By Audrey Lechien
A particular hobby that has become more popular and more accessible is modeling, which I do myself. I enjoy modeling because I’m able to create art and express myself while also connecting with others. I became involved through portrait photography and Instagram. Modeling can take up as much time as you want it to. A photoshoot takes anywhere from 15 minutes to a full day. You can use Instagram to connect with photographers or other models and sometimes there are organized meetups in person. My advice for anyone trying to get involved with modeling is to face your fears and don’t be afraid of the camera.
Modeling has been around for a while but it used to refer to posing for portraits. But then cameras came around and people started to model as we know it today. Fashion modeling took over mannequins displaying clothes and this is when it became a job. Once people were making jobs out of it; modeling agencies started opening up. Although modeling is still considered a career today, many call it a hobby and create art just for fun. The evolution of modeling happened mainly because of social media. This is what makes it so easy for anyone to get into it.
How you get into modeling is how you would get into any other hobby; you start somewhere and get practice and exposure. Some people may find themselves to be naturals at posing, for others it may take more effort. In order to be a good model, you need confidence. You can build confidence by posing in the mirror and studying other models. However, the best way to improve is by getting out there and shooting with photographers. Once again, you can use social media to connect with photographers and set up shoots.