28th April 2016
I modelled for Bailey studying on the Extended Diploma in Art & Design Photography at Bradford College. I met Bailey through a studio workshop that I volunteered to help in and model for last semester. Since then I have modelled for her numerous times and this has helped us both in moving forward with our vision and knowledge for photography & modelling/directing.
This most recent shoot however taught me something a little different to the last few times. Bailey is inspired mainly by fashion photography and this is the genre she photographs mostly. The shoots I have modelled in for her have been fashion shoots. She has directed the outfits, hair and make up throughout these shoots. This time round Bailey asked me to bring quite a few items of clothing for us to match up and make outfits of on the day. We corresponded mainly through Facebook message and we shared pictures of the clothes we were thinking of prior to the shoot (as it was a fashion shoot so the clothes were the main think linking everything together). On the day of the shoot Bailey put together some great outfit ideas (mainly trying to recreate fashion images she had as inspiration) however she asked me why I don’t dress like ‘this’ on a regular basis if I own these clothes? This question interested me and got me thinking about the way I present myself.
Whilst shooting, my class mate Suman came into the studio and started setting up for her shoot. I smiled and waved at her but at first she didn’t recognise me. She then responded with ‘Oh Olivia it’s you! I didn’t recognise you! I was thinking “I swear I know that girl from somewhere, I recognise her face…” but wow! You should really really dress like that more often, you look so smart. Why don’t you dress like that more often if you own those amazing clothes?’
This again really got me thinking about the way I present myself, and the fact that two people within the same few hours said the same thing really stuck with me (in a positive way). Usually I go for the comfort option when dressing for everyday occasions. I only usually dress up for special occasions however when hearing these comments it got me thinking about my future business and the impact I make on my clients. Does the way I present myself really make much of a difference? Yes. The fact that my colleague of 3 years didn’t recognise me at close distance says how much making an effort with my outfit, hair and make up makes all the difference, and actually expresses myself as a person. This is something I will definitely consider more in future and when I set up my business, I want to present myself as very smart but very friendly and approachable. I need to make the effort with every part of my business – even the way I present myself: because if that’s a selling point for some people then it’s very important! This was a huge learning opportunity for me.
You will find images of me from the shoot on Bailey’s Facebook page: