I have got really behind with my blogging and updating recently, I’ve got loads of galleries to browse through of pictures, and behind on a fair few emails too. I was discussing this with a model friends recently… it basically becomes impossible to keep up with the amount of emails you receive. As this is my full time income I need to put priority to the paid bookings, organising my travel trips and messages regarding plans for bookings in the immediate future… but I also try and give good post-shoot communication to photographers who’ve booked me, taking time to give feedback to images if requested, leaving references, sending links to other models they may like to work with etc. I also get a whole host of other emails from around the world, including messages of admiration, questions, comments, requests for critiques, requests for travel… so as hard as you try to keep up with them all and as late you stay up at night – realistically there comes a limit of what you can actually physically manage.
I know all the attention is fleeting and one day my inbox will be a lot quieter 🙂 I do appreciate it but admit I find it a little difficult to deal with sometimes. The problem is as I’m sure many people know, the internet communication can take over your life a little. For instance you are often expected to always reply immediately even if the matter is not urgent, and it’s just not always possible. I do take days off and weekends off. Sometimes I do miss mails or mark them ‘unread’ and forget/take ages to get back to them. I’m no perfect email angel. I would have no life if I was and I’d be a pretty tired looking model! I spend a LOT of my own personal time on the internet and maintain my professionalim but recently I have come to accept I have to walk away from my computer sometimes, it is already tricky enough with the modelling bookings and travelling to fit in all the regular stuff like cooking, cleaning, doing the food shopping, calling your mum, catching up with friends, getting a decent amount of sleep etc, and you definately need quality free time to chill out and live life totally and completely switched off and AWAY from the internet too.
I’m now also in the last couple of months of my massage course and have a lot of coursework and case studies, including revision for more exams so I’ll be concentrating my time on putting lots of good energy into all that. I’m still taking my modelling bookings but for other messages please bear with me… I promise to keep up with my blog entries to share as much cool new work as possible! 🙂
Recently I’ve had more messages from newer models asking for advice, so I really need to do a blog some time soon to address some frequently asked questions, so keep an eye out for that one, but as I always say; I can only speak of my own experience… different things work for different people, but hopefully I can pass on a few things that might be helpful to others.
For now I’m gonna post some photographs taken by Vlastimil Buzek, from my last trip to Dublin, Ireland. I have to say I just adore these images with their delicate blur, deep shadows and distortions. There is something about them that really draws me in as I think they really captured a feeling. They remind me of a lot of thoughts I have on image and what is real and what is an illusion. Really beautiful work. Please click for a closer look.