Monday, July 31, 2017

How I Started Modeling

First off, I'm so excited to show you this cover, I just received it in the mail today and I'm still feeling giddy about it!

Well this got me thinking about a question I've received a few times and I figured why not answer it here.
I'm 5'4, and I'm a freelance Model.
It took me a very long time to actually say that aloud and I don't really claim this when people ask me what I do.
To be fair I haven't done it as much since moving and getting married but I still dabble here and there.

So I'm going to start off with, not when I started but when I didn't...
I know that sounds nonsensical but stay with me!

When I was around 6 or 7 a woman at the mall told my mom she should consider putting me in modeling and gave mom a card.
Since I was there and I heard the conversation I was excited and wanted to do it, My mom thought otherwise.
Some people reading this are probably thinking, "That was mean of her to do." but HOLD ON!
I'm forever grateful!
Anytime someone would say I was cute growing up my mom wouldn't say thank you she would immediately say "She's very smart" or "She's very kind".
She wasn't being rude or disagreeing with anyone. 
She wanted me to know that looks don't define a person, their actions do.

Now for the part where I really did start modeling.
It's going to sound silly but photographer friends wanted to practice or had editorial type shoots in mind and asked if I would model.
Since I had never modeled before but I had acting experience I simply acted like I knew what I was doing.
They would give direction and I would follow it, a friend of mine has a vintage clothing store on Etsy, I didn't know her at that point but she asked if I could model some of the pieces.
I started to meet more photographers, makeup artists and stylists who would recommend me for jobs.
Instead of acting like a model I started to be one.
 I worked hard at the photo shoots.
Modeling is rarely as glamorous as it appears in the printed outcome.
I've hiked to locations in insensible shoes, sat on and surrounded by ice in a very thin dress and worn layers upon layers of clothing on blistering summer days.
I offered to help carry equipment and enjoyed getting to know everyone involved.
I wasn't always paid and many of the first photo shoots were creative collaborations for everyone to stretch their muscles.
I've met so many talented people along the way that I can honestly say that is my favorite part of all of it.

Do I think I'm a Supermodel? Absolutely not. 
Does this experience make me an expert? Nope.
Will I ever be represented by an agency? Most likely no.
Am I bragging? I'm not really that sort.
(I think you already knew these things though.)

So now that you know my start came form dumb luck and hard work I'm going to share with you some tips from what I've learned as a freelance model and a photographer!

  1. Instagram is a great tool to connect Models and Photographers. 
  2. Practice with a phone camera or regular camera to find your best angles.
  3. NEVER meet with a photographer by yourself and in a private location if you don't know them. 
  4. Reach out to new photographers in your area to collaborate and build mutual portfolios.
  5. Don't ask an experienced photographer if they will photograph you in exchange for "exposure".
  6. You may have to do your own hair and makeup sometimes so practice.
  7. NEVER let someone talk you into doing a photo shoot you are uncomfortable with.
  8. Accept the fact that your feelings will most likely get hurt at some point.
  9. If you are under 5'6 (more like 5'8) you most likely won't be doing high fashion, that's okay.
  10. Stay humble and kind, people will want to work with you more if you remember that.   

All of the modeling I've done has been mostly local and respectively on a small scale.
 I wanted to post this as a disclaimer since I'm sure someone will read this and shout "Imposter!"

Piper Arielle

All of the vendors websites will be linked below.
The Magazine is Gulf Coast Bride
Editorial Photography by: Taylor Kaderly
Concept, Hair and Makeup by: Rachel of Dear Bride
Venue Coordinator: Avis Glenister
Jewelry: H.M. Willow

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mary Ann

My husband thinks I look like a picnic and I think I look like Mary Ann if the gang from Gilligan's Island had landed off of New England somewhere.

Also I'm pretty sure my handbag and earrings are from a time when the show wasn't a rerun!
I love pairing the old and the new and while my style has multiple personalities I think that is something they can all agree on.

Outfit Info
Top: J.Crew Similar Here
Jeans: Old Navy Similar Here
Sandels: Similar Here
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: Vintage

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gingham And A Basket

A few of my current favorites at the moment!
The blue shirt is from Target and I've worn it so much I'm considering getting another one before it's gone!
The coral gingham shirt is an older J.Crew boy shirt.
The basket purse is vintage and I adore the worn in brass hardware!

And because someone wanted to be the center of attention like always, I took pictures of Anubis being Anubis!
He is pretty cute though! 

Piper Arielle

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Plant Lady

I have been to the Naples Botanical Garden several times but this time I got to bring my Grandma with me.
She's always loved plants and the challenge of making them thrive.
So I knew this place would be right up her alley.
There is something new and amazing every time I've been.

I can't help but feel closest to my Father in Heaven when I am among his wondrous creations.
I always think of the Hymn "How Great Thou Art".
The 10 year old tomboy in me would hate to admit it but I don't think I can make it through that song without getting emotional.
Sometimes we get caught up in the wants and superficial things in the world, we forget to keep an attitude of gratitude.

Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed

I will leave you with that and now get back to the photos and memories from that day with Grandma.
This is the gorgeous path that Mike and I took a picture at about a month before he proposed and everyone asked if they were engagement photos. 
I told him about it and we laughed, little did I know he had already talked to my Dad and had the ring being made at that point! 
We heard the gong before we saw it.
A class was on a tour of the gardens and they had sounded the gong, we pretended to look at something until they left and then she ran to bang the gong too.
We're basically little kids who can drive.
Admittedly I did the same thing the first time I saw it.
For as long as I can remember my Grandmother has had cacti and succulents in every available corner of her house.
What can I say but she liked them before they were cool.
One of the coolest parts of the garden is how they have separated it into different regions so it's like a trip around the world for a small admissions fee!
Truth time... I almost fell in trying to take this picture.
The last little garden that you walk through is an orchid paradise with the most interesting orchids I've ever seen.
If you can't tell, I'm a little obsessed with this entire place.
It's my #1 suggestion for anyone who finds themselves in the Naples Fl. area with an hour or two to spare.
I think you will like it even if you aren't a Plant Lady.

Piper Arielle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tried and True

Here's the thing, I'm not a makeup artist or a trained professional I just love makeup.
So here is a peek inside my makeup bag when I'm on the go.
All of the products have been well loved and used as you can see but that's how you know they are good! Right?

For my face makeup I use the Arbonne Intelligence CC cream, It looks like an improved version of your skin without any cake or drying.
 For any blemishes I reach for Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer, I apply with the applicator  and blend with my ring finger.
If I'm in a big hurry I just dot this on any redness and skip the CC cream altogether.

For cheeks I use Loreal Paris true match blush in the shade barely blushing to "contour."
(I use the term lightly)
Sometimes I put a tiny bit on the bridge of my nose for a realistic sun kissed look.
Next I sweep Becca's Luminous Blush in Snapdragon just above and on the apples.
Then on the highpoints of my cheeks I put the tiniest amount of Becca's Shimmering skin perfector in Opal.

I'm combining eyebrows and eyes since I use the middle and last shade in my mini LORAC vintage vixen palette to fill in my brows.
I then put Covergirl natural lash clear mascara gel(it was clear, sorry) on my eyebrows to hold them in place. (I have Mr. Grinch eyebrows)

First step for eyes is priming my lids with TooFaced shadow insurance because my lids are ridiculously oily and crease without it.
I do whatever neutral eye I'm feeling that day with the Urban Decay Naked 3 and Lorac Vintage Vixen palette.
 After lining the upper waterline with Rimmel Exagerate Smoke N' Shine eyeliner in 001Little Black Smokey.
Then I give myself my best version of a "kitten eye" sometimes going in with a stiff straight brush to sharpen it up.
The next step is curling my top lashes and coating them multiple times with the Chanel Le Volume mascara. 
This is by far the longest step for me because despite having curly hair I have VERY straight lashes, luckily this mascara is amazing and keeps my lashes up without having to use a waterproof formula!

Last but not least I carry this little fresh lip balm with a hint of color in it to dab on my lips.
My lips always feel dry and only a few balms work for me so this was a welcome discovery.

This probably seems like a lot to some people and very little to others but I have found what works for me.
Of course this is also the routine I do when I have time, if I'm in a hurry I usually put mascara on and sometimes a hint of blush.
The best part about bringing these essentials with me?
 I can make it a very care free natural "no makeup" look or spend a little bit more time and have a nice going out look!

After all of this is said and done though, makeup is just fun and doesn't make someone beautiful.
Beauty is the way you treat others and the way you learn to love yourself.

Piper Arielle

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stars and Stripes

Support, Style and Swim-ability!
This is my current favorite bathing suit and since I've had it since last year I can safely say it's been tested and approved!
Happy Independence day everyone!!!
Mike has to work on the actual holiday so we celebrated early and even did a few fireworks at home, Anubis was not impressed.

Also as I side note... Naples is growing on me.

Swimsuit is Albionfit link to it HERE
Shoes are Jack Rogers in Platinum and can be found HERE
Earrings are from BaubleBar HERE
The hat I stole from my mom... Love you mom! :)

Photography by my dearest husband who I am training slowly but surely! ;)

Piper Arielle