- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I spent much of my teens and early 20’s traveling throughout Asia and America as a model. It was fun. It was great pay and allowed me to be loan free for college. It allowed me to travel and have life experiences that are only availble to a select few.
Here are some of the downfalls I discovered about being an model and a bride…
1. As a model you usually have 10+ hours where 1000+ photos get broken down into selecting only a few perfect shots…as a bride you have 6 hours to get 500 shots of you with your family, you with your groom, you cutting a cake, dancing, etc….not all of them are going to be perfect…and that will be both depressing, frustrating, and surprising
2. As a model you have a stylist on set that is constantly rearranging your dress or outfit and headpiece, shoes, train, earrings, etc…as a bride you are lucky if the photographer is kind enough to rearrange your train in the 20 minutes you have for posed photos and you are pretty much out of luck with that for the rest of the day as you are running too fast from one guest to the next to even worry about what your dress looks like under all that grass, mud, sand, rain, wine, etc.
3. As a model your makeup artist stays the entire shoot doing touchups with every photo so you that your skin, hair, lips, etc. are flawless the entire day….as a bride your makeup artist does your makeup and hair HOURS before you actually start photos and then LEAVES…leaving you with shine (from running around and sweating and stressing), loss of lipgloss after your first drink or appetizer, and your hair is then subject to the elements (wind, rain, humidity, etc.) and left to its own devices for the rest of the evening…
4. As a model you are usually only posing with other fellow models who do this for a living making every shot smooth and seamless and easy…as a bride you are dealing with small adorable crazy children trampling your train, throwing flower petals in your guests faces, akward aunts and cousins, crying and emotional family members, etc.
5. As a model you bring life experiences into the studio/set so that you can “act nautural” look “dreamy”, feel “sensual”….as a bride you are experiencing all those life moments in real time and trust me…not everyone looks amazing when they cry and then later smudge their eye makeup and then have to blow their nose from all the emotion and tears….hahaha
6. As a model you are walking into a job to do, it’s usually not stressful, you’ve usually been well rested, the motto of the modeling world is “hurry up and wait” because there is actually a TON of down time inbetween shots while photographers adjust lighting or change sets/location, etc… as a bride you are STRESSED to the MAX, probably haven’t slept well in weeks, most likely have a head cold from all the stress, feel like you are a chicken running around with your head cut off from one vendor to the next or one guest to the next…all in all probably NOT your best look
7. As a model you are getting paid to do these shoots…as a bride…you just shelled out 6K + (probably the first photoshoot you’ve EVER paid for) to get your wedding photos from a well known and respected photographer because let’s face it…you researched the hell of photogs knowing how picky you are about photos…
8. You will be surprised that there will be a select few photos from your wedding that TOP ANY MODELING SHOOT YOU’VE EVER DONE…because you just married the love of your life, and through all the craziness and hustle and bustle of the day…nothing can stop the sheer joy that leaps out of every smile you have when you look at the man you just married…and when that joy is captured in a photo… the effect is PRICELESS 🙂