label? As a Fashion Label, timing is everything. The release of the products is key to strategy and getting someone who has social media/public influence. MOVE IN SILENCE, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work. We run our company so... MOVE IN SILENCE, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Label. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why? Net sales of $75K in 2 days at Magic in Las Vegas. MOVE IN SILENCE, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? We run the label again, so we don't have restrictions. All our designs are unique. We created a product with a built-in mask that seems to have been a BIG hit. We are going to re-release it in the form of a dress for our Winter Collection. What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Label? Listen to you and your team. The public is going to dictate what they want, but you still have to be comfortable with your vision. Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for? Potentially. The right situation would have to develop. Now for the best part MOVE IN SILENCE! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work. Photo Credits: Photos have been taken by various people.


MOVE IN SILENCE , WHEN YOU’RE WORKING

WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF CLIENTS, IT’S TRICKY TO DELIVER EXCELLENT SERVICE TO THEM ALL. AS A FASHION LABEL, HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT PRIORITIZING YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS?


We prioritize based on the client and client's needs. It all depends on which type of client we are dealing with. Since we deal with NFL Players and others in Entertainment, we try to do it on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. However, we try to accommodate everyone.


We run the label again, so we don't have restrictions. All our designs are unique. We created a product with a built-in mask that seems to have been a BIG hit. We are going to re-release it in the form of a dress for our Winter Collection.


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