|Photographer - Andy Marshall Photography|
Firstly, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for me. We should probably start at the beginning...when and how did you come about getting into the world of modelling?
'Hello and thank you so much for this opportunity, well it all started when I turned 18 where I travelled to London to do a test shoot for an agency. I had always had a passion for modelling and fashion so I thought why not and went for it. nervous and excited I applied online through the agency's website after seeing a casting call on star now (talent directory) i filled out an application where I was then invited for my test shoot to see if i had the skills and what styles would be right for me.'
Most things, especially online, tend to fall into specific genres and/or gets described as being a specific style. The trouble with this is it's quite subjective, the style someone views something to be can often differ to the style the person creating it views it as. How would you describe the work you are putting out there?
'I like this question as I come across this a lot as a model and people who are not in the creative industry or people curious see it as something different from myself. All the images I create I see as art, it all spirals from a creative idea I've had in mind or the fellow creative I'm working with. I cover a variety of styles and each means and is something different. I try to inspire and give a message of being strong, bold, confident and how you can do and be what you put your mind too.'
|Photographer - Bocker Photography, Make Up - Miss Saskia Su, Taken At - Synergy Photography Studio|
Photography, modelling and their related skills, as with most things, can have their share of problems. I personally have a particular problem with self confidence. This confidence issue can and has caused me issues with my photography. Do you find any aspects of modelling particularly challenging?
'I suffer from anxiety and this sometimes sets me back as if I'm having a bad time with it I doubt myself a lot and think what I'm doing isn't right, (although its great) I then put myself down. This can be tough when your job is all down to the image you are creating. Its going to be normal to criticise your ability and work however when I think deeper and put this into practice, this comes in handy as i have a clear view of what and how i can do better next time. However i do have great confidence and I believe in myself that no matter what you can do it.'
In my series 'Foto Inspiration Friday' I share the people, images, places etc that I find give me inspiration. Who, or what, or where do you draw inspiration from?
'I get my inspiration from a few things, growing up was crazy and I faced a lot as child and teenager, I use this too produce image to show how I or someone else may be feeling in that situation. I'm part of a creatives team where their is over 350 creatives that inspire and give me ideas everyday and I also get a lot of the ideas from my own imagination my creative mind is always thinking of the most random or beautiful ideas.'
|Photographer - Iain Ross Baillie|
Sometimes images hold a special significance to us. It can be the first image we ever made, it can be an image drawing attention to a cause close to our hearts, it can simply be an image of someone we love. Do you have an image or images that hold a special significance to you?
'Yes I do have an image that I love and is close to me, at the start of the year I had a psychic reading where I then went on to create this image. This image for me is close to my heart as it signifies a new found freedom and confidence within myself how I can look as far and clear as I want without the worry or doubt, it teaches me how to be free every time I look at it and makes me happy to know how far I have came and what its too come. I also love the beauty of the location as it was actually taken in winter but has such a summer vibe to it.'
Photoshoots can sometimes leave you open to scary or funny situations. What's the scariest or funniest situation you've found yourself in on a shoot?
'One of my funniest but scariest situations would have be when I was so eager to climb up to massive broken window at an Abandoned railway station. As I had an idea in my head of how the image would look and I just needed to do it! (typical me always go to crazy and up for anything to create the image I want) in the process of climbing up to the window I lost my balance and fell back onto this concrete podium, although it was a shock and sore I couldn't help but laugh and it did not phase me, back up I went and hell was it worth it, I got the shots I wanted to get and was so happy with the outcome!. I still giggle every time I think of it.'
|Photographer - Kevin Robertson|
We've talked about your start, we've talked about your current work, let's quickly chat about the future. What have you got coming up this year, more of the same? Any special projects? Plus in regards to a more long term plan, where are you hoping your creative journey will take you in the years to come?
'This year I have lots of exciting projects arising, I've become and assistant fashion director in a creatives team, joined a new modelling agency and I'm also getting into catwalk where I will be rocking the catwalk at Aberdeen fashion week. A few tours and a little travel a long the way. each day their is something different and I'm blessed to be apart of amazing groups teams and events that provide wonderful opportunities. I'm also looking forward to still bringing the best I can, improving and trying out new and amazing things in the exciting world of modelling. Long term I'd like to achieve many more publications, to start business and I also sing so I'd love to have that as part of my future career, promoting, performing and catching my dreams. starting business and to be a woman who is influential to all and gives you the inspiration to do what you want and always have fun along the way.'
|Photographer - Tutti Frutti Foto|
When I speak to photographers I ask about their gear, it's only fair you get to geek out too...do you have any go to items you can't live without?
'I wouldn't say there's anything I couldn't live without except chocolate haha and oh also my phone but only because technology has take over the world haha, But I would certainly be lost without my beautifl soul and creativity and I hope that is the one thing that stays with me forever.'
|Photographer - Andy Marshall Photography|
Now for the shameless self promotion part of the interview...where can people find you and your work?
'You can find all my work on here on a variety of things. Thank you so much for interviewing me, it has been a pleasure and I've had so much fun answering these questions for you.
I'd like to thank Ziggy again for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, be sure to check out all the links above for more of her work, as well as the links attached to the images for the other creatives involved in creating them.