Therefore, I decided to host my VERY FIRST model call in Dallas. Boy was it a freakin' success! I actually only did it on Facebook and I got a number of cool inquiries coming in. Since I only had a limited number of women that could participate in the model call it was hard making a final selection. However, I was able to pick a few ladies for this project and I couldn't have been happier.
One of those ladies was Shalena. Since then I have fallen head over heels for this beautiful soul. Shalena was picked for this model call because her reasoning really touched me. In her email for consideration she wrote:
"My reason is because behind every smile there is a deeper story to be told. And I am one of many survivors of mental, and sexual abuse. I've come a long way in my life. People always tell me that I have an amazing smile. But if I had a chance to tell my story, to encourage other girls/women like me, I would. It would be a privilege to be chosen. And to finally have supporters instead of users and abusers who take advantage of my beauty from within."
I have never been mentally abused but I have known people who have and I can tell you that it's very hard. Even when said abuse stops, it's never really over for that person because they still have to live with the effects of that daily.
Shalena is a strong woman with a beautiful personality. She has a smile that can light up a room. She is fun, friendly, and carries a sense of happiness that is totally infectious. I couldn't be more happy to have shoot Shalena.
Another thing that made Shalena stand out was her short hair. Won't lie. I have been LIVING to shot a woman with the same haircut and face shape as Shelana. Short haircuts are so awesome and bold and not many women outside of Amber Rose have the balls to just rock a short cut. Shalena knocked it out of the damn park! Lets just call Shalena's session a home run!
For the Model Call sessions I wanted to shoot it somewhere very cool so we opted for this awesome Airbnb that randomly populated days before our attended session. The guy who owned the Airbnb was so incredibly gracious. He also turned out to be a furniture designer so the space looked extra cool.
I love when I become closer with my clients. They mean the absolute world to me. Getting to know people on a deeper level for why they want to do a boudoir session has allowed me to dive deeper inside of myself to deliver the products they need.
Didn't she rock the hell outta her session?! I hope you guys enjoyed Shalena's session as much as I did! Just in case you're wondering Jazzy did the makeup!