Photography for me was always and will was be a hobby that I occasionally made money with. I found it challenging, rewarding and a way to meet really cool people. Little did I know that the stories, knowledge and memories I gained from doing photography would lay the groundwork for two of the main characters in my book.
As a writer the more you experience or can draw from the more fodder you have to write with. I get compliments on my fights scenes and their realism, it's because over the years I have sparred with a lot of different people in different styles. Fashion is something that I will never have first hand knowledge of, it is just not me. These people that do though, they are rich with passion, flair and an undying drive to express themselves through their art.
One of the main things I learned at fashion photoshoots is that looking this amazing is no easy feat, it takes patience, mental and physical flexibility, the dedication to emotionally expose yourself in ways others don't understand to make your photos and you stand out. As a model you have to be willing to constantly critique yourself while not driving yourself insane about critiquing what you see in the photos and the mirror.
The other thing I learned is that the best way to get amazing shots of people is to get to know them. You may only talk to them for a few hours while they're getting ready and you're shooting them but if you can get them to laugh, talk, relax and feel comfortable that you know what you're doing, even if you have no damn clue, they will buy into your process and your ideas.
Kiko has since graduated with an Associates in Fashion and Costuming. She wants to get involved with costuming for shows and theatre productions. Check her out at Champagne and Cherries . She's an amazing seamstress!!
Kyris has become an alternative model that is building quite a following check out his work Kyris