Let’s be honest hearing someone tell us that there are ways to become more confident is easy. But we all know that confidence comes from within self.
History repeats itself and brings fashion along for the ride.
Whenever I am asked to model for local boutiques I am always honored. Of course, it is an overdose of excitement to be able to wear some of the cutest and fashionable pieces but also because I have a rare opportunity to work with amazing creative teams in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. My recent shoot with Beehive of Forth Worth the team consisted of Lifestyle and Fashion Photographer Angie Garcia, Wardrobe Stylist Ashley Nudge of @theashleyedit, and Makeup Artist Becca Ashmon with @babeautytx. Talking about women bosses! But it doesn’t stop there I wasn’t the only model on set. I worked alongside Beauty and Style Influencer Marrica Evans and Dallas Supermodel Chelsy Forbes. As a veteran model, I know how important it is to have a creative team and how it plays a role in having a successful photoshoot. There are certain roles that should be filled. The top 4 roles are 1) Photographer 2) Boutique 3) Wardrobe Stylist and 4) Make-Up Artist. We had them all in this shoot with Beehive Fort Worth.
Now on to the fashion.
Photographer: Angie Garcia AngieGarciaPhoto.com
Stylist: Ashley Nudge TheAshleyEdit.com
Makeup Artist: Becca Ashmon Babeautytx.com
Wardrobe: Beehive- Fort Worth www.lovebeehive.com
Of course, the photoshoot would not have been possible without Beehive of Fort Worth. You can shop their looks in store and follow them on Instagram @beehivefortworth for fashion inspiration.
Finding your voice in the blogosphere can sometimes feel like a muffled cry. This is why taking a deep breath, that’s right, inhale and exhale very loudly. You will often notice that you just didn’t scream loud enough.
Its not that I have been trying to keep all of these good memories to myself… Okay, maybe I have had several mornings were I wake up imagining that the California sun will kiss my face…I quickly snap back to reality at the chill in the Texas air. I was invited to come to Altitude Design Summit this past Jan./Feb.
My year could not have started off better than having such an honorable opportunity to be amongst amazing entrepreneurs and creators. I mean they were literally everywhere! And it felt so darn good to be in the midst. Now I didn’t travel alone, I tagged teamed Alt Summit with my oldest sister Tiffany with www.tiffanydbrown.com and we had a BLAST! Since this was our first time to Palm Springs California we decided to rack up on the ‘first-time’ experiences. Starting with taking an Uber to the airport the list continues on to staying in our first Airbnb and our first Task Party. *A moment of silence as I reminisce* aaahhhhh what fun!
Okay I’m back.
So at the summit I spoke to entrepreneurs and content creators on a very important topic; 7 Ways to Breathe Life into Your Lifestyle Photos. I walked in thinking that I was about to provide the creative something important I achieved this and so much more because I walked away feeling empowered from them. The room was packed and people were standing against the walls but everyone was tuned into my 7 ways… I was so inspired that I ended up sharing 10 tips! I even had guest ask me questions about how to over come small pesky facial expressions that they usually make in their photos. The reason why all of these things are important should be asked. Because if you are a entrepreneur, fashion blogger, or social media influencer you are the model for your brand. The world wide web runs on visuals and having strong visuals that tell your story are important. Alt Summit gave me the opportunity to connect with like minded creative humans. I walked away feeling empowered and inspired more than ever.
Thank you Altitude Design Summit for the amazing experience, until next year!
Modeling isn’t about how big you can be. It is about how you can make them feel what you are showing them. – De’Ana Fierce
When I first started this modeling journey I thought it was all about the big poses. You know I wanted to look just like the models on Americas Next Top Model! I quickly noticed that that wasn’t the type of posing the models where doing on the billboards or magazines. They didn’t pose like that on the runway either. Yet they are still able to look bold, beautiful and fierce. I asked myself what is it that ignites me when I see these advertisements?
It’s the way they make me feel. I look at the photo and I start to feel bold, I start to feel beautiful and I start to feel freaking Fierce!
Modeling is not all about looking pretty; a good model takes it beyond the looks and goes deeper than the surface. Some models struggle with posing or looking confident in their photos because they are so focused on ‘what to look like’ This is where taking on the role of a silent actor can help boost your posing ability. Instead of focusing on what you want to look like try focusing on the emotion that you want to portray. How do you want the view to feel when they see this photo? Do you want them to feel happy, to feel like laughing, do you want them to stop and think about something? All of these emotions can be ‘modeled’ in your photos.
If this still sounds difficult you can pull out your favorite playlist and listen to the music that helps you to feel a certain way. Music is ALWAYS a must at a phototshoot. Music has a way of getting into whom we are and therefore we can become more fluid in who we want to express.
What emotions do you have trouble expressing?
I Am De’Ana Fierce
I was on set for a recent group photoshoot and it was my turn for single shots. As I was modeling I overheard the conversation on set. One model stated, ‘wow, she is really good.’ The wardrobe stylist responded by saying, ‘ Yes! She is fierce, you know that is her name, De’Ana Fierce?’ The model replied, Oh really? Yeah the stylist said, she brands herself as De’Ana Fierce.
Hearing this conversation through the clicks of the camera and the flow of my movements I realized that I truly have become De’Ana Fierce but I want you to know when she was born.
It was a Saturday morning, I had been up all night crying because the pain of knowing someone that you fell in love with no longer even wanted to answer your calls, much less be in a relationship with you. So I locked my apartment door and didn’t answer when my roommate came knocking. She could hear me sobbing from the reality that it was over. But my roommate Danielle didn’t stop knocking; eventually she spoke in between the crack of the door and said. Dee, I know you are in there, I just wanted to tell you that the photographer that you were talking about earlier this week is having a special, we can go to Jackson and you can do your photoshoot that you wanted to do. I will go with you… I laid on the floor staring at the wall, rolling my eyes and thinking to myself, why would I want to have my photo taken now? I’m not good enough for anyone or anything. As I lay there my chest became heavy, my gut said, Go. On that Saturday, we drove from Hattiesburg, MS to Jackson, MS and I met my first photographer his name is Christopher. I stepped in front of the camera, I heard the click, I saw the flash of light,
I felt the flash of life come over me.
After shooting a few frames he asked me, have you modeled before, with a smile I reply, no, this is my first photoshoot. Chris responded, wow, you are a natural at this. He allowed me to view some of my photos and I was surprised at myself I said to myself, I CAN do this!
See my modeling started from a deeper cause. I started because I told myself that I couldn’t do it. But my soul told me that I was made for this. I had to choose who I wanted to believe. I had to give myself a chance. Now here I am 10 years later, my face has graced the pages of magazines, commercials, television shows, runway shows, published books, the list continues. You are probably wondering why am I writing all of this. Because I want you to know that I was born as De’Ana Davis but I created De’Ana Fierce because when it is time to dig deep, when doubt surrounds you it is up to you to keep pushing forward.
Where would I be if I had stayed lying on the floor in my tears?
Where could you go if you would just keep pushing?
Tell me, Who do you want to become?
How To Look Confident When Taking Headshots
Having your headshots taken be a nerve wrecking. We usually will avoid the very things that make us uncomfortable. Today I am sharing 3 ways to feel more confident when having your headshot taken.
Headshots are useful in so many ways. They are the nice professional way to show your face to your audience. If you are a blogger, social media influencer or successful entrepreneur at some point you will need your headshot for business purposes. Here are 3 ways to help you look powerful and confident in your headshot.
1) Stand don’t sit: Standing helps you to feel solid and strong. When we sit down we tend to sink into our seats which makes us feel comforted and our body posture shows a more rounding versus straight and strong. You want to appear strong, confident and assured in your headshot. When you stand send your shoulders back, eye gaze at a natural line of sight and chin down.
2) Laugh out loud: You read it right, if you are wanting to capture your headshot with you showing your bright shiny smile but don’t want to look too cheesy try laughing out loud. It isn’t as obnoxious as it sounds, I promise I do it all of the time and I can’t tell you how much it helps! The fact is that you will actually start laughing at yourself and it will give your photographer a great laugh too! Free laughs for everyone!
3) Don’t look directly into the lens: Instead of looking into the dark abyss of the lens you can look in 3 other areas that will allow your eyes to stay within the lens range.
– The numbers/writing inside of the lens.
– The area right above the lens. The area that has the brand of camera written on it.
-The top of the photographers head.
So there you have it folks! 3 ways you can be more confident in your headshot. Tell me what were these tips helpful?
‘Failure is not an option.’
I had to cut it straight in this video because I want everyone who is striving to achieve a dream of becoming a petite model to know what they are doing wrong. There are reasons why your modeling career is not taking off the way you want it to.
Watch my video as I share 3 reasons why this is happening to you.
What areas do you need to work on in your modeling career? Share your thoughts and comments with me! I love to read and reply to your comments!
‘I don’t want to model in my natural hair’
Taking a moment for some real talk. I want to share a note with all of the models who are rocking their natural hair! We know that modeling is connected with our appearance and it is very important to be mindful of how we appear to others as we pursue a modeling career. I am an advocate for individuals to express their personality in their photos so rocking our natural hair is a way to do this. Despite what others may think you must appreciate yourself. Take a look at my video as I send some encouragement to all of the natural hair aspiring models.
‘ I’ve always wanted to model but I’m too short.’
This comment comes across my email and social media accounts more than it is realized. there are so many aspiring and experienced models who are ready to take their dreams to the next level but are afraid because of their height. I was exactly the same as you, afraid that I would never be able to achieve my dream because I wasn’t tall enough. But now I know that it is possible and I am sharing 5 Steps that every aspiring petite model can take to get your modeling career on the track to success.
Watch my video and let me know what steps you are taking to become the model you want to be?
Have questions about Petite Modeling? Leave your question in the comment box, I love to read and reply to them.
A video chat about 3 Mistakes Aspiring Petite Models Make and why you should avoid them!
No one is perfect, we have heard this a billion times. Yet it is still very hard to try not to get things right especially the things we are passionate about. I made some pretty bad mistakes at the beginning of my modeling career. Mistakes that I now know are avoidable. I want to share my mistakes with you so that you can have honest information that will help you make better decisions for your petite modeling career.
Have questions about petite modeling? Leave your question in the comment box, I love to read and reply to them!