Chelsea Wallace, Model and Health Professional was selected Model of the Month for February. We have interviewed Chelsea. Here is what she shared:
It has been a rewarding experience. GC combines professionalism and patience to produce great results. After my first shoot I was given helpful documents regarding preparing for shoots and other resources that were very beneficial. I'd definitely work with GC again.
I joined Icon Modeling Troupe at ECU back in 2012. This organization taught me how to walk and perform in front of large crowds. I've walked in many fashion shows at different universities in North Carolina. My first photo shoot was in Washington D.C with photographer James Wilson. The results were great. That experience showed me that I have the talent to make modeling a career.
My style is very chic but also classic and urban. I prefer heels over sneakers, specifically 3 inches or higher. My favorite outfit is vintage button ups with high waisted denim shorts. My style is diverse, as I need to fashionably reflect trendiness in different styles.
Seeing the results of accomplishing different looks and concepts. Bringing visions in my head to life. Sometimes not even having a clear vision and still producing beautiful images. I'm currently developing more themed concepts. Modeling gives one the ability to look and feel their absolute best and document that energy.
Prior to any shoot I already have all of my clothes, props and accessories so the main thing when preparing for a shoot is practicing and working out. It's important that I know exactly what I'm doing prior to a shoot so that I don't run out of poses and kill the energy. I drink LOTS of water and avoid junk food. I also create a playlist that fits the mood of the shoot that I'm preparing for.
Yes..I've started out doing my own hair and makeup. Going forward I'll be working with a professional makeup artist.
Modeling has a certain level of confidence that it produces. 9 out of 10 females want to be a model. I'm just fulfilling one of my purposed in life. I love the art behind conceptual photo shoots and I love being in front of the camera! Getting paid is just a plus.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health. My professional interests are to be a licensed health educator and grant writer. I'm currently a program planner. I'll soon be obtaining a Master's Degree in Public Health as well. Modeling is my biggest motivation for working out. I go harder when I focus on the results that I am achieving.
ALOT of places. I buy my jeans from Alloy and H&M. My favorite places to shop are Forever 21, Asos and River Island. I use Amazon and Ali Epxress to get discounted rates for photo shoot attire and accessories.
Very recently modeling has caused me to focus on creating for myself and not for validation. There will always be people who don't like my work so it's pointless to work for the "likes" or satisfaction of others. Modeling has also caused me to connect with other people in the modeling industry. I've met new associates and I'm busier now than I was prior to modeling.
A good model successfully portrays their best features and is always aware of their body movements.
Joan Smalls, Sigail Currie, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Selita E Banks, Jourdan Dunn, Ciara, Katie Hearnfit, Riley Montana, Jessica White
Magazines I read most often are W magazine, Vogue and Essence. Blogs are BeautifulBrownGurl on Tumblr and Micah Gianelli's blog. Websites include trendhunter.com and models.com
I eat a light breakfast and 2 meals a day. I have a balanced diet with no junk food. I currently workout 6 days a week.
I survived 2 near death experiences in the same day.
I love smooth jazz music.
I hate fast food.
I practice Acro Yoga.
I enjoy community service with youth and the elderly.
I love Travis Porter.
Becky Austin, Fitness Model, Teacher, Motivator, and Mom was selected Model of the Month for January. We have interviewed Becky. Here is what she shared:
My experience working with GC Photographers was amazing. Chris was very organized and prepared for the shoot. Throughout the process he was professional and gave productive feedback. We already have future plans of working together in the future on some upcoming projects!
Our first shoot together we combined fashion and fitness to include both our interests. Swimwear, fitness clothes, and heels were all part of the magic. We even tried a new concept with a football theme
My professional interests lie in the fitness world. I hope to inspire women, men, and children to live a healthy active lifestyle. I want to lead by example and show that through fitness modeling along with everyday life choices.
I first started modeling 2 years ago. I paid for my first shoot because I wanted to document how far I had come in my fitness journey. From there I had quite a few people asking me for advice on nutrition and exercise. I also had photographers seek me out from the photos I had posted on social media. The more shoots I did the more I enjoyed doing them and the more people I was able to reach out to. An upcoming shoot can give me motivation but also is something I can keep forever to document my journey.
Ashley Horner is an international fitness model who has helped me through my fitness journey. She is so down to earth yet such a badass. She has taught me about finding beauty in my strength and accepting who I am without being defined by a number on a scale. I also love other fitness models such as Michele Lewin and Paige Hathaway. These women are all extremely strong, but very feminine and beautiful.
My favorite designers fall into the fitness line of clothing. La Bella Mafia and Better Bodies are two of my favorites. Nike will always be top for me though J
I have shot with other photographers such as Sarah Marshall Photography in Panama City Beach, FL, LHGFX in Miami, Fl, and some local photographers such as Mirage images here in Eastern NC. You can view the photos on my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/becky.austin.5220 or on my Model Mayhem Portfolio
Lastly, I’m excited to announce that I am modeling for Hang Rite athletics.
I am always active and eat healthy majority of the time. However, when it comes time for a shoot I will kick this up a notch anywhere from a month in advance to a week in advance depending on how much notice is given for the shoot. I really like to stay photo shoot ready so it’s a matter of dialing in to make small changes prior to shooting. I also make sure I get enough sleep and drink a gallon of water each day. Lastly, I do the fun stuff- getting my nails done, spray tanning, hair touch ups, and find a great makeup artist.
I am terrible at being a girl sometimes! I can manage to do my own hair most of the time, unless we have a unique hairstyle planned. Make-up however, I need all the help I can get. I do not wear any make up on a day to day basis so I don’t have much practice putting it on JTherefore,I always have a make-up artist booked in advanced.
I hope to make it in “the big leagues” and be able to model on a large scale like Ashley Horner, Michelle Lewin, and Paige Hathaway. I want to touch and inspire as many lives as possible and hope to be a light for those struggling to find themselves. I believe health and fitness can help anyone who is willing to give it a fair shot. I know how much it has helped me better my life and I only hope that I can pay it forward.
1. I have a tattoo- I used to be against them until I found something very meaningful to me. Whenever I see it, it is a reminder to me. Also, only a few people know what my tattoo actually says/means.
2. I am very Pro 2nd amendment. I grew up in the country and my family survived off of venison and turkey. Although I hated it back then, I now appreciate the tradition and benefits of eating what you hunt. Lastly, I feel a change coming with the government about the ownership of guns. We were built by freedom and it should remain the same way. We should be able to own any firearm we like without stipulations set forth by our leaders.
3. Although I am very social, I am actually very shy at times. Starting off in front of a camera was a crazy, nerve wracking experience that took time to get accustomed to.
4. I am a mom of 2 healthy happy boys and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years.
5. Although I have been an athlete my whole life, I have only been into fitness for the past couple years.
Natasha Markwick, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Artist, and Freelance Model was selected Model of the Month for December. We have interviewed Natasha. Here is what she shared:
A passionate struggle, rewarding, giving life lessons and discovering one self.
I am a vegetarian. I put a lot of focus in what i put into my body as well as training every day. I don't go to the gym but i have my workout spots besides classes and rehearsals.
I believe I can work with a more urban and athletic look and eventually benefit off my dancing background.
Sleep well, drink lots of water, workout the day before or in the morning.
I am an amazing cook haha
Consider anything and everything from color to historical eras and more. Egyptian queen with a flare of hiphop haha sounds crazy
Puma, adidas and any kind of unique store i find by accident.
So many different backgrounds and cultures in one city anything can pass here. Diversity.
Having a clear vision and goal. Staying true to what you are required to do to reach those goals as well as staying healthy and taking care of you body.
I studied at an art school and realized how passionate i was about dancing and how easy it came to me too.
Sometimes, however if he comes from the same world (artistically) and good communication i find it easier since we understand each others sometimes crazy time schedules.
I have a ton of people i look up to and respect. Like MopTop, DanceFusion, Laure Courtellemont, JoJo Diggs, Lil Steph to name a few. Music. whatever moves me.
Building with my crew Funkaholics an entertainment company as well as performances, shows and classes.
Work full-time, part time? Always up for traveling. i work full-time however, its my time, my work so i am always flexible on how to use it and work around whatever comes my way.
Was amazing. He is a great spirit as well as an amazing photographer and was jumping around to get those perfect shots. Would definitely work with him again anytime.
Last year on a studio set and a few months ago at an outdoor urban shoot.
Danysha Van Putten, Freelance Model was selected Model of the Month for November. We have interviewed Danysha. Here is what she shared:
Professionally I love modeling I just feel it's my calling and I just have a passion for it.
I eat about two meals a day breakfast and dinner which consist of oatmeal and orange juice/water, I don't go to the gym as much as I used to but I do a combination of sit-ups, squats, push-ups and crunches.
My goals as a model is to walk in the top designer shows (Chanel, Versace, Balmain, etc.) I see myself changing the way they see models not every model is a size zero the average woman is a size 8 wouldn't they want a full figured woman to model their clothes.
Before I shoot I have to listen to my music, my playlist consist of Kayne West, Drake, and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Not so much hidden talent but one of my talents is cooking, I love cooking.
I definitely do my own hair, it's rare I allow someone to do my hair because the way my hair is I won't allow anyone to touch it unless it's mandatory. I first learned how to do my make-up on my own face and just gradually learned to perfect applying make-up to my face.
My style is depending on how I feel or who I'm with like if I'm going out with friends, I have to be comfortable first and foremost.
I generally shop at Forever 21, H&M and Topshop.
New York is one of the fashion cites of the world, everyone loves NY fashion my opinion I feel you can't really describe NY fashion you have to live in NY to get and like NY fashion.
I do have a boyfriend and he's quite supportive of my career.
Hmm honestly continue to work hard and follow my dream.
I work part-time and go to school full-time.
I love working with Christopher, great vibe definitely makes me feel relaxed when we shoot.
I've done two shoots so far both casual shoots. My favorite one was the last shoot in SoHo, New York City.