My story part 2

Ok so where was I?  Let's see family, school, first attempt at modeling....oh yeah proofs. Well I had these proofs done.  They were really cool and looked so good and I thought ok now I can just show these to someone and they would be like...That girl is hired we wanna make you a STAR!  Not quite.  LOL.  What actually happened was I needed to get headshots and more.  You know a portfolio.  We talked to a couple other photographers but they just were very indifferent about shooting me.  So discouraging!  Any way my boyfriend had a plan of sorts.  He was going to pay for me to get headshots and pay for a photographer to do a theme shoot with other models.  Would have been cool but well, the overall cost and coordination of it was just not cool..  So it didn't happen. 

A few months after the headshots we went hiking.  I love to hike.  Went to this place he goes and took some friends.  It was middle of February and really cold and snow was up on the mountain area.  I wanted to get to this waterfall area and thought I could scale the side of the cliff like we do when it's summer.  Major mistake....the icy cliff and the snow everywhere made it impossible to scale.  So I told my boyfriend that I won't be able to make it and he said yeah that's not a good idea.  I was coming back from the cliff and got a little stuck.  Instead of waiting to be helped out of there I jumped...LOL yeah what a dare devil I am!  What I didn't count on was that the snow covered some boulders and I landed on my ankle badly. Thought it was the worst sprain I ever had in my life.  Nope not a sprain and it turned out to be that I broke my tibia and fibula bone. My foot was dangling on the leg and it was gross.  No blood or puncture in the skin just like there was nothing holding the foot there.  So with a bit of hopping and the boys carrying me out of the canyon, we drove to a hospital where it was verified, the bones were broken.  Actually the worst pain I have ever experienced.  I had to get surgery and have plates and screws put in my ankle.  Needless to say I was not doing any modeling or much of anything else for the next year.  Got a ton of great movies off my bucket list but yeah nada.  No hiking, no gym, no going rock climbing nada...Going out was a real bitch, I mean who wants to be strapped to a chair and all that.  I became the mobile coffee table for everyone.  Need somewhere to put your purse? Here I am, Need someone to hold the popcorn in the movies, yup that's me!  Woohoo.  yeah not fun.  So I had some physical therapy and waited for the leg to heal.  Dreams of modeling, all but forgotten. 

Then about 2 months ago.  It's what May 8th now?  One of my good friends came to me and said she was going to try modeling and was going to a shoot.  She wanted me to come along as well, a chaperone.  I was like sure.. My boyfriend encouraged me to maybe see if I can get a few shots taken and the photographers did.  The pictures were ok I guess but I had no idea what to do with them. I went back to my regular deal, going to the gym 6 days a week and hanging out.  Well as it should happen my gym was hosting an event one day while I was there.  We had gotten there to work out and do a few laps in the pool.  This turned out to be a photographer's convention.  There were a couple models there but the rest of them were photographers.  This is where I met Dave Kelley (photographer) and Aurora O'Brien (model). I talked to them a little bit and Dave told me to get in touch with him if I was interested in modeling.  I did but never heard back from him.  Talked to Aurora a bit and was a little intimidated by how successful she was and great her pictures were.  And once again my life went back to normal...

Well, my girlfriend came to me again and asked if we could go with her to a group shoot.  This was a week after the 1st time I went with her. Now if you don't know what a group shoot is, and I'm not an expert here, I'll tell ya what I know.  Essentially it's a bunch of photographers and models in an area where they all get to share work and get their portfolios built up.  So we went.  It was really kinda intimidating.  A lot of girls and photographers walking around and I didn't know the first thing about what to do.  So I went to a few photographers and asked if they wanted to shoot me.  Had no idea that there was a tipping system in place, you know like if you did nude images or lingerie etc.  I was not even sure I could do nudes.  I mean I never took my clothes off for anyone but a doctor or my boyfriends.  I also wasn't sure if my current boyfriend would be cool with me doing that.  So when the 1st photographer asked me if I would I was a deer in the headlights.  I mean NUDE??? are you insane?  I'm not a stripper!  But my friend said that's the way it kinda is, so I talked to my boyfriend and he said well if you are ok with that, but keep in mind once you do that, there is no taking the images back. So I being the exhibitionist that I really am at least in my heart, I was like heck ya! No clothes in the outdoors, I'm down!  So I did it.  And I was with all these other girls and it was cool.  The pictures came out pretty good and I was happy.  Well after that I took a bunch of pictures there with all these different photographers and it was great.  There was this very shy photographer that asked to shoot with me and he was just really timid and sweet.  I really hit it off with him.  Older gentleman and he started to tell me how things were in the industry.  He then asked me if I would do a studio shoot with him and I asked if I could bring my boyfriend, and he was fine with that.  So a week later we went to his house and he had a little studio set up.  And I did my first studio shoot.  It was just natural to me.  We did lingerie which was fun and I felt so honored to have someone actually want to take my picture it was really neat.  Well he advised me on creating a model image and a name.  We went home and my boyfriend and I came up with the name Violet Pixie.  We created a Facebook page with my model name and bam I was started.  I put up a bunch of selfie pictures and other pictures my boyfriend took with his phone.  I felt like wow this is cool.

So then there was this other photographer that took my pictures at the group shoot and the results were amazing when I got them a week later too.  He asked me if I would be willing to shoot with him outdoors.  Again I asked if my boyfriend could come, he was ok with it, so we went to him.  Well as it turned out these 2 photographers were well known by several others in the industry, in fact the 2nd photographer was considered one of the best around.  There are 3 or 4 in the state that I've heard of since I started. Well he took my pictures and they were amazing.  I mean we were blown away by how great they were and he told me I did a really good job. 

These two photographers became my mentors. These two were Gary Christopher (Goes by a different name in the industry) and Robert French.  Robert was the 2nd photographer.  So I talked to Gary a lot and he gave me a lot of pointers on who to talk to and invited me to a couple events, while Robert mentored me in how to deal with my images and gave me great guidance in how to pose a little better.  After shooting with Robert, since he was so well known people started liking my pictures and other photographers sent me request.  Robert then asked if I had spoken to Dave Kelley, I totally forgot I met him at the convention and Robert said I should meet with him.  I said sure and Robert reached out to David.  Gary told me about an event and another one he said I probably couldn't go to since I was so new.  Bummer....Well I met with Dave and he did a shoot with me and it was amazing.  See Dave is one of the other 3 or 4 greats in the area.  Now things started really booming.  But it's late and I think I'll stop here.  Until next time.... :)