I hope everyone had a great Canada Day Weekend as did I! I am so proud to be Canadian and I am so excited that there is only ten days left until the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant!
But aside from being a busy bee preparing for the pageant, I have also been following my dreams in the modelling world! Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to be a model. Every year I would watch the Victoria Secret Fashion Show and dream about being a supermodel just like them! I have always had a passion for it. When I was about 11, I took modelling classes in St. Catharines which included runway, makeup, how to pose, how to audition and more. I also did a Miss Teen St. Catharines pageant and actually won it! From then on I’ve been dreaming BIG! My passion has always been there and now I have brought it back to life.
Since the Miss Teen Ontario pageant in January I have been putting myself out there and practicing how to model and pose as much as I can! I have got in touch with many people and have done several photo shoots. Once I do one photo shoot, I become obsessed and want to do more – I swear it is what I am meant to do with my life. I am very comfortable in front of the camera now and I love learning and growing. I have noticed a HUGE difference with how much better I have become with posing and being more relaxed during photo shoots. I am definitely improving which goes to show that practice makes perfect!
Here I want to show you some of the pictures from the photo shoots I have done in the past few months.
The pictures to the right and left were taken by my hair dresser, Kathy Sitarski, at The Hairitage in Vineland. She has recently started to take up photography and is also one of my sponsors! I have done two photo shoots with her. Thank you for sponsoring me:).
These pictures were taken by a photographer in St. Catharines that takes complimentary pictures to help people build their portfolios. It was very nice of him to take time out of his day to help me practice! I have actually done two different photo shoots with him now, all different outfits and scenery.
These photos, to the left and right, were just taken a couple weeks ago by a local photographer who is amazing! Her name is Nichala Cutts and you can click here to visit her website. She is a friend of a friend and offered to help me out and take pictures for me. I especially wanted pictures of fitness to help with my pageant platform of promoting health and fitness!
These next pictures were actually taken for a flower company. I saw a post on Facebook looking for a last minute model to take pictures with a flower crown. I couldn’t pass that up! I jump on any opportunity I come across :). The pictures were done by Angela Y. Martin, Gemini Photography. And the pictures were done for her mother, Cathy Martin Flowers located in Niagara On The Lake. She even wrote a blog about my pictures on her flower website, you can click here to check it out!
And last but not least, I did a photo shoot with a professional photographer from Toronto. I got this contact from my friends aunt. My friends aunt is actually a ex-international model and lives in my town! We have become very close and she has made up my portfolio with my pictures and we are headed to Toronto next week to talk to a bunch of angencies! I AM SO EXCITED:).
So much has happened in the past few months since the Miss Teen Ontario-World pageant and I am so grateful! I have grown so much as a person and have become very independent. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!