I recently shot with a photographer who was traveling up from LA to Portland for vacation. One of the great things about photography and modeling is that it is so collaborative, and often times leads to really awesome experiences and new friends.
Sometimes I question why I love modeling so much. At a purely objective standpoint, it feels self-indulgent and vain. When I judge myself, it feels like a cry for validation, importance and relevance. Truthfully, it is all of those things. It's an attempt to express my relationship to myself, and the varied experiences of a very full life.
This editorial photoshoot comes from the vision of the most wonderful and vibrant photographer, Ashley Keleman and took place last fall in my home, Portland. We shot during an incredibly chaotic weekend, while she was visiting from LA.
I met Melanie Bowman Clarke quite a few years ago at a christmas party for the locally filmed network show, Grimm. Perhaps we were made comfortable from the start with the generosity of the open bar, but regardless it was warm and sincere connection.
I remember telling her that I had, for the first time ever, begun confidently owning "actress" as my professional title.